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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Norwegian Jewel

12 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 01, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10594

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Couldn’t rate ports in New Zealand as for us this was a cruise experience not a destination experience. We will fly to NZ and drive to experience the country. The cruise was to celebrate my husband’s retirement and relax before the busy Christmas period, which we achieved. Thanks Norwegian Cruise Line.


5 out of 5
Quick and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Didn’t eat in buffet however experiences in main dining rooms and O’Shegeans were all wonderful. We dined in 4 of the 5 specialty restaurants and our only disappointment was we both had Sword Fish in Le Bistro and found it overcooked and dry for our tastes.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
As a late riser my husband would have appreciated some of the early morning organised activities being repeated later in the day. He truly appreciated the EPL games being shown live in the room and O’Shegeans


5 out of 5
We were very impressed with the entertainment throughout the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff went out of there way to give us a pleasant experience.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
We liked the layout of the ship. The common areas were clean and pleasing (the ship had recently been refurbished). There was an outbreak of illness however we believe this was possibly due to some guests sharing large bowls of food and even eating utensils in the buffet (seeing this this practice stopped us from eating in the buffet). The officers and staff couldn’t have done any more to contain the illness other than perhaps discouraging this practice of sharing.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Good size for 2 people, comfortable, happy with bathroom and plenty of storage space. Close to lifts but no noise. Would choose again.

Ship tip

We chose this ship so my husband could experience cruising. Good choice.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

4 out of 5
Home port,

Auckland, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Napier, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Wellington, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Akaroa, New Zealand

4 out of 5

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
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