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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Norwegian Jewel

7 Night Alaska Inside Passage Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)

Sail date: July 08, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great vacation. I highly recommend. We did a behind the scenes tour and it was great to see how everything works.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We showed up a little early, but that wasn't a problem.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Buffet was good, could be crowded, but that's to be expected. Tsar's palace was good, our favorite was Chin Chin!

Chin Chin Asian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Great food! The potstickers were amazing!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We played bingo, went to a newlywed show-always a good time, and went to a couple trivia games. All were fun, and I liked that they were all around an hour long, so they didn't take the whole afternoon.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Saw all four of the main shows offered. All were great.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had a big group for dinner one night and our servers were amazing!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Good size, there were plenty hangers in the closet!

Ship tip

The Jewel is a great size ship, not too big, not too small.

Ports of call

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

5 out of 5
Just spent time in the town. We took the train down from Anchorage, and that was great, I'd do that again!

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
Amazing! We watched from our balcony which was so nice. It was awe inspiring to see the glacier up close. We could hear the groaning noise it made, and saw it calve twice!

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
Not a lot to do, but a cute town. Next time we'll probably go whale watching from here.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Our excursion took all of our time, so we didn't get to see the town. Did go out to the glacier which was great, and went whale watching. We got to see a group of humpback whales do a bubble feed!

Cruise Sawyer Glacier

5 out of 5
Breathtaking! It was a nice relaxing afternoon, with amazing views!

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
We did the White Pass railroad- went up the hill in a van, came down on the train. Great excursion. Walked around town after that, had a delicious fry bread and enjoyed ourselves.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
My favorite port. We arrived after noon, so the morning haze had burned off, and it was a beautiful day. Didn't time it right to see a lumberjack show-we'll do that next time. We walked to Creek Street and took the funicular up to the top, that was great!

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
This was great. So many great views, and seeing other ships passing by us was cool. (we were on the port side)

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
We stayed an extra 2 days in Vancouver. Our hotel was on Granville Island, and was great to be close to restaurants and the water. We visited the Van Dusen botanic gardens and the Bloedel Conservatory, both were great, it was easy to take the bus to both of them. We love Vancouver.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Sad. It's always bittersweet when your cruise ends. Everything went well though.
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