Alaska Southbound Cruise

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Norwegian Jewel

7 Night Alaska Inside Passage Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)

Sail date: August 05, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

For those who want to know more about the towns/ports of call and the history of Alaska, I recommend seminars, Q/A or at least a handout in advance of each port arrival. The main emphasis of the cruise seems to be on the dining/food and cruise evening shows- we could be anywhere in the world. We wanted more information about the history of Alaska and the people who live there. All we received were excursion lists and a map of where I could shop in town.


5 out of 5
No lines, very organized steps to enter the cruise ship- better than we expected

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Buffets were fine for breakfast- although the room felt like a college dorm dining room. Specialty restaurants were quieter, better choices, although my fish main course on the third day was set aside- not good and not eaten.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Went to Yoga three times. The Q/A with Captain, CTO and Manager/Rumi, was well organized, informative and we would have liked this type of seminar earlier in the cruise. We also enjoyed the technical seminar about the ship led by Dan. We also played shuffleboard, listened to music by the pool as well as on Level 6.


3 out of 5
Went to hear comedian... he was okay

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Jeofrey was our Steward on Level 11. He was outstanding and we submitted his name for a hero award. Joel in the dining room was helpful and Keisha in Fitness Center (yoga) wa also personable and a good instructor.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
No point of comparison, but the ship looked very clean and up to date

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean, comfortable- pleased to see a clothesline in the shower, happy to have laundry service

Ship tip

Bring clothespins for hanging personal laundry.

Ports of call

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska Did not visit port

We boarded the Jewel in Seward

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
Amazing- would like to know more about the history of the glacier and the impact of warmer temperatures compared to prior years of cruise ships entering the area

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

3 out of 5
Disorganized. We almost missed the whale watch because the guide from the bear watch gave us blue tickets with a handwritten 2:30 PM departure time for the whale watch and the boat left at 2 PM

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Skipped the excursion due to experience in Hoonah. Walked in town, took the tram to the top of Mt Roberts mountain

Cruise Sawyer Glacier Did not visit port

Not sure if we went here or not- confused b/c I heard Dan say we did not go here this year...

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
Hiked on our own to Upper Reid Creek. Town area is walkable and not too crowded.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Liked the town shops. Went on a boat to hike in a temperate rain forest. Great guide and boat captain.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
Cruising the inner passage between Skagway and Ketchikan was great. We wish we could have seen more of the narrowest portion of the passage but we entered after dark.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Loved staying in Vancouver after the end of our cruise.


5 out of 5
We took our own luggage off the ship at 7:30 AM and we were through and in a cab in 15 minutes. Very organized. .
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