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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review

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4 out of 5
Norwegian Jewel

17 Night South Pacific (Papeete To Sydney)

Sail date: November 14, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

A fantastic itinerary with amazing weather. Onboard was a solid experience with good service and decent entertainment.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Getting on and off the ship on this cruise was the best it’s been on ncl.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Annoying the drinks package doesn’t include many things like water and coffee. Often choices were not available. Food in mdr was quite good as was Chin Chin. Specialty restaurants not good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Ncl has fallen a bit in this area, lack of diversity in trivia in particular. No change in timings etc. The big disappointment was that table tennis was unusable due to location and CD would not move. Other equipment was broken

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The tap group was phenomenal. The other guests were average. Igor and the main band were phenomenal. More matinee shows would have been better. Candace was incredible. The main production shows were entertaining but do lack a story line. Music around the ship was disappointing. Loved the last night concert.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Service was generally very good. Thirza and Harry on guest relations. The hotel director was very visible. Tahani the assistant CD was lovely. Waiters were mostly good. Bar tenders were either phenomenal or terrible.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Older ship but well maintained and clean. Love the promenade especially as now non smoking. Spinnaker lounge is lovely if only they would use it. Pool deck too crowded. Lack of passageways makes moving around difficult. Love the outdoor aft facing bar.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Moved 3 times. Cabin on 11 directly below buffet and too noisy. Downgraded to tiny room on 9 also noisy and then upgraded to this oceanview with tiny porthole window. Large room with good location but noisy buzzing sound from adjacent electrical room. Leaky shower

Ship tip

On a scenic warm itinerary like this have breakfast outdoors on the aft deck.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Home sweet home

Lifou Isle, New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Jinek Bay is world class snorkeling with the usual selfish idiots trying to destroy it because they can’t swim

Noumea, New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Took Dal Ocean water taxi out to Signal island which is a deserted paradise

Suva, Fiji

3 out of 5
Walked down to the museum and around town

Lautoka, Fiji Islands

4 out of 5
Visited Belo Villa resort just off the coast, cheap and nice island with average snorkeling

Cross International Dateline

4 out of 5
Always a strange experience, not overly celebrated like on Celebrity.

Pago Pago, American Samoa

4 out of 5
Beautiful island and friendly but shy locals. Took the cool public bus cost $2 to $2 beach which costs $5 but has nice snorkeling.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

5 out of 5
Walked (1 hour) to the public beach and snorkel in paradise

Raiatea, French Polynesia

5 out of 5
Did private l’excursion bleu to neighbouring island - absolutely amazing day. Great welcome from the locals

Papeete, Tahiti

3 out of 5
Walked to black sand beach

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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