Cold windy rain

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Jewel

10 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney To Auckland)

Sail date: December 01, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4520

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Beginning of December late spring on NZ South Island, still cold, windy rainy. NCL Shore excursions were poorly organized. Meeting in Stardust Theater was terrible. Lost too much time waiting before could leave ship. Don't book NCL shore excursions!


4 out of 5
Getting on ship okay.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Garden Buffet very good

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
fitness center was good


4 out of 5
Very talented singers and dancers, and areos of Anna and Vlaid were good.

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Stewards, waiters, washy washy crew all were great.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very clean ship and we'll designed. Jewel was constructed in 2005 and recently refurbished. Great midsize ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Always clean. Liked the balcony. Nice cabin.

Ship tip

Well maintained midsize ship. Captain and crew were great.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

4 out of 5
Sydney has lots to see and do. Could spend several days there sightseeing.

Cruise Milford Sound

4 out of 5
Cold, windy, rain

Cruise Doubtful Sound

4 out of 5
Cold windy rain still spring in New Zealand.

Cruise Dusky Sound

4 out of 5
Early December. Still Spring. Cold Windy rainy.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

3 out of 5
Had to take tender boat from ship to shore, 25 minutes each way. NCL shore excursions all met in Stardust Theater, took up too much time waiting in theater.

Akaroa, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Weather better. Didn't like having all NCL shore excursions meeting in Stardust Theater. Lost too much time from each day. 1-2 hour lost.

Picton, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Nice area. Weather better. Shore excursions had to assemble and wait in Stardust Theater. One hour lost from each day waiting.

Wellington, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Nice city, but cool windy some rain.

Napier, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Better weather. Assemble in Stardust Theater for excursion was terrible.

Tauranga, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Lots to see and do. Waiting in Stardust Theater for excursion was awful lost one hour from each day.

Auckland, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Lots to see and do.


4 out of 5
Okay. But not enough buses were ordered by NCL to take us to airport. I had to pay for taxi. Taxis are Very expensive in Auckland.
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