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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

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4.8 out of 5
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Norwegian Jewel

14 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 14, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9575

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 months ago

Review summary

Our cruise began as an overnight in Sydney NSW, leaving later the next evening. Then, we spent a day at sea before landing at Burney, Tasmania. From there, we stopped at Melbourne, Victoria, where we overnighted until the following afternoon. The next two days were spent sailing in the Tasman Sea toward New Zealand. On the following day, we entered Milford Sound, followed by Doubtful Sound and finally Dusky Sound. Upon exiting Dusky Sound the ship entered the Pacific Ocean, sailing to Port Chalmers, the gateway to the city of Dunedin. On the following day, we Anchored off the coast of Akaroa, which is about an hour and a half from Christchurch. The next day was a visit to Wellington. From there, we spent two days at sea before returning to Sydney. This was a nice relaxing cruise.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very smooth with no hang-ups.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Buffet was generally good. The other restaurants and dining areas were very good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There were trivia contests everyday, there were art auctions and sales at the store onboard. Overall, it was great.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The entertainment was excellent, with a special mention of the Diva, Candace Glover. What a voice!

Children's Programs

No children in our party and only saw a handful of children aboard during the two week cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone seemed to have done their best.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The maintenance was excellent. The layout was very good.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The comfort and cleanliness was very good

Ship tip

I really don't have any advice to give.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Sydney was great. We even spent an extra day prior to the cruise. There's so much more to see and do there

Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

4 out of 5
Not much to see in Burnie, but any stop is good.

Melbourne, Australia

5 out of 5
Unfortunately, it rained on both days, but what we saw and visited was great. With nearly 5-Million people, it's almost the size of it's bigger sister, Sydney.

Cruise Doubtful Sound

5 out of 5
They don't stop in Doubtful Sound, but the ship sails through the fjords on the way from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Cruise Dusky Sound

5 out of 5
Dusky Sound was nice. We had our best opportunity to see seals and other sea life. This is the last passage before the Pacific when sailing from Australia to New Zealand.

Cruise Milford Sound

5 out of 5
We met a Holland America ship here. This was the first fjord reached after 2 days sailing from Melbourne. Ships can't pass through, but must turn around and go back out into the Tasman Sea to continue.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

4 out of 5
There isn't much at Port Chalmers, where the port is located. It's a medium journey from here to Dunedin, where there are more things to see and do.

Akaroa, New Zealand

4 out of 5
This port required that we anchor out in the harbor and tender into the pier. The main street was interesting with lots to see and do. Some attractions off the main street as well, like the Giant House. Very scenic in the hills surrounding the harbor area.

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Nice port, and excellent tour around the city and into the hills.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
This was fairly quick and easy. I was surprised.
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