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5.0

A Spring Break Cruise? by danwdooley

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Spring break cruises could be the stuff of nightmares.  Or not.  When this cruise was planned, we knew it would be during spring break but that timing was necessary since it would include our grandkids.  Our son, daughter in-law and the four grandkids.  Since they are school age, this was the only time, other than summer which we could make the cruise.

This cruise departed out of the Port of New Orleans.  That was close enough for us to drive from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to New Orleans.  Parking for the cruise terminals is virtually next door to the terminal.  That was convenient for both the departure and return.  Things like this are especially helpful if you are going to have four energetic kids along.  Kids who had never cruised before and are understandably excited and yet subject to potential confusion if the logistics of the trip become too complected.

We booked two balcony cabins adjacent to each other.  We divided up the sleeping arrangements so that the two girls were with their mom and dad and the two boys were with us.  The included folding couches in the cabins which open to make a full size bed were used by the kids.  Between the part of the cabin with the couch and the part with the bed is a wall to wall pull curtain so at night that gave my wife and I a little privacy separation from the boys and them from us.

My wife and I have been NCL fans over several cruises and this one was just as expected over all.  I can't think of any problems we had with any of the facilities or services.  The food services were good as always. 

One thing we did differently involved dinner.  Normally, my wife and I do the main dining rooms for dinner rather than the buffet dining.  We did that the first night of this cruise but we quickly found that it bored the kids and so for the rest of the cruise we dined in the buffet dining room where the kids had a ball with trips and repeat trips back to the serving lines.  That was fine for us too as the buffet dining room being less structured allowed for a more relaxed eating experience.  When you have four kids along who may take a long time to eat due to playing around and repeat trips back for more, you need a place where you can sit and relax and talk and speaking of that, it also makes it easy to enjoy those sporadic conversations which may pop up between adjacent tables.

Speaking of kids on a cruise and the potentials for the nightmare scenarios, this was spring break and yes there were other kids on the cruise.  It never became a madhouse.  The ship was not overrun with kids.  I suspect a lot chose another cruise line which well, I will just say my wife and I don't cruise on.  As to activities for the kids, there was enough to keep them more than busy from dawn to dusk when we were aboard.  Of course on port days we were ashore enjoying the shore excursions

Though this cruise was a little different for my wife and I who for the most part have cruised only as a couple, having the grandkids along really did make for a different but really rewarding experience with lots of memories to come away with..

A couple more points about this cruise.  The trip from New Orleans to the mouth of the Mississippi River at the Gulf of Mexico takes about eight hours.  The ship left port at 4 PM and it was in the middle of the night when we entered the Gulf.  All the way down the river until it became too dark to see, we enjoyed the sights which are not quite the usual expected to be seen on an "ocean cruise".  You will pass many other ships and other watercraft coming and going all the way.

Cruises to the Western Caribbean come from two main sources.  New Orleans and Galveston, Texas.  Interestingly, for some reason of itinerary scheduling, for a seven day cruise, the ones out of New Orleans have four port calls while the ones out of Houston/Galveston have only three.  Thus you end up with one more sea day when originating from that port.

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4.0

Fun in the Sun by OceansDream

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This cruise was a lot of fun.  One thing that stood out to me was The Cirque de Bejou, roughly translated into 'The Circus of the Jewels'.  It was essentially an acrobat/dancing show, and the announcer was exciting, and the costumes were fabulous.  There was a few seats at the front roped off, which at first I thought to be just reserved.... I figured out otherwise as the trapeze acrobats spun up and down the ropes just inches from those chairs, and not more than a few feet from me.  I could feel the rope swinging! 

 

The ports of call were awesome, although due to extreme sunburn I didn't spend too much time on Costa Maya, the final stop.  Apparently applying sunblock every 3-4 hours was not enough, and I'll be armed with 110 SPF this next time coming up.

 

Honduras is absolutely gorgeous.  The people there all seem to be quite friendly, as they waved to us on our bus ride to the dock for snorkeling.  And the tree mountains!  You just simply have to see it to believe it... they are breathtaking, and photos simply do not do them justice.  You must see them!

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Amazing Summer get a way! by bwoodard943

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

BrendaEverything was absolutely perfect from the booking of the cruise to the final disembarkment. The staff on the ship was awesome very helpful and always upbeat and happy to see you! The room was very clean and our steward was amazing!

Would highly recommend Norwegian Jewel!

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Amazing Family Vacation, Service was Stellar by CruiselineQ

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We were a family of 16 that took this cruise to Alaska - ranging in age from 2 till 80 years old. For many in the group, it was their first cruise. I have to say, It was one of the best vacations we've ever taken. Alaska, of course, is gorgeous (1st time visit for all of us) and is a definite bucket list item.

What we didn't expect was the impressive service from Norwegian. One of the kids (2 years old) in our family has severe allergies. Every day a Norwegian server (Michelle) would find us and ask what she would like to eat and how it should be prepared. E.g. butter nut squash, steamed, no oil. And like clockwork, the food show up at the meal time...even if we were dining at a specialty restaurant. Michelle would also take her order for breakfast the next day and show up at the Garden buffet. Our cabin steward was also great. We had a light bulb out and reported it to him. It was fixed in an hour, plus someone in guest services followed up with a phone call.

Other highlights of the trip included:

- Going through Tracy Arm Fjord and seeing Sawyer Glacier (captain did a nice job of getting us close and spinning the ship around)

- Dining at the specialty restuarants - food was excellent, on par with great restaurants on land. I highly recommend Le Bistro (had 2 orders of escargot!), Moderno and Teppanyaki. I would pass on Chin Chin.

- Karaoke!

- Watching world cup soccer at O'Sheehan's on the big screen. Was pretty happy that they had every game on!

What could be better? The glass in our cabin (8572) was frosted. There is no light in. We knew going in it would be 'obstructed', but didn't realize it is completely frosted. The main dining room dinners were average. Great service (one of the waiters serenaded us!), but food was about average. 

Overall, it was a bucket list vacation we are going to remember for a long time. Big Smile

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4.8

Trip of a Lifetime by Deb2018

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

The best ports ever. Definitely a Bucket List item!

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A very fun trip by sguidi

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Mexico

This is the 5 th Mexican cruise for us, You will NOT go hungry. Some places to eat are better than others, by far! For some reason on this cruise the employees did not seem as happy as they do on other cruise lines. The ship is older and the entertainment is not as good as other lines i have been on. Bingo prizes are much smaller than other cruises. I believe they use Bingo to make up a lot of profit for them. The pool was closed 2 times due to "accidents", and that was unfortunate. But for the price i would do it again noting what i said above.

 

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4.2

Wonderful Australian/New Zealand Cruise by DawnMont

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Overall a very nice cruise!! Itinerary was well done. Ship and stateroom were very comfortable.

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5.0

Don't judge a ship by its cover! by ARCJCM

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We recently returned from an eight-day inside passage Alaska cruise on the Norwegian Jewel. We sailed in an Owner’s Suite (10004 — category H3), which is part of The Haven. For those like myself who prefer to see rather than read, I've posted videos of our trip and our cabin to a YouTube playlist, which can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDWI8b8Zxdm2J8XAVKehnsy0cLDOFcCgj

 

This was our first cruise, and we were big cruise skeptics. Our vacation travel is generally more geared toward luxury, and we tend to avoid crowds, which is why we’ve avoided cruising. Because we were eager to see Alaska, we decided to shelve our cruise prejudice, knowing that cruising is the most efficient way to see the state. To quickly get to the point, although our trip didn't start out so well, we ended up having an amazing vacation on the Jewel, and we're already looking forward to taking more trips with Norwegian soon.

As you're reading this review, keep in mind that it starts negative and gets positive. I’m trying to be candid about our experience, so it only makes sense to share our experience and impressions as they really happened!

DEPARTURE:

Our cruise departed from Vancouver, BC, and returned to Seattle, WA. As cruise newbies, we found the security, customs, and boarding process in Vancouver to be chaotic and confusing. We thought maybe it was just our newness that made us overwhelmed by the process, but we talked with several frequent cruisers who said they had never seen it so bad before. We were told to expect that we would be directed to an area reserved for Haven and Suite guests, but that didn't happen — eventually we found this area, but there were no staff present, so we didn't know what to do. We later learned that the absence of staff was due to an all-crew drill that, unfortunately for us, coincided with our scheduled embarkation. From staff and other regular NCL cruisers, it sounds like this embarkation process was absolutely not the norm.

SHIP & CABIN:

 

Once we got on the ship, our initial reaction was quite negative. The common areas looked old and dated, and the pool deck, in particular, felt like it had been designed in the 70s. The  obnoxiously loud (but fading) color scheme on the pool deck looked like something out of a circus or an old Las Vegas casino. The plastic, cartoon-style palm trees surrounding the pool were especially ugly. For a ship built in 2005 — and subsequently renovated — we were surprised at some of these design decisions.

While our Owner's Suite was similarly dated in appearance, it was spacious (700+ square feet) and functional, and offered some of the best views on the ship. Our suite was 10004, which is on the front-starboard side of the ship, positioned directly below the ship's bridge. We've made a video tour of this cabin, which you can view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vJyplnCQraA

The decor of the suite didn't feel like something designed in this century. The carpet looked new, but the furnishings, wall/ceiling treatments, artwork, TVs, and bathroom finishings all looked old and worn. However, we grew to love this room.

The suite is very functional with ample living space, dining space, and privacy. The living area includes a pull-out sofa, lounge chair and chaise, in addition to a 32” (or so) old plasma TV and DVD player. The dining area has a large table with four chairs and could comfortably accommodate four diners. In addition to the master bathroom with a dual-vanity, the suite included a half-bath, which certainly came in handy when getting ready in the mornings.

In the bedroom, the king-size bed was comfortable, and the linens were fine, if not particularly memorable. The bedroom has another small, dated plasma TV with a DVD player. There is also a writing desk with additional storage, though it's unlikely you'll need it — this suite has a massive walk-in closet connected to the master bathroom. We felt like we had plenty of places to hide our junk!

Aside from the incredible views afforded by the two balconies, we grew to love this suite because of its size and function. We had privacy from each other when we wanted it, but could keep it open when we didn't. It has plenty of space for storage — more than you'll likely need. And the furniture, while ugly, was comfortable and functional.

We'd like to see Norwegian update the technology in the room to include modern TVs with on-demand movie offerings. We were disappointed that the TVs were so old that they didn't include HDMI ports that we would use to connect our iPads to watch our own TV shows, movies and videos.

And lastly, we'd like to see Norwegian install better window coverings in the master bath. The current coverings are see-through, and with a window looking out to the side balcony, you couldn't help but feel a little exposed — and yes, you can clearly see through the shade from the balcony in to the bathroom (we tested it so you don't have to).

 

During a more extensive refit, I'm confident this room could be made stunning, but even as it stands today, we would happily sail in it again.

 

DINING:

Dining onboard was, I imagine, fairly typical for Norwegian. The specialty/up-charge restaurants we tried were all exceptionally good. We ate at Teppanyaki (hibachi-style Japanese), Le Bistro (French), La Cucina (Italian), and Cagney's (steakhouse). Our personal favorite was Cagney's, which we visited twice. Also, as guests of The Haven, we were entitled to breakfast and lunch in Moderno, reserved for guests in The Haven and certain suites. While we never went to breakfast, this lunch was also exceptional, and the food was always well prepared, hot, and delicious. We did wish, however, that the lunch menu had changed at least once over our eight days, but this wasn't too much of a concern because we liked what was offered — we just ended up eating it more than once.

 

We also tried three of the free dining venues on the ship: Chin Chin (Chinese), the Garden Cafe (buffet), and room service. Chin Chin was very good and what you would expect from a Western-style Chinese restaurant. We were also impressed with the buffet, and left it feeling very satisfied. Room service, however, was not good. The food tasted like something from a school cafeteria, so if you're ordering from the standard room service menu, stick to the simple things, like desserts and sandwiches.

 

SERVICE:

 

After the initial confusion with boarding, service was exceptional, which is really what helped change our perspective on the trip. If I had to pinpoint one thing that made our trip special, it was the quality of service we received from the staff onboard. With very few exceptions, the staff were polite, professional, happy, and committed to creating a positive guest experience. For us, the real standouts were our suite's butler, Mary Jane, and the concierge for suites and The Haven, Bruno. Mary Jane was warm, personable, and informative. She handled all of our requests with aplomb, and always went out of her way to do something special and unexpected for us. Bruno was a consummate professional who took great strides to accommodate us for everything from last-minute reservations in the specialty dining restaurants to getting us tickets on fully-booked excursions after our original excursions were cancelled due to inclement weather. I really hope we have an opportunity to cruise with Mary Jane and Bruno again because they make an excellent team. Norwegian would do well to keep them on staff!

 

We also grew quite close to the wait staff in Cagney's because they also served lunch in Moderno for Haven and suite guests. It was nice getting to know each of them, and when we would see them around the ship, they would always greet us by name and ask about our trip. This really made us feel welcome and looked after.

The only “service” complaint we have is about the onboard internet and is not tied to a member of the staff. To put it bluntly, the internet is terrible. We bought two unlimited internet packages and wouldn't do it again. When it worked, it barely worked — and the rest of the time, it just didn't work at all. Save your money and just wait until you get in to port!

 

EXCURSIONS:

By now, you're probably as tired of reading as I am of typing, but I'll leave a quick note on excursions. We scheduled excursions in every port on our trip through Norwegian, and all of them were high-quality and worthwhile. But because of Alaska's moody weather patterns, we did have a few that got cancelled — namely those that involved flying (the “pilot's choice” glacier tour by helicopter, and a seaplane tour). Bruno, the concierge for The Haven, managed to get us on a seaplane tour at a later port, which I would highly recommend. Not only is the scenery beautiful, the ride itself was fun! And make sure that if you're in Alaska you do at least one whale-watching trip. You will almost certainly see a lot of whales, and it was really breathtaking.

IN CONCLUSION:

 

In sum, our trip was excellent. Better than expected. The staff — in particular our butler, Mary Jane, and concierge, Bruno — were exemplary. Our inside passage itinerary was a perfect introduction to Alaska. And once we stopped fixating on the aesthetics of the ship and allowed ourselves to relax, we ended up having an amazing time. We loved the size of the Jewel — and by the time we were done with the cruise, we felt like we knew every nook and cranny of the ship, and grew to love its character. Just like with people, I think the same saying applies to ships: You can't always judge a book, or ship, by its cover.

On the last day of our cruise, we made deposits for two future cruises with NCL in The Haven. We're already excited to figure out where we want to go next, and I'm hopeful that the next cruises live up to the ridiculously high standard set by our first.

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3.9

Great Aus/NZ cruise by Geepeejay

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Ship decor: good Oceanview Stateroom (5094): modest size no chairs, good cupboards, constant machinery noise (24 hours), then maintenance noise during the day. The noise did not abate for the entirety of the cruise and is a major issue for the room. The bathroom has 3 sections (toilet, basin, shower) which is a nice idea but in reality is really small and only just works; I can see why it would be unsuitable for a team of travelling Sumo wrestlers... The toilet paper seems to be single ply (but wrapper says dual), leaning toward fine sandpaper. Restaurants and Bars: Importantly, "washy, washy" was enforced. There was a heavy concentration on making sure sanitisation was carried out. Compliments to ship for this. Tsars - good wine waiter (Heidi), else rather not. Food choice so-so. Found chicken really dry and pad thai spicy, but bland and little warning of heat. Azure - less formal than Tsars, same menu. Food same quality as Tsars. Both not up to hype. Food improved over time. Best meal was lamb shank with rosemary potato and mint jelly, whilst paella was also a stand out; unfortunately prepared on the same night. O'Sheehans Irish Pub: Maitre D initially not friendly and tended to ignore customer requests; I felt we were somehow naughty, as we were often put at a little round table in line with the pathway even though other better placed and protected seating was available. Patricia (wait staff) is really excellent. Pub grub with good choices. Great burgers and wings. Hot dogs not bad. Place of choice for breakfast as reasonable choice and no buffet queues. Garden Court Buffet: big choice, but much of food is reasonable quality at best. Ice cream here (bowls, cones). Typical issues with seating on large buffet. Great Outdoors: make your own burgers and dogs. Prefer O'Sheehans. Dufry Shops: good location, but tired. Bliss: nice layout in area, but too open. Magnum: good "sunken lounge" environment. Wait staff great. Includes Martini and Cocktail bar. Great way to end the night. Spinnaker Lounge: great spot to watch the seas go by whilst under cover and relaxing in lounges. Entertainment hotspot. Good spot. Stardust Theatre: tiered seating and tired decor. Seats worn, no room for drinks or anything. Not good on big audience occasions. Also spot for releasing shore excursions. Urk. Atrium Cafe: Coffee and Chocolate- Starbucks. Has steps up to O'Sheehans, if not blocked off for entertainers. The Asian complimentary eatery Chin Chin is popular, although its menu is small. Unless there early, expect to wait. Food is reasonable. Pool deck is an open area with a reasonable sized pool there are 4 hot tubs. On this deck are 2 eateries and bars, Topsiders on the pool deck and The Pit Stop pool observation deck (mostly for smokers). There are several eateries at which payment is required including French, Italian, Teppanyake, Brazilian, Sushi and a Steakhouse. Not tried. The Jewel Casino allows smoking. There is a cigar room, The Humidor, which was pretty well closed off from the non smoking environment. There were some rough seas, like a washing machine with 4.5 metre waves. The ship handled this well, although I think many pax were seasick. Activities: Dance lessons include 70's dancing including 90's music, although Earth Wind and Fire and Bee Gees made an appearance. Party line dancing kicked off with belly dancing music. No instruction, other than "follow me"... great when your back gets turned. Kudos to those that picked it up. Platinum Band getting funky used as the base for both line dance and 70's lessons. Go figure. Popular was the faux poker tournament. Had no need to know how to play. Excursions: Excursion staff did best to ensure orderly departure for shore trips. Burnie coastline tour had good sights, but major problems with commentary as microphone was malfunctioning. Very disappointing. Melbourne Puffing Billy trip had similar issues with equipment. Also, commentary was quite biased with a definite right leaning viewpoint. Platform crowd management abysmal, but deference given to volunteer resourcing who tried in large crowd. Guides called tours by official tour group name, rather than by relation to cruise ship name confusing many. Melbourne sights good, but as with Burnie and again with Wellington, much of the stop time was around war memorials. Surely there are other attractions with cafes and rest rooms? On this day, there was a service at the site, limiting access to detailed displays. May be a good place but service combined with poor weather detracted. Personal tour in Dunedin went like clockwork. Could not have organised better. Akaroa was from my perspective without need of formal tour. Walking at own pace on a glorious day was the best. Wellington tour with Gregory was quite good. Local person with local commentary provided best organised ships excursion. As mentioned above, much time devoted to war memorial, but the park and memorial sites are very, very good. One to put on your list for next time. Rose garden was great area too, whilst the cable car was disappointing with very crowded carriages preventing photography and splitting tour.

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Not what we expected by plantycat

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Disastrous never want to experience anything like we all went through like that again being turned away from almost every port we tried to dock at then being dumped .

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4.3

Best way to see the glaciers by hensgogo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

If you love cruising, you need to try at least once an Alaska Cruise. The highlight would be seeing those glaciers. As sad as it may look, some glaciers are breaking off. You may have to skip the onboard pool once your in the northern side of Alaska, but I guess being on this cruise is not for the pool. Make sure to bring your long range camera lenses because you'll need those to capture not only the glaciers, but also the Bald eagles, bears, whales and other wild life.

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A nice little cruise. by drpritchard2003

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Mexico

We chose this cruise for two reasons: It left from our home port of San Pedro Ca. and it was a Haven cruise with Norwegian Cruise lines. The Haven is very nice. This ships Haven does not have the Haven restaurant Or lounge with the bar.  It is still a great setting for cruising. We have done this Itinerary many times so there is little that is new. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are wonderful stops. Mazatlan is nice but the shopping and sights are far from where the ship docks.

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4.0

Honeymoon Cruise by juliaann89

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Mexico

We LOVED our Norwegian Jewel cruise! The ship itself was very nice, clean, and full of activities. The staff was friendly, and the cruise itself was very smooth.

 

What we loved:

All of the deck space. We really wanted to spend our cruise relaxing after the craziness of the wedding, and there were a handful of spots on the deck where we could just escape and read our books.

Our room. We had a basic cabin, but it was so clean, cute, and cozy. It was the perfect size for my husband and I. (Also the beds and pillows--SO COZY! We caught up on so much sleep!)

The food. The majority of the food was super delicious!

The entertainment. All of the entertainment we went to see was fantastic. We played bingo (And won $500), went to a comedy show, and saw the ship's version of Cirque de Soleil. Also, all of the entertainment staff was amazing--They had so much energy and were always super friendly.

The excursions. We only went on 1--The tile & tequila excursion in Puerto Vallarta. And it was AMAZING! Very well planned and so fun, definitely worth it.

 

What could use improvement:

Vegetarian options. While there was a ton of delicious food, we definitely would have appreciated some more vegetarian options. Typically there were only 1-2 entrees that were vegetarian in a restaurant. (And some that didn't even have 1.) While we were probably the only vegetarians on the entire ship, it would have been great to have more choices.

Also--A lot of the time the waiters didn't know if something was vegetarian or not. (Like if it used chicken stock or not, etc.) Having them be more aware of that would have been helpful, or to even have someone provide an option for us. (Like yes, you can have the alfredo pasta without the shrimp, no problem! But that didn't happen once.)

A quieter pool. The only pool on the ship is right in the center--Where it is always SO LOUD. They were constantly either blasting music or there was a band playing, or they were having some kind of contest. Which is totally fine and fun--But we had really been looking forward to spending some quiet time at the pool, which was impossible throughout the cruise. Having some kind of quiet pool away from the madness (And the kids) would have been perfect!

 

Overall, we had a great cruise! It was both fun and relaxing. We would definitely take another cruise with Norwegian Jewel!

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Very awesome cruise experience by mrweaver7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

I was very impressed with the Norwegian Jewel's entertainment and variety of activities. The only problem was that the casino was very close to the Stardust Theater and exiting the theaters sometimes meant going through the smokey casino. I have minor asthma and sinus issues which were aggravated by the smoke. 

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Excursions Were The Highlight of the trip !! by cchawner

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We experienced the MAGNIFICENT MISTY FJORDS SEAPLANE in Ketchikan and the views were spectacular. Took Go pro video as well as stills but still can capture the felling of the excursion. We also experienced the TRACY ARM FJORD & GLACIER EXPLORER in Juneau which took 43 passengers up to 2 glaciers and we saw humpback whales and orca's as a bonus on the way to the glacier. The crew for the excursions made the trip. I have gone scuba diving in the Western Caribean but the view of nature in Alaska on these 2 excursions were outstanding.

 

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4.9

Great coastal cruise.... by markundmary

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Coastal - West Coast

It was a nice local cruise for us. We got to see some fall foliage in Vancouver and Victoria and the weather was absolutely perfect.

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4.6

Our first NCL Cruise by dano53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Our first time with Norwegian Cruise lines was not impressed.

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4.5

Impressed by ChrissyD1994

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Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

This was our first time. Love freestyle. Staff are very well trained and are really pleasant to be around, the ship is lovely, the captain is cute…we'll be back…AAA+

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5.0

Freestyle is great! by airspace123

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: Mexico

I took my parents for their 55th anniversary. It was our first cruise. Freestyle really worked for us as they like to wear comfortable clothes and shoes without worrying about formal dress codes. We really enjoyed the acrobatic show by Rinat and Elena. We had to get up early for The Land's End excursion at Cabo. It was nice, but the boat ride was rough. The bus tour at Puerto Vallarta was physically challenged for my parents as it involved a lot of walking on steps and slope. The topless bus tour at Mazatlan was nice for people who cannot walk a lot. 

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4.5

Alaskan Cruise by Geneann

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Awesome cruise! Love the shows and enjoyed the excursions!

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