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3.6

NCL Jewel Alaska cruise May 2022 by ValT

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

Hubby and I 1st Norwegian Jewel Alaska cruise compered to our prior cruises (carnival and princess): absolutely overall very disappointed with pretty much everything. Maybe I am just used to carnival’s too much fun💃🏻🕺but I believe to pay almost 4K for this cruise we should of at least have a great time and the entertainment we deserve😀 - The cruise was empty(900 pax) - there was activities what so ever for all ages - inside bars open after 3:00pm so if you want to drink before 3pm you have to go to the outside bar which is COLD and it will be only you and the bartender outthere - live musics after 6:30pm (no good musics) - buffet sucks - Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway: we did not book no tours(very expensive tours)…Juneau is the only good city to tour around, the other two cities are very old towns and nothing to see. If you did not book excurssion u will have nothing to do, probably nothing exciting anyways lol. The only good thing on this cruise was: the glacier Hubbard, the amazing staff/crew and bartenders: Nicoly and Kumar. The crew always happy, greeting everybody and making sure everybody was welcome🫶🏻🫶🏻 😀This is my personal opnion, dont want to offend anyone, but definetely not cruising with NCL ever again. Cheers🍻🍹

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Breathtaking views cruise by Antescreek

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Jewel

We had a very low capacity of people on our cruise, so it was TERRIFIC! No lines and amazing friendly staff. The food was of good variety but not 5 star. Many of us in my family would have appreciated more vegan/no oil meal options.

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4.7

A Great Cruise by hdolen

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

We really enjoyed our cruise on the NCL Jewel. Crew was tremendous. Alaska is beautiful and we were lucky to mostly have good weather at ports.

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CABO and Ensenada Short Cruise by cmarsh54333983

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

A very nice break. An easy, stress-free cruise that was also quite affordable.

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Perfect Getaway Cruise by PJMarch

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

This was our first cruise ever and we loved it so much we booked 2 more cruises with Norweigan. One in December for New Years and one next year to Italy/Greek Isles. Absolutely a wonderful trip and a great experience. We loved the freestyle dinning. Great job Norweigan making us a huge fan of your cruise line.

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Jewel is back cruising by fpcoach1

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

Ship was limited to around 900 cruisers which made it so easy to get around ship. First cruise for Jewel since Covid. No waits ever for anything. Great experience but I think they limited entertainment because of this.

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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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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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Great itinerary! Far superior than the Norwegian Pearl and Star. by ArmenMakasjian

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

It want to specifically thank Chris Festerman, our cruise rep., for giving us great advice on this specific cruise, especially on the warning of rough waters when crossing the Tasman sea. Also, his recommendation on taking the Jewel surely paid off. The cruise was great!

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Two Weeks Down Under by zennettaj

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

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.

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Australian Cruise by bifeca

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

They did a great job of keeping the ship clean and sanitized!

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4.9

A Once in a Lifetime Experience! by workhardflymore

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

This 10 day itinerary was a once in a lifetime experience for my family and me.

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3.4

Priceless views by MickeyII

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

Excellent views of a lifetime, lovely! Took lots of pics and soaked it in.

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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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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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'Down Under' cruise by rvcaptain5327

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

Cruises are always a good idea but this one was a little lacking for us due to the lack of personal service and complimentary food options. I dislike having so much more costs involved after I have already paid for the cruise. It even charged an additional fee for charging money to the card for using the casino machines on a so-called cashless ship. This was my 47th cruise so this being my 1st NCL cruise I was a little under-whelmed. The people were all courteous but they are spread too thin.

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3.8

Just an average cruise. by Captain60

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

Overall was nice, but very disappointed in NCL Jewel. Shops and or events closed or cancelled without notice. Sister ship the Pearl was much nicer, and organized

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A great trip aound New Zealand by jdvsdv604573

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

Nez Zealand was a pleasant surprise- CLEAN, FRIENDLY, and EASY TO GET AROUND Would advise anyone who just want to get away to take the cruise

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4.2

Auckland to Sydney cruise was fantastic!!! by JerryCruiser

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

We flew to Sydney first for 5 days, then flew to Auckland to catch the cruise. We went with 2 friends from our hometown. Definitely get the NCL app for onboard messaging and off ship phone calls. Quality of calls was excellent. Go to the shows. They were spectacular.

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5.0

Awesome cruise around New Zealand by okema

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

Wonderful the Jewell is a great ship 3rd time on her and always a positive experience

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