If no tables at the garden cafe, walk to the Aft of deck 12 and take your food into Cucina. Was empty for the most part!
wake up really early before any one else and walk the ship and watch the sunrise it is spectacular.
Book your shore excursions off the ship- far cheaper
Super ship, didn't have to walk thru the casino to get to the resturants or the entertainment or bars. Elegant dining in the Tsar dining room. Actually we enjoyed it so much we didn't dine anywhere else. Great auditorium, never sat in a bad seat and wow, what great shows!
You will like the fact the Jewel staff doesn't hound you for pictures like other cruise lines.
The 2 person musical duo "Cover Story" was very entertaining. The female vocalist was very good; the male musician played both piano and guitar. They did popular songs. Our 4 year old granddaughter danced to every number, to the amusement of the audience.
The room service is included in the ship fare. We enjoyed coffee sent to the room each morning. They also had large screen viewing of NFL football game playoffs.
There is a refrigerator in the room and there is also a coffee pot so you can make coffee before you have to dress and go down to the breakfast!! That is a great plus compared to other cruises I have been on!
On Norwegian I would always get premier dining package, well worth the value for the options that you have. Since we had great shore excursions didn't really use balcony much since we were off of the ship.
Don't bother bringing a laptop unless you plan to use it in your room. WiFi is very expensive.
Breakfast and lunch in Tsar's to avoid the madness that is the Garden Cafe. If you must eat at the buffet, go sit in La Cucina.
THE CHOCOLATE BAR WAS AWESOME
Dining room is less crowded the later you go. If you have to wait for a table, they offer you a free glass of champagne ~ a win, win for all!
You're on vacation - and it's an expensive one. So lighten up and enjoy yourself! There is PLENTY of food on-board so there is no need to race ahead of other passengers to the buffet line. Relax. Talk to other passengers. We met some great people and made a few new friends but I was amazed at the number of people who wouldn't even make eye contact let alone smile. No, we weren't obnoxious, overly-friendly people. A simple nod or "good morning" is all it takes to make for a more enjoyable trip. Yes, I know a person can have a bad day sometimes, I'm not talking about that. Basically, you will get out of this experience what you put into it. The buffet area can be very crowded and it was always a challenge to find an empty table. After the first day or two, we began proactively offering a seat or two at our table if we had them available (again, I'm talking about the buffet area, not the actual dining rooms). Our offers were always accepted and improved the experience for all of us. I'm sure NCL hates when passengers say this, but we didn't book a single excursion through NCL. We chose to arrange our own activities in port and when we compared what we did with similar NCL offerings, we saved a lot of money and interacted with a lot of locals. A few respectful questions and they would point us toward the best places to eat (not where most tourists go), and the easiest/cheapest way to get to where we wanted to go. If you're a little less adventurous, every port has kiosks with people who can set you up with the various tours. Not as convenient as NCL doing it for you (that's why they charge a premium), so it's usually a lot less expensive for the same experiences.
Unlimited drink package is a scam. They close half the bars or restaurants all the time so lines for a drink are terrible.
I would tell them be prepared to dodge carts and debris in the hallways.
Make special dining reservation early. French, Tepanyaki and Brazilian are a must!
The Aft Deck 12 was the most pleasant seating.
THE JEWEL DEPARTS AND COMES BACK ON SUNDAY WHICH MEANS NO TRAFFIC ON THE LA FREEWAYS. THIS WAS THE BIGGEST DRAW FOR US.
Sometimes it can be confusing as to what direction is the front (bow) of the ship. All you have to do is look at the fish pattern on the floor. The fish are always swimming towards the front (bow) of the ship! Very helpful!
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