January 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Caribbean - Western
For starters, I will never again book a cruise out of Texas. I thought that the cruise would depart near Houston; however, the terminal is in Pasadena, TX. This meant an unexpected $200 just for my husband and I to travel to/from the airport to the cruise terminal. Live and learn! In addition, we thought that you would be allowed back into the United States with up to two liters of alcohol per person duty free, but Texas decides to tax you when you leave the cruise terminal. We only had two bottles of leftover beer that we were taking off of the ship and the Texans were trying to charge us $2.50 in tax on those two bottles. I threw them in the trash. Forget it!
The customer service on the Norwegian Jewel was not as friendly as what I had experienced on Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruises, nor was the food quite as good.