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Norwegian Jewel

May 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage

Had a great time! But room for improvement...

We had a great time on this Alaskan cruise and enjoyed ourselves immensely. But, there are some areas for improvement for NCL. First, the food on this cruise was really mediocre at best. The selection was not very broad or very flavorful. We have cruised with NCL before and had great food and a great variety to choose from. Also, requiring certain attire in the Azur dining room, which is complementary, was really off-putting. I can see maybe having a different dress code for the high-end steak house, but not a complementary venue. In addition, the beverage package for soda products was great, if you could find somewhere to get a soda. During the day, several bars were closed and if you could find one open, the employees didn't seem to want to wait on you if you had one of the insulated cups. I guess they thought they weren't getting a tip, but we tip generously if given a reason. Other than those things, we enjoyed our cruise.  Really good entertainment and activities and always something to do. I definitely recommend NCL. We put a down payment on a future NCL cruise and hope that one will meet every expectation.

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Skagway, Alaska - We enjoyed the train trip to the summit (didn't do the entire trip to BC). Beautiful scenery and a 'mostly' comfortable ride. I will say that another train broke down and our engine had to go and pull it up the mountain, so we had to sit on the train for an extra hour at the summit. This was not a good thing. I also heard that another train had broken down the day before too.
Victoria, British Columbia - What a beautiful clean city. There is a bit of a walk to the fisherman's wharf area, but from there you can get on one of the cool water shuttles and go to the center of the city. Lots of shops and good places to eat. You can also get bike taxis to take you around the city. Would love to go back.
Juneau, Alaska - We didn't plan an excursion for this port, so we just walked around and shopped. It is a quaint little town and we enjoyed just spending our time on the main strip through town. There was a complementary shuttle from our port to the main part of town.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Our excursion in Ketchikan was OK. We went on the Alaskan Lodge and Wilderness Adventure. The cost was $179 pp which was too expensive for what we did. It is a small group excursion which we liked and we loved the crab boil, but basically we paid all that money for a short boat ride, lunch and a look at an eagle's nest.
Seattle, Washington - The fish market is a must see and we enjoyed the space needle and monorail as well.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - I did like the fact that the didn't hound you to purchase pictures. There were several times we met a photographer who wanted to take our pic with some character or other, but we always declined and they were always respectful of that.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jewel cruise review - Had a great time! But room for improvement...

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Jewel"I did like the fact that the didn't hound you to purchase pictures. There were several times we met a photographer who wanted to take our pic with some character or other, but we always declined and they were always respectful of that. "

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