August 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage
Even with drink package, EVERY person must show room card, enter tip amount, total, sign, and date for EVERY drink. Huge inconvenience. Severs and customers waste much time here.
Seattle attaches a drink tax (not included in drink package) for every drink will at port for a good distance away from their port.
Very crowded, be prepared to be bumped and pushed in buffet and pool area's.
High costs. Your credit card will be hit for $300.00 as soon as you get on the boat. Some restaurants will still cost you 20 to 30 dollars more because of better food, service, and atmosphere. Atmosphere is a little better, food about the same, service is much slower. Don't waste your money.
The prices for excursions and transportation right at the dock exit when getting off the boat is legalized theft. Walk to the local transportation and unaffiliated Norwegian vendors. you will save hundreds. To go from the boat to the Alaskan brewery would have been $20.00 out and &20.00 back per person ($40.00 total) through Norwegian vendors, we did it for $5.00 per person round trip.
On a good note, getting on and off the boat was very easy and fast for the thousands of people on board.