Still curious about NCL's Norwegian Jewel? The 92,000-ton, 2,400-passenger vessel is a sibling to NCL's Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star, but features some intriguing elements of its own. Among the 13 bars and lounges; the fabulous new Garden suites and accompanying courtyard, complete with private pool and whirlpool; and a whole host of restaurants oriented to Freestyle Dining, our favorite images include the following.
The Java Cafe is a sleek yet whimsical coffee bar in the center of the atrium -- the hub of the ship, really -- and it's a perfect place for people-watching.
|Chin Chin incorporates Norwegian Jewel's Asian eatery along with its sushi bar and Teppanyaki restaurant.|
|Garden and courtyard villas are not only among the ship's nicest -- they also come with the fantastic perk of a private, er, courtyard with a pool and whirlpool. It's a gorgeous and intimate space that feels more like something out of Miami Beach's Delano than a big ship cruise vessel. Note the vaguely Asian decor; one of the best spots is the Balinese bed that lies at one end of the pool.|
|And there's more! On the deck above, ringing the courtyard pool area, is a series of wide loungers that are covered with flowing fabrics. Bar service is available. Like the pool area below, it's open only to residents of the garden and courtyard villas.|
|One of our favorite restaurants, at least decor-wise, was Mama's Italian Kitchen. It's decorated to resemble a rustic Tuscan eatery and serves traditional Italian fare. There's no cover charge.|
|Tucked away poolside, on the main pool deck, is the Sapphire Kid's Pool; it's adjacent as well to the Splashdown Kid's Club.|
|The Garden Cafe, the ship's buffet venue, is airy and low-key and spans the space between the Sapphire Pool and The Great Outdoors, which is basically an outdoor extension of the eatery.|
|The Kid's Cafe, located in a corner of the Garden Cafe, is an NCL classic -- it features a kid-size buffet station and a host of mini-sized tables and chairs. We've heard that even adults find the fare -- chicken fingers, little pizzas, hot dogs, French fries and grilled cheese -- tantalizing on occasion.|
|The neatest thing about Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar, part of the ship's innovative Bar City concept, is the way that the glass-enclosed counter features percolating pink bubbles.|
|Here's another perspective of the Sapphire Pool area.|
|For solitude, head to the Bora Bora Health Spa's thalassotherapy pool and heated tile loungers.|
Stay tuned for Cruise Critic's updated sneak preview of Norwegian Jewel, coming Tuesday, September 20.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor