Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews

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harlena
Member Since 2005
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Cruise was chosen because of length and destination. Buffet food was delicious, but ice cream machines were not always functioning. It would have been nice to have an ice cream machine near the pool. Coffee was too strong for our taste. ... Read more
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Member Since 2016
1 review
66 forum posts
We booked this cruise for the Panama Canal. Everything else was just extras. We are a married couple in our mid 50s and this is our 15th cruise overall, 7th on NCL. We live on the east coast, so we booked the LA to Miami route so we ... Read more
organist65
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was my 14th cruise-5th with NCL. GOOD: (1) The ports and shore excursions were great. My DH and I took the ship's excursions and didn't mind spend a bit more to ensure we returned to the ship on time. I learned a lot about the ... Read more
Spaniellady
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and had cruised on NCL before and had good experiences with the line. I'm not saying this was a bad experience, I am saying it was generally "blah." I say that ... Read more
presporak
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed January 2017
Partly because of price but not significance difference. Organization of boarding procedure in Miami - extremely poor - substandard. Service and employees - very good. Excursion vere very poorly organized mainly information to ... Read more
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Gmfranklin
Member Since 2017
1 review
This was our eighth cruise and second on the Norwegian Cruise line. We chose this cruise because of the extensive port calls, 9 in 16 days including the full transit of the Panama Canal. First the Pros of this cruise. We had ... Read more
ship2sure
Member Since 2017
1 review
First time with NCL, and its more casual style, which generally worked well. One criticism though is the reluctance of NCL to give you any information about the ship! Deck plans are strictly for the website, and almost unprintable, and ... Read more
janetandnoel
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because of The Panama Canal complete journey. I was apprehensive about the idea of 'free style cruising' however. Having been on a Celebrity cruise in November I also hoped it would compete well. The embarkation ... Read more
stjohnbeachlover
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
242 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
My husband and I along with two other couples booked this Panama Canal cruise. My husband and I have been on a lot of cruises (17 for him and 19 for me). My husband is 63 and I am 58. We were excited about this cruise because every port ... Read more
christine.worden
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
The staff were very friendly and great service with smiles. Donovan, and Cindy were outstanding waiters. Christian was our cabin maintenance and he is a happy polite and hoping he will receive a raise in wages or position if he ... Read more
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Ganna02
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed January 2017
My husband has always wanted to traverse the Panama Canal so this was a "bucket list" cruise. Overall, the Jewel is a great ship - easy to navigate, friendly crew, good food, excellent shows and a comfortable cabin. We had ... Read more
TCHQ
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my first time with Norwegian. Honestly, I was very disappointed with everything, from food to entertainment. For 15 days, we had the same menu in the Garden Café, in specialty dining venues like Chin Chin, Teppanyaki, ... Read more
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RWS1211
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Average cruise with limited daytime activities and below par evening entertainment On board costs extravagant with a cost of 4,000 usd for a medical issue which could have been resolved in 30 minutes but took 4 hours Excursions are ... Read more
waltonfarms
Member Since 2012
1 review
21 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
Going through the canal was great. Having to go clear to Catagena is terrible. The NCL personnel are great. Food was good. Some entertainment was real good some not very good. We were ripped off on some excursions through NCL. We went on ... Read more
Traveling 12s
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
This was a really terrific cruise. Spent a few extra days in Miami prior to sailing and went into every port of call. The crew and staff were fantastic. Food was great minus a few small problems. Entertainment was great and we enjoyed ... Read more
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Brabus08
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise as it was calling at ports we had not visited before and wanted to transit the Panama Canal from the other direction (Pacific to Caribbean) as we had been through the canal in the past from Caribbean to Pacific Ocean. ... Read more
TravelDude2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Booked this Panama Canal cruise from L.A. to Miami to cross off my bucket list. Got a great price inclusive of air and transfers. Embarkation at San Pedro went relatively smoothly. Food at Garden Cafe was average at best. Breakfast was ... Read more
topcat326
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We flew in from London and stayed that night at an airport hotel before being transferred to the ship. My wife and I chose this cruise be cause it gave us the opportunity to do some whale watching, travel the Panama Canal and get some ... Read more
quiltlady65
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was an item on our bucket list. We had heard so much about cruising the Panama Canal that we decided that would be our next trip. What a great decision. Our room was at the very back of the ship, and we enjoyed many an hour sitting ... Read more
JRC2523
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My wife and I had never been to the Panama Canal and some of the other ports. This was a bucket list trip. We went with a group of 54. Norwegian's subcontractor for port transfers SMS Shore Operations did a terrible job at both LA and ... Read more
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Expert_Cruiser
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We tried this cruise ship to go to Mexico. The food was HORRENDOUS in most of the restaurants, specially at Chin Chin restaurant. We much preferred the food in the Garden Cafe to the specialy restaurants. The Haven breakfast had limited ... Read more
greggliz
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Unless you pay for the more extravagant excursions, most coastal Mexican towns/ports are very similar with a lot of souvenir shops and pushy junk vendors. In Puerta Vallarta, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a must see. In ... Read more
hdbabb
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise to do something different over New Years. We traveled with friends and the cruise was suggested by one of our friends. It was in general a fun cruise. The ship is a little tired. I did however, dislike the smoking in ... Read more
dandman1416
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was me and DW fourth cruise together. We've been on RCCL and Carnival. So I have a lot of comparisons to make. All of the ships hold the same similar sizes, designs, and gross tonage of around 65-93,000. Pre-cruise info: we ... Read more
dgary870
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
21 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We went on the Norwegian Jewel for the New Years Eve cruise. Was it crowded? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. All in all everything was just fine. The Ship itself is in good condition. No failures or issues to report. Our cabin was an Oceanview ... Read more
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