DW and I were extremely pleased with both the Jewel and the cruise. We flew in two days early and stayed at the Hilton Airport. The hotel is next to the light rail station and offers cheap and efficient transportation down town. We took a town car from the hotel ($40) to the port fore embarkation. We would definitely take this cruise again. There was nothing negative other than minor stuff that simply isn't worth mentioning. No issues with our balcony cabin(9050). Embarkation was truly a breeze,food choices were overwhelming and the food quality was IMHO outstanding. We were on board at 1200 (non) and luggage was starting to show up at the cabins before 1400. Buffet was open (and quite good) upon embarkation. We headed straight for the SPA and purchased two week long SPA access passes. The cost was $146 (higher than DW remembers from her Alaska cruise in Sept 09) but well worth it. The SPA area offers fantastic views, especially on Glacier Bay Day. The heated loungers were extremely comfortable. There is are separate male and female sections. Both are equipped with hot tubs, steam, sauna and cold plunges. The center section is co-ed with heated loungers, chairs and a hot tub.
We ate breakfast daily in the Garden Cafe (awesome buffet with a huge variety of food choices and excellent made to order omelets) and consistently ate dinner in Tsars (main dining room at the back of the ship). Never tried the Azure MDR as we were totally happy with Tsar's. There was always at least two entrees every night that I had difficulty in choosing from.
Entertainment was top notch and I believe their was something for everyone. We enjoy Fire and Ice who did a Michael Jackson tribute, Tina Turner review and a soul train review. The variety shows were very good. JP, the magician/comedian was hilarious. There were several shows/entertainers that we did not see. The main purpose of this trip for me was to take in the scenery and wildlife and relaxation. As such, we did less on board this time than in the past. In perusing the dailies, there was always something going on somewhere on the ship.
I found the pool area to be quite nice. Besides for the heated hot tubs and two pools (both heated, one of which is for adults only) there was a separate children's area in the vicinity. Did not try out the casino but did play Bingo once up in the Spinnaker Lounge.
The latitudes member cocktail party and separate Silver and above cocktail party (occurred on sea days) were very well run and the beverages were flowing freely. Ship officers were in attendance and mingled with the passengers. Overall, crew was friendly and helpful.
I found the Chocolate Buffet on Thursday night to be delicious and much better quality than my past NCL cruises. Sanitation was spotless and the ship was well maintained. Be prepared for the "washy-washy" girls anytime you go to a restaurant! Finally, disembarkation was flawless. As we were staying in Seattle an additional day, we walked off with our luggage around 10 am. Cab to the Hilton airport was $37. We finished the day by going back down town on the light rail train ($5.50 round trip) for more exploring at Pikes Market).