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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel
Member Name: gforce1108
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bahamas
Cabin Category: OF
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Bahama cruise disappointment
I've only done one cruise before this - Royal Caribbean to Bermuda and I absolutely loved it. My sister in law found a deal on this NCL cruise to Florida and the Bahamas and my girlfriend and I decided to join. What a mistake.

The ship is old and run-down. Several areas had a musty, mildew smell. Our cabin bathroom had a funky smell (and all the toilets in our area stopped working one day). When I reported it, I got - oh yeah, we know - none of them are working. Would have been nice to know ahead of time.

Kinda silly, but I could not get a hot pancake (even fresh in the serving pan)... The food everywhere was so-so. The Azura restaurant was very slow - it took 45 minutes to get a glass of wine. Seems like you have to pay extra for anything decent to eat.

My biggest letdown was that it was too windy to go to the private island. That was the only part of the cruise that I was looking forward to. Nothing was done to compensate us. The Bahamas is a dumpy tourist trap. The cruise line kept harping about all the jewelry stores we had to visit and kept piling on the loads of BS about how much the stuff will appreciate (30% in one year!).

Since we were stuck on board, it would have been nice to use the pools but they were closed most of the time. One day because they were treating it with chemicals, one day for crew safety training and twice because the seas were rough and the pool was sloshing too much.

Sinks clogged and overflowing with vomit was the last straw. I will never use NCL and have been recommending others to do the same.

Publication Date: 12/09/12
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