Cruise to Nowehere: 2 night. Pools open and heated. Shower gel and shampoo in dispensers in shower. All rooms have hairdryer. Generous with towels. No disposable cups, bring your own if you want them. Beds were comfortable, have flat and thick pillows, 2 of each. Nice duvet. $12pp/day gratuities. Ice dispensers in buffet have filtered water. Lipton teas, include lemon, orange green and black.
We cruised the Norwegian Jewel for a 2 night cruise to nowhere Jan 18-20th. Arrived at the terminal approximately 10:30am. Received group 5 boarding. Not bad since last time we were in the 29th group! Waited comfortably until boarding began. It was delayed today, due to the late arrival of the Jewel from her returning Carribean cruise.
Upon embarkation, which went smoothly, we went to the Garden Cafe ( the buffet) for lunch. Some of the hot food was offered on the kind of warmers that looked like flat plates, while others were on steamer trays. I noticed that food was changed regularly; nothing ever looked old/dried out. For lunch I had grilled tilapia, smothered in spinach and a delicious soup- can't remember what kind. We then toured the ship, and decided to take a nap, before the mandatory 3:15 life boat drill.
For Friday dinner we ate at the Tsar Palace dining room. Food was OK, but the service was pretty bad. One member of our group asked for steamed vegetables and potatoes, all of which were on the menu. Her meal came after everyone else was finished. Our meals were surf and turf ( skip this); 2 had a nice steak ( recommended) and the last salmon. Salmon was had both nights and was done perfectly.
For Saturday's dinner we ate at the Azur dining room. Totally opposite of the Tsar! Staff was so pleasant and helpful, food presented beautifully on the plate. They were obviously proud of their craft, and we enjoyed ourselves and our meal. We should have gone there both nights. Now we know why the Tsar Palace didn't seem crowded, everyone went to Azur.
We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants. People that ate at the steakhouse- Cagney's- said their steaks were superb. The Tapenyaki restaurant was busy, and we didn't look at any of the others.
For lunches we ate at the main buffet, as well as breakfasts. Made to order omelets were done well, and the scrambled eggs were moist and delicious. Be sure to have the baked tomatoes and the ratatouille, which was excellent. We also liked the pretzel breadsticks, mmm!
The food stations at the buffet are attractive. There's the hot food, the fruit, the cereals, the pastas, the breads, the asian stir fry, omelets and eggs to order- and desserts. Plenty of coffee/ tea areas. I usually don't like cruise buffet coffee, but I have to say the Jewel's coffee was excellent.
Entertainment: Very good on the getaway. We went to the Spinnaker lounge for sailaway for some music and dancing. The Jewel dance crew was there, and people were enjoying themselves. "Jersey Boy Dan" was the emcee/dancer and fun was had by all. The first evening at 8pm show we saw "Band on the Run". A nice show; story line presented as a new nightclub that was opening up. The music and dancing was fun, costumes were bright and tastefully done. Afterward, we walked around, we enjoyed some guitar by Jim Capik. Stop by to see him, he is an excellent guitarist. Saturday we checked out JammRoc for afternoon music. Listed as soul, reggae and jazz, it was very different. The woman had an excellent voice, and we stayed for the whole set. That evening, we say the Circ Bijou show. DO NOT MISS THIS! It was excellent. Get a seat high up, because this show is full of aerialist entertainment. We went early and got a seat in the last row, best seats in the house!! Afterward, we sat The Next Stage band, a Beatles tribute. They were so good, the crowd wanted more after the scheduled hour. They were convinced to play for another 20 minutes. Took a video clip, but when I got home, there was no sound!!
The cruise was great. Saturday we put our coats on and sat by the pool on the loungers. There were people in the heated pool, having a ball. The hot tubs were crowded, but I didn't venture in. The weather was nice and sunny. Late Saturday afternoon and all night found us in a rolling type of sea, 2 of our group went to the medical center for some meclizine, which helped them a lot. It is provided free.
We will go next year, if they offer the 2 night getaway.