Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by smithIII: Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Caribbean
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Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Caribbean
This ship was amazing. The enormity and yet beauty of all the areas is really nice. It's decorated in a very fun style, lots of colors and styles, but cruise ships are supposed to be that way.
The room was probably one of the smaller on the ship, but it worked for us. And we loved the fact that the shower had doors and not a cold, shower curtain that sticks to you when the water comes on. There was also really nice colored tiles on the floor, I like them!
Find the hot tub tucked in the corner by a kid's slide (which is rarely used) up at the pool deck. You practically get your own tub with a window view directly out to sea. The jets could last a bit longer on the timer, they are only a few minutes for some reason.
Drinks are a bit expensive on the ship, about $4.5 after tax for a domestic beer. But you can often get your own items on and mix your own drinks at your leisure to save some cash.
The Garden Cafe has a cappuccino, espresso, cafe latte More machine which is excellent. Don't pay for coffee in the bars, go upstairs to deck 12 and get your own. It's great! Try adding a bit of their good soft serve ice cream to one, sometime. The Cirque Bijou show was the best of all the entertainment nights. Overall, the shows were ok, but not the greatest. The Second City group from Chicago was on during our week, but they were boring and not funny to at all, it was dragging! Our stops were San Juan, Antigua and St. Thomas.
In Antigua, go to the info booth, call Dollar rental and have them come pick you up at the port. We rented a car (about $50 + $17 insurance + $20 temp permit) and had a great adventure seeing the island! We drove about 3/4 of it. We were so glad we did it. Wouldn't mind coming back here for a week, planning on doing a lot of relaxing. The food and atmosphere of the Azura was our favorite. The chateaubriand on one of the first few nights was incredible, the best of the week. The Azura felt like a restaurant you might find in a cosmopolitan city with the closeness, charm, lighting, decor, good food and good waiters. We went there almost every night and had a good time and great food. Less
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