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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by BearyMama: The Jewel sparkled for us!


BearyMama
1 Review
Member Since 2013
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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The Jewel sparkled for us!

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

The Norwegian Jewel was perfect for a first time cruise with our children (21 and 15). We left New York on a chilly Sunday, boarded effortlessly and were eating the first of many meals within an hour. The staff is friendly, attentive and happy. The ship is beautiful and clean. Upon entering our cabin, I was concerned with the size but once the suitcases were stowed under the beds, it was okay. There were 2 twin beds we pushed together which allowed the high riser to fit. The last was the pull down from the wall which my daughter thought was cool. We camp often in a tent so it wasn't too scary to us! The bathroom is big, there is a lot of cubbies,drawers and a closet so there was lots of room for all of our stuff!

The seas were continuously rough the first full day which had my son quite sick but I heard that this was uncommon. After that it was smooth sailing :) We ate in all of the free dining areas and never got bored with the food (my son is very picky).

We saw More the Cirque Show-amazing!, the Duo Elegia-wow!,Jean Pierre-hysterical and magical!, Farewell Showtime-wonderful! Our ship stopped in Port Canaveral (we went to Cocoa Beach-sunning and shopping), Great Stirrup Cay-gorgeous, lots to do or just relax, and last, Nassau-beautiful-shopping galore, many historical and interesting attractions-we walked all over..Queens Stair, Senor Frogs, Fort Fincastle, Junkanoo Beach, Straw Market to name just a few! We opted out of the shore excursions because they were pricey and we felt it would be stressful being on a time constraint (that's not relaxing).The island is beautiful! It was fun taking the tender over, getting on was a little scary but thrilling too! There were plenty of lounge chairs as we were 5th tender over. There was lots to do but we didn't snorkel because it was a little too chilly for us but many were enjoying the sand, ocean and music! The food was great and we relaxed,carefully sunned and took lots of amazing pics! Everyone was friendly and happy-great experience!

Totally easy to get off ship, plus the captain got us to Nassau an hour earlier!, so we were off and running! Easy to get to shopping areas, taxis available everywhere but almost everything is in walking distance! We came back to eat lunch and off we went again! Of course, there is a lot of pressure to take tours and buy goods but the locals are always friendly and polite when you refuse :) Coming back onto the ship was so fun! Some of the crew lined up with music playing we danced on to the ship...wet hot towels provided to clean your hands, smiles and dancing! The other ships didn't have that! Again, easy to get back but very secure!

We heard someone got left behind in Nassau, yikes! We saw seals and dolphins swimming at sea, my daughter swears she even saw a whale! We played bingo, shuffleboard, basketball, golf and walked around the ship so many times. There is always something happening somewhere on the ship!

All in all, for our first family cruise, amazing! When we got back to New York, we chose the Express Walkoff and it was terrific! We docked at 7am, we ate our last full amazing breakfast, grabbed our bags, walked off the ship to a friends waiting car and were home (Long Island)by 10am!

The island is beautiful! It was fun taking the tender over, getting on was a little scary but thrilling too! There were plenty of lounge chairs as we were 5th tender over. There was lots to do but we didn't snorkel because it was a little too chilly for us but many were enjoying the sand, ocean and music! The food was great and we relaxed,carefully sunned and took lots of amazing pics! Everyone was friendly and happy-great experience!

Again, totally easy to get off ship, plus the captain got us there an hour earlier!, so we were off and running! Easy to get to shopping areas, taxis available everywhere but almost everything is in walking distance! We came back to eat lunch and off we went again! Of course, there is a lot of pressure to take tours and buy goods but the locals are always friendly and polite when you refuse :) Coming back onto the ship was so fun! Some of the crew lined up with music playing we danced on to the ship...wet hot towels provided to clean your hands, smiles and dancing! The other ships didn't have that! Again, easy to get back but very secure! Less


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Cabin review: Norwegian Jewel 8029

Upon entering our cabin, I was concerned with the size but once the suitcases were stowed under the beds, it was okay. There were 2 twin beds we pushed together which allowed the high riser to fit. The last was the pull down from the wall which my daughter thought was cool. We camp often in a tent so it wasn't too scary to us! The bathroom is big, there is a lot of cubbies,drawers and a closet so there was lots of room for all of our stuff! It was a little tight when everyone was getting ready to leave but it is doable!

Port and Shore Excursions


Very organized getting off ship onto tenders, the island is beautiful with lots to do or relaxing in lounge chairs, the ship provides a delicious BBQ, there is music, shopping and terrific drink service!

Again, getting off ship is easy! We walked everywhere, so easy! Lots of locals offering tours at cheaper prices but there are so many! We chose to sight-see on foot and had a wonderful time! Came back for lunch and then resumed our walking tour. We spent so much time at Senor Frogs and shopping that we didn't get to go to Paradise Island, maybe next time! Coming back onto the ship was like an awesome party...there was music playing, crew members to greet you and so fun!!
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