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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by paminoregon

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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel
Member Name: paminoregon
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: IC
Cabin Number: 11019
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5+
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Great time on the Norwegian Jewel
Embarkation in Seattle went as expected, a bit like cattle but efficient. We arrived at 12:30 and were on the ship and our rooms were ready by 1:30 or so. Had lunch in the Tsar's MDR , which was very good. Got to our room and had two of our bags already there, the others came shortly. The room was adequate for us, an inside cabin with enough storage for our things. We spent little time in the room so worked out perfect for our needs. The shower was roomy and had plenty of hot water. Like that there was a clothesline to hang our suits on after swimming.

Took us the whole week to get a hold on where all the public areas were. The ship was beautiful and well maintained, the workers were working on the ship all the time. Loved the Spinnaker Lounge for relaxing and watching the gorgeous scenery go by. We had absolutely awesome weather.

As for fitness, we really didn't use the facilities as we enjoyed our morning walk around Deck 7, which is 2 2/3 laps around at 1 mile. Found we both lost 2 pounds each, so much to do...didn't feel the need to gorge on the delicious food offered.

Dining, was for the most part very good, few mishaps in the Tsars dining room, where DH got the wrong chicken, and dessert took 20 minutes to get afterward, but this was the night of the Captains Dinner and we figured it was the workers having to cater to this event. We found that the Azure MDR was great, had great service and good food every time. We dined at Cagney's steakhouse one night, and it was fabulous, great steak and sides. Loved the Rasp. Creme Brulee. We had breakfast twice at Tsars which was very good. Only at at the Garden Cafe Buffet, twice for breakfast and once for lunch, and it was typical buffet fare. Decided to try out Chin Chin's chinese food, it was okay, but nothing spectacular, wished we had chose Mama's Italian, as we heard a few raves about it and the large portions. All the wait staff were friendly and for the most part efficient. Some of the reception girls at Tsars were a bit snippy with some of the guests, not us.

The entertainment on the ship was our favorite part of our cruise. Loved all the shows we saw, Band on the Run, Cirque du Bijou, and the comedian Richie Minervini was hilarious. Played most trivia games in the Fyzz lounge, and enjoyed the evening Game shows in the Spinnaker Lounge. Only thing I didn't care for was the hard sell on drinks as we don't drink and not even soda, so seemed liked we were constantly say no thank you.

Excursions---In Ketchikan we didn't do any excursion, deciding this is where we would do our souvenir shopping. It was very cold here but sun came out later. Took a long walk along the waterfront until we entered a somewhat seedy area and turned around. In Juneau we did the Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens tour. Our bus driver Hilary was great, she was entertaining and informative. Walked the mile to Nugget Falls and the Glacier, got some great photos and the temp. was 64 deg. this day, had to take our coats off. In Skagway, we took the White Pass/Yukon Route railway tour. This was very scenic and got lots of great pictures. We both thought the tour guide could have been a little more informative. In Victoria, we just got off the ship and walked to town as we have been here numerous times before, did a little shopping and had ice cream outside , the sun was shining so bright. But. Butchart Gardens are a must if you have never been. Great trip all in all, can't wait to go on another cruise. Mexican Riviera here we come!!

Publication Date: 06/02/13
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