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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by JsEscape2

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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel
Member Name: JsEscape2
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: M1
Cabin Number: 11156
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        Under 3 1.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Aft balcony to Alaska is AWESOME!

EMBARKATION

Easy and fast. They allowed those in our party who were not Latitudes members to check in with us who were gold members. Great boarding picture, but you didn't have to have it taken.

FOOD

Generally very good and had a great variety. Loved the fresh fruit for breakfast and lunch in the buffet. Never had to wait long for my omelet in the morning. Hint: For the buffet area there is extra seating at the Italian restaurant on the other side of the elevators. There are usually tables there and it is quieter.

We ate dinner mostly in the main dining rooms. We had no complaints. Staff was good about getting a high chair for our toddler, bringing his food before our entree and giving him a little more attention. (Well, he was kind of a flirt with our female waiters) Also, we waited twice for a table. The second night out - a dress up or not night - we had to wait and one other night. They give you a coupon to get a glass of "bubbly" or pop for while you what.

Yes, there is a difference in the quality of food from the main dining room and speciality restaurants. Glaringly apparent in the French onion soup and mushroom soup in the main dining room compared to LaBistro.

CABIN

AWESOME to have an aft balcony on an Alaskan cruise. You can see both sides of the ship and not have to deal with the cold wind while viewing the glaciers. The balcony was large enough for all 6 adults to have a view. With the mini suite there are two chairs at the desk/mirror so we brought one out on the balcony to add to the two chairs that were there.

Just two of us were in this cabin, others were relatives.




Under 3 Children's Program

I think they had something every day. I only went once to watch grandson. Most of the kids there were happy, but a little too young to understand how to "play" with balloons, scarfs and music.

Entertainment

Good A few times it was hard to find a seat for the late show.

There were several IMAX-type movies on glaciers and the gold rush.

Did not do games or BINGO.

Fitness

Daughter said equipment was often in use and she didn't want to wait.

Shore excursion desk

We needed to change a shore excursion. This was no problem and the guy at the desk was very pleasant about it even though it meant a little refund to our account.

DISEMBARKATION

Easy Peasy Walked off with our luggage. No great wait for an elevator like on the Epic. We left our luggage at the pier for $3 per bag in a secure room while we went to the Space Needle before our 5 p.m. flight home.

This was our 5th NCL cruise. The layout of the public rooms on the Jewel were our least favorite of all the ships- awkward.



Publication Date: 07/23/13
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