“The Good, the Bad, The Ugly”
Cruise review of Norwegian Jewel

smollie20 Norwegian Jewel 3 The Good, the Bad, The Ugly
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We booked this just two weeks before we left and I thought I had done my research but either I am way too picky or didn't read the reviews correctly.

First the Good- Wonderful Entertainment. Jamie and Sin are not only great at their jobs and just so funny. The magician JP was the best I have ever seen adn again we laughed and laughed.

The bad- eating in the dining room. All the food is tasteless and I am not sure what they call beef is really beef. It was grey with grill marks and tough. All steaks including something called mignon was no more than 3/4 inch thick. They tried to help but the 2nd steaks were worse than the first. Everybody kept saying I should pay for Cagney's if I wanted a good dinner. By the end of the cruise the dining room was never very full.

The ugly- the buffets. I am not sure of the flavor because it was never warm. Everything was cool and soimetimes downright cold. I wondered if it was safe to eat if not kept at a certain temp. The good again- never really had problems with lines. Very well organized. The Bad- Could have had better food at Denny's, Applebees any chain. small room, no sports bar.

We did have a good time but I would never go on NCL again due to the food. I want to be treated to something special and that did not happen. I must mention the wonderful Jewel dancers and singers. Great Great job.

Norwegian Jewel Cruises to Alaska
  • Sail Date: August 2013
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Embarkation: Seattle
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Cabin review: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window

Port and Shore Excursions


We did the train on our cruise before. We just walked around which is just a bunch of stores. We stopped at a Cafe and a local recommended going to the play which is one hour and costs $20.00. It was a good choice and made our day,.

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Butchart Gardens

The ships do not give you much time at this port and we missed the first bus out and took the 4:45 and we were done by 7 but due to schedule we got back to the ship at 8:30. It all worked out but I probably should have just spent the money on the boat and took a direct tour. Loved the Gardens. It was the main reason we went on the cruise.

Published 08/11/13
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