This was our fifth cruise on NCL. We have enjoyed our previous NCL cruises. Our last two cruises were with family on other cruise lines.
Last year we did a 10 day Alaskan cruise, which -- truth be told, if it had been our first, we would not have likely went on another cruise again.
But our recent 7 day Western Caribbean out of New Orleans has definitely brought back the cruising bug as we have already purchased a Cruise Reward for our next one.
Pre-cruise/Embarkation: Cruising in and out of New Orleans was a breeze. The staff that run NCL check in are friendly and organized.
The ship crew was great. Always genuinely friendly and helpful.
Very good dining experiences in all of the specialty restaurants. We did the ultimate dining package and ate in different specialty venues every night. Service was excellent. We also had great experiences in the Blue Lagoon and the main dining room too.
One thing I really favored about the NCL Jewel is the bathroom layout. We were in a balcony stateroom and the the shower felt larger than the ones we have had on balcony cabins of our last 2 non-NCL cruises.
Finding and enjoying time in the bridge viewing room on Deck 11 Forward. We would visit during the day to watch the officers on the bridge and at night to check out the instruments to see where the ship was and how fast it was going.
Just a minor nit. Our stateroom steward was not at the level of service we have experienced on ANY of our previous cruises. We don't require much interaction, but we literally saw him 3 times over the course of 7 days. Once because we sought him out for items he did not leave in the room.
No information about the programming on the stateroom TV. We understand watching tv isn't a big cruise ship past time, but it was very limited compared to previous sailings [ on NCL or other ships ]
Felt like there were fewer activities and/or presentations available. Could just be a destination/itinerary issue, but on previous cruises there would sometimes be talks about the culture or country information about ports on a sea day [ outside of shopping and excursion sales talks ]. Last sea day was good with the Q+A with ship officers and the crew talent show though.
Honestly, nothing really.