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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by caribdiver: NCL Jewel: A Good Value

Norwegian Jewel 4
Member Since 2003
131 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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NCL Jewel: A Good Value

Sail Date: February 2014
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans

1. Background: we are late-fifties, with 30 cruises on many cruise lines and 11 cruises on NCL.

2. Review: Overall a good value based on low price, great itinerary, decent service, decent food, decent entertainment. This ship and this cruise line lacks the "Wow" factor of other lines; but the low price makes it a good value.

a. Embarkation. Smooth and fairly efficient. If you get there early (before noon) plan to wait in lines (security and check-in) for about an hour before boarding.

b. Itinerary: excellent. 4 Stops in Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, and Costa Maya. All stops were good or great scuba diving locations. Plenty of time to enjoy shore excursions or just enjoy a beach day.

c. Ship: OK. Older, smaller ship, fairly clean and public areas were decently maintained. Easy to find your way around.

d. Cabin: Good. Inside cabin was small but adequate. Cabin service was good.

e. Food: OK. (No need to spend money on pay-as-you-go More restaurants.)

- Main dining rooms were too slow. Plan on 2-2.5 hours to eat dinner. Decent variety. Most dishes were pretty good. But the time factor means food sometimes comes cold. Orders were sometimes wrong.

- Buffet was good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes a bit crowded but could always find 2 seats. Most food was tasty, and there was a pretty good variety of hot and cold dishes.

- Blue Lagoon was a great place to get a snack 24/7 especially wings.

- "Room Service" was a joke. Tried to call them twice; it took 15-20 calls to get through. When I did get through the food that came was terrible. IMHO not worth your time.

f. Entertainment: pretty good; worth going to for the most part. Comedians were funny and production shows were pretty good. Pianists and bands around the ship were pretty good.

g. Value. Low prices: inside cabins were going for around $300 plus tax. At this price this was a great deal. Less

Published 03/10/14

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Cabin review: 10015

Cabin was small but adequate with all necessary amenities. Cabin service was good.

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