I will never forget my first time: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by czbrat
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I will never forget my first time
I bought the spa package and sitting at the bow enjoying the views in the hot tub was quite nice. My excursions were wonderful. A hike/canoe trip in an old growth rain forest in Ketchikan, the whale watching expedition not so great unless you want to pay and arm and a leg to see whale bubbles and a whale tail, and a hike/rafting adventure on the ChilkootTrail. I liked Skagway the best although the tavern at the end of the main street was out of spruce tip ale. I had a reindeer hot dog at the "food court" and went to the National Park Visitor's Center to see the film about the Gold Rush. Anyways, back to the ship. I only saw the last show, the Cirque Bijou and it was spectacular. I wish I had gone to more of the shows.
I did have a problem with my stateroom and the staff at NCL more than compensated me for the inconvenience. Their customer service is outstanding. I saw nothing but smiles on all the staff. And if someone wasn't smiling and you said hello to them they would smile back and say something pleasant. So I really don't understand why some cruisers find the staff unsmiling. My cabin stewards were Wilmer and Angel (best.cabin steward.ever) and I know the NCL staff reads these reviews so I want to let them know that these gentlemen are outstanding. My complaints are that the staff doesn't enforce certain rules. There were children in the adult hot tub and too many times people were having the most annoying conversations in the relaxation area at the spa. Who wants to be relaxing and hearing someone talk about some tv show where some kid is killing another kid.
Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze. There aren't big crowds to maneuver except at the Garden Cafe. It's a lovely ship with a lovely crew. I was sorry my first cruise had to end. Less
Cabin review: 10092
I loved this cabin. I actually kept the sliding glass doors to the balcony open while I slept and listened to the sounds of the ocean and wind. There's a whistling noise if you close the doors all the way, but I didn't mind keeping them slightly open one single bit. There's a coffee maker and you can have your coffee on the balcony every morning. Just get a little half and half from the garden cafe and keep it in the fridge. The bed is quite comfortable. And although it's rather cramped around the toilet area the bathroom is maneuverable. It's right by the elevators. It wasn't too noisy and I was able to get around the ship easily.
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