Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by janisgrace: Transatlantic adventure to Dover
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Transatlantic adventure to Dover
The Norwegian Jewel is quite colorful. We were greeted with champagne and orange juice upon arrival. It was next to impossible to find a seat in the buffet - this was a problem throughout the cruise. We preferred sitting in Mama's Kitchen where there was always available tables during the buffet. There were hardly any lines at the buffet, which was really impressive. On many past cruises you would have to wait in line for 10 minutes - on the Jewel there are many stations - even the wait for omelets was usually just one or two in line. The food was good but repetitive. The salad bar was my favorite. By the ceasar salad you could help yourself to the romaine and the cut up chicken breast. Walnuts, Almonds, dried apricots were a nice addition to the many other salad toppings. They did not have honey mustard dressing at the salad bar (my favorite) but one of the waiters was always willing to go to the dining room and bring me a bowl. The grilled chicken was good - but the burgers were More
usually cold because they were not made to order. One station always had oriental or thai food on one side and Indian or Vietnamese type food on the opposite side. We found the food to be satisfactory in the Czar (free dining room) but there were days when nothing on the menu suited any of us and we went to the Blue Lagoon (also free). The menu is very short and the same every day at the Blue Lagoon - we enjoyed it because you were able to listen to Constantine, the piano player, during dinner hour. Also, the burgers were made to order and very good at the Blue Lagoon - and the spinach artichoke dip was good - we often just stopped there for an appetizer while Constantine played his tunes.
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Cabin review: Norwegian Jewel 11630
We had the perfect location - 11th deck aft near elevator - very quick walk up one flight to buffet. Balcony was nice but not private - you could look into your neighbor's rooms from rail area (in our case was nice since we had 3 rooms in a row) - We had a luxury bathroom with tub and toilet in it's own area - lots of storage and a curtain to divide bedroom from living area. It was nice not having to take the elevator to go to pool and buffet.
Port and Shore Excursions
In Ponta Delgada we found an open bus near the port which cost 30 euros (or $45) and seemed to take you same place as the ship's tour (which was $60) - however, it was too cool to be in an open bus that day.