Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by curlstravel: Great Family Cruise
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Great Family Cruise
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Embarkation was a breeze. We didn't have to wait in any lines. We went straight from the cab, in the doors and up the stairs. We were given a number and we sat in the chairs and read our Daily and planned our day while we waited about 30 minutes before boarding the ship.
We like to have our lunch in the Dining Room on the first day to avoid all the crowds and back-packs etc. We had a lovely window seat where we not only enjoyed the food but also enjoyed the scenery. It was a very relaxing start to our trip.
We loved all the choices of Dinning Rooms on the ship. We ate in the beautiful Tsars, Azura, Mama's Kitchen, the Italian restaurant, Blue Lagoon and Buffets. Our favorite was the Italian Restaurant. It was very charming and we had a window seat for the perfect setting. The food there was delicious and our best meal and service on the ship. We can't wait to go back. All of the food on the ship was very good even though we had slow service a couple of nights in More the dining rooms. We loved the fact that we didn't have to dress every night and could eat whenever we wanted so we planned our dinners around our activities. Not our activities around dinner. I love that about NCL. We also love that they have grills by the pool. You feel like you are at a cook out and the pork chops we had were delicious. We ordered room service several times and the only complaint is that it took awhile a couple of times to get our food. We especially loved the large brownies with nuts and Vanilla ice-cream for bed time snack one night. The chocolate buffet was very nice too. Out favorite thing being the white chocolate covered apples.
The shows on the ship are very nice for children as well as adults. We both loved the comedians and magicians. Crazeehorse was amazing but I thought their show drug on a little too long. We enjoyed all the music on the ship especially out at the pool. They have a very talented group of entertainers.
My Granddaughter loved the Kids Club. She never wanted to leave. She loved the staff and they were all very pleasant to the kids as well as the adults. The lines were a little long a couple of nights in the 6-9 year old age group. NCL should do something about that. Possibly have 2 lines for check in. I noticed the other line hardly ever had a wait so they could have checked the 6-9 year old in, in that line too. It must be the most popular age group. My granddaughter also enjoyed all the Nickelodeon activities on the ship.
Our room was ok, like most ships, we did have a refrigerator and the beds were comfortable. We had a maintenance issue that was taken care of very quickly which really surprised us and did not hold up our plans for the day. The room attendants were very friendly. They always smiled and greeted us by name in the halls and our room was always neat and clean.
Debarkation was a breeze. We were first off the ship and sitting at the airport by 9 am.
There were a lot of positives on the ship. Cons, I wish there were more desert choices on the ship. I don't eat cheesecake and it seemed to be on the menu every night. We had slow service in the dining room a couple of nights too but all in all we had a great cruise and we will definitely cruise again on NCL. Less
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