Coming from 'away', we chose this cruise because of the opportunity to spend time in NYC, visit the 9/11 Memorial and see a broadway show. Pre-cruise hotel location important. The Distrikt Hotel, close to the Port Authority, fit the bill. It is "boutiquey" in style and amenities but not price. Only five rooms per floor. Air porter bus drop off within walking distance. Short cab ride to port.
Embarkation smooth, pays to realize there are large numbers to process, and being patient will help. Reward, it took about 20 minutes of orderly 'line dancing'. Cabin has oodles of storage, deep drawers a plus. Heavy curtain separates sleeping from sitting area. Bathroom with tub is great for family with young children. Facecloths are plentiful, not common on some ships. I brought bar soap and body lotion, knew ahead this is not provided. Doors of large closet are perilously close to one side of the bed. Requires time management to negotiate.
Food. Satisfied with quality, choice, and opportunity for venue change. Had all dinners in Tsars. Enjoy large, more open setting. The live music is a bonus, however the over-the-top volume is not. Took advantage of Friday Brunch with live jazz at the Bistro. Recommend the Chateaubriand. Breakfast in the Garden Cafe. Choice endless, a bit inconvenient having to juggle dishes and try to capture a seat.
Entertainment. The cruise director, Richard, is masterful. Pleasant and present, without being overbearing. Magician, Jean Pierre is the best we have ever seen. The gymnast/aerial team is outstanding. The cruise music and dance shows are frenetic, I would prefer dampening down the volume and jets of smog filling the stage, though the talent is obvious!
Overall, a pleasant cruise with cool to cold weather for three days. Not the least unexpected for the time of year. The Jewel is a beautiful ship with a hard working and friendly crew...I am not about to ask for more.