This is the second NCL cruise on the jewel. The first was three years ago up to Quebec. We loved it and could not wait to go again!
This time we spent two days in NYC doing the tourist thing before boarding on the Sat. Now we came here to relax and when seeing in the line with hundreds of spring breakers in line with creates of their own wine concerns began to grow. We don't get this in the UK so we were not sure how it would fare. Throughout the cruise they were fantastic, we did venture to the white party which was clearly aimed at them but being 40 we quickly got out and went to the more easy going family party.
Embarking could not have been easier and we got into our room about 1.30. We had an aft facing balcony so we could watch New York as we sailed out. Our room was great and being three years since we were last on this boat we thought she might look a bit worn but all still looked new. The only criticism was the TV. Come on guys this was tiny and still used a tube! When one film ended we had to walk up and stare a few inches from it to read the captions at the end, it was concluding the story so needed reading!
The entertainment was great and we found at least one good evenings entertainment a night. Our favourite was Next stage especially their rock night and Beatles tribute. The theatre shows were great, especially the last entertainment crews variety show, we have seen 'Fountains' twice now and it is hilarious!
We had breakfast in the garden cafe which was a buffet a good selection was available and we always found a table. As buffets go it was good, food was always available and edible, if you are looking for cordon bleu, don't eat there, but for breakfast it was easily passable. We also had breakfast in Tsars once and it was very good and also free.
We ate in Cagneys, Chin Chin, Mommas and the new Moderna. All good meals both Cagneys and Chin Chin are our favourite. The new restaurant was excellent, our only complaint was the portions were too big, but the fillet mignon melted in your mouth! We also had the pool side BBQ, which is as you would expect from a BBQ.
The service on board as always was excellent, they were extremely helpful at all times and as usual we had towel animals and it's the simple things that make you smile which they seem to understand.
The ports on this cruise suited us perfectly! The airboat tour in Port Canaveral was fantastic fun, and holding an Alligator and a Possum afterwards was one of our highlights. Cocoa Beach was a bit of a letdown, very dirty and had nothing around apart from a few surf shops.
Great Stirrup Cay was lovely, yes there is some work going on, but this did not affect the day in any way. The beach BBQ was brilliant, constant entertainment available, but escapable with a short walk. The waverunners are great fun but be warned if you don't enjoy speed or water hitting your face don't go on this, it is certainly not the tame excursion it is sold as, but we did get to hold a starfish and I saw a tiger shark! Something to remember! The tender boat was extremely rocky and anyone suffering from sea sickness may hate this tender!
Nassau was as expected, beautiful but I would stay on the beaten track. We went on the Segway tour and this was my wife's favourite trip of the three, as a bit of a speed demon we loved going around on this and especially using the derestricted one the tour guide used. You don't learn much about the city but it is fun and we now want one!
All in all as you can probably guess we loved this holiday, and cannot wait to go again, maybe this time we will try the Epic!