Aft facing is the only way to go for us. Never heard any engine noise. The location is almost like having your own private ship since no one comes back there other than the people in the cabin. The bed will probably be the most comfortable you will have slept in and it is closer to a king in size than a queen. There is a small single pullout sofa in case a 3rd person is in the cabin but more suited for a child. The bed area can be privatized by a curtain that surrounds the bed. Good reading lights on each side. Bathroom is huge for a ship with full size tub and good shower. Closets were accessible from 2 sides so I dressed in the hallway area and she dressed in the bathroom area.
Funky European coffee/tea maker in the room with no charge for the coffee or tea.
Balcony was almost the width of the cabin and had floor to ceiling windows. Plenty of room for 2 loungers and a table.
The cabins were refurbished in 2014 and show no signs of wear and tear. Read entire member review >>
Very large room with great views up front. Have to stay off balcony when ship is cruising more than about ten knots. Very comfy bed and pillows. Large shower but has a big step up. No problem if your in good shape, otherwise could be a bit of a challenge.
Lots of hanging room for coats and everything else. Read entire member review >>
Beautifully appointed forward facing penthouse suite with all the amenities. Bulgari bath products, Lavazza Espresso Machine, wonderful butler, and concierge at your fingertips. Room was spacious for family of four and the view was just incredible. Being forward facing you get to see where the boat is headed, saw whales and dolphins from our balcony on this trip. Only downside is it gets pretty windy at sea but what do you expect? Also you are right below the bridge so window washing soaks your balcony at night (don't leave anything out overnight). Also because you are under bridge you have to remind yourself to close your curtains at night so as to not interfere with bridge view. If you check the ship's webcam, it's the same view you get from your window/balcony. Pretty awesome! Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was an aft penthouse suite on deck 10. There was more than enough room for 2 people, lots of closet/drawer space and an excellent shower in the bathroom. The bed was so comfortable. We always got a good night's sleep and woke up refreshed. The balcony was huge with 2 loungers, a small table and a chair. Our butler (Jennifer) pampered us beyond belief bringing snacks every afternoon and even setting the table with a white tablecloth when we ordered room service breakfast. Our cabin steward (Marrgie) was also awesome! Our room was always made up by the time we got back from breakfast and turned down by the afternoon. I was surprised by the in-house movie channels. There were a lot of new releases. The only annoying thing was that there wasn't any kind of guide so you never knew when a movie was going to play. Read entire member review >>
Cabin: OA-SE / 9500
Alaska July 2015
There are a lot of reviews on the pros and cons of front facing balcony cabins. As a veteran of many cruises, I can say that this was the absolute best room for for an Alaskan cruise. The Jewel has 8 forward facing penthouse suites and 4 owner’s suites. The rooms on Deck 9 have extra large balconies (300 sq ft).
So, to correct some misconceptions, the front facing balcony is fully usable day and night, in port and at sea. If you stand right at the rail, it is a bit windy, but not intolerable. Because of the hull design, step back a couple of feet and you can enjoy the view with just a very gentle breeze. Or sit on your deck chair at the rail, the wind sweeps up and above you, letting you fully enjoy the beautiful Alaskan scenery.
The walls right a railing are was waist high, allowing you to socialize with your neighbors. If you want a bit of privacy, just move back a couple of feet, and you are behind floor to ceiling walls.
Each day, we sat for hours watching Alaska unfold around us. Neighbors and even the bridge crew above would point out sea life with our 200 degree view of sea in front of us. We saw countless whales, some fluking, some breaching. Some right along the ship. Many further out. On two separate days, we sailed through large pods of dolphins. Hundreds of dolphins swimming on either side of the ship.
On the day we went to the glaciers, we spend the whole afternoon from the time we left Juneau until dusk watching the glaciers unfold in front of us.
If you’re going to Alaska, spend a bit more money for a front facing balcony! Read entire member review >>
If you have sailed NCL before, on different ships, you will no that all rooms are not created equal, even with in a class. Suite 10500 is a great forward suite, just under the bridge. You see everything forward, we like this and find it very peaceful to spend time on the large deck. The deck easily accommodates two chases, and a third chair, along with two cocktail tables. One drawback it that it is under the window washer for the bridge...move cushions to cover for night. Being a forward cabin, you must close the drapes or turn off your interior lights at dark, to not interfere with bridge visibility. If I were going to sail the Jewel again, I might check out something below on level 9. Not sure of the room configuration but the location looked a little better, if you don't mind people looking down on you. We have just always done deck 10. The bath in the suite is a full size ( so they say) tub with shower but not the garden tub you find on the Spirit. The WC is in a little cubby with it's own sliding door. There is a single sink in the bathroom and a dressing table just outside the bathroom door, with hair dryer and vanity lighting, Closet space and storage were ample for the two of us. Multiple drawers and shelves everywhere. Suitcases fit easily under the bed. There is a full size sofa, two occasional chairs with cocktail table, a dining table (small) and four chairs, as well as a desk area and coffee bar, over a mini fridge. We rearranged the furniture to give more floor space and remove the credenza from the foot of the bed as it created a tripping hazard in the night. Moving the two occasional chairs and cocktail table over to the huge picture window, made for a good place to sit and go over the plans for the day, while enjoying beautiful views. We turned the short credenza into a coffee table in front of the sofa. There is a drape that you can use to section off the king size bed if you wish privacy or are traveling with additional guest in your suite. However, this is more like a hotel suite, than some penthouse suites found on other ships which actually have separate sleeping rooms and living rooms. The suite was very comfortable for the two of us, well appointed, crisp linens, plenty of great towels, and ice. The only complaint I found, was the lack of hot water. There was plenty of pressure, but regardless of time of day, I couldn't get the water as warm as I like for my shower. Room steward, Johnson and butler, Roland...were the best! Read entire member review >>
This in our opinion this is the best Cabin on the ship, great forward views and the extra space caused by the bump under the bridge making it a very comfortable experience. Cabin 10000 is the mirror of this and just as nice. Even when travelling at speed there is not too much wind over the balcony. The other advantage is that it is a long walk to anywhere so you get lots of exercise Read entire member review >>
This cabin is amazing (penthouse suite 9000 with forward large balcony)! It has more storage than necessary with many drawers, cabinets, shelves and a huge closet with doors on two sides. The main room has a nice couch and stuffed chair, a dining table with plenty of room for two to dine (there are 4 chairs), a desk under the wide-screen tv, and the bed with 2 side tables. At the end of the bathroom hallway is a "make-up" desk with great side lighting, power outlets, hair dryer, wall mirror and a close-up mirror.
The bathroom has a separate toilet area next to the sink and bath area. The storage above the sink is adequate, considering that most items can go next to the "make-up" desk. The full bathtub was a great treat on a cruise. Even if you don't care to sit in a bathtub, having room to shower was great. The shower head was a movable, hand held type with a very comfortable spray. Ventilation was quick from the bathroom.
The large balcony made private sunning and sitting a great experience. On the first day, it was a shock to open our balcony door and be stopped by a bulk-head door that requires some muscle to open, but was easily latched open for the entirety of the trip. With two lounge chairs and two sitting chairs, each complete with thick, soft cushions, the choice of tanning positions was endless. The little table came in handy as well. The floor of the balcony was a squishy, soft substance that became quite hot in the sun, but was comfortable to walk or lay on. The 180 degree (plus!) view was amazing. When at sea, the wind could get quite brisk, but depending on the weather, it was still quite comfortable sitting outside.
The other amenities when selecting this room are the fresh flowers, complimentary sparkling wine and fruit bowl, fancy coffee maker, ability to borrow DVDs to play in the included DVD player and the personalized special service provided by the butler and concierge. The ability to discuss any plans with our concierge made everything easier- from meal reservations to shore excursions to disembarkation. Also, our butler provided full meals, deserts and drinks from the restaurants and bars whenever we wished.
The one issue I had was the placement of the suite directly over the main theater. During shows and rehearsals, it was quite loud in the suite. It woke me from a sleep the first night and could be heard through headphones or earplugs. Once our schedule shifted to eat during the first show and go to the late show, it became lest noticeable except for having to listen to the rehearsals and some of the game shows. Read entire member review >>
First cruise for us done in 10000 and I don't thing i will ever cruise in anything less than a suite. This suite has a king sized bed, a lounge area with couch and chair, and a dining area with a table. The closet has ample space for storage. the draws could be a little bigger but it worked. The bathroom has a actual bath as well as a separate room in the bath for the toilet. The best was as comfortable as any bed I've slept on and plenty of pillows. The suite as a mini-bar (can be a little pricy). My favorite thing is the coffee machine. This machine make the best coffee I have ever had (its like a grind and brew kurreg machine) Our butler Nelson introduced himself promptly and for the entire cruise was very attentive and helpful. Nelson always had snack for us in our room for us when we came back. The room steward, Romeo, was one of the greatest people we met. Romeo knew our name immediately and always called us by them. anything we need we had and Romeo always had our room nice and tidy.
The only negatives about this particular room is that you feel every little movement of the ship (being on the bow) and the wind can get a little noisy when at sea. The wind problem is solved by closing the Bulk head door. Read entire member review >>
Plenty of space. Large balcony accessible by a bulkhead door. As the room is on the front of the ship, it can be quite windy, but the views are amazing. The room is also directly below the bridge, so the crew asked us to close our curtains and balcony door at night to reduce glare on the bridge. Plenty of closet / storage space and a very nice full bathroom with bathtub. The bed was EXCEPTIONALLY comfortable. Read entire member review >>