7 Honolulu Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as friends that were travelling with us had Tahiti as a bucket list. The islands that we visited were wonderful. The ship was super clean and the food was excellent.Service was poor or lacking in many areas although ... Read More
We chose this cruise as friends that were travelling with us had Tahiti as a bucket list. The islands that we visited were wonderful. The ship was super clean and the food was excellent.Service was poor or lacking in many areas although our cabin steward was amazing and we tipped very well. Entertainment was disappointing with the odd exception. The cruise destinations were wonderful but we all felt the overall experience was not as good as we normally experience on Princess or Celebrity or Holland America. We had booked a mini suite and found it smaller than we thought and had a lighting issue sin the closet until our friends found the little red button at the back of the closet then there was light! Our friends were celebrating a big anniversary as were we and there was nothing much done by the ship. We did have a cake handed to us when we left the dining room one night. The wait staff were very good as a rule but the rest of staff not as friendly as we expected and we are very friendly people and polite at all times. We had a major problem on a ship tour and it was not addressed. The front desk people just said that they were sorry. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had a wonderful cruise. The itinerary, Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands, was fabulous. We were worried about all of the days at sea but we found plenty to do and were not bored. Of course the islands were terrific. We especially liked ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise. The itinerary, Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands, was fabulous. We were worried about all of the days at sea but we found plenty to do and were not bored. Of course the islands were terrific. We especially liked the snorkeling/beach day in Moorea. The staff was very friendly and hardworking and the ship was clean and pleasant. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants and found the food in the dining room and buffet to be good. We have sailed on other cruise lines, some with higher ratings, but were pleasantly surprised by Norwegian. I would not hesitate to recommend the cruise. Aside from the ports a highlight was crossing the equator by sea. It was a spectacular day weather wise, the cruise director was a great Neptune, and we enjoyed the kissing of the fish ceremony. Our only negative experience was an issue with the passport collection and the coffee at the buffet was pretty bad. Other than that it was a dream trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My dream was to go to bora bora and with this itinerary I could see it plus other French Polynesia islands We started in Honolulu and the embarkation was the best I have ever done , fast and easy. Then we got onboard unknown to us that ... Read More
My dream was to go to bora bora and with this itinerary I could see it plus other French Polynesia islands We started in Honolulu and the embarkation was the best I have ever done , fast and easy. Then we got onboard unknown to us that every Hawaiian port you must pay port taxes although not high but on every drink. We had already paid gratuities and taxes for our drink package. Then we got to Maui , it was not a nice location with high security and very rude people working at the location. Treated us like we were criminals !! Yelling at the cruise clients constantly about staying in line but not helping to which line to go in. I felt so sorry for the older client as they had no shuttle to the exit of the security and it was far. Nothing around other then a shopping mall about 20 min walk. Not the Maui I remember. Then Hilo same thing Hawaiian port people very loud and rude. But once we got away from the port all was good . In Kauai much better a shuttle was there to take people who did not book N excursion or a after they finished there excursion to the little beach and shopping area . The 5 days at sea went by ok but our party of 16 was the reason . The entertainment and games were definitely not as good as expected. The games are the same time to get some new games Norwegian!! The bands that played at the pool were way to loud and very humdrum! The entertainment group other then Marta very poor , no liveliness and excitement , almost seemed like it was a chore rather then a job they wanted to do ! The food at all restaurants that we went to was very good, lots of choices and very accomadating , especially the head waiter at tsars , could not do enough for my grand niece who has severe lactose allergy and is vegetarian, waitress Darren was exceptional. The bar tenders quite often ignored us maybe because we prepaid gratuities???? Then we got to French Polynesia our first stop Nuku hiva, thank goodness we booked a tour as not much there, the beach was in walking distance so we did swim for awhile . Next stop Moorea , my first impression was WOW ! so beautiful and it did not disappoint other then again beaches so far from the port! Thank goodness once they finished there cruise excursions they had buses from the town transport people back to the ship as it was a very long 45 min walk . Warning get all your money changed to CFP as they really rip you off in exchange everywhere in French Polynesia . We had US dollars and for something say that cost 1000 CFP would cost 13.00 US We used Albert transport , we had a driver named Hamilton he was exceptional . Then bora bora my dream island ! We organized a private excursion for our group of 16 we had the best day ever 5 hours of Snorkling , swimming with lemon and black tipped sharks, swimming with the stingrays in the shallow crystal baby blue warm waters , onto a coral reef that I have never seen so many different types of fish and coral. Our guide was amazing showed us all the highlights of bora bora then back to the best beach I have ever been . Played so much in the warm waters with my grand nieces . MAouhuni bora bora is who we booked with . Prompt and very knowledgeable as they are local tour guides . We finished the cruise in Papeete Tahiti ! It looked like a very busy big city , did not get a chance to tour as we went straight by ferry back to Moorea for 5 nights. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We booked this cruise for the itinerary - and the fact we could do back to back all the way to Sydney. We had a balcony cabin - number 9644 in this case It was perfectly fine but since the ship was in dry dock, the cabin has changed ... Read More
We booked this cruise for the itinerary - and the fact we could do back to back all the way to Sydney. We had a balcony cabin - number 9644 in this case It was perfectly fine but since the ship was in dry dock, the cabin has changed slightly in that only one side of the bed has a cabinet. This was a little awkward and I don't really understand why they did this. The storage was adequate with plenty of room under the bed for a hard body suitcase on each side and also the hand luggage trolley cases fit too. The bathroom was fine - my criteria of trying to not book cruises with shower curtains was fully met and so I was happy with that. Embarkation was perfectly fine with a small amount of queueing. We noticed that, if you have a disability of any kind, there was a separate area with seating so that is a "mind at rest" thing for some people. We were allowed into our cabins after a fairly short wait and the luggage arrived pretty quickly so that we could unpack and explore before attending the drill. We didn't have a dining package on this cruise and so used the main rooms and Chin Chin (our favourite because the service is just so much better than the other places, even though the menu is more limited). We also ate a couple of times in O'Sheehans, especially after getting back on the ship after a hard day's exploring. We did have some complaints including the ubiquitous "over-cooked fish" - I just don't get why, when you send it back, it comes back nearly every time perfectly cooked, they don't just do it that way the first time around. Its such a waste of food, but it was completely inedible on a number of occasions. I was also served some frozen potatoes which sort of explains the fish as they must pre-cook and freeze a lot of the dishes. I suppose that's fine for most things, after all it is mass-catering, but they need to work on it. We had attended the meet and greet and so had received the card with the phone numbers on. We used them and things improved a little, along with a little complimentary Sushi to apologise, which was very nice and unexpected. The ship had a lot of new crew on board and it was especially noticeable in Tsar's Palace dining room. They have to be trained, of course, but maybe don't put all of the new staff in the same place! Azura was better and the staff in there were much more upbeat and good at service. There were good staff in Tsar's Palace but, on this occasion, the atmosphere could be strained at times whereas the other venues didnt have that vibe. I'm sure it is temporary and will be back to normal once the staff find their feet. The shows were outstanding, as usual. In particular we loved Rock you Tonight, Anna and Vlad, Le Cirque Bijou and Velvet. The other shows were good, just these were great. The Tap Pack could become a favourite in time. The comedians and hypnotists were not to my taste but others enjoyed them. Overall the entertainment staff do a great job. A shout out to Dexter for the dance classes on sea days. We had a lot of sea days on this leg and so the enrichment programmes become important, especially when you have 2 or 3 days of not so good weather. We enjoyed the talks on Polynesian Art and the navigation and Atoll talks. We didn't ever use the pool or the sun loungers but I didn't hear any complaints. (I'm too pale to sit in that sort of sun unfortunately but I did enjoy sitting on my balcony in the shade and watching out for sea life - the pacific is so vast that we didn't see a single other ship on the 5 days at sea, only a couple of flying fish and one pod of dolphins but hey the colours of the sea and just the peace was great). We embarked in Oahu and had spent a couple of days beforehand exploring with friends who had hired a car. I can highly recommend a visit to Pearl Harbour and some shopping in Honolulu - there are some great deals to be had if you search them out! The Hawaii Islands were a great place to have some really good days out, Volcanos, Blow Holes, Mountains, Views, Beaches, Waterfalls - whatever you like you will find it. My own highlight was the sailaway from Nawiliwili and viewing the Napali Coast from the deck of the ship. What an awesome place. However, that wasn't the only highlight. I think my favourite was Kauai Island but its truly hard to chose. I don't know what excursions were on offer specifically from the ship but the usual comment about the price is in order. It cost us $280 over the full four islands for four of us - including hiring a car, petrol, entrance fees to whatever we wanted to see and some drinks - including coffees in McDs for the free wifi. That was $140 per couple. As far as I could see $140 per person per day was the average cost of the excursions in each port - just not good value for money at all. This needs to be fixed by the company. Nuku Hiva was pretty special - we had a beach day but there were other things to do. We didn't book any ships excursions on this leg of the trip and were certainly glad as they are completely overpriced. You can book on the dockside for around a third of the price and better if you have a large group as you have bargaining power. Mo'orea - booked a lagoon sailing with sharks and stingrays - utterly beautiful although I didn't swim with the sharks! Despite what was being claimed, I had read that three weeks earlier, in the exact same reefs, a woman had her hands and boobs eaten by a shark. While the people in the boats keep feeding them and the stingrays, they will continue to be a danger to human beings. After the tour we had a good wander and found a local beer (delicious). Raiatea - again booked a tour at the harbour and visited Marae Taputapuatea which was very spiritual. Pearls, Vanilla, Volcanic Craters, Rivers that are the sea as well. We saw children having swimming lessons with the fish around them. I think this was my favourite place of the whole trip but I loved it all tbh. Bora Bora - again got off the tender boat (which was always easy and there were few queues except first thing in the morning. We visited this port twice on the back to back so on this visit we did a land tour and met the delightful Delores (who used to be in the tank regiment just outside of Paris). We visited Bloody Mary's bar but didn't have a drink - although you could. I took the advice of friends and stayed off the beach area there as it is renowned for people being bitten by sand flies. The visit to the place where they hand make the Pareau ended in my purse being lightened as I couldn't resist one of the dresses they were selling. The views all around the island are stunning. We did a lagoon tour on the next visit so I shall cover that in my next review. Pape'ete Tahiti. - Not my favourite place of the tour but that may have been coloured by the poor showing on the tour we booked dockside. I'm not sure that any of the others, including the ships tours, were any better - I didn't hear anyone praising the place but it was still nice to see the island. This was the end of this part of the cruise and was disembarkation day. We had to change cabins and it was chaotic due to the card printing machine not working properly. I'm not sure why the crew couldn't have delivered the new key cards to the cabins as there was no checking of ID etc. It resulted in huge queues at the guest services desk where they were having to reprint nearly all of the cards as none of them seemed to work on board (although they did work so that you could get on and off the ship). There must be a better way and it will be interesting to see if it was any better in Sydney as there were quite a number of guests staying on until Auckland. There was very little wifi to be had once you left the accessibility of McD's or Starbucks in Hawaii. Bora Bora - there was a cafe not far from the port where you could pay $5 for 30 minutes but it was very slow. There was free wifi in the tourist information centre but it hardly ever worked. Pape'ete - there was good wifi in a cafe near the port, you just had to buy a drink and also there was free wifi in the tourist information centre, but I dont know if it was fast or not. If you can afford it I would upgrade your wifi packages on the ship if you need to be in contact with home for whatever reason. Nuku Hiva had wifi in the cafe on the port - free as long as you bought food - I'm not sure that anyone on a cruise needs to eat food in a port - but crack on if you can manage it. It certainly smelled good! We loved the cruise. Being from the UK, it means that these places are normally too far away so this was an ideal opportunity. We found the sea days fine, although the sea day in between Nuku Hiva and Mo'orea was a killer for us - nothing wrong with the ships entertainment, it was just a perception that this was definitely the longest day. We crossed the equator during this trip and they did the ceremony! We got wrapped in togas (bed sheets!) King Neptune granted us safe passage as long as we kissed the (most disgusting) fish and then submitted to a glug of slime. It was great fun although in 85% humidity the togas were a little on the warm side! We didn't have any children with us but there were some on the cruise. They genuinely seemed to having a great time - even the "too cool for school" teenagers! We hardly ever saw or heard them during the sea days which usually means there is plenty to do to keep them out of trouble and harms way. The Jewel is a lovely ship with some seriously nice crew who go out of their way to try to make sure you have a good time. The food is my only bug bear but it never is bad enough to spoil my adventures. I would go back no problem at all - where is that lottery ticket! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had just completed a cruise on Celebrity from Hawaii to Sydney and loved it so when we saw this itinerary (much better) for a great price we decided to fly back to Hawaii and do it all again. Again embarkation in Honolulu was a ... Read More
We had just completed a cruise on Celebrity from Hawaii to Sydney and loved it so when we saw this itinerary (much better) for a great price we decided to fly back to Hawaii and do it all again. Again embarkation in Honolulu was a breeze. Sadly our upgrade bids failed and so did our attempts onboard, was surprising to find out the cruise was sold out as it had not been selling well when we booked last minute. It is our first time on Jewel but she is a carbon copy of the Jade so no issues with orientation. She is a little dated but is maintained well and was generally clean. As with other NCL ships in these classes the public area configuration means sometimes changing levels and there is a lack of public walkway space so on these longer cruises with an older clientele it can be slo moving at times. The positives of these ships are not too many passengers, the full promenade deck, the terrific views from Spinnaker lounge and the aft facing bar outside the buffet. The pool deck is a reasonable size for the number of passengers compared to their larger ships. There is a great variety of dining options. On this cruise smoking had been banned on the promenade deck which is fantastic but was a shame that they did not advertise it correctly so past passengers continually smoked out there despite there being no ashtrays and put everyone at risk by either throwing their butts overboard or extinguishing them on everything from paper packets to the ships dining ware (disgusting) and caused a lot of consternation between passengers and the smokers and the crew. I have no idea why the officers refused to put signs up rather than employ security staff who were regularly ignored. Again we were annoyed by the drinks tax issue NCL claims in USA ports, no other line charges these on drinks ordered under a pre paid drinks package - how can there be tax when there has been no transaction, NCL may as well charge you tax on your meals and accomodation under this logic, the hotel director could not explain this and the chief financial officer simply refused to meet us, we were told “it’s only $15” which is true but if you consider a small sum then you pay it! We had cabin 10,145 an inside which had an interesting configuration being parallel to the hallway but we enjoyed this as it seemed to utilise the space better, the cabin also felt modern. Unfortunately we had a junior steward who regularly forgot to deliver mail and laundry and often didn’t clear out dirty glasses and plates. Dining - was generally good. We find NCL is always behind other main lines like X and HAL but for the price paid was good quality with plenty of options. We tended to have breakfast in the buffet on the outside deck on port days or Osheehans for a change. Lunch on sea days we always dined in the mdr as we enjoy the views over the wake and the attentive service. Dinner in the Tsars palace was very good and the venue felt more spacious than on other ships, service was always top notch. When we felt like a change we alternated between Chin Chin and Osheehans which do tasty quick meals. The Chinese needs more vegetarian and seafood options. We don’t like the Azura mdr compared to Tsars as it feels dark and claustrophobic and the staff seem more rushed. As platinum members we get 2 specialty restaurants and we tried the French and the Italian- as on other ships we were treated like 2nd class citizens for dining under this program which is very strange and it certainly doesn’t incentivise us to pay for additional dining in these venues. Food and service in the French was good but only marginally better than the mdr so could not justify paying. The Italian is a nice space but the pizza is the same as in the buffet (slightly better toppings) and the rest of the food was decent without being outstanding. This cruise changed CDs on day 4 which I have never seen before and in our view it seemed to disrupt the flow the ship had attained. Dave the new CD seemed to moan about being back at work constantly and was constantly talking about cruising around Australia and NZ (this cruise didn’t go to those places - nor did the following one except for its final destination). Also, the activities seemed to be lessened on the changeover and considering we had 5 sea days in a row there was a complete lack of variety in activities (NCL seems to have gotten mundane in this area compared to Celebrity). Strangely they had a lot more activities on port days? On the plus side there was a couple of great matinee shows in particular by Igor the band leader and saxophonist. The production shows were well performed and the cast seemed very talented, I do feel like some semblance of a story line would be good but this is just nit picking. Guest entertainment was generally good, personally I don’t like ABBA so the 2 nights of identical show were a bit much, I also don’t go to hypnotist shows anymore (reports were that someone didn’t come out of it Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We did a New England cruise on the Jewel in 2010 and had a wonderful time: Staff was friendly, entertainment was great and food was outstanding. Sad to say that none of this applied to the cruise we just completed: Embarkation: We were ... Read More
We did a New England cruise on the Jewel in 2010 and had a wonderful time: Staff was friendly, entertainment was great and food was outstanding. Sad to say that none of this applied to the cruise we just completed: Embarkation: We were directed into the wrong line up as attendants were not aware of the priority check in for diamond members. First impressions: The ship appeared in good condition. The decor might be a bit dated, but it was functional, comfortable and clean. The cabin: The first big disappointment. The cabin was very small with insufficient space for luggage. But what grossed us out immediately was the filthy carpet. So bad that we did not want to take off our shoes! We were told that it was scheduled for replacement next year but that did not help us now. O'Sheedans: Touted by Norwegian as the 'wildly popular' pub turned out to be the wildly unpopular replacement of the Blue Lagoon 24hr fast food joint which we all loved. On our first visit we waited 40 minutes for a waiter before we got up and just left. A few days later we tried it again, and this time we got fast service - grouchy, but fast. But the food was awful. The spinach artichoke dip looked more like wall paper paste with a taste to match. I could not eat it. The food: Although there were a few bright spots (great croissants, roast beef and some fish dishes), the food ranged from mediocre to lousy. Sometimes luke warm, sometimes heavily salted, sometimes long waits and sometimes not resembling what the menu said. The entertainment: The Burn The Floor dance group was spectacular. Most other shows were cruise ship average. And the comedians were mostly Australians with heavy accents so we could not understand them. Port services: This cruise had a lot of tendering and this worked very well. What was missing was any information about the port, like the little map you used to get to see where they drop you off. Even worse, in some ports we were told it was unsafe and too long a distance to walk to town from the port. They wanted us to buy their bus service. Turned out the walk was 0.6 miles on a nice sidewalk - totally enjoyable and safe. The staff: It looked to us that this ship had a higher than normal amount of crew members with issues. This was particularly the case in the food serving areas. In summary, we feel that in their quest to become the lowest price operator, Norwegian has crossed the line of what we consider acceptable food quality and service. We will not be back anytime soon, at any price.Thanks for the good memories of days past!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
NCL Jewel - South Pacific Cruise Review : 10-30 October 2017 We are just returned from a package which included a 12-night cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line, Jewel, sailing the South Pacific and I will try to be as informative as I can ... Read More
NCL Jewel - South Pacific Cruise Review : 10-30 October 2017 We are just returned from a package which included a 12-night cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line, Jewel, sailing the South Pacific and I will try to be as informative as I can reviewing this cruise. This was the first time that NCL has sailed the South Pacific (according to the staff) which is why we booked it. Apparently, they are unsure which way they will sail to reposition as they usually travel the Suez Canal and are still to decide whether to repeat this way and these destination. To be honest, I would say to NCL do it, the destinations are paradise. We flew into Honolulu 3 days before we joined the ship and spent 3 nights in Tahiti before the long flights Home. This review will be on the cruise only. The itinerary for this cruise was as follows: Day 1 - embarkation in Honolulu, Hawaii Day 2 - Kauai, Hawaii Day 3 - Hilo, (the big island), Hawaii Day 4 - 7 At Sea Day 8 - Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia Day 9 - At Sea Day 10 - Fakarava, French Polynesia Day 11 - Bora Bora, French Polynesia Day 12 - Moorea, French Polynesia Day 13 - Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia (over night stay before disembarking to our hotel) We were lucky enough to have the Ultimate Beverage Package (UBP) and on-board spend with this deal, however, unless you drink like a fish and you have this package as part of your cruise deal, I would recommend paying as you go. The UBP cost was £850 per person, for this 12 night cruise; you HAVE to drink a lot to get the full benefits of this, bearing in mind that the cocktail of the day was $8.95 / a rose` wine was $6.50 per glass, we (light drinkers) may have had 2-3 wine and perhaps 2-3 cocktails per day each with some coke/lemonade as well, this was no where near the cost incurred if we would have purchased this packaged and only drink that much because we had the drinks package, usually, we would have iced water or juice from the cafe around the pool, during the day. THE SHIP : Jewel is tired and needs modernisation. The crew, as on all cruise ships, work extremely hard and have a LOT of difficult passengers to deal with but do this with smiles and dignity. Unfortunately, as a lot of American ships are doing, the Jewel has also relaxed its formality to near extinction. You can now walk into dinner in shorts if you like without any challenge which for us was too relaxed and in our view, a mistake. THE FOOD : Mediocre, is the only word I think I can use to describe the food. Even when we paid for the privilege in Cagney’s, we did not find the food to be as good as Jewels sister ship Jade. THE SHOWS : if you like terrible American humour, Juggling, out of tune live singing and cheesy singing and dancing then this is right up your street, however, actually, we felt the shows were not worth the print to add it to the daily itinerary! WI-FI : expensive, and eats minutes that you haven’t used, so visits to the Internet Manager is a must to reinstate what has been taken. Ensure that every time you log in you also log out when finished with the session. Ration yourself, 250 minutes for a 12 night cruise only equates to rations of 20 minutes a day, this is nothing when you are trying to take photos/videos off a go-pro to enable reuse for another day itinerary (although the go-pro has its own Wi-fi it still managed to eat the ships ..). THE CABIN : We were staying in cabin number 4596, an outside (Porthole) room. What we didn’t realised was that this cabin was 2 cabins from the embarkation/disembarkation door where passengers are getting on/off the ship, blocking the doors to our room a lot. This was a bonus to us in some ways but had more inconveniences than conveniences. Although we were lucky enough that we did not need to use the medical centre, this was also very convenient to us being right on the door step. However, the crew door was also situated right opposite our cabin door; we were woken daily at 4.00 am by the crew noisily getting about their early morning duties. Most of the islands were tendered, so 6.00 am started the construction of the ladders and tender station that was right under our window. Also, and this is something we did not expect, the South Pacific was rough and windy, causing waves to be hitting our window constantly, this extended (apparently) to staterooms on deck 5 as well. The captain called the seas “moderate”, in 12 years of cruising the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, we have only ever had one cruise where the sun deck was closed due to adverse weather and not what we expected of this area at all. One bonus to this cabin, it is Port side so every island visited could be seen from the cabin as we sailed in. Day 1: Embarkation Day. Honolulu, Hawaii. This has got to be the worst, most unorganised embarkation that we have ever experienced (along side New York). We were collected from our hotel at 10.30 am and was not on the ship until approx 1.00 pm after 2 hours of unorganised chaos. Day 2: Kauai, Hawaii. We purchased an on-board ship excursion, which is something we rarely do, this was due to time frames and getting back to the ship productively as we decided to go Mud-bugging and after extensive research found that due to the distance to travel to get to the ship we would not have been able to do this on our own. This was a great day, we got thoroughly muddy and had a lot of fun. Kauai ATV were fantastic guides and made the day really good. They will supply you with a bandana, goggles, helmet and shorts and t-shirt. Recommendations for this trip, use their clothes supplied, and the locker, to leave anything you don’t want ruined behind. You will get REALLY muddy, the mud is a very red mud that stains you and your clothing and anything else that you take along with you. They do take you to a shop of theirs first, (reasonable priced) there you can buy a waterproof plastic cover for your phone if you want to take that with you. We used that for photos and left the camera behind, although did take a go-pro which is still stained! They also take photos during the trip and sell the group photos to you for $20 which was well worth purchasing. Day 3: Hilo, (the big island) Hawaii. Unless you are doing a trip here, don’t bother! We came in on a Sunday and decided to walk to the town. We were told that it was 2 miles and approx 30 minutes walk, it was more like 5 miles and took us 1 hour each way in 32 degrees heat. When we finally got to the town, we found that most shops were closed (due to it being a Sunday) and the only real thing we took from this place was insect bites, which we had in abundance by the time we got back to the ship (with no warnings and did not feel/see anything biting), the only things we think the bites may have come from are the Nono (aggressive sand flies). Day 4 - 7 : At Sea. The weather was not “great” for the first couple of sea days, although once the sun came out it was blistering and required shade, which the Jewel has limited amount of, the seas were rough the whole time travelling to the next destination. Day 7 : the ship insisted that everyone coming into French Polynesia, attend an Immigration meeting with 2 French Polynesia Immigration Police. Again, absolute unorganised chaos. We spent 2 hours snaking around the Spinnaker Lounge, only to be told that as we were EU citizens, we did not need a visa stamp, we were only required to show our passports. Surely, the obvious way of organising this would have had EU guests queue in one line and American/Other queue in another? Day 8 : Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia. TENDER day. Unorganised chaos to get tender tickets started at 6.15 am. The notice was that tender tickets could be collected from poolside at 7.00 am, however, this actually started by 6.15 am, by the time we collected our tickets at 8.00 am we were tender boat 17 off which did not get us off the ship until after 10 am! The island itself was exactly what you would expect, a beautiful, un-westernised, cultural island. There was only 1000 locals living on this island, who welcomed the invasion of 2500 passengers with tribal dancing and singing, conk shell blowing and their handmade carvings etc, unfortunately, there was no way to explore the island as there was no taxis or other means of transport, but what we saw was beautiful, unspoilt and had the feel of modern tribe culture. Day 9 : At Sea Day 10 : Fakarava, French Polynesia. Another TENDER day. Another 6.15 am hand out of tender tickets (although should have been a 7 am start). No trips to do (with or without the shore excursion desk). The ship docked at 8 am and left at 2 pm. Sunday’s (when we arrived), everything was shut and with the way that the tender process was the day before, we felt there was little reason to get off, although we did. We made our way to a beach, Motu’s are found all the way along the road (turn right at the dock). We walked about 15 minutes to a piece of sandy area where the sea was incredibly blue with patches of coral and beautiful fish swimming within. Sharks are in abundance and regularly pay a visit to where you are invading their “space”. The locals found it hilarious that the passengers from the cruise ship jumped as soon as shark was mentioned, they insisted that these sharks; “Sleeping/nurse” sharks, were harmless and would not hurt - actually when they called out shark, it was to let you know they were there not to ensure you got out of the water. They feed them regularly by hand. This was a beautiful spot to spend a few hours away from the ship with the wildlife. Day 11 : Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Another TENDER day. We had a trip booked (with the ship) so got off without the queues! We arrived at 10 am and went straight to our trip, Black Tip Shark and Sting Ray Swim. Incredible. The crew on the boat were great fun and spent the whole time entertaining us with their singing and playing getting to/from the destinations we were taken to. The rays and sharks did not disappoint. A fabulous day, fully recommended. Day 12 : Moorea, French Polynesia. Another TENDER day. By now the ship had got themselves organised and actually started getting this right. There were still the queues for the tender tickets that were being handed out earlier than they should have been although this did not affect us as we were on a trip. Humpback Whale/Dolphin watching with Dr Michael Poole. This was an amazing trip, we saw no dolphins as there seemed to be too many jet skis bombing about but the Whales made up for it. Although we were not that close we experienced 2 beautiful whales spending time in the waters. We did not get in the water with them but there are trips that do take divers to swim with the whales, they have described their singing and close up inquisitively incredible. After we returned from this trip we met a local called Damon who ran his own tour company called Circle Tours, we spent 3 hours being shown his island; he took us liquor tasting, jam tasting, scenic spots, we even saw what the fishermen had brought in on their recent catch - a 300 lb Marlin that they had a job getting in their boat. In all, a fabulous day and a stunningly beautiful island. Day 13 : Disembarkation for our 3 night stay in Tahiti before returning back to the UK. Overall, a fabulous itinerary, great destinations, beautiful scenery and NCL was our way of doing this. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Norwegian Jewel Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 3.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.1

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