3 Houston to Caribbean - Southern Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews

We enjoyed our time on the Jewel. We enjoyed the freedom of Norwegian's freestyle dining. We mostly ate lunches and breakfasts in the Garden Cafe, and dinners in Tsar's Palace. The food was consistently high-quality and diverse; ... Read More
We enjoyed our time on the Jewel. We enjoyed the freedom of Norwegian's freestyle dining. We mostly ate lunches and breakfasts in the Garden Cafe, and dinners in Tsar's Palace. The food was consistently high-quality and diverse; as a fan of Asian food, I especially appreciated the Cafe's rotation of Asian dishes. We thought about trying Azura, but the decor in there looked lackluster compared to Tsar's. We did have a special anniversary dinner in Moderno, but were somewhat disappointed by the service. I had to order wine four times from four different servers before the wine actually showed up. When we cruise, we like to relax and read and play card games, and the Jewel is a comfortable place to do that. We also like to take in some music in the evenings, but were somewhat disappointed by the entertainment selection on the boat. Musical tributes included Elton John, Elvis Presley, The Carpenters, Dolly Parton, James Taylor... y'know, I'm 35, and there *have* been a few good musical acts that have come about since I was born! The most impressive entertainment was the Russian acrobatic team featured on the main stage, who provided two breathtaking shows. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We cruise on the Norwegian Jewel January 17th - January 24th, visiting Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. We are experienced cruisers; this was our 10th cruise, but our first on Norwegian, in the past we've cruised with Carnival and ... Read More
We cruise on the Norwegian Jewel January 17th - January 24th, visiting Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. We are experienced cruisers; this was our 10th cruise, but our first on Norwegian, in the past we've cruised with Carnival and Princess. This cruise blew our expectations away, probably one of the best cruises we've ever had. The crew was FANTASTIC, so friendly and welcoming, engaging with the passengers, they made us feel like part of the party. The excitement was infectious. The entertainment was also top-notch; especially David Naster the comedian, he was so funny at many times we couldn't breathe we were laughing so hard. The food in the main dining rooms was fantastic, our favorite was Tsar's Palace. We tried the Tepanaki and the Brazilian restaurants and they were also great. There were so many things to do we found ourselves running from one activitiy to another. We cruised with our 10 year old and also our parents. Great for a family trip. Our favorite stops were Cozumel and Roatan - do the monkey encounter there, well worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We were two adults and one kid . The cabin ; Size was ok for a ship ( like a NY hotel room ) Bed was twin and comfy . Pillows were good and planty . Open sofa was good for my kiddo but for an adult or tall kid will come short. TV was ... Read More
We were two adults and one kid . The cabin ; Size was ok for a ship ( like a NY hotel room ) Bed was twin and comfy . Pillows were good and planty . Open sofa was good for my kiddo but for an adult or tall kid will come short. TV was not working . Shower was good Toilet have a wired angle which make it very tight . Room service : Cleaning was good. Very good service . Recognized by name when we passed by . Towel animals for my kiddo on daily basis . Food : Breakfast is good but the same for the week , no changes or specialty items. Lunch ; decent but not exciting , some changes through the week. Dinner ; They offer two restaurant complimentary , and one bar restaurant . Food was good but portions are small ( we always ordered two appetizers , two main dishes and etc.. per person ) . Service is slow , in some cases took almost an hour to get our food. Buffet for dinner was like dog food in two times i tried it, very shameful . Deserts : on restaurants they are good , on buffets don't even bother as they are all bad. Snack ; Snack next to the pool consist from burgers and hotdogs , the burgers were dry as hell, as they dont cook them there but reheat them and get them to be a big glob of overcooked meat. YUCK ! the great-outdoor ( at the back of the boat ) have more decent selections but nothing amazing ( Deserts are good though ) . Pros : Go wherever you want whenever you want . Cons : Get used to the lines , poor service , long wait for food . And the biggest issue is when you come from offshore like at 2 or 3 pm ... you have nothing to eat but dry burger and overcooked dogs . Activities for adults ; Many games like deal or no deal , bingo and other crap . Deal or no deal is rigged and a scam , bingo is bingo nothing exciting here . Overall there is almost nothing interesting to do that doesn't require you to pay for , and even if you pay the activities suck big time. The reason i will never cruise with NCL again is due to that reason . Being stuck on a boat for a week with nothing to do is not fun in my book . As the weather was not great we did hoped for stuff to do and were very disspointed when there was none. Activities for KIDS ; The nickelodeons stuff is a joke . Art and craft for example they don't activate the kids , a crew of idiots come with paints and post cards to color . And they were just sitting on the floor and painting the cards themselves`s . Instead of interacting with the kids they were playing by themselves . This type of behavior and approach was the same with all the other activities. Minimum effort , and doing "stuff" to to say they did . If you expect the Dora characters or something like that , you might see them twice during the cruise . We paid for breakfast which was ok , they charge 20$ per person including adults and offer the same breakfast shit with tons of food coloring . The show was ok but that's was the ONLY time when all 6 characters were presented to the kids. Kids club : We did not used the kids club . as they do not allow you to see the kids while they are there nor to get in to see whats going on . I dont trust them with my kid seeing the way they operate and behave there. Drinks ; Drinks were good but pricey . Many times where there was activities in public places the bar in that area was closed. most of the times at least half of the bars are closed. The only good service you receive on the board is from the bars , as they know they receive tips directly conclusion ; I had high exceptions and got these crushed very fast. We did enjoy our vacation just because it was a vacation , but i am a guy that like to do stuff and see interesting stuff. A vacation for me is more then 3 meals a day of good food . If that is all i get i can stay at home and go to 3 nice restaurants every day . If you look to sit all day doing nothing beside eating and reading a book or listen to tunes this is not the crusie for you. If you look for activities and excitement look elsewhere . As my first cruise i am very disappointing and i know that NCL is off my books forever . Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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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