Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by upnorthsnowbird
- Sail Date: June 2012
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Our favorite spot to relax was 'bar city', the area on deck 6 by the martini bar. Nice late afternoon, early evening music and fun mid day games in comfortable chairs and waiters that quickly knew our names and favorite libations! All the lounge areas were very comfortable with good to great views.
We all commented on the cleanliness of the entire ship, not even a dust bunny in the elevators! On a cruise to a spot like Alaska, where the views are never ending, it was nice not to have to be in the dining room at a certain time. If we wanted to sit on the open deck on a perfect Alaskan early evening, we could continue a wonderful family time without worrying about dinner reservations. That being said, it is a trade off to give up having the same wait staff each evening-we did miss that special attention!
The food in Tsars was very good-not great-but tasty, nicely paced, and good portion size. Azura was a poor substitute-wonder why the difference? The buffet was fun, we had plenty of options at breakfast and lunch-learned to love Indian food!-so we didn't get bored as some have suggested. The hot food could have been a better temperature-sometimes it was pretty room temp-but all was tasty. We especially loved the grilled food in pool area at lunch time and since the weather cooperated in ports we always came back to the ship for lunch and sat outside. The wait staff in the lounges and restaurants were fun to talk to, eager to share their obvious love of their jobs and their families.
The entertainment was top notch all the way from the Bernie Martini to the stage show and acrobatic acts in the main theatre. We think they are better than most Las Vegas lounge/main stage acts. You could always find music somewhere-we loved searching out different groups during the week.
We never thought we'd do another cruise after 2 to the Caribbean on another line but NCL and Alaska may have changed our minds! Our entire family highly recommends it!