We have just got back from a 2 week back to back cruise on the Norweigian Jewel and just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it.
This was so easy. We flew into Barcelona airport from London Heathrow and no sooner had we picked our bags up from the luggage carousel then we were met by a rep from NCL who took our bags from us and pointed us in the direction of the coach which was taking us to the ship. Once on board the coach we were informed that as they would not be ready for us to board the ship until 12.30 they were going to take us on a tour of Barcelona.
When the trip was finished we were taken to the port. Although there were a lot of passengers at the port there were lots and lots of desks open so we only waited a few minutes before we were booked in a ready to go.
Very speedy and efficient.
We were allocated cabin 8086 which was an obstructed view cabin. This was a very comfortable, well laid out cabin. Although it did indeed have an obstructed view this was good enough for us all we wanted was a bit a natural light instead of an inside cabin.
The cabin was situated mid-ship and was in a perfect position for us. Not to far away from anything but also not too close to anything which meant it was central but also nice and quiet too.
Although we tend to eat quite a boring diet the dining options on the ship were superb. They catered for very taste. As I said we are really quite boring eaters and do not eat Chinese, Japanese or anything spicy so we did not try a few of the speciality restaurants but saying that there was still plenty for us to eat.
The Garden Cafe and Great Outdoors: These were great for breakfast and a snack during the day. The blueberry compote they had at the waffle station was absolutely fabulous. I really need to find out where they buy it from or get the recipe. They had a sandwich bar for lunch times where you could get any kind of sandwich made up as you liked with a variety of different breads to choose from. They also had a small section for kids meals and a free ice cream machine.
Tsars Palace and Azura: These were the main restaurants where you could get breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would have like to have breakfast at Tsars Palace but it closed at 8am and we never got up on time. This I would say was a disappointment for us as being expect to be up and ready by 8am is really not on when you are on holiday. Saying that the Garden Cafe catered well for breakfast but it would have been nice to try a formal setting for breakfast at a reasonable time. Lunch and Dinner at these restaurants was superb. There was always a good choice on the menu which was well cooked, well presented and well served.
Cagneys Steak House: This is one of the speciality restaurants that we did try and it was lovely. Although there is a $15 per person cover charge it was well worth it. Both the steak and lamb were cooked to perfection.
Mamas Kitchen: Another speciality restaurant but this time no cover charge. The first time we visited Mamas Kitchen the meal was nice but unfortunately the second time my meal had obviously been re-heated and was not so good. Saying that the service was first class and I would certainly use it again.
The theatre shows were the best I have ever seen on a ship. Band on the Run and Circque Bijou were first class. I could go on and on about how great they were but I will have to restrict myself to saying DO NOT MISS THEM.
We travelled with our 4 year old son and he loved the Kids Club. On port days it was open from 7pm to 10pm with the option of paying $5 per hour if you wanted to attend outside those times. For us 7pm to 10pm was perfect. It gave us a bit of time to have a nice meal and watch and show before we took him to bed. He was always anxious to attend and was always first in line to get through the door when they opened.
On the one sea day each week that we had Kids Club was open 10am-12pm and then 2pm-5pm and again 7pm to 10pm.
To top it all just before the end of our cruise we bought a game ticket and won a free Caribbean cruise for 2. The prize was 1 week for 2 in an inside cabin. We would have to travel from the UK but no flights are included in the prize. To be honest we are looking at seeing if we can get this transferred to a European cruise and understand they will give us $1,000 towards that so we are now looking at brochures to see where we want to go.