We had a great time on board NCL Jewel on this long 17 night cruise, and if you're booked on the Jewel, you will really enjoy it as long as you don't have any 5 star expectations. Like all cruise lines in this mid-price range, they all have different strengths and weaknesses. But none are 5 star. And like so many cruise critics so correctly point out, you get what you pay for. If you want a 5 star cruise ship, then book a Regent cruise.
The Jewel is a 3 and a half/4 star cruise ship. We got a great deal for this cruise, and our philosophy is just to go with it, knowing some things will probably be a bit hit or miss. And that's exactly how it was.
The other key factor you must accept is the upselling of product on board. It's just part of the territory. And a necessity for cruise lines in this price range to make real money. That's why you can choose so cheaply.
Excellent value for money. Bigger bathroom than our balcony cabin on last cruise (Costa Pacifica). Bed was awesome. Slept so well. Air con great. Spotless and well maintained. Enough storage space once unpacked, and luggage just goes under the beds.