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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2284 reviews
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Disappointing

Review for Norwegian Jewel to British Columbia
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2013
Cabin: Balcony

I have cruised many times and this cruise tied for last place. I traveled with my adult daughter on this 7 night repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver with stops in San Francisco, Astoria, Victoria, Nainamo, and Vancouver on the Norwegian Jewel, rated 4.5 stars by my travel agency. We made our own travel arrangements and they were fine.

The ship, in my opinion, was highly overrated. It had few amenities and what amenities it offered were generally an additional fee. The ship had two central, open air pools and hot tubs, all of which were generally filled with families with children. The only option was the spa facilities which cost an additional $30 per day per person and were only available if you booked a spa appointment. Our stateroom (balcony category BD on deck 10) was tiny. It had a refrigerator but was filled with expensive "mini bar" products so it was really of no use. To its credit, it had the best bathroom I have ever seen on a cruise ship with separate toilet and shower facilities with sliding glass doors.

Activities were generally fee based and expensive. There were a few dance classes and deck games, but everything else was costly. We ended up spending a lot of time in our cabin watching very limited television.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin BB

Tiny stateroom. You could not walk around the end of the beds without bumping the walls and feet of anyone sleeping. Balcony door whistled and when we complained we were told "if you closed it properly I would not do that." Finally when we persisted, the maintenance person discovered a bent lock that was preventing the door from closing properly. Only 2 outlets in the entire stateroom. Nice refrigerator but it was filled with "mini-bar" products. No coffee maker. Excellent bathroom - best I've ever seen on a cruise ship.

Port Reviews

San Francisco

This is our home, so we knew where to go and had lots of fun.

Victoria

This was actually our 3rd port but Astoria, Oregon is not on the list. We love Victoria and had a lovely day shopping and exploring. We started at the Empress Hotel for breakfast, then shopped and walked, went to the British Museum there and finished with cocktails at the Bengal Bar at the Empress. Lovely day.

Vancouver

We docked in Vancouver and spent a few hours there before catching our plane to San Francisco. We checked our luggage with the bellman at the hotel in Canada Place so that we could shop and enjoy lunch there. Our favorite spot was the revolving restaurant near Canada Place. The views are spectacular and it is well worth the price of lunch or cocktails.

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