Great time on the Norwegian Jewel: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by paminoregon

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Great time on the Norwegian Jewel

Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
Embarkation in Seattle went as expected, a bit like cattle but efficient. We arrived at 12:30 and were on the ship and our rooms were ready by 1:30 or so. Had lunch in the Tsar's MDR , which was very good. Got to our room and had two of our bags already there, the others came shortly. The room was adequate for us, an inside cabin with enough storage for our things. We spent little time in the room so worked out perfect for our needs. The shower was roomy and had plenty of hot water. Like that there was a clothesline to hang our suits on after swimming.
Took us the whole week to get a hold on where all the public areas were. The ship was beautiful and well maintained, the workers were working on the ship all the time. Loved the Spinnaker Lounge for relaxing and watching the gorgeous scenery go by. We had absolutely awesome weather.
As for fitness, we really didn't use the facilities as we enjoyed our morning walk around Deck 7, which is 2 2/3 laps around at 1 mile. More Found we both lost 2 pounds each, so much to do...didn't feel the need to gorge on the delicious food offered.
Dining, was for the most part very good, few mishaps in the Tsars dining room, where DH got the wrong chicken, and dessert took 20 minutes to get afterward, but this was the night of the Captains Dinner and we figured it was the workers having to cater to this event. We found that the Azure MDR was great, had great service and good food every time. We dined at Cagney's steakhouse one night, and it was fabulous, great steak and sides. Loved the Rasp. Creme Brulee. We had breakfast twice at Tsars which was very good. Only at at the Garden Cafe Buffet, twice for breakfast and once for lunch, and it was typical buffet fare. Decided to try out Chin Chin's chinese food, it was okay, but nothing spectacular, wished we had chose Mama's Italian, as we heard a few raves about it and the large portions. All the wait staff were friendly and for the most part efficient. Some of the reception girls at Tsars were a bit snippy with some of the guests, not us.
The entertainment on the ship was our favorite part of our cruise. Loved all the shows we saw, Band on the Run, Cirque du Bijou, and the comedian Richie Minervini was hilarious. Played most trivia games in the Fyzz lounge, and enjoyed the evening Game shows in the Spinnaker Lounge. Only thing I didn't care for was the hard sell on drinks as we don't drink and not even soda, so seemed liked we were constantly say no thank you.
Excursions---In Ketchikan we didn't do any excursion, deciding this is where we would do our souvenir shopping. It was very cold here but sun came out later. Took a long walk along the waterfront until we entered a somewhat seedy area and turned around. In Juneau we did the Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens tour. Our bus driver Hilary was great, she was entertaining and informative. Walked the mile to Nugget Falls and the Glacier, got some great photos and the temp. was 64 deg. this day, had to take our coats off. In Skagway, we took the White Pass/Yukon Route railway tour. This was very scenic and got lots of great pictures. We both thought the tour guide could have been a little more informative. In Victoria, we just got off the ship and walked to town as we have been here numerous times before, did a little shopping and had ice cream outside , the sun was shining so bright. But. Butchart Gardens are a must if you have never been. Great trip all in all, can't wait to go on another cruise. Mexican Riviera here we come!! Less

Published 06/02/13

Cabin review: IC11019 Inside

Cabin was great for our needs. I love to sleep in the pitch dark , so this wasn't a problem. i was worried about room temperature, but this always seemed to be just right for us. Plenty of room for storing our stuff. Stored our empty luggage under the bed and out of the way. The room steward was great and always came back to a spotless room. We both thought the bathroom was roomy, toilet might have been at an odd angle, but it worked ok. Loved the shower feature of being able to adjust the temperature and strength of spray. Room had a flatscreen TV. It had a small fridge which I used to store medication, had enough room. Inside cabin worked well for us, as we were hardly there except to change clothes and sleep.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Mendenhall Glacier

In Juneau we were an hour early for our tour, so decided to take the shuttle into town, we walked around and did a bit of shopping, then decided to walk back to the ship via the portside boardwalk. On arriving back to the pier, we boarded our tour bus. Our tour guide was Hilary from Bellingham, Wa. She was a great girl, very informative and entertaining. We toured the Glacier Gardens first. taking a golf like cart up the steep hillside, the guides did a great talk and then we got out at the top and had a great opportunity to take some photos overlooking the Juneau Airport and surrounding areas. We enjoyed this very much. Afterwards, we boarded the bus again and headed up to the Mendenhall Glacier. It is a 45 minute walk RT, to the glacier and Nugget Falls. It is about 2 miles roundtrip. The day was very warm 64 deg. and we ended up taking our coats off. Got some awesome photos of the Glacier and Falls. There is a visitor center at the start of the walk, but we opted not to go in. The play a 15 min. video about the glacier, we heard.

We thought that this port was nice. We hadn't planned on any excursions , as we are from the PNW and knew from family it was similar to towns around our part of the world. We did some shopping and got a coffee, walked to Creek Street, and got some great photos. If your able to, walking is very easy to everything in town. The people of the town were very friendly and helpful.
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White Pass Scenic Railway

This is about a 4 hour RT tour up to White Pass, it offers some beautiful vistas and opportunity for great photos. You can stand between railway cars to get some unobstructed views of the landscape. The train guide highlights things along the way. You will go into Canada near the end of the first half of the ride. then shortly return down toward Skagway. Its basically a scenic tour of the land. Small seats if the train is full. We opted for the early ride, and got a seat all to ourselves, noticed later trip was packed. The weather was good, so early ended being great for us, though we hear most early trips are fog laden and hard to see the mountains. After arriving back at the pier,,we decided to have lunch on board the ship, then head out again for some town sightseeing. Decided to visit the only ATM in town at Wells Fargo , needed cash for tipping our room steward, it was odd that when there is up to 10,000 ppl in town that there is only one ATM. Walked the small town, and bought some caramel corn, sat on a bench and enjoyed the sunshine and made some calls home.

We didn't do excursions here, since I have been to Victoria 5 other times. Though, I would suggest if you have never been, The Butchart Gardens are a must. Another thing that a lot of visitors miss is the great Royal BC Museum,, one of the best I have been to. Getting off the ship, we noticed that the shuttle town was 10 dollars each, so decided we could walk it , as it was another beautiful sunny day. Walked to town and was able to sit in Quadra Park on Belleville St. and get WIFI, did some banking and surfing while sitting in this quaint park. Walked around the wharf and enjoyed the vibe of Victoria on a gorgeous sunny afternoon. Did a little more souvenir shopping , lots of shops all around this area. Walked back to the ship and had lunch and relaxed until dinner. Ship left port at 9pm.
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