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Booked our NCL cruise in Nov. 2005, so we enjoyed planning, learning about the ports, about the ship, etc. Took pre and post cruise tours and they were really worthwhile. The Hotels, although far from the cities' centers were excellent. We were picked at our hotel, taken to the port and waited less than 5 mins. for check in. The Jewel is a beautiful ship, very spacious, with wonderful restaurants, big cabins, and above all: excellent service. Our cabin steward and stewardess were tops. They were so good that we tipped them a nice amount of money, besides what they were to get from the $10. charged for tips daily.  Everything was spotless through the ship. The meals were above average, and the special restaurants offered food that was the best. We even used room service: very good. The convenience of freestyle is really unique: no need to rush for eating, no dressing up unless you felt like it. Not knowing the ports' languages we chose ship tours for every port. They were expensive but worth every penny. The guides knew their business, were helpful, took into consideration that most of the passengers were seniors, and did not rush us, and even the ship waited for our tour buses in Santorini when we were late! I only wish the daily "newspaper" gave more news, and offered more information on the ports, maps of the cities, etc. I bought a book in the gift shop which has all the Mediterranean ports and it helped us to understand and enjoy our tours better. The photos were very expensive, but well taken.The tax free shops were a disappointment. They mostly had jewels, few NCL souvenirs, and souvenirs and T-shirts of ports we were not visiting!!! The books in the library were not that exciting, but I had brought my own. In short, it was an exceptionally good tour, and we will cruise with NCL in the future.

Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Mediterranean

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Maria Soltero-Marcano

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2006
  • Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window
Booked our NCL cruise in Nov. 2005, so we enjoyed planning, learning about the ports, about the ship, etc. Took pre and post cruise tours and they were really worthwhile. The Hotels, although far from the cities' centers were excellent. We were picked at our hotel, taken to the port and waited less than 5 mins. for check in. The Jewel is a beautiful ship, very spacious, with wonderful restaurants, big cabins, and above all: excellent service. Our cabin steward and stewardess were tops. They were so good that we tipped them a nice amount of money, besides what they were to get from the $10. charged for tips daily.  Everything was spotless through the ship. The meals were above average, and the special restaurants offered food that was the best. We even used room service: very good. The convenience of freestyle is really unique: no need to rush for eating, no dressing up unless you felt like it. Not knowing the ports' languages we chose ship tours for every port. They were expensive but worth every penny. The guides knew their business, were helpful, took into consideration that most of the passengers were seniors, and did not rush us, and even the ship waited for our tour buses in Santorini when we were late! I only wish the daily "newspaper" gave more news, and offered more information on the ports, maps of the cities, etc. I bought a book in the gift shop which has all the Mediterranean ports and it helped us to understand and enjoy our tours better. The photos were very expensive, but well taken.The tax free shops were a disappointment. They mostly had jewels, few NCL souvenirs, and souvenirs and T-shirts of ports we were not visiting!!! The books in the library were not that exciting, but I had brought my own. In short, it was an exceptionally good tour, and we will cruise with NCL in the future.
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