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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2284 reviews
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Aft balcony to Alaska is AWESOME!

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

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Sail Date: Jul 2013
Cabin: Aft-Facing Mini-Suite with Balcony
Traveled with children


Easy and fast. They allowed those in our party who were not Latitudes members to check in with us who were gold members. Great boarding picture, but you didn't have to have it taken.


Cabin Review

Aft-Facing Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin M1

NCL Jewel 11156Love the aft balcony where you can see both sides of the ship. In Alaska cruising the glaciers, it was awesome to see everything and not be in the chilly wind like those on deck.Just because I like to know these things - there are 20 hangers in the closet & a light if you reach in back to turn it on. 4 deep drawers for clothes. Room darkening drape at the balcony & privacy drape if needed between the bed and couch. Mini fridge next to the desk has room for some of your own goodies. Snack or whatever shelf above the ice bucket above the mini-fridge below two shelf cabinet. 3 drawers in desk, 1 for hair dryer only. Mirrors all over the place. 4 pegs on wall outside bathroom for sweaters/coats. TV over the desk can swivel to be viewed by the bed or couch. Toilet & shower have sliding doors to separate it from sink area, but it is not really private. pegs on inside of door for night clothes and towel racks there also. Small glass shelves for toiletries & two glasses. laundry line in shower. Shampoo & body gel soap in push containers on wall in shower.

Port Reviews


We took the silver bus in front of the museum to Totem Bight Park - $1. (scrapbooking supplies across the street) Busses go every half hour and can get crowded. You may need to stand. Many tours stop at the park and you can ease-drop on their guide's talks. There are plaques to read and a map with info at the visitors center. There is a pretty big gift shop just a short walk up the road. Creek Street is good for souvenirs (totem poles can range from $30 to $250) and buying salmon to ship back home. We had a bite to eat & a beer there. It is a rain forest and did rain, so be prepared. NCL sells rain ponchos just as you get off the ship for $3, but you can get them cheeper just off the ship in shops.


Not enough time there!NCL was docked south of the main streets in town, but provided a shuttle to downtown. We took the shuttle bus to Mendenhall Glacier. You buy a ticket from anyone of the venders along the docks in the center of things. You board the white bus from the third lane where the tour busses stop. We had tickets for 9:30 a.m. & there were two busses to take people. Once there we walked to the waterfall. Beautiful! By the time we took the bus back, there was little time to do anything else. We had to be on board by 1.


We had thought about using public transportation to get to Butchard Gardens, but it seemed too complicated and would take too long. Us oldsters treated the younger ones to a limo we booked right outside the ship that took us there, waited and drove us back for $210 for all 7 of us. The limo dropped off the young adults in town to walk back to the ship and dropped off the 3 older adults at the ship. Butchard Gardens was fabulous & lush.

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