Where should I begin? This was a nice cruise with fantastic ports of call.
THE SHIP The Jewel is a very attractive and modern ship...........seemed very long from one end to the other. I always shortened the walk by going on the floors where the action was to distract myself from the amt of walking. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the ship. It was spotless top to bottom. In all the eating areas, there was a new gizmo and a person standing there to see to it that your hands would be cleansed/sterilized. The staff is very congenial always and can't do enough for you. Rooms are decent enough and the bathroom I found to be larger than other ships; in particular the shower stall seemed double size.
Mike, the cruise director, although only 28 yo does a very nice job with the cruise. Other staffers are good also.
There are dining rooms galore. The new and added cost dining rooms seem to be all the vogue, although I don't believe in them. Maybe this ship I should have!
THE FOOD Well if you are going for food, you will be sadly disappointed. The few times I went to the dining room, I was more than unhappy. Steaks/meat were of a poor quality, either too tough or too soft. They couldn't seem to get it right. I think I've been spoiled by the meat on Carnival ships which is always great! An example of a typical appetizer was coconut crusted.............chicken strips! Items you could get at your local Denny's. All shrimps were of the minivariety. I don't eat those at home and on a ship for sure not. So much for the dining rooms. People that went to Cagney's the steakhouse said that the food quality was great. However, service was always good. Lobster tail was only served once on a 2 week trip, first go round was good, 2nd one wasn't. Drawn butter was not served.
The Buffet/Garden Cafe Bottom line...........this was good! Breakfast was a huge variety and items were freshly made according to how you like it. Eggs made to your specifications before your eyes, omelettes, fresh waffles, sigh. There were special coffee machines that people seemed to like preparing uniquely specialty coffees. And so many tea choices, WOW! But alas no hot chocolate.
For lunch there were men preparing in woks, a mixture that you had concocted on your own. You put it on the plate and they cooked it up for you. There was always a large item being carved up every day of one kind or another, turkey, veal, pork whatever and might change as lunch wore on. Good news, the desserts were just as good as they looked.
Seemed like there was always something that you might like for lunch or dinner which is more than I could say for the dining rooms.
ENTERTAINMENT was good enough. Almost all the entertainers had a product for sale after their show. Now we have a new way for the ship and entertainer to catch some extra bucks.
Exiting the ship seemed pretty simple. Luggage was there as planned and a short line for customs and it was all over.
I must admit that NCL's dining whenever is a very nice thing. There is sometimes a short line or a wait, but still you are eating when you want.