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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2284 reviews
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First cruise with Norwegian and hopefully not the last!

Review for Norwegian Jewel to the Western Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2014

This was our first cruise with Norwegian and our third overall....the first two being with Carnival. I have to admit I was skeptical after reading the boards...so many negative comments...I was seriously worried that we'd made a mistake sailing on the Jewel.

We were pleasantly surprised and I am glad to report that you should ignore all of the negative remarks about NCL and Jewel.

We drove to NOLA from Cincinnati....a very easy 12-13 hour drive. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Superdome the night before our cruise. Found a good rate through stay123.com that included parking for the week. The total for the room and parking was $189 which I thought was fair for a Saturday stay in NOLA during the French Quarter Festival and parking for 7 days. The hotel was very nice no problems at all. I seriously don't understand all of the complaints that I've read. We were on the eleventh floor and the noise from the street could be heard if you were listening for it. We walked to the FQ around 4 PM and did not return to our hotel until about 9 PM. On the way back we didn't realize that Loyola turned into Elk Street once you were on Canal so we got a little lost coming back and I did not feel safe. Nothing happened but I do not recommend walking to the Holiday Inn at night. Take a cab!

Cabin Review

Our room was perfect! It was small but had everything we needed. Lot's of storage space and loved that the bathrooms had sliding glass doors.

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