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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2284 reviews
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Very relaxing leisurely cruise with many sea days

Review for Norwegian Jewel to the Panama Canal & Central America
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2014

We took this Panama Canal repositioning cruise from New Orleans to San Francisco. It was very relaxing and we loved the ports we stopped at. There were only 4 ports on this 15 day cruise--1 day was the Panama Canal.

NCL is not a high class cruise line--the cruise itself was very casual--only one "formal" night as far as I could tell and that was barely advertised. The food on NCL is at the regular dining rooms is generally fair--the unlimited dining package is a great deal--and the food is excellent at the Cagneys steak house, Brazilian steak house, and French restaurant. As far as "fast food"--their Burgers and Pizza are lousy and there is the same menu daily at sit down breakfast and lunch--I shouldn't complain though--I still managed to gain an unacceptable amount of weight on the cruise.

It's not a huge ship--there are 2 swimming pools on the Lido deck--have gotten used to hanging out at the back of the ship's pool on other lines and we missed that. Not a lot of indoor areas where you can sit and watch the view--also some of the indoor areas are designated concierge level areas only during certain hours--so indoor space is very limited. Not sure that I would do a colder weather cruise like Alaska on this ship.

Cabin Review

The cabin was one of the smallest I have ever stayed in. Very clean--not as much storage space as on other lines. The cabin was "sideways" relative to the door and therefore some of the drawer space was inside the closet. Had to enter the closet to access this storage and found myself sitting on the closet floor to get to the lower shelves. Would definitely recommend upgrading to a larger cabin. Would be great for 1 person--but very claustrophobic for 2 people.

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