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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2311 reviews
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3rd Cruise Ship in New Port of Trujillo

Review for Norwegian Jewel to the Western Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2014
Cabin: Obstructed Oceanview

I had switched from NCL to Celebrity in the past due to food quality issues. But the price of this cruise was so tempting and it was an easy drive to port, so I decided to give NCL another shot and I am glad I did. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise! One change we noticed was that NCL now allows resort-golf-type shorts in its restaurants for dinner (except Le Bistro). We ate in the buffet only once during the cruise and it was OK, clean except floors needed a good soapy mop, a decent selection. We ate in O'Sheehan's once--the tables looked a bit greasy, but the food was good. I had the chicken pot pie with puff pastry and my husband had the meatloaf. We had breakfast everyday in Tsar's palace. The service was slow at times, good at others. Breakfast was fine--a good selection and temperature fine. We ate all our dinners in specialty restaurants and this proved to be a great decision. Cagney's was our favorite with the filet being as good as any we have ever had. Add some Bearnaise Sauce and it is heavenly! The truffle fries were very good, although I did not taste the truffle oil. Other good sides (we ate there 4 times) were the mac'n'cheese, cole slaw, the chili bean casserole (yum), and the wedge salad (yum again). The arugula and pear salad was OK, not special. The shrimp cocktail consisted of 3 shrimp (a bit skimpy) with a sauce that lacked flavor (tasted more like plain ketchup). The short rib confit was boneless and delicious. Le Bistro was also very good. I had the fruits de mer (shrimp, lobster and scallops) in puff pastry. The scallops were raw, but I just picked them out and enjoyed the rest of the dish very much. I also like the lobster and artichoke in cream sauce entree. The 4 cornet appetizer (variety of cold salads, like chicken salad, in small crispy cones) was OK--I would not order it again. The mussels in pernod cream were divine. So good that on a subsequent visit, my husband asked that they be served over pasta as his main dish. They graciously consented and he loved it. Teppanyaki was very good, although I have seen better chef performances. The food that was prepared on the grill was excellent and made the meal worthwhile. The soup and salad were just OK, not as good as I have had at other such restaurants. I had the green tea cake and ice cream for dessert and it was good. Moderno's had its highs and lows. The concept is pretty cool, the salad bar was lovely and tasty (ceviche, pepper salad and mushroom salad were my highlights). As to the meats--the good ones are the filet, the Picanha (seasoned sirloin), the garlic sirloin and the chicken legs, all tender and tasty. I did not try the lamb chops. The sausages were not good, the bacon wrapped chicken breast was bland and tasteless. The ribs were not good. The skewered pineapples were tender, juicy, sweet and tangy, with a cinnamon and brown sugar crust. The entertainment: the magician was hilarious, the comic pretty good (well, except for his Denzel Washington imitation), Le Cirque Bijou (acrobatics/dance/singing) was very good. This site is directing me to put my cabin and port reviews in the appropriate sections so check them out.

Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview

Cabin OX

Our cabin was spotlessly clean thanks to our friendly cabin steward, Putu. It had plenty of storage. The porthole window was unusual, not flush with the ship's wall, but was recessed approximately 3 feet. It was like looking through a cannon, a cannon with a shiny interior barrel, so that whenever the sun was on that side, it amplified the light to near blinding. We heard our neighbors only once briefly and heard no noise from above or below. We could hear wave noise (which I like) and noise from the thrusters (loud enough to make the ceiling rattle) when the ship maneuvered in and out of port. That did not bother me either as I found it kind of exciting. But I would not book this type of room again due the porthole issues.

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