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We really enjoy cruising the Caribbean. This is our fourth trip there on a cruise ship. This was our first time on the NCL Jewel. We were in a balcony cabin. Our cabin Steward was fabulous. He learned our names immediately and used them every time he saw us. We were in a large party and he helped keep track of all of us. The food in the Main Dining Room Tsar's was absolutely fabulous. I tried new things constantly and loved them. Some truly gifted chefs on this ship. The Hotel Director is extremely good at his job. The Cruise Director was the best I've ever seen. The Entertainment was Top Notch and amazing. We love the smaller size of the ship, less crowds and plenty of space for everyone. It was a great experience and we can't wait to sail on the Jewel again.

Fabulous Ship, Fantastic Food, Great Staff - LOVED IT!

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Wise14U

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2014
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
We really enjoy cruising the Caribbean. This is our fourth trip there on a cruise ship. This was our first time on the NCL Jewel. We were in a balcony cabin. Our cabin Steward was fabulous. He learned our names immediately and used them every time he saw us. We were in a large party and he helped keep track of all of us. The food in the Main Dining Room Tsar's was absolutely fabulous. I tried new things constantly and loved them. Some truly gifted chefs on this ship. The Hotel Director is extremely good at his job. The Cruise Director was the best I've ever seen. The Entertainment was Top Notch and amazing. We love the smaller size of the ship, less crowds and plenty of space for everyone. It was a great experience and we can't wait to sail on the Jewel again.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 10116
Loved the redesigned cabin. The bathroom was very functional and comfortable. Nice sized balcony with sufficient room to sit or stand. Flat Screen TV with more TV viewing options than before. Very Attentive cabin steward. Cabin was comfortable and enjoyable.
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