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Just returned from 7 day cruise in the Med on the wonderful Norwegian Jewel after reading so many reviews i was a little worried but to my pleasure they were all wrong. Let's start by saying that don't believe everything you read, make your own opinions and always go with an open mind when you are on vacation. Embarkation was great we arrived the same day as sailing from Toronto and it only took us 20 minutes to get on the ship the transfers from the airport were very simple, I highly recommend using the ship transfers saves you alot of time and hassle book them ahead of time with your agent or through Norwegian. Our cabin was an outside balcony room 9060 very nice cabin well appointed and the bathroom was nice everything was fresh and still looking new, not just the cabin but the whole ship overall. Dining we truly enjoyed the Freestyle I don't think we will every go back to regular cruising as having choices of restaurant made you feel that you were in a 5 star resort with many options we tried all the restaurants and the food and service was excellent and whoever says that the buffet is not great than I don't know where they have been eating it offers exceptional quality for the amount of people they are cooking for and they always have plenty of everything and the staff are always very pleasant and courteous. Entertainment well we went to a couple of shows not bad the best is the cirque Bijou everything else is ok if you like that sort of thing. The casino is very nice and the dealers are pleasant as well. Shore Excursions be prepared to pay out alot of money but they are so worth it as some of the cities are far away from the ports. The Best shore excursions are in our opinion the Godfather tour in Messina, The Almafi Coast tour in Naples, Rome on your own gives you time to visit what you want and also time to do some great shopping just off the area of the Spanish Steps, Florence definitely take the exclusive tour it's so amazing as is the ufisi Gallery so worth seeing Botticelli's Birth of Venus, now after all of that packed in 4 days on your last stop we would recommend you do Villafranche or Nice on your own no need for a tour here it's a great little port to just hang out have lunch and visit the beach as you don't have much time. Overall this cruise is one of the best we have been on and we go on 3 cruises a year. Looking forward to cruising again in November and December. You will love the Norwegian Jewel.

Norwegian Jewel - Western Mediterranean

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by kstavrou

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Just returned from 7 day cruise in the Med on the wonderful Norwegian Jewel after reading so many reviews i was a little worried but to my pleasure they were all wrong.
Let's start by saying that don't believe everything you read, make your own opinions and always go with an open mind when you are on vacation.
Embarkation was great we arrived the same day as sailing from Toronto and it only took us 20 minutes to get on the ship the transfers from the airport were very simple, I highly recommend using the ship transfers saves you alot of time and hassle book them ahead of time with your agent or through Norwegian.
Our cabin was an outside balcony room 9060 very nice cabin well appointed and the bathroom was nice everything was fresh and still looking new, not just the cabin but the whole ship overall.
Dining we truly enjoyed the Freestyle I don't think we will every go back to regular cruising as having choices of restaurant made you feel that you were in a 5 star resort with many options we tried all the restaurants and the food and service was excellent and whoever says that the buffet is not great than I don't know where they have been eating it offers exceptional quality for the amount of people they are cooking for and they always have plenty of everything and the staff are always very pleasant and courteous.
Entertainment well we went to a couple of shows not bad the best is the cirque Bijou everything else is ok if you like that sort of thing. The casino is very nice and the dealers are pleasant as well.
Shore Excursions be prepared to pay out alot of money but they are so worth it as some of the cities are far away from the ports. The Best shore excursions are in our opinion the Godfather tour in Messina, The Almafi Coast tour in Naples, Rome on your own gives you time to visit what you want and also time to do some great shopping just off the area of the Spanish Steps, Florence definitely take the exclusive tour it's so amazing as is the ufisi Gallery so worth seeing Botticelli's Birth of Venus, now after all of that packed in 4 days on your last stop we would recommend you do Villafranche or Nice on your own no need for a tour here it's a great little port to just hang out have lunch and visit the beach as you don't have much time.
Overall this cruise is one of the best we have been on and we go on 3 cruises a year. Looking forward to cruising again in November and December.
You will love the Norwegian Jewel.
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