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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2284 reviews
16 Awards

Norwegian Jewel - Easter Cruise

Review for Norwegian Jewel to the Western Caribbean
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2015
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony

I feel a little guilty only giving 3 stars - since we had a great trip. But I just finished the Norwegian survey and realized that there was really more wrong with this ship than I thought. Every cruiser feels they are an expert - I read most reviews from this trip and disagreed with much of the criticism - so really - you need to keep an open mind when you read the reviews. Keep in mind your own expectations, experiences and preferences and then weigh in our comments.

This was our 12th cruise. 5th on a Norwegian. I would have to say - this was probably my favorite ship. Least favorite? Breakaway - too damn big. But I will agree with a previous review - Rock of Ages was a GREAT show as was all the entertainment on the Breakaway. Entertainment on the Jewel - eh.....not great but still worth watching.

I love a smaller ship - and this was smaller but large enough where you didn't feel too crowded. The negative - there were lines at times - especially at the bars. Yes - bar service was mostly horrible - especially at poolside. We had the ultimate beverage package (UBP) and had to wait an inexcusable amount of time for service. Even extra tipping in cash didn't help. Drinks were severely watered down and smaller. BUT - you get what you pay for and in reality - you paid for unlimited so if you are disappointed in your drink - throw it out and find something else.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony

Cabin BA

Typical cruise standard cabin. Very cramped but adequate storage space. As long as I have a balcony - I'm happy. I will say the bathroom was ridiculously small. Never, ever, met our cabin steward - which I thought was a negative.

Port Reviews


Feel like it is worth mentioning that if you take a tab to the cruise port - find someone to share. Also - confirm w/ driver before you get in that the fare is no more than $70. If you share - you get to split the difference

Belize City

Did not like this stop. Accosted as soon as you enter the city through the security check point. Dirty, smelly and overall not worth getting off ship unless you book an excursion.

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