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This Cruise was a celebration of my wife's battle of overcoming Cancer. We left Kansas City the night before and arrived in Houston almost two hours late due to air delays. We stayed at the LaQuinta on NASA Parkway, and basically just slept, ate breakfast and left. The taxi ride to the hotel and cruise terminal was fine, and the driver was great about telling us bits of information. Upon arrival to the cruise terminal, we gave out bags to the gentlemen outside, and that was the last time that we saw them until they ended up at our stateroom door later on. The Embarkation process was easy, as we were given a boarding group number, and once that was called we proceeded onto the ship where we had lunch at O'Sheehan's Bar and Grill on Deck 8 Mid. I will say that most of the food on board is pretty bland and flavorless, but overall very good- More on that later. We were allowed into our staterooms a little before 1PM, and upon entering the room, the congratulations package that I had ordered for my wife was there with streamers and a large cake. The cake was vanilla with Lemon and Strawberry- WHAT?! What celebration cake is lemon and strawberry? Where is the chocolate?? :) We dropped our bags in the room and explored the ship, including the booking of a couple of shore excursions. 4PM was the departure time, and we headed up to the very front of the ship to see us pull away. (Deck 14 I believe) The ship's horns are right above that deck, so when we did start moving, everyone soiled themselves when the 3 blasts of the horn sounded. The shows on the Jewel were amazing, and the cruise director, Jaime was awesome at keeping us up to date with everything that was going on. The restaurants were all nice, and had quite a few options. It is very easy to overdo it here. The Garden Cafe was the buffet, and the highlight there was Washy Washy man, with his guitar that he would play for hours on end and sing about washy washy to tunes like "London Bridge is falling down"... "Washy Washy Good For you, Good For Me, Good For Us..." The biggest rip-off by far is the pictures on the ship- you spend over $130 for 10 pictures. That piece is highway robbery in my opinion. Also, the tax and duty-free shops were good from some things, and not good for others, so be careful and know what you are buying. The port shopping consultant on board, Dani, was amazing and was honestly probably our hero of the cruise. When we stopped in Roatan, we were in Diamond's International. It was Dani's day off, and she came through in street clothes, but still worked with the salespeople to get us the best deal possible. We did shore excursions in Cozumel and Roatan. In Cozumel, we did the Dune Buggy and Beach Snorkel. This was a great relaxing and fun excursion for people who like adventure and can drive a MANUAL Transmission. It was painful to see all of the people who couldn't and were killing the clutch and transmissions on the buggys. In Roatan we did the South Shore Zip Line Adventure, and that was beyond amazing. It was only about a 20 minute or so bus ride to the location, and once we got geared up, we began the zip line adventure. It was absolutely amazing to zip line over the forest of Roatan, and is something that I will remember for a LONG time. A small note, you CAN bring your cameras with you even though the sign says not to... They are just not responsible if it gets dropped or broken. Overall, for a first cruise, I can't find much to complain about other than the cabin and the rip off that the pictures were. (See Cabin review for more on that)

First Time Cruiser- Great Overall Experience

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by anshad

Trip Details
This Cruise was a celebration of my wife's battle of overcoming Cancer. We left Kansas City the night before and arrived in Houston almost two hours late due to air delays. We stayed at the LaQuinta on NASA Parkway, and basically just slept, ate breakfast and left. The taxi ride to the hotel and cruise terminal was fine, and the driver was great about telling us bits of information. Upon arrival to the cruise terminal, we gave out bags to the gentlemen outside, and that was the last time that we saw them until they ended up at our stateroom door later on.

The Embarkation process was easy, as we were given a boarding group number, and once that was called we proceeded onto the ship where we had lunch at O'Sheehan's Bar and Grill on Deck 8 Mid. I will say that most of the food on board is pretty bland and flavorless, but overall very good- More on that later.

We were allowed into our staterooms a little before 1PM, and upon entering the room, the congratulations package that I had ordered for my wife was there with streamers and a large cake. The cake was vanilla with Lemon and Strawberry- WHAT?! What celebration cake is lemon and strawberry? Where is the chocolate?? :)

We dropped our bags in the room and explored the ship, including the booking of a couple of shore excursions.

4PM was the departure time, and we headed up to the very front of the ship to see us pull away. (Deck 14 I believe) The ship's horns are right above that deck, so when we did start moving, everyone soiled themselves when the 3 blasts of the horn sounded.

The shows on the Jewel were amazing, and the cruise director, Jaime was awesome at keeping us up to date with everything that was going on.

The restaurants were all nice, and had quite a few options. It is very easy to overdo it here. The Garden Cafe was the buffet, and the highlight there was Washy Washy man, with his guitar that he would play for hours on end and sing about washy washy to tunes like "London Bridge is falling down"... "Washy Washy Good For you, Good For Me, Good For Us..."

The biggest rip-off by far is the pictures on the ship- you spend over $130 for 10 pictures. That piece is highway robbery in my opinion. Also, the tax and duty-free shops were good from some things, and not good for others, so be careful and know what you are buying.

The port shopping consultant on board, Dani, was amazing and was honestly probably our hero of the cruise. When we stopped in Roatan, we were in Diamond's International. It was Dani's day off, and she came through in street clothes, but still worked with the salespeople to get us the best deal possible.

We did shore excursions in Cozumel and Roatan.

In Cozumel, we did the Dune Buggy and Beach Snorkel. This was a great relaxing and fun excursion for people who like adventure and can drive a MANUAL Transmission. It was painful to see all of the people who couldn't and were killing the clutch and transmissions on the buggys.

In Roatan we did the South Shore Zip Line Adventure, and that was beyond amazing. It was only about a 20 minute or so bus ride to the location, and once we got geared up, we began the zip line adventure. It was absolutely amazing to zip line over the forest of Roatan, and is something that I will remember for a LONG time. A small note, you CAN bring your cameras with you even though the sign says not to... They are just not responsible if it gets dropped or broken.

Overall, for a first cruise, I can't find much to complain about other than the cabin and the rip off that the pictures were. (See Cabin review for more on that)
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IE 5559
Basic Inside Cabin in the middle of the ship. This room has a bunk bed and can sleep three- If you don't have three people, don't choose it, as the bunk bed takes up room on the one wall.

The room was what you would picture, two twin beds separate or apart depending on your preference, a desk, TV, and bathroom equipped with one of the most powerful toilets in the history of mankind. No complaints about the features, but do not pick this room unless you don't mind the smell of cigarette smoke every afternoon/evening coming in from the HVAC. The room was quiet and dark and easy to sleep in, except for the last night when the crew was handling baggage and making all kinds of noise all night long.

Overall, a nice room, especially for someone that may be prone to seasickness, as it is low and middle- we hardly ever felt any rocking that was bad.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Very poor and blighted area. The shops were small and all had the same thing- (typical of cruise ports.) I was not impressed with Belize, and would have preferred to stay on the ship.
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  • Dune Buggy
    Great Excursion- NEED TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE A MANUAL TRANSMISSION. Loved the snorkeling and all of the beautiful fish. Lunch is provided, and was good. Enjoyed the Chicken Fajitas. The beach for lunch was off limits for swimming as the Caribbean Sea is too rough to swim- Amazing views and pictures though.
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  • Snorkeling
    Great Excursion- NEED TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE A MANUAL TRANSMISSION. Loved the snorkeling and all of the beautiful fish. Lunch is provided, and was good. Enjoyed the Chicken Fajitas. The beach for lunch was off limits for swimming as the Caribbean Sea is too rough to swim- Amazing views and pictures though.
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  • Houston
    Very Easy to Embark and Disembark. No problem at all getting through the line at customs, etc. Also very easy to get onto the ship and situated. Very ugly water and skyline for a cruise though.
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  • Ziplining
    This was an awesome port and experience. I loved the zip lining, and it was amazing to fly through the forest and see all of the beautiful vegetation. The port was beautiful and modern, and was easily my favorite port of the cruise.
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