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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1st time on NCL

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by CharlesOK

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2015
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview

We are a late 60's couple married 46 years with at least 14 prior cruises to our credit, 5 long cruises across the Atlantic with lots of sea days. This was a much anticipated cruise with lots of research including the McCullough book "Path between the Seas". Of course the cruise was much more than the day we spent going through the canal. We like lazy at sea days with lots of time to read and relax. If one watches carefully, even the open ocean can have visual rewards.

First the misses. The tours and travels were not really capable of dealing with a handicap scooter and coordination with tour operators was marginal. We had to cancel several tours because we were informed the tour operator could not accommodate a small 3 wheel, take-apart scooter , only to find when we walked out on the dock there were lots of huge buses which would have accommodated us easily. We even asked a bus driver if the scooter could be loaded and he assured it could easily be done. The lack of meaningful lectures was sorely missed. The selection of movies available was interesting to say the least, but playing "The Hobbit" 8 times a day was annoying. I could go on, but why bother. The Azura dining room was dark and noisy, Tzar's was much better and open almost every day for all meals.

Some nice bits. Osheehan's and ChinChin were greatly appreciated. Food everywhere and no need for a coke package if you can do with fruit juice, coffee and water at all times. The Jewel rides VERY smoothly and was extremely well handled. Our Steward Paul was a wonderful part of our cruise. look up "Quiet efficiency" and his picture will be there. The library on board was one of the largest I have seen on any boat and even had a few Atlas's available to peruse.

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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OX 8098

Although this handicap cabin was much smaller than we had on any other ship, it was functional and comfortable. View was only partially obstructed by a lifeboat. Beds were comfortable and all services worked as expected without drama. First day I mistakenly triggered a help button and the response was immediate. There was plenty of room for DW's little scooter and charging power was conveniently available including a handy extra shelf to hold the charger.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


NCL hotel and transfer were easy and efficient. The Marriot provided quick transfer from the airport and the bus provided was capable of taking our scooter easily.

City Tour

Traffic is amazing in the City. Busses did take our scooter as requested. This was the only place that carried the scooter for us. People were nice the ride up the small mountain gave a nice view from above.

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San Francisco

We walked and scootered from the ship and booked a same day excursion to Alcatraz. Nice for a visit, don't care to go back or stay there. Fisherman's wharf was a definite disappointment. Looked like a mall food court and just as crowded, without the reasonable prices for food.

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