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We booked a last minute deal for this cruise and were assigned a mini suite about a week before we embarked. The room was nice and kept clean and neat throughout the week so no complaints there. However the location for our room 11032 happened to be under the pool deck and a ping pong table. Let me say that we would have preferred a quieter cabin. Getting a good nights sleep was difficult. Best thing was the thermal spa package we purchased ahead of time for about $130 each and the 3 specialty dining package for about $80 each. We used the steam room, sauna etc. daily and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Cagneys steakhouse was the best and the Le Bistro was a close second but we were disappointed with the Brazilian bbq service but not the food. We were satisfied with the buffet especially after we discovered the quiet place to eat lunch. The two main dining rooms that were complementary, Tzar and Azura, were below average, in my opinion, in both service and food quality. We spoke with others who had the opposite opinion about all of the places however so keep that in mind. Make your reservations early though because we saw many unhappy diners waiting to be seated. We did not buy or get the drink packages although it was apparent many did and a good number of them maybe over indulged a bit. Without the drink package, the wine and beer prices were too expensive for us. Entertainment evening shows were good. The one excursion we took was fun and we enjoyed visiting the ports at the other stops. The exercise room was small and crowded. Overall we had a good time but we enjoy other cruise lines more.

Mexican Riveria on the NCL Jewel

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Stanf3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We booked a last minute deal for this cruise and were assigned a mini suite about a week before we embarked. The room was nice and kept clean and neat throughout the week so no complaints there. However the location for our room 11032 happened to be under the pool deck and a ping pong table. Let me say that we would have preferred a quieter cabin. Getting a good nights sleep was difficult.

Best thing was the thermal spa package we purchased ahead of time for about $130 each and the 3 specialty dining package for about $80 each. We used the steam room, sauna etc. daily and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Cagneys steakhouse was the best and the Le Bistro was a close second but we were disappointed with the Brazilian bbq service but not the food.

We were satisfied with the buffet especially after we discovered the quiet place to eat lunch. The two main dining rooms that were complementary, Tzar and Azura, were below average, in my opinion, in both service and food quality. We spoke with others who had the opposite opinion about all of the places however so keep that in mind. Make your reservations early though because we saw many unhappy diners waiting to be seated.

We did not buy or get the drink packages although it was apparent many did and a good number of them maybe over indulged a bit. Without the drink package, the wine and beer prices were too expensive for us.

Entertainment evening shows were good. The one excursion we took was fun and we enjoyed visiting the ports at the other stops. The exercise room was small and crowded.

Overall we had a good time but we enjoy other cruise lines more.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MX 11032
Nice, clean and good sized but too noisy for our liking. The pool deck on deck 12 is host to loud music and late parties, and I know that is to be expected. The ping pong table right above did not help. If you want a good night sleep you should choose a different room.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Whale Watching
    Nice boat ride and saw a few whales from afar. Beautiful coast line made up for the lack of whales. The complementary drinks were very diluted, in my opinion.
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