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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Panama Canal Cruise

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by jivey30528

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2016
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

I have cruised exclusively with NCL and have completed 7 cruises. NCL has a new boarding policy that is horrible. On all my other cruises you boarded when after you checked in. NCL now issues group boarding numbers. We waited after check in for 45 minutes before being able to began the boarding process. The ship is a sister ship to the pearl which I have been on 3 times.

Food was good but not great. NCL used to have a lobster night that was excellent but stopped it a couple years ago along with a chocolate night. NCL has also rearranged the staff responsibilities and they do not get to leave the ship as they once did. I think being over worked shows on some of the staff members and NCL doesn't seem to care. Under the old CEO staff was taken care of a lot better and cruises were better. We stayed in a balcony room on deck 10 which was very centrally located to both shows, restaurants and other things to do on the ship. We purchased a 5 meal plane and ate at Tappanyaki twice and Cagneys three times.

Tappanyaki- Show was great, Food was amazing. The venue was somewhat cramped and more elbow room would be good.

Cagneys- Best steak I have ever had. Plenty of choices of both steaks and other main course as well as sides and desserts.

Ports-VERY DISAPPOINTING. limited on shore excursions or thing to do in the ports due to economy of locations. Best port was Cabo which you have very little time in. Acapulco was just dangerous as evident by all the marines and police.

Entertainment was good as always and offered several times for most shows. Something for everybody.

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Cabin BC 10128

Great location. No noise.

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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Over view was good. Bus driver didn't now the area and we spent a lot of time lost.

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Rain forest is awful. Saw 1 pet toucan and 4 flowers. Seems to be a work in progress.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

City tour was excellent along with each stop. One of the best excursions. Saw a lot of volcanoes and other areas.


Tour was ok but not as described. The shopping portion was 1 shop across from the cliff divers.


Good fort. Its across a walkway from the ship. Do it on your own and save money.


Motel need a lot of TLC and its sad to see it in such bad shape.

Cabo San Lucas

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