Transatlantic pros & cons: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by DURSEYGIRL
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Transatlantic pros & cons
Embarkation was somewhat slow compared to other cruise lines, especially COSTA. Debarkation, on the other hand, was well done.
The incessant hawking of "CRACKERS" - pull tabs, was annoying & done 15 mins. before each show in the Stardust Theatre. Bingo was another rip off, with handsets selling for $ 49 & up for a prize of $100 to start with. There did not seem to be many folks paying extra money for the specialty restaurants which probably was a reflection of the value seeking consumers who paid a very reasonable price for this cruise.
We have been cruising for many years on over 45 cruises on the popular cruiselines and will have second thoughts about choosing Norwegian again. Not having to dress formally was a plus , but not having comfortable seating & incessant quests for the passenger to pay extra for so many activities was a definite minus. Shore excursions were expensive & there was so little time in the Azores & Vigo that going too far afield on your own was prohibitive. More time should have been allotted to these two ports as we were near the final port of Dover many hours before the official docking time of 5 AM.
For those within driving distance of Miami , staying at a nearby motel, such as the RED ROOF INN or Las Quintas proved to be a good value . They offered parking for up to 14 days @ $4 per night & a reasonable room rate ($79). Included was a free ride to the port offered at 1 PM and a shuttle from the airport every half hour, also , at no charge. They also offer "breakfast" of coffee,tea, juice, bagels & individually wrapped danish.
NCL had no control over the weather , however, the ship was rocky only a few minutes out of Miami- most unusual . Due to the windy weather, the first 3 or 4 days were also rocky requiring meclizine for some of us.
In conclusion, there were positives & negatives on this cruise. Less
Cabin review: IB8075 Mid-Ship Inside
Nicely designed bathroom, ample closet space. Lack of upholstered comfortable seating was a big minus. Rooms were quiet and hallways were done in a pleasant color scheme with the carpeting featuring a fish design and those fish were an indicator that one was facing the front of the ship.Read All Mid-Ship Inside (IB) Reviews >>