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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Pretty nice cruise if you're in a suite.

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Harryape

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony

This was a combination repositioning and Mexican Riviera cruise totaling 12 days from Vancouver to Victoria, Astoria, LA, Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo and back to LA. We chose this cruise because of its length and the hope of getting some fall weather in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. We did...and it was great...the weather that is. No rain, mild temperatures, and very calm seas.

We actually booked a stern facing suite because we like seeing and hearing the wake and enjoying the ship's motion in that location. However, the seas were so calm that we might as well have been on land. The suite on Deck 9, was fabulous. Because it was a handicap suite, we had a little extra room which made relaxation either in the suite or on the balcony especially comfortable. Among other amenities, we were afforded an espresso machine and afternoonmunchies which we enjoyed daily. The shower was almost spacious and the closet and storage spaces were more than adequate. The king size bed was especially comfortable and very large.

Norbie, our steward, was always attentive to our needs and between him and Ronald, our butler, we never lacked for any creature comforts and/or useful ship advice.

We had the restaurant package (a good thing) because the main dining room food and service were spotty at best. We enjoyed all of our meals in the specialty restaurants although we skipped the Brazilian eatery. (We'd had it before and determined we do not care for Brazilian cuisine.)

With the suite, we could eat breakfasts and lunches in one of the specialty restaurants in which the food and service was exemplary. The crab cakes benedict were to die for! Additionally, we latched onto a terrific waiter, a young man named Sameer, who helped to make each of our meals a very pleasurable experience. You don't get that in the complimentary dining rooms where lobster and specialty meat dishes were surcharged an additional $25-$30. I would suggest that cruisers pay for the specialty restaurants or get the specialty package where you get what you pay for.

The entertainment was mostly excellent except for a comedienne who was anything but funny. Audience reaction was so poor, that she ended her show after 15 minutes. We took excursions in Victoria and Astoria which were marvelous. One was a bike ride around the city and the other was a short road trip to various places in Northwest Oregon which we enjoyed immensely.

Bar service was excellent and although there were only two pools, one was for adults only and two of the four hot tubs excluded children as well.

All in all, although we've been on better journeys, this cruise was well worth the time and money.


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Cabin Review

Penthouse with Large Balcony
Cabin SE 9672

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Saw the sights and got exercise as well. Excellent!!

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Puerto Vallarta

We've been there 12 times...that should say something!

Mazatlan

We've been there 12 times...that should say something!

Cabo San Lucas

We've been there 12 times...that should say something! The hurricanes have made the country clean it up. It was very nice.

Vancouver

We spent two days in the city prior to our cruise and enjoyed every place we went...particularly Stanley Park.


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