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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Best Crew Ever!

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by bg&bg

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

Our 20+ cruises with NCL have had always had great crews. On our most recent Jewel cruise last month (Miami-Los Angeles via the Panama Canal) left us with the impression that NCL had conspired to hand-pick "the best of the best" for the Jewel. We felt like the staff in the main dining room, the specialty restaurants, the excursion desk, the photo shop...everywhere, were attentive, polite, professional, friendly, sincere. Amazing!

The itinerary included several ports with a great selection of excursions. The staff at the excursion desk was familiar (from personal experience) with the options we were considering and gave detailed answers to my questions. As a result, I now have great memories of hiking volcanoes in Nicaragua and Guatemala, and an exciting river cruise in Costa Rica where we saw numerous crocodiles and an abundance of bird species.

Being vegetarians, we generally pick & choose our meals on board - never going hungry!

This time our servers went out of their way to suggest items, often reminding us that they are happy to fulfill any special requests.

What a sneaky way to keep us coming back!

Thanks, NCL Jewel!

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This was the furthest-aft balcony we've had, conveniently located near the aft elevators - and FOOD.

Being on the starboard side, we got to awaken to sunrises over the Central American coast.

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Lions and tigers and bears - oh my!

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