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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Jewel Panama Canal Cruise Feb. 5-19th

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by harlena

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2017
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Inside

Cruise was chosen because of length and destination. Buffet food was delicious, but ice cream machines were not always functioning. It would have been nice to have an ice cream machine near the pool. Coffee was too strong for our taste. We watered it down. Decor in dining rooms was not as elegant as some larger ships. Personnel were fabulous. Our room stewardess (last name Harris) was very friendly and helpful. A woman who worked in various positions, especially the games played, (Shirley I think) was a true joy. I think she was having as much fun as we were. Shows in main theater were very good. Pool area was crammed with chairs, many of which were saved and no one ever came to sit there. Many times, we could not find a chair. A sign stated that chairs remaining unoccupied for 1 hour would be cleared for other guests. That never happened. Apparently some guests reserved a chair in the sun and another one in the shade. That shouldn't be allowed when so many other guests are looking for a seat.

The ship is older but is clean and well maintained. We purchased the soft drink package. Water was not included and should have been. Over all, the trip was a pleasure.

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Cabin Review

Cabin ID 9549

Not sure of cabin code. It was an inside cabin slightly forward of the ship on the port side.

It was typically small and difficult getting into bed. We should have requested a handicapped room..

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Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Private van tour, only 6 people. Visited local family and their home in addition other sights. Booked through Guatemalan Tour Guide.

City Tour

The tour guide spent too much time talking about a map in one of the churches. She walked too fast. We could not stop if we saw something we were interested in; it was full speed ahead! She took us to 2 emerald jewelry stores. We were not interested in buying emeralds.

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City Tour

We were supposed to have a private tour and they put us on a bus. It was not what we booked. We did get to see some things, but were very disappointed that we were on a bus and did not get a private tour where we had control over the sights we were to see.

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City Tour

Private van tour. Excellent!!!! All important attractions.

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Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Private deluxe highlights van tour through Shore Excursioneer. Excellent! Only 6 of us on van.

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