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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Excellent experience

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by janetandnoel

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

We chose this cruise because of The Panama Canal complete journey.

I was apprehensive about the idea of 'free style cruising' however. Having been on a Celebrity cruise in November I also hoped it would compete well.

The embarkation was efficient in Miami.

The balcony cabin on deck 9 was just as expected. The only draw back was the small toilet within the bathroom, with a strange sliding door to separate. The shower was excellent. The bonus of a coffee making machine was very welcome. The cabin steward left our cabin until last so it was often not cleaned until after lunch time. This was our only real grumble.

The specialty Restaurants were superb, especially Cagney's, La Bistro and Moderno. The buffet was the best we have had on any cruise line and Tsar's Palace was superior to Aqua Class on Celebrity.

The shows were hit and miss. Some really good and others we left before the end.

The trips were well organised and, although not cheap, I felt they were better value than most cruise lines.

The drinks package was the best we have ever had and really made the cruise so special.

The itinerary was excellent, with just the right balance between ports and days at sea.

Would I go NCL again? MOST DEFINITELY we really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

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Cabin Review

Cabin BC 9656

Clean, comfortable. Toilet area too small!

Cleaning of the cabin was done far too late in the mornings. WE WERE ALWAYS THE LAST ONE SERVICED.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Cartagena (Colombia)

THe best. It included a walking tour of the old walled city with an excellent guide. good value


Lovely port to just walk around on your own.

Puerto Vallarta

Excellent port with taxis available at the dock into the town. Good shopping facing the ship too.


Just as it says a trip around the city. Needed more time for shopping so if I returned I would just hire a taxi.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Took transport into the city which was excellent and informative on the journey.

Whale Watching

Whale watching on a luxury boat. Yes we did see whales.

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