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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2311 reviews
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Exceeding our expectations

Review for Norwegian Jewel to the Baltic Sea
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2009
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

An absolute adventure - 6 beautiful ports, a wonderful ship, glorious weather, and, of course, great company (my boyfriend who took me on this fabulous adventure)  We agreed that it far exceeded our expectations.I had been reading other reviews on Cruise Critic prior to our cruise and was aware of the concerns or complaints of others.  We had an incredibly positive experience all around from embarkation to disembarkation, excursions, food, staff, etc.    We spent two days in London prior to the cruise at an NCL recommended hotel, the Grosvenor House. Beautiful hotel, great location, and lots of sightseeing.  Coach down to Dover and embarkation - a smooth start and smooth sailing had begun.  Our cabin, a mini-suite on the 11th deck, was very spacious, large bathroom, balcony, terrific location.  Day at sea and then Copenhagen - a walking tour and a charming city;   We shopped a bit and walked back to the ship - quite a manageable walk.  (All our excursions were through NCL and were excellent - very knowledgeable tour guides and very friendly.)  Day at sea and then Warnamunde.  We opted to take an excursion to Berlin  (the Jewish History tour) and it was absolutely worth the time spent.  Fascinating day in Berlin, very comfortable train ride back and forth. (We had met another couple previously and they joined us in our train compartment and made the trip even more enjoyable.)  Highly recommended excursion.  On to Tallinn - a very beautiful, charming city.  Great walking tour .  Had lunch in the square at a typical Estonian restaurant - wonderful! Two full days of sightseeing in St. Petersburg - amazing..We took two 8-hour tours and went to the Russian Folkdance at night.  Brush up on your history of the Tsars - lots to absorb!!  By the way, disembarkation in Russia, no problem.  Maybe it took 20 minutes so our fears were allayed. Helsinki - probably our least favorite.  We took a tour of the city and then outside of the city to Porvo and a horse farm.  I thought it was a relaxing day and a respite from the hectic pace of the last few days. (My boyfriend didn't really agree.) Then Stockholm - what a wonderful surprise!  We took a tour including a cruise and a walking tour - such a beautiful city. We could have stayed there for days.  Time to shop and then the coach back.  Sailaway - a dazzling experience not to be missed.  Two days at sea to unwind.  Quite an adventure.  (If you enjoy shopping, you can rest assured that the tour guides will always find time and places for you to shop.  We actually found the souvenir spot at the port in St Petersburg to be the best place to shop there though the Russian Bazaar on the ship after departing St Petersburg was quite an event.)       Aside from these fascinating ports,  the ship was an endless source of entertainment.  So- the entertainment -the shows, Jeanne Ann Ryann dancers in particular - terrific.  Lounge shows - enjoyable.  Always something to do.  The food - a very pleasant surprise.  We thought the food overall was quite good, partaking of the main dining venues a few times - Tsar's, Azura's - very good; the Garden Cafe Buffet - always a large array of different types of food ;  and the speciality restaurants - terrific.  Tango' s- ate there twice so we obviously liked it;  Chin Chin's , Teppenyaki, Le Bistro (excellent);  Mama's -(we thought mediocre but others we met disagreed. ) We even found no need to make reservations though we did tend to eat a bit later and isn't that the beauty of "freestyle"?  We really just loved that aspect of this cruise - eat whenever, dress any way you like.    The fitness facility worked well for us as well as we made use of the gym , yoga and pilates classes.  Nice way to spend time on sea days.    We also really enjoyed all the lovely spots on the ship to just hang out, lots of great places to have a Martini and watch the late sunsets or just read a book.  And the staff - the incredibly friendly and helpful staff ensured that your trip would be wonderful.  They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating.      Disembarkation went smoothly though I would have preferred to stay on the ship another 12 days.  My advice is simply, "GO!!"

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Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin MB

Mini suite  with balcony - very spacious, lots of closets, sitting area, roomy bathroom with separate toilet  - great cabin!

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