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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,389 Reviews

A wonderful experience

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by darrmarr

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

We wanted to experience a full transit of the canal and booked this trip with friends. We had a great time and the canal experience was unforgettable in every way. The ship is beautiful and the staff was very good. NCL has some opportunities available to improve on management of large numbers of people (embarkation and tender days were not the best for managing the flow of people). The shows were very good.We enjoyed all of the ports (we book private tours in ports and have always been satisfied with them!). The weather was good but hot. The food in the buffet and the restaurants was very good (the buffet was not always the hottest food but far from cold and very enjoyable). The one small "hiccup" we had with bar service was handled very professionally and we were very satisfied. All-in-all an excellent two weeks. We have always enjoyed our NCL cruises.

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Cabin Review

Cabin IF 8053

We don't spend much time in our cabins except to sleep, shower and dress. This cabin was adequate for those activities. Better lighting would be a great improvement otherwise all was good.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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Driver provided us with a tour of the entire city and all of the highlights including a walking tour of the old town. A nice day for us as we had not been to the monastery on previous trips.


We hired a taxi when we arrived and were driven around the city and then to the cliff divers show. It was a nice excursion.

Cabo San Lucas

We were recently in Cabo with our family for a week so we tendered to the marina and walked for some exercise. We stopped for a local beer and wifi connections (Mexico wifi is very slow not matter where you connect).

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

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