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The what's not to love part stared even before we got to our embarkation check in station, but more on that later. We always travel to foreign ports (we're from the U.S.)several days early and this was no exception. Arrived in Dover 3 days before our cruise and stayed at the Ramada Dover because of decent reviews and their web site suggested it was only a 15 - 20 minute walk to town center. The hotel was nice but it's more like a 15 minute cab ride to town center. Oh well. We did the Dover museum,including the bronze age boat and the Painted Roman house - all very interesting. On embarkation day we left the hotel at 11:00 am and began the checkin process at 11:15. That's when the "love" started. Before reaching the VIP (suites) checkin desk, Carlos (our concierge from 2 previous cruises) rushed up, hugged and kissed my wife and hugged and welcome me back aboard. During the checkin Harry and Amit (butlers) welcomed us back aboard (we cruised a transatlantic on the Jewel in April)as did 3 or 4 other crew members. A lady sitting next to my wife said "do your cruise a lot or do you own the ship?" And my wife said "no, we just make friends". In fact, we wrote 25 to 30 positive crew comment cards for this trip. Literally every crew member we met face to face during the entire trip greeted with friendly "hellos". The entire crew from the Capt on down or the lowest member on up were really super. Our cabin was one of the suites and because of that we had breakfast and lunch in Cagney's every day. A very nice perk. However, we ate in almost every dining option available and the service and food was always excellent. The speciality restaurants - Mama's, Tango, Chin chin, Le Bistro and Cagney's were superb. Tzars Palace, Azura and the Great Outdoors were just fine also. so many old friends and many new one also. The Baltic was smooth and the ports were very interesting. Probably liked Tallinn and Stockholm the best and St Petersburg the least - it's Russia you know. All in all lot's of activity and plenty of time to relax. Since it's holiday time in Europe there were plenty of families on board having lots of fun - even 4 young girls sleeping in an elevator. We can't say enough about NCL - the people are great, food excellent and the ships are eclectic and colorful. We've booked 2 more cruises on NCL totaling 35 days and are looking forward to the Epic. Disembarkation was a breeze and Heathrow was a zoo - don't fly in or out of there on a Sunday. We missed the love NCL showed us.

NCL Jewel and the Baltic - what's not to love

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by tazzicat

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2009
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
The what's not to love part stared even before we got to our embarkation check in station, but more on that later.
We always travel to foreign ports (we're from the U.S.)several days early and this was no exception. Arrived in Dover 3 days before our cruise and stayed at the Ramada Dover because of decent reviews and their web site suggested it was only a 15 - 20 minute walk to town center. The hotel was nice but it's more like a 15 minute cab ride to town center. Oh well. We did the Dover museum,including the bronze age boat and the Painted Roman house - all very interesting.
On embarkation day we left the hotel at 11:00 am and began the checkin process at 11:15. That's when the "love" started. Before reaching the VIP (suites) checkin desk, Carlos (our concierge from 2 previous cruises) rushed up, hugged and kissed my wife and hugged and welcome me back aboard. During the checkin Harry and Amit (butlers) welcomed us back aboard (we cruised a transatlantic on the Jewel in April)as did 3 or 4 other crew members. A lady sitting next to my wife said "do your cruise a lot or do you own the ship?" And my wife said "no, we just make friends".
In fact, we wrote 25 to 30 positive crew comment cards for this trip. Literally every crew member we met face to face during the entire trip greeted with friendly "hellos". The entire crew from the Capt on down or the lowest member on up were really super.
Our cabin was one of the suites and because of that we had breakfast and lunch in Cagney's every day. A very nice perk. However, we ate in almost every dining option available and the service and food was always excellent. The speciality restaurants - Mama's, Tango, Chin chin, Le Bistro and Cagney's were superb. Tzars Palace, Azura and the Great Outdoors were just fine also. so many old friends and many new one also.
The Baltic was smooth and the ports were very interesting. Probably liked Tallinn and Stockholm the best and St Petersburg the least - it's Russia you know. All in all lot's of activity and plenty of time to relax. Since it's holiday time in Europe there were plenty of families on board having lots of fun - even 4 young girls sleeping in an elevator.
We can't say enough about NCL - the people are great, food excellent and the ships are eclectic and colorful. We've booked 2 more cruises on NCL totaling 35 days and are looking forward to the Epic.
Disembarkation was a breeze and Heathrow was a zoo - don't fly in or out of there on a Sunday. We missed the love NCL showed us.
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Penthouse with Large Balcony
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