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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Floating sales pitch

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by fwbulldog

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony

Nickle and dime to death. Can't even bring a bottle of water. Can't fill up your own water bottles in the cafeteria. Can't get soda anywhere but the bar. Watered down, overpriced drinks. Sub-par entertainment that is mostly just a sales pitch for more cruises with watered down drinks and sub-par entertainment. Cirque de bijou? More like Circle De Boring. Fire and Ice needs to go back to the Howard Johnson lounge. Most of the crew barely speaks English, and barely hide their contempt for Americans. The pre-tipping policy guarantees that they won't give a rats back end whether you enjoy the trip or not. So it's expensive up front, and you have to tip twice to get a refill a tiny little glass of iced tea? The hallways smell like sewage, the dining halls are super crowded and noisy, and somebody is constantly trying to spray you with some mystery liquid at every entrance. The whole point of cruising to Alaska was to see the glacier, and they wouldn't get closer than a mile away. To much ice. There were other boats up closer, btw. Fitness classes were just commercials for good feet or some detox powder. Will never use NCL again.

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Family Balcony
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Our cabin steward Rainhard was the one exception. He was friendly, knew our names, and was very helpful.

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