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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Alaskan cruise

Review for Norwegian Jewel to Alaska
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ottoj55
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Sep 2017
Cabin: Family Oceanview Picture Window
Dinner at the hibachi restaurant
Just another typical view of Alaska as we approached Juneau.f
The Dawes glacier.

My wife and I booked the cruise for the destination. We wanted to see Alaska, the cruise line was less of a consideration. After some quick searches we found Norwegian had a trip that fit our schedule and included several perks with their Free At Sea promotion. The ship was nice, clean and updated. It didn't seem like a worn out ship despite its age, I think it had been remodels in the last few years. The dining was typical for any cruise line, the food was of the same quality I've experienced. The open seating dining rooms are nice for trying a new location and cuisine every night. They aren't very great if you enjoy building a relationship with your servers. On other cruise lines after a few nights they knew my drink order and had kids meals waiting when we arrived. The bars were a bit of a let down. Despite the naming the really have no differences in menu. The ship's beer selection was the same whether you were at the pool side bar or the Whiskey and Beer bar. If you like craft beer the selection is very small. The entertainment was decent for the trip. A few of the lounge acts were good, a few were alright at best. The shows in the main theater were very good. The staff and service was also very similar to other cruise lines, polite and attentive. I felt that my stateroom, while small was well arranged, and it had a larger bathroom than I had experienced on other cruise lines. The ports were all beautiful, the forecast changed before we traveled, every port was sunny and warm. We didn't take any excursions but the port area shopping and dining was all excellent. This trip was booked to see Alaska, and that did not disappoint. From the ship we easily saw seals and whales. The ship made a point of traveling to the Dawes glacier. Everywhere you look its another photo worthy view.

Cabin Review

Family Oceanview Picture Window

Cabin O1

Quiet cabin, it is located midway down the port side several rooms in from the stairs. We never heard noisy passengers in the hallway outside the cabin. directly above the cabin is a dining room, but we never heard noise coming from there. The cabin was quite small but well arranged. The bathroom was larger than other cruise lines for this cabin category, the shower being much larger with a sliding glass door. We found that the cabin had more than enough storage space with the closets and drawers. The two beds arranged as a queen aren't The steward was polite and attentive

Port Reviews

Seattle

I really disliked Seattle as a whole, but found a few nice things to do. I stayed two nights before the trip. The city is loud, dirty and smells. Seattle Underground tour, Olympic Park and the Space Needle were fun.

Ketchikan

Nice little town once you get away from the tourist shops at the port. Check out Creek St. for some history.

Juneau

Even from our dock it was a manageable walk to town. Juneau was really busy with several ships in at once. I found a nice local bar and made Juneau a slow relaxing day.

Skagway

Skagway is incredibly small. It looks like a town out of a western. If you're not interested in a railway tour there's not much else to do.

Victoria

Beautiful, clean and modern city with so much history to explore. The ships dock quite far from downtown, its walkable in 20 to 30 minutes. Bonus of walking into town, you get to see all the public and private gardens.

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