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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
2,389 Reviews

Expectations were met and exceeded

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by dml71913

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Family Inside

My brother and I chose this cruise because it traveled through French Polynesia to Australia on an itinerary we liked. We always wanted to see Tahiti and Fiji, and this cruise also included Bora Bora, Moorea, and Raitea in French Polynesia, as well as Samoa, Vanuatu, and 2 islands in New Caledonia as well.

There was an itinerary glitch. Apia, Samoa was cancelled due to port construction, but an overnight and extra day was added in Bora Bora. This was an excellent trade off.

The staff in all hotel and restaurant positions was universally friendly and helpful. It has always been my experience that NCL staff is top notch when it comes to friendliness.

The entertainment was varied and generally very good. I rate only 2 days out of 17 as sub par. Burn The Floor dance shows are very good.

Public spaces were better than expected. You didn't feel crowded in any venue.

Food and accommodations were as expected.

Embarkation was outstanding.

Overall, the value and amenities exceeded my expectations, and I am platinum plus on NCL. This was a good cruise.

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Cabin Review

Family Inside
Cabin I1 10515

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Island Tour

Circle the island tour to see the main points of interest. Included overlooks, fern grotto, etc. Very good tour with a drop off at the cruise terminal for check in.

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Black Pearl Farm

Part of snorkeling tour. Very good activity to see how black pearls are farmed.

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Snorkeling in 2 locations on Tahaa, along with a visit to a vanilla plantation and a black pearl farm

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Part of snorkeling tour.

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Vanilla Plantation

Good to see how vanilla is farmed.

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Shark & Stingray Encounter

Part of snorkeling tour.

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The BEST snorkeling, coral gardens, and shark encounter I experienced on 5 different islands. Puresnorkeling.com is the absolute BEST.

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Samoan Cultural Experience

Tour to scenic overlooks, the national park and cultural center. Good activities and itinerary for a day trip.

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Sightseeing Tour

Good local tour of all sights. Hired private guide and driver for 6 hours.

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Good island sights and snorkeling tour geared for cruise ship passengers.

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Noumea Aquarium

First rate aquarium, and I have been to a lot of them. Loved the flourescense exhibit.

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The absolute best snorkeling as far as number and variety of fish seen. The coral was not as nice as in Bora Bora and other locations, but the fish were amazing and varied.

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Sydney (Australia)

Simply outstanding in every way. The Opera House is the real deal.

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