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My husband and I have been on over 30 cruisers and are senior citizens. Went on the Norwegian Jewel to celebrate our anniversary. We looked forward to dining in the elegant Tsar's Palace restaurant, but it turned into a big disappointment when we sat looking at people next to us dressed like they were going to a hockey game, or a "bar." Even though it was stated in the daily newsletter that "smart casual..long pants" were required, I would say that MOST of the groups were "under-dressed". One night there were several men sitting eating with baseball caps on their heads, and wearing SHORTS! Dungarees were worn by MOST of the yuppies, and even though they might have been "designer jeans", they definitely didn't belong in the Tsars Palace! We felt sorry for the Maitre'd and Assist. who were powerless to refuse these people admission to the restaurant. Because the topside buffet restaurant , Garden Court, no longer has trays, we decided after a few frustrating mornings there, to try and find someplace else where we could be "waited on." Can't believe NCL is doing away with the TRAYS!! The first few mornings, it took us 4 trips back and forth between the restaurant and our table, which was quite a walk back towards the stern. Without a tray, one can only carry a glass of orange juice and a plate of eggs. Then it's another long walk back to fetch your coffee and a muffin. Bring that back to the table. Then another walk back to maybe fetch some fruit. By the time we had everything we wanted to eat for our breakfast, our coffee was lukewarm and the eggs were cold! Don't the "powers to be' realize that for senior citizens to make 3 or 4 trips back and forth between the buffet area and their table requires a lot of walking and effort and we get out of breathe with all that walking back and forth? Whoever had the idea of NO TRAYS should be fired! It's a TERRIBLE IDEA. Maybe they should institute waiter service in the Garden Court. Thank God we found the Blue Lagoon restaurant on the 4th day and we ate there every morning after that! They had waiters and the food was delicious. We liked it so much we ate there every lunch too! We enjoyed the ship but won't book NCL again until they go back to having trays in the Garden Court restaurants. Entertainment was A++...The variety and number of lounges was excellent. We could always find music playing for dancing somewhere. Food was ordinary, even in Tsars Palace. Nothing exceptional except in the Bistro. The Italian Kitchen was just average. Prices for the special restaurants too high. Valentine's Day was $45 per person ... and we opted NOT to pay that kind of money ($90 a couple for one meal. The Freestyle is too free.. too loose... and pretty soon, if they don't tighten up and start enforcing some of the rules, people will be coming into the dining rooms in bathing suits! One more thing... underage teenagers were coming into the Adult Only shows at 11 p.m., and although it was announced that no one over 18 should be in the room, NO ONE walked around and kicked them out. They were there at both Adult Only shows we saw, giggling, and carrying on, and none of the cruise director's staff asked them to leave even though they obviously were 14 or 15 yrs. old and definitely NOT 18!

NCL Jewel is a little too FREE-style

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by kentiki

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My husband and I have been on over 30 cruisers and are senior citizens. Went on the Norwegian Jewel to celebrate our anniversary. We looked forward to dining in the elegant Tsar's Palace restaurant, but it turned into a big disappointment when we sat looking at people next to us dressed like they were going to a hockey game, or a "bar." Even though it was stated in the daily newsletter that "smart casual..long pants" were required, I would say that MOST of the groups were "under-dressed". One night there were several men sitting eating with baseball caps on their heads, and wearing SHORTS! Dungarees were worn by MOST of the yuppies, and even though they might have been "designer jeans", they definitely didn't belong in the Tsars Palace!
We felt sorry for the Maitre'd and Assist. who were powerless to refuse these people admission to the restaurant.
Because the topside buffet restaurant , Garden Court, no longer has trays, we decided after a few frustrating mornings there, to try and find someplace else where we could be "waited on." Can't believe NCL is doing away with the TRAYS!! The first few mornings, it took us 4 trips back and forth between the restaurant and our table, which was quite a walk back towards the stern. Without a tray, one can only carry a glass of orange juice and a plate of eggs. Then it's another long walk back to fetch your coffee and a muffin. Bring that back to the table. Then another walk back to maybe fetch some fruit. By the time we had everything we wanted to eat for our breakfast, our coffee was lukewarm and the eggs were cold!
Don't the "powers to be' realize that for senior citizens to make 3 or 4 trips back and forth between the buffet area and their table requires a lot of walking and effort and we get out of breathe with all that walking back and forth? Whoever had the idea of NO TRAYS should be fired! It's a TERRIBLE IDEA. Maybe they should institute waiter service in the Garden Court.
Thank God we found the Blue Lagoon restaurant on the 4th day and we ate there every morning after that! They had waiters and the food was delicious. We liked it so much we ate there every lunch too! We enjoyed the ship but won't book NCL again until they go back to having trays in the Garden Court restaurants.
Entertainment was A++...The variety and number of lounges was excellent. We could always find music playing for dancing somewhere. Food was ordinary, even in Tsars Palace. Nothing exceptional except in the Bistro. The Italian Kitchen was just average. Prices for the special restaurants too high. Valentine's Day was $45 per person ... and we opted NOT to pay that kind of money ($90 a couple for one meal.
The Freestyle is too free.. too loose... and pretty soon, if they don't tighten up and start enforcing some of the rules, people will be coming into the dining rooms in bathing suits!
One more thing... underage teenagers were coming into the Adult Only shows at 11 p.m., and although it was announced that no one over 18 should be in the room, NO ONE walked around and kicked them out. They were there at both Adult Only shows we saw, giggling, and carrying on, and none of the cruise director's staff asked them to leave even though they obviously were 14 or 15 yrs. old and definitely NOT 18!
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LOVED THE PLEXIGLASS ON THE BALCONY, SO WE COULD SEE THE WATER FROM INSIDE THE CABIN. Needed more hangers..always bring too many clothes. Not as much room for clothes. Could have used another drawer or two. I'm always HOT, so I didn't like the comforter. I took the comforter OUT of the duvet and only used the duvet over me at night. Even the duvet was too hot and heavy. Would have liked a very lightweight blanket. In the warmer climates, why are you putting comforters on the beds -- you'd think we were cruising in Alaska in mid-winter!

LOVED the bathroom with the sliding door in the shower and the separate toilet with door. No more wet shower curtains floating into the shower and sticking to your body!
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