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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,389 Reviews

To little time ashore, louzy dj at evening/night. Good as a simple family cruise

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by TheoJ

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2018
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

Joined this cruise as a friend was looking to share a cabin with.

Generally saying the ship spent to much time navigating from one port to the other and spent ample time when it was at a location, making it not possible to make a longer trip ashore. If you really want to do something you had to take NCL's expensive shore excursions.

For example: Auckland docked 12.00 pm, which does not mean you can get off the ship at that time, there is paperwork to be done and the NCL shore excursion people go first. (This is especially time consuming when tendering, which was not the case with Auckland) aboard latest 07.30 pm. This for the major city of New Zealand?

Food was normal.

Service was great of all personnel.

Shows were (far) above average.

Outside sport facilities were above average.

No quiet pool area for adults only, just a pool for adults.

Only really quiet area on board was the library, which was small. Other areas might be quiet for some time, but then always some activity was started, that was inevitably noisy.

In the evening in the main dance/disco area, the spinnaker lounge, our dj Ricii did a, most of the time, horrible job with his music choice, chasing people away (so less bar sales), so generally after 11.30 pm it got pretty empty most of the time. Several people complainted about this with the cruise director, that literally said he could not do anything about it.

Drinks cost (beer to cocktails) incl. the 20% mandatory tip was very high, generally from about US$ 9.-- to 15.--. Soda's sowhat cheaper. I had an all in package.

Visiting Milford sound there was no wind, and a large yellowish smoke cloud was visible coming from the ships chimneys, that did not disappear. As a engine technician I can say this smoke is not belonging to a ship of which the captain claimed during the QA on the ship that she is a clean ship in regard of exhaust emissions. Photo's are included.

Basically I would say the cruise is ok for families with children that want to cruise for a reasonable amount of money.

I also did the cruise after this one, so check that one for addition remarks on that cruise.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IA 10575

The shower/toilet cabin had a toilet that didn't have enough room in front of it, so I (1m85 6'2") had to sit sideways all the time, which had effect on the cleanless after flushing ;-(. Was using the toilet brush a lot...The lights could no be dimmed, so a cosy atmosphere could only be made by hanging something over the reading lights. There was a uncomfortable distance between the two matresses of the double bad as these came apart in use.

This was the same in some of the other cabins I saw (inside and balcony).

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