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We joined a group of friends who had selected this cruise. The food in the dining room at dinner time was inconsistent, ranging from very good to inedible (eg steaks). Our server Marie was excellent. Breakfast and lunch in the dining room was consistently very good. Our cabin midship on the fourth deck by the tender gangway should not be used for guests. There was consistent irritating noises day and night from ship operations. The on-board entertainment and musicians were excellent. We particularly enjoyed listening to the Love Brothers and Lira. Other than the Tsar’s Palace main dining room we ate in O’Sheehan’s which we found quite good. We did not eat at the Garden Cafe buffet or any of the specialty restaurants. The alcohol prices were more than we were willing to pay even though we enjoy a glass of wine at dinner time. The majority of our alcohol consumption was while we were in port. We chose private shore excursions with our group of twelve rather than ship excursions. We prefer the chance to customize our own tours at a cost savings. For example the Ancient Temples Tour in Ko Samui, Thailand listed at $149.00 per person from the ship was done by our group by private tour arranged on shore for $20.00 per person for basically the same tour. Activities listed in the daily schedule were mostly money making for the cruise line. In summary it is highly unlikely that we will sail with Norwegian again unless they are the only ones that have an itinerary that we want to do.

Good Itinerary: the Jewel not so good

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by RiverviewCircle

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
We joined a group of friends who had selected this cruise.

The food in the dining room at dinner time was inconsistent, ranging from very good to inedible (eg steaks). Our server Marie was excellent. Breakfast and lunch in the dining room was consistently very good.

Our cabin midship on the fourth deck by the tender gangway should not be used for guests. There was consistent irritating noises day and night from ship operations.

The on-board entertainment and musicians were excellent. We particularly enjoyed listening to the Love Brothers and Lira.

Other than the Tsar’s Palace main dining room we ate in O’Sheehan’s which we found quite good. We did not eat at the Garden Cafe buffet or any of the specialty restaurants.

The alcohol prices were more than we were willing to pay even though we enjoy a glass of wine at dinner time. The majority of our alcohol consumption was while we were in port.

We chose private shore excursions with our group of twelve rather than ship excursions. We prefer the chance to customize our own tours at a cost savings. For example the Ancient Temples Tour in Ko Samui, Thailand listed at $149.00 per person from the ship was done by our group by private tour arranged on shore for $20.00 per person for basically the same tour.

Activities listed in the daily schedule were mostly money making for the cruise line.

In summary it is highly unlikely that we will sail with Norwegian again unless they are the only ones that have an itinerary that we want to do.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
Cabin OF 4594
Do not select a cabin on deck four that is close to the tender boat gangway. Tendering set up was very noisy plus our room suffered from a number of irritating noises day and night. Our stateroom was by far the dirtiest that we have experienced in over 35 cruises (eg grape stems on the carpet from previous occupants, dust balls beside and under the bed that stuck to socks and our suitcases that we stored under the bed).
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins