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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Plenty of time in ports and great views of glaciers

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Suzejm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview

We chose this cruise because of the smaller ship and the associated land tour. We were not disappointed.

The service on the ship was exemplary. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly and helpful. When our shower overflowed a little due to a slow drain, Guest Services sent maintenance to our cabin within 30 minutes. The variety of food was good in the buffet and the complimentary restaurants. We also enjoyed the shows.

The narration during the glacier viewing was informative and interesting. The captain turned the ship so passengers could enjoy the views from wherever they were on the ship.

Our favorite port excursions were “Alaska Whales and Rainforest Trails” and the sea fishermen’s tour in Ketchikan on the Aleutian Ballard from The Deadliest Catch. Guides for both of these excursions were extremely knowledgeable and personable while behaving in a professional way.

The captain on the whale watching excursion was in touch with other boats and knew exactly where the whales were that day. The captain and crew on the Aleutian Ballard were beyond description in the way they presented their tour in an entertaining way. An added delight was when they surprised us by feeding eagles from the boat. They must have attracted 3 dozen eagles right up to the boat. What a delight!

Yep! We’d happily do this again.


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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK 8056

We were surprised by the amount of storage space in this cabin. There were six large drawers and a desk drawer. There were three shelves, an outlet, hair dryer, and a large mirror above one of the drawer units. The refrigerator and additional shelves were above the other set of drawers. There was a ledge below the TV and a couple more outlets. Even with the additional dozen hangers we requested we had ample room in the closet. There were four generous shelves to the left of the closet behind the cabin door. There were three shelves in the bathroom too. The shower and toilet were separated by the sink and sliding doors. We didn’t need to unpack our over-the-door shoe organizer that we’ve needed before.

The only downside was getting in and out of bed on one side. There was barely room to squeeze by the drawer unit. If we’d been thinking, we would have separated the beds to solve the problem. When the beds are apart, there’s plenty of room.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Seward

The town has a shuttle bus that costs $5 for all day. We took it to the Gold Rush Cemetery and then walked across the bridge to the Jewell Gardens. We caught the bus back to town and walked through a few shops. Most of the ports are overrun with jewelry and souvenir shops. Food is expensive so we went back to the ship for lunch. We could easily walk back to town or catch the shuttle again after lunch.

Icy Strait

We weren’t impressed with this port. Icy Strait Point is a young port made up mostly of shops. There’s one show put on by the school children that was nice to see. You can walk or take a shuttle to Hoonah from Icy Strait Point. If you aren’t on an excursion, walk to Hoonah. It’s a little less commercial. There were a couple of totem carvers working on a large totem pole. We went back to the ship to eat and then went back to town to buy some last-minute items. Easy-peasy.

Hiking

This was a combination with whale watching called Alaska Whales and Rainforest Trails. Our tour guide walked us through the rainforest while telling us about all of the plants and how the rainforest works. We got to spend some time on the beach before continuing to the whale watching part of the excursion.

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Whale Watching

This was a combination with hiking a rainforest trail. The excursion was a called Alaska Whales and Rainforest Trails. We had the same tour guide for both parts of the tour. She and the boat captain were knowledgeable about the area whales and where to find them. The captain was in radio contact with other boats and knew exactly where the whales were. It was a great excursion.

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Skagway

The city has shuttle bus service for $5 for the day. We took the shuttle to the Gold Rush Cemetery and Reid Falls and then walked across the bridge to Jewell Gardens. It was all wonderful. We went back into town and visited a few shops. Most ports are overrun with jewelry and souvenir shops. Food is expensive. We chose to take the shuttle back to the ship for lunch. After lunch, it was easy to walk back to town or catch the shuttle again.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

Unbelievable! Dont miss this. The crew and captain are knowledgeable and entertaining. The highlight was when they surprised us by feeding dozens of eagles. Wed do this again and again. Book directly if you want to save about $60 per person over the cruise line price.

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