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Another fun cruise on NCL. Embarkation in Vancouver B.C was efficient and disembarkation in Seward, Alaska for the last Alaska Rail passenger run to Anchorage was equally expeditious (although it was an early). The 114 mile scenic run hugged the shoreline and afforded some stunning views of the raw beauty of Alaska, the water, the mountains and the wildlife lending credence to Alaska`s claim of being the Last Frontier. Vancouver is a city that has a warm and inviting population and efficient transportation system. I got there a day early and spent the time before the cruise wandering around. Great port to sail out of. The highlights of this cruise were Glacier Bay on day 6 and the Hubbard glacier on day 7. We got real close to the Margerie Glacier and the Lamplugh Glacier and were treated to some awesomely impressive views as the ship entered the bay and did a complete turnaround at these glaciers affording great views from all over the ship. Enhancing the experience at Glacier Bay was a commentary on Glacier Bay running on the Jewel`s TV channel. This commentary was presented by USPS rangers of the Glacier Bay National Park. Augmenting this commentary and presentation, the rangers and Friends on the Glacier Bay had tables set up with souvenir books, maps of Glacier Bay and DVD`s of some of the best nature photos of Alaska I`d seen. Nice touch Norwegian ! This cruise followed Alaska`s inside passage. On day three, the Jewel visited Ketchikan, the Salmon Capitol of the World. Day four found us visiting the only state capital that cannot be reached by road, Juneau. Day five we stopped in Skagway, another picturesque town with a connection with the Gold Rush. These are unique towns worth experiencing and Norwegian saw to it that we had time in each that was long enough to fully savor the experience. Shuttles to the towns were convenient and efficient. A memorable cruise marked by stunning scenery and memorable experiences.

End of Alaska Cruise Season 2019

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by 70 Mach 1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
Another fun cruise on NCL. Embarkation in Vancouver B.C was efficient and disembarkation in Seward, Alaska for the last Alaska Rail passenger run to Anchorage was equally expeditious (although it was an early). The 114 mile scenic run hugged the shoreline and afforded some stunning views of the raw beauty of Alaska, the water, the mountains and the wildlife lending credence to Alaska`s claim of being the Last Frontier.

Vancouver is a city that has a warm and inviting population and efficient transportation system. I got there a day early and spent the time before the cruise wandering around. Great port to sail out of.

The highlights of this cruise were Glacier Bay on day 6 and the Hubbard glacier on day 7. We got real close to the Margerie Glacier and the Lamplugh Glacier and were treated to some awesomely impressive views as the ship entered the bay and did a complete turnaround at these glaciers affording great views from all over the ship. Enhancing the experience at Glacier Bay was a commentary on Glacier Bay running on the Jewel`s TV channel. This commentary was presented by USPS rangers of the Glacier Bay National Park. Augmenting this commentary and presentation, the rangers and Friends on the Glacier Bay had tables set up with souvenir books, maps of Glacier Bay and DVD`s of some of the best nature photos of Alaska I`d seen.

Nice touch Norwegian !

This cruise followed Alaska`s inside passage. On day three, the Jewel visited Ketchikan, the Salmon Capitol of the World. Day four found us visiting the only state capital that cannot be reached by road, Juneau. Day five we stopped in Skagway, another picturesque town with a connection with the Gold Rush.

These are unique towns worth experiencing and Norwegian saw to it that we had time in each that was long enough to fully savor the experience. Shuttles to the towns were convenient and efficient.

A memorable cruise marked by stunning scenery and memorable experiences.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IA 11537
I booked shortly before sailing and got an inside room. The cabin steward, Rolando, was excellent, greeting me by name each morning and always inquiring of my needs.
This cabin was very convenient to the Garden Café on deck 12. The cabin is situated midship so taking the elevator to the main public areas, my walk was short.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glacier Bay
    A moving experience. The captain got the ship close enough to get some really great views of the Margerie and Lamplugh Glaciers.
    Having the US National Park Service Rangers (there were several. Special thanks to Ranger Russ for his evocative presentation on the beauty of Alaska. His passion is infectuous).
    The Freinds of Glacier Bay were also on board to answer questions, sell souvenirs and literature on Glacier Bay. These folks were inspiring.
    The presentation running on the public Tv channel on the ship was a professional touch.
    This cruise line doesn`t just take you there, they ensure that the experience is memorable, scenic and fun. Getting close to the glaciers and icebergs was the highlight of a wonderful cruise.
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  • Juneau
    Another US capital city checked on my bucket list of capital cities to visit. I toured the Alaska capital building, the Alaska State Museum (truly a worthwhile visit with top notch exhibits !) and the Juneau City Museum. The docent at the Juneau City Museum was very knowledgable of the citiy`s history and enhanced my visit there.
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  • Ketchikan
    Self-styled as "the first city" - first one to encounter on the Inside Passage AND a very scenic town to visit. The history is another reason to visit the town, many of the buildings form the early days are restored and repurposed as retail. The town has a mueseum worth spending time learning of the town`s past.
    I enjoyed my walking tour and the shops.
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  • Skagway
    A very enticing Gold Rush town with US Nation Park sites ! A step back to the Gold Rush days was made possible by the Natioal Park Service`s restored buildings.
    I enjoyed lunch at the Skagway Bar with the locals. Great food and local beverages !
    I would have liked to take an excursion on the White Pass Railroad - fellow passengers who did told me that it was a memorable trip on this historic rail line.
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  • Vancouver
    Great city to start a cruise from; efficent embarcation and friendly locals. Great public transportation too !
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