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Norwegian Jewel Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2389 reviews
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Alaska Southbound 9/16 enjoyable

Review for Norwegian Jewel to Alaska
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libtrek
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2019
Cabin: Family Balcony

This was our 6th Alaska cruise, 3rd on NCL. We flew to Anchorage on Saturday for the Monday cruise. You do need to plan $100+ to get yourself to the port. We did a taxi from Seward with another couple to save $. The train/bus options are either morning or early afternoon. We booked guaranteed less than a month before the cruise. Got a good price and all 5 options. Room assignment given within a week.

The pros: We enjoyed this midsize ship better than last year’s Bliss. Less crowds and easier to navigate. The Jewel’s dry dock was well done. Balcony room was smaller than others, but well-planned storage makes it tolerable. Staff was efficient and courteous. Dining rooms and buffet were very good. Easy to get on and off the ship. We took advantage of the future cruise certificates, after reading the contract we could see no downside to committing to future NCL cruises.

The cons: the weather was grey and damp, not NCL’s fault. We still enjoyed the views and ports, just didn’t get great pictures. Also due to weather, we missed Tracey Arm and stayed in Juneau until 9 pm. La Cucina was our least favorite dining room. Meat we ordered was dried out and flavorless, veal and chicken cacciatore. We will skip this option next cruise.

Cabin Review

Family Balcony

Cabin B3

Room was small but adequate. Storage is well planned. Steward did a fine job.

Port Reviews

Skagway

Took the $5 bus offer from the town and went shopping. Bad weather prevailed. Would book a tour of some kind next time. We’ve done Dyea Dave in the past but might try railroad next time.

Vancouver

Used the ship-offered transfer to the airport.

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