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We sailed out of New York to Port Canaveral and the Bahamas. It turns out it was the Nick Theme cruise which we did not know about until we were on the ship. We were wondering why there were so many children on this cruise. It was pretty contained and the kids were no bother at all. The embarkation process at the Port of Manhattan was easy. We live in Brooklyn and it didn't take long for us to get there by subway. We were on the ship within a half hour of arriving at the port. We went to the Garden Cafe/Great Outdoors for lunch and to wait for our room to be ready. Great day weather wise. The muster drill was easy and quick. The sail away party was a lot of fun. Our state room was an ocean view room. There was plenty of drawer and closet space. The bathroom was good size and we liked the separation of the toilet and shower. My only complaint was there was no amenities basket in the bathroom like on other cruises. We only got a small bottle of lotion. No biggie! Our room steward and his assistant were excellent. I cannot remember their names. They showed us the little dial that is on the outside of your room that you turn for cleaning, turn down etc. They were very attentive. The bed was really comfortable and we always had plenty of ice and towels. I give the gym a low rating due to always too being crowded during peak hours Some people hogging the equipment past the 30 minute limit. The two days at sea going south were a little chilly and the weather was a little sketchy. But by the time we got to Florida it was sunny and warm. Freestyle Cruising- We loved the concept and took full advantage. We did not mind paying the cover charges. I will say that the Tex Mex dining was the worst of the pay dining and Blue Lagoon was the worst of the free dining. The tex mex did not really have much flavor and was some what cold. And Blue Lagoon was pretty inedible. We really enjoyed Cagney's, Tappanki's and Le Bistro. We went to the "Jazz Brunch" at Le Bistro and really enjoyed it. We thought the food in Tzar's was just okay. Garden Cafe was good for breakfast and lunch items. We enjoyed the "tastings" they had. We went to the Sangria and Tapas tasting that was excellent. Living in New York we are used to the higher prices for going out to eat so we thought the cover charges were more than reasonable. We are casual people and liked that even in the pay dining rooms we didn't have to get dressed up. We liked the casual atmosphere through out the ship. The staff and crew were great and really friendly. We never got anything less than a smile or a hello from anyone. "Big Al" the bartender at Maltings beer and whiskey bar was the best. He greeted us by name the second day we met us. He would have our beers poured by the time we sat down. All in all we had a great cruise. This was our second cruise but our first with Norwegian. Our first cruise was with Carnival. We would put Norwegian ahead of Carnival. Would certainly use NCL again. We wish we were still on the ship. I want to close by saying that we purchased our cruise through a travel website. We got a great deal and thought that we really got our moneys worth and then some. We thought the drink prices were reasonable and the dining options were great. A great trip and a great honeymoon.

Best vacation ever

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by shamrockkim814

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2010
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
We sailed out of New York to Port Canaveral and the Bahamas. It turns out it was the Nick Theme cruise which we did not know about until we were on the ship. We were wondering why there were so many children on this cruise. It was pretty contained and the kids were no bother at all. The embarkation process at the Port of Manhattan was easy. We live in Brooklyn and it didn't take long for us to get there by subway. We were on the ship within a half hour of arriving at the port. We went to the Garden Cafe/Great Outdoors for lunch and to wait for our room to be ready. Great day weather wise. The muster drill was easy and quick. The sail away party was a lot of fun.
Our state room was an ocean view room. There was plenty of drawer and closet space. The bathroom was good size and we liked the separation of the toilet and shower. My only complaint was there was no amenities basket in the bathroom like on other cruises. We only got a small bottle of lotion. No biggie! Our room steward and his assistant were excellent. I cannot remember their names. They showed us the little dial that is on the outside of your room that you turn for cleaning, turn down etc. They were very attentive. The bed was really comfortable and we always had plenty of ice and towels.
I give the gym a low rating due to always too being crowded during peak hours Some people hogging the equipment past the 30 minute limit.
The two days at sea going south were a little chilly and the weather was a little sketchy. But by the time we got to Florida it was sunny and warm.
Freestyle Cruising- We loved the concept and took full advantage. We did not mind paying the cover charges. I will say that the Tex Mex dining was the worst of the pay dining and Blue Lagoon was the worst of the free dining. The tex mex did not really have much flavor and was some what cold. And Blue Lagoon was pretty inedible. We really enjoyed Cagney's, Tappanki's and Le Bistro. We went to the "Jazz Brunch" at Le Bistro and really enjoyed it. We thought the food in Tzar's was just okay. Garden Cafe was good for breakfast and lunch items. We enjoyed the "tastings" they had. We went to the Sangria and Tapas tasting that was excellent. Living in New York we are used to the higher prices for going out to eat so we thought the cover charges were more than reasonable. We are casual people and liked that even in the pay dining rooms we didn't have to get dressed up. We liked the casual atmosphere through out the ship.
The staff and crew were great and really friendly. We never got anything less than a smile or a hello from anyone. "Big Al" the bartender at Maltings beer and whiskey bar was the best. He greeted us by name the second day we met us. He would have our beers poured by the time we sat down.
All in all we had a great cruise. This was our second cruise but our first with Norwegian. Our first cruise was with Carnival. We would put Norwegian ahead of Carnival. Would certainly use NCL again. We wish we were still on the ship.
I want to close by saying that we purchased our cruise through a travel website. We got a great deal and thought that we really got our moneys worth and then some. We thought the drink prices were reasonable and the dining options were great. A great trip and a great honeymoon.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OC 5018
Ocean view cabin. Thought it was more than fine for what we were using it for.
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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