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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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First time to Hawaii

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by VictoriaBC cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window

We were on the NCL-Getaway previously and we enjoyed that cruise enough to give the Jewel a try. We were excited to go to Hawaii, especially during the months of October and November. The ship had approx 2400 guests on board and many were seniors with some families with youngsters. We had an ocean-view room on the port side and it was comfortable for a couple, although from time to time, we could hear ocean waves crashing onto the hull.

There were fewer interesting on board activities during the day and the so called tennis court was not designed to be one. We purposely purchased the specialty dining package, unfortunately, we had MANY disappointing meals at various specialty restaurants. Otherwise, we enjoyed most of the nightly entertainment. We arrived to every port on time and the tendering process to Kona was also timely executed. We did most of the sightseeing on our own by renting a car but we also had fun with one shore excursion arranged by NCL.

Overall, the cruise met our expectation of visiting the four islands and the crew were polite and accommodating. Only wish they have better restaurants and day time activities.

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Cabin Review

Family Oceanview Picture Window

Housekeeping staff did a fairly good job in cleaning and tidying the cabin. Although towels were not replaced a couple of times.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We didn't take time out to explore Vancouver, especially not on our departure day which was pouring like cats and dogs.

Kona (Kailua Bay)

We had a great time at Kona. Snorkelling was the highlight of the day and the city had many interesting and historial sites to see.


We rented a car and drove to the Volcano National Park. Unfortunately, a few sites were closed due to the 2018 eruption. The scenic drive to the Akaka Falls was lovely.


Again, we rented a car and was hoping to do the "Road to Hana". Unfortunately, we only went half way and needed to turn around as there was a "traffic jam" probably due to some mudslide, tree clearing or construction of some sort. Instead, we took our time on our way back and explore the area more in-depth. We also tried to go to the Haleakala National Park, but it was raining at the higher elevation. Ho'okipa Beach was beautiful.

Waimea Canyon

The tour was five hours. The driver was entertaining and we learnt some local history while on our way to the Waimea Canyon. On our way back, we went to the Spouting Horn and the Tree Tunnel.

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Hawaii Islands do not allow gambling and we were able to walk thru the casino area without holding our breath from the cigarette odor. However, we were still able to smell the odor inside the ship especially on the 12th floor.

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