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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.

First time to Hawaii

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by VictoriaBC cruiser

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 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
Cabin O1
Housekeeping staff did a fairly good job in cleaning and tidying the cabin. Although towels were not replaced a couple of times.
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


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.