We like cruising. We have been on several cruises, Costa, Holland America, Royal Caribean and Carnival and this was our first Norwegian experience. We are not the dress-up types and the fixed dinner seatings on most cruise lines are not our favourite, so the freestyle cruising from Norwegian sounded like a perfect match. Being from Sweden the Auckland to Sydney sailing was quite exotic for us so the Norwegian Jewel was our choice for this year.
General impression of the ship.
I liked the ship in general. It is quite modest in colors, not too much glitter and glamour and it feels relaxed. There is plenty of bars and dining, I would have liked a little bit more space to sit and read in a smaller lounge without activities and music though. The swimming pools are in one space, on other ships they are often separated to create a lively and quieter area so you can choose. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and although we had a full cruise, it never felt crowded. I liked the bridge viewing room, never seen that before. Fellow passengers were mainly from New Zealand and Australië and I really enjoyed their company.
The cabin was on deck 8, a few steps from O¨Sheehans. It was quite satisfied with it. Big enough, relatively spacious bathroom. We will not sit in the room to watch outside the window but we do like a bit of natural light in the room, so obstructed view was a good choice. Housekeeping was very good, sometimes a bit too much replacing personal items and taking papers out of the garbagebin we had thrown away. But overall more than satisfied with room and service.