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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,389 Reviews

Not bad for a good value solo cruise

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by marlowman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Inside

First time on Jewel, this was cruise 60 for me. Been to New Zealand many times. Embarkation and disembarkation was long and delayed due to port authorities and health checks for the Coronavirus. Not fault of Norwegian, There was an outbreak of gastro which made the bistro and main dining room difficult as everything was handled and served by staff. Everything was disinfected over and over.

The condition of the Ship was fantastic, well maintained and no issues as everything worked and the cabin was comfortable.

The crew were fantastic and very much enjoyed their contact, friendly and helpful.

Entertainment was outstanding from stage productions to the comedian. Never missed a show. Internet was good but expensive. Loved the Coffee.

Specialty Dinning was amazing and worth the money except for the Sushi.

The itinerary ports were great, didn't do shore excursions as they were very expensive. The Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound were spectacular, was good if not better than Alaska. The Kiwi's were friendly and well prepared for tourists.

Most of the passengers were American, British, Asian, some Australians and many other nationalities. Most of the passenger were middle aged, few elderly and disabled. Few Children or young passengers not for families.

I enjoyed this cruise but it was not perfect but was excellent value for the solo traveler. I would recommend this ship and Norwegian.

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Cabin Review


Clean and well maintained had a good bathroom with a glass door shower.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Embarkation was slow and difficult, New Zealand biggest city, spent the night there before cruise.


Didn't get there as tendering too dangerous.


Went for a local train trip for and hour turn


Had a look around and a bus ride from the port to the town.

Dusky Sound

Fantastic experience the sip managed to get in and we had a great look around.

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