NCL sent us an email before the cruise and offered us a chance to bid on an upgrade. I figured why not and bid on a Haven 2 bedroom villa, even though there was only 2 of us traveling. Any woman would love to have the master bathroom to herself! We got the upgrade! Haven was everything you thought it would be. If you have the opportunity, go for it.
Only 2 complaints. The Jewel’s Haven is pretty small compared to the larger, newer NCL ships. As a result, they don’t have a designated Haven restaurant. They use the Moderno Churrascaria restaurant for breakfast and lunch (the menu is the same every day; it does not rotate) and there is no designated dinner offered for Haven guests.
The ship did not perform the grand finale dance show, Velvet, on the last night of the cruise. This was hyped up the entire week by the ship and crew. But, when Saturday arrived, Velvet was suddenly scrapped. A few people were whispering that 3 or 4 of the dancers tested positive for COVID and they couldn’t perform the show without them. There’s an old saying that the show must go on and I felt they could have performed the show without them. Huge disappointment!
Cabo is a great port. Save your money and take a taxi to the Casa Dorada hotel instead of booking through the ship. The hotel offers a day pass for about $80 per person, but your food and drink bill is deducted from the cost of the day pass. We layer out on the beach on a comfortable chair and umbrella. The service was great. They came over often to us and asked us if we needed anything. They also had a rope up on the beach, so the steady stream of vendors would stay behind the rope. If you wanted to buy something, you would approach the vendor. It was great! We bought a few things and could also relax.