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Norwegian Jewel Review

Bucket list Panama Canal cruise.

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Norwegian Jewel
Capt. George
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2023
Cabin: Family Oceanview

The Jewel was just refurbished in 2018 and is still very new looking. At 2350 capacity she is my size. The seating in the common areas was clean and comfortable. I had a ocean view with 2 persons and it was OK. Beds were new and we had enough space. Entertainment is always a mystery to me. They only play for 45 min and sometimes at really odd times. We ate mostly in the main dinning room and the food and service was very good. We also ate at Shanasees and the garden café, both were pretty good. The aft deck bar and eating area outside is really a plus as I like to be outside. This ship also has a bridge viewing area on deck 11 forward, something I haven't seen on other ships. There is a Thermal spa pass, at an extra charge but well worth it in my opinion. For coffee they have a Starbucks (not my favorite) with very small chocolates in the pastry case instead of pastry's (something about licensing). I had coffee twice a day and never saw anyone buy any. The shows' were great with a high energy level. The up sale of art, pictures, beverage packages and extra charge restaurants was not in your face as in some lines. We didn't use any of these as the food was great in the main dinning room. I always try to board the first day as late as possible to avoid the rooms not being ready and everyone dragging their luggage around. This worked well. Debarkation went as well as possible and we were on time to catch our train which canceled, but that's another story.

All in all I really like NCL with their younger vibe Freestyle cruising and smaller ships (under 2500) More than that is just to cowered and not relaxing.

Cabin Review

Family Oceanview

Clean with new bedding

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