Love Cruising on the Jewel: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by emcelh

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Love Cruising on the Jewel

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
This was our 5th cruise with NCL and our 2nd on the Jewel. We traveled by bus from NE Pennsylvania to NYC, took a cab (about $10 including tip) to the pier. We checked in and, after a short wait, were on the ship by 11:45. We had lunch at Tsars when it opened at noon. Cabins were ready by 2PM and our bags were delivered soon after. We had a partially enclosed balcony cabin on deck 8 forward. This type balcony was a plus on this itinerary as we enjoyed it with very little wind. The cabin was fine with plenty of storage and our cabin steward, who took very good care of us, introduced himself immediately.

The Jewel is very clean and well maintained. True, there's no grand atrium that you may find on other ships but the Jewel is very attractive and its easy to find your way around. Just the right size.

The food and service in the main restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner was very good. The chilled soups are wonderful along with the variety of breads freshly More baked on board. We only had to wait for a table once, and then only about 10 minutes. We had dinner in 2 specialty restaurants, Chin Chin (well worth the surcharge) and LeBistro (service exceptional, food maybe worth the surcharge). We ordered room service for breakfast a couple of times. It arrived at the time we requested on the order form and we even got a phone call that breakfast was on the way. We had a couple of lunches at the buffet.

We did the "Behind the Scenes" tour. At $55 per person its expensive but we really enjoyed it. The tour lasted almost 4 hours. For those who think that all the food comes from the same galley, not true. The specialty restaurants each have their own.

Our Cruise Critic Meet and Greet was on the first sea day. The Captain, Hotel Director, Cruise Director, and other senior staff members were all there to welcome us and answer questions. Join the roll call for your cruise and participate. You'll be glad you did.

The music in the lounges was very good. We especially enjoyed the Alambre Trio, who we had seen last year. The shows were very good too, especially the magician JP and Cirque Bijou.

We did walk-off disembarkation with our luggage and were off the ship 30 minutes after it was cleared.

I've read reviews with complaints of poor service and unfriendly crew members. Our experience is totally opposite. We've had great service and find the crew on board delightful. It's true that NCL may charge for some things that other lines include in the fare but I'd rather pay a lower fare than pay for things I don't want. Someone said they never had to pay for yoga classes before. I thought "You paid for it, and so did everyone else."

We took advantage of the Cruise Rewards again and plan to return to Bermuda next year. Less

Published 10/04/10

Cabin review: BD8028 Balcony

Cabin 8028 is close to forward stair tower, convenient and a very quiet location. Partially enclosed balcony which cuts down on wind when at sea. Cabin not large but big enough for 2. Closet is good size, several shelves but only 3 small drawers.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We booked a shore excursion in Halifax that took us to Peggy's Cove and then to a restaurant for a lobster lunch. It was probably overpriced but we enjoyed it and the lobster was great.

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Newport is a tender port and we took our time getting off the ship since we didn't have a shore excursion planned. We walked about 2 blocks to the Visitors Center and bought tickets for a trolley tour for about half the price of a similar tour available from NCL. We didn't tour any of the mansions but we drove past several of them on the tour. It's easy to see Newport on your own.

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Quebec City is my favorite port of the ones on this cruise. We explored on our own this time having taken a tour on our last visit. We found a great restaurant, le Continental, a few blocks from Chateau Frontenac and had a wonderful lunch. Everything is just a short walk from where the ship docks. Again, the visitors center has tours available if you haven't prearranged anything.

We were only in Sydney, Nova Scotia for 5 hours on this trip and didn't get off the ship. There's a large craft market at the pier but you really need to get out of Sydney. If we had more time we would have taken one of the shore excursions but we didn't want to feel rushed.

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