See You in September Cruise: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by josar

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See You in September Cruise

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
EMBARKATION: We arrived at the NYC ship terminal at 11:30 and there was already a huge crowd. We waited about 1 hour before boarding. They used a number system and it worked well.

BOARDING: The Jewel is a beautiful and very clean ship. We were greeted warmly and proceeded to lunch. We opted to go to the restaurant Tsar's instead of the Garden Cafe (buffet) for lunch. I would recommend this instead of the mad rush at the buffet.

FIRST IMPRESSION: Our waitress was friendly but appeared to be uninformed. When we inquired about the drink of the day, she didn't know what it was and said she thought it was around $9.00. It actually was $5.95. OK no big deal, hey it's the first day. Lunch was good and our rooms were ready about 1:15pm.

MAIN RESTAURANTS: The 2 main restaurants were Tsar's and Azura. We ate at both but preferred Azura's space. The food was good and service was steady. We had a group of 13 and using the Freestyle Dining was easy. There was never a More long wait. The few times we all ate together we made reservations. In the main dining rooms you can make reservations for the early or late dining only. We found that when we just showed up, with parties of 5 to 9, we were seated with no longer than a 15 minute wait. We also lunched a few times at The Blue Lagoon a fast food restaurant open 24/7.

BUFFET: At the Garden Cafe you are greeted daily by the "Washee, Washee, Happy, Happy" team at the entrance where you will receive a sprayee, sprayee of hand sanitizer. There are automatic sanitizers throughout the ship and this definitely helps keep the buggy, buggies away. ENOUGH! The food was good but I found it to be repetitive. Not a varying bread selection and the desserts left alot to be desired.

SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS:(Cover Charges Apply) We ate at MAMA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT on Deck 12($10 cover)and had the usual Italian food. The Fried Calamari was delicious. They also have good old spag & meatballs if you so desire. This also doubles as an extra dining room, off Garden Cafe, during breakfast and lunch. Then onto LE BISTRO($20 cover) the French Restaurant. A beautiful place but somewhat disorganized. I expected the staff to be on their best but our first courses were delivered out of order and one of us was served their main course 10 mins after the rest. Yes, I timed it. Then it was CAGNEY'S STEAK HOUSE'($25 cover). What a breath of fresh air. We were greeted by our waiter and head waiter, who could not do enough for us. The food was delivered in a casual pace so as not to rush you and it was cooked to perfection. We had a table of 9 and sat directly across from the open kitchen. Anyway - DO GO to Cagney's you won't be disappointed. By far the best food on the ship.

ENTERTAINMENT: The shows were really great. A wide variety of acts from comedians to acrobats, dancers, singers, jugglers and even a hypnotist, some very funny stuff here. The lounge entertainment was also varied but our favorite was Nathaniel Reed, pianist and singer in The Martini & Wine Bar Deck 6. And while you're there, have Jonas prepare a "Fresh Bacardi Daiquiri" for you. Fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and Bacardi Superior Rum. Oh, and The NCL Orchestra was fantastic too.

DISEMBARKATION: NCL's Freestyle cruising comes through here too. No rush at all leave at your leisure. We waited until 10:30am, no lines and easily retrieved our luggage back at the terminal.

PET PEEVE: One thing that really annoyed us was a female staff member who went around to the restaurants selling roses. I don't want someone coming up to me and saying " wouldn't you like to buy your wife a nice rose" I found it offensive and sent a "Dear John" letter to the hotel manager, John Harris, who encourages it and also gives you his personal cellphone number for any problems or suggestions. And guess what? I didn't see her for the rest of the cruise.

ALL IN ALL: I really liked my 10 day cruise and would definitely go on NCL again. Less

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Cabin review: OC5524 Oceanview Picture Window

STATEROOM: The room was small. The AC was perfectly working. The bathroom was also small. The toilet has a door but you have to be a pretty skinny person to be comfortable without leaving it open. Our room steward and assistant were great. They always kept us with a supply of 2 bottles of water as asked. And, of course, those towel animals.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Halifax was our first stop in Canada. A short walk from the pier along the boardwalk will get you into the downtown. A great place to explore on your own or I would suggest you take a taxi or limo for $45 per-hour. The drivers will take you on a better tour that the tour busses. So if your with a small group it pays to split the price. Be aware that a hop on hop off bus ticked here is $69.95. If you like history go to the Atlantic Maritime Museum On Water Street which has artifacts from the Titanic. There are other exhibits there worth looking at. And if you're hungry, we had a great traditional native meal at "The Old Triangle Irish Ale House" on Prince Street.

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Newport, Rhode Island is a beautiful port town. If you like shopping, museums, old mansions, or just walking it's a great stop. One thing I would recommend is that before purchasing an excursion onboard, you stop at the Visitor's Bureau & Information Center, a short walk from the pier behind the Marriott and get a hop on hop off bus pass for the day ($6) for unlimited use. Don't miss "The Breakers" the old Vanderbilt mansion. It is breathtaking. A combo pass will get entrance to other attractions as well.

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Here we purchased an excursion onboard for the Countryside Tour. We had a great host, Real, who took us to Quebec's countryside. All within a half hour from the city. We went to a Maple Sucre Shack where we had a presentation on maple syrup and other products. There's a gift store there where you can pick up anything maple. On the way out don't miss a free sample of the Maple Taffy, served on a bed of ice. Then they give you a delicious cup of coffee and a piece of the best apple pie you ever sunk you teeth into. Finally there's a wild stuffed animal museum on the property. It's worth a look. A few other stops and you're back at the ship. There you can take the free shuttle into town and peruse the Artisan's district hand made crafts and even take a ride on the Funicular.

Last stop you tender into port. Not too much here. Take a walk into town or right at the pier they have a good handmade crafts for sale. See if you can get one of the small violins ($24.95) they make a great gift for the kiddies. This is the short stop, last tender is at 12:30pm.

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