A Jewel of a disappointment: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by stanjay100

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A Jewel of a disappointment

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We were told after we booked that we would be on a Nickelodean At Sea Cruise. My travel agent asked NCL about it. She told me that NCL assured her that we would hardly notice the kids. We are retirees who have taken many trips with kids and grand kids. We booked when most kids were in school to avoid the racket. There were 560 kids on the ship. We spent 7 days dodging strollers and toddlers. Even the dining rooms were noisy at 8:30pm. Parents with kids under 10 complained that the ship had little if any activities for the kids. So the kids ended up in the swimming pool and hot tubs until 9pm. It was too cold to swim for the first and last 1.5 days out of NY. That was understandable. The only indoor hot tub was reserved for SPA members at a fee of $619 for the cruise. So ... for nearly half the cruise, we had no access to any water other than the shower in our cabin.

Cabin Staff were terrific.

STAY AWAY FROM CABIN 11572. If you are offered a free upgrade to that More cabin, be sure kids are in school the week you cruise or you will have a very unpleasant time, even if you take your own kids.

Entertainment was mediocre, except for singer/ guitarist R.J.Red, who drew a crowd every evening. He was the best feature of the whole cruise.

Food was mediocre. I asked for medium rare sirloin and received a well done 1/2 inch thick piece of meat. The production staff sang obscure show tunes because "we have sung them in shows that we had done". Husband and wife acrobatic team was superb. Less

Published 02/22/11

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Just what you would expect. Walking, shopping, walking, shopping. It was ok for what it is.

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