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Embarkation:We entered the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at 48th & 12th Streets-Pier 88. Embarkation took one-half hour and was uneventful. Rooms:The cabin was functional and accomodating.We spent little time there so space and grandeur were unimportant. Bathroom was a bit cramped, but there was plenty of hot water. Personnel:The staff was friendly and accomodating even though many worked 10 to 11 hours per day. Food:Garden Cafe (buffet on the 12th deck) was noisy; food had an average taste and quality. Some foods were lukewarm. Most cruisers dined here. The Tsar's Restaurant had a more formal atmosphere. The wait staff was pleasant and efficient. The restaurant has different selections each night or the diner may ask for the classic offerings' menu. The Azura Restaurant was similar, except the atmosphere was semi-formal. Entertainment:The performances were high quality with high energy: acrobatics, dancers songs by guys with "six packs" and pretty girls! We thought the comedy routine by Mr. Sasso was average. The acrobatics of Duo Elegia, a married couple, was phenomenal. The magician, Jean Pierre, was excellent. Port Canaveral:After leaving the cruise liner, there is nothing within walking distance due to newly constructed roads. One must take a taxi or shuttle service ($5.00-6.00 one way) to get to Coco Beach (15-30 minutes away depending on traffic) where one may visit a pretty beach and shop at a few souvenir stores. Another option was to take excursions to Orlando, Florida to visit Sea World, Universal Studios or Disneyworld. Great Stirrup Cay:This island is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line. To get to the island, one must take a tender (boat). It was a 10 minute ride. Seas were choppy during our trip. It offered beautiful scenery, small souvenir shops and activities geared toward sun bathers or excursionists. If one was neither, the buffet was available. Scenic photo opportunities were amazing. Nassau:This port-of-call had tour hawkers everywhere. At the Straw Market there was a plethera of shopping booths. Observation areas at Christ Church and the Water Tower were closed to the public. Many shops did not open till 9:30 am. We walked 4.5 hours touring the city and found the 10 to 15 Bahamians we spoke with to be responsive and curt. Many excursions were offered around the island and to the Atlantis Resort ($60.00 entry fee plus ferry or taxi cab fare). Disembarkation:The entire process took 20 minutes. It was a 5 to 10 minute walk to Customs; 10 minutes through Customs for normal walkers with out issues. Baggage pick-up was well organized.

Big Apple to Little Coconuts

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by cambiar23

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2011
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
Embarkation:We entered the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at 48th & 12th Streets-Pier 88. Embarkation took one-half hour and was uneventful.

Rooms:The cabin was functional and accomodating.We spent little time there so space and grandeur were unimportant. Bathroom was a bit cramped, but there was plenty of hot water.

Personnel:The staff was friendly and accomodating even though many worked 10 to 11 hours per day.

Food:Garden Cafe (buffet on the 12th deck) was noisy; food had an average taste and quality. Some foods were lukewarm. Most cruisers dined here. The Tsar's Restaurant had a more formal atmosphere. The wait staff was pleasant and efficient. The restaurant has different selections each night or the diner may ask for the classic offerings' menu. The Azura Restaurant was similar, except the atmosphere was semi-formal.

Entertainment:The performances were high quality with high energy: acrobatics, dancers songs by guys with "six packs" and pretty girls! We thought the comedy routine by Mr. Sasso was average. The acrobatics of Duo Elegia, a married couple, was phenomenal. The magician, Jean Pierre, was excellent.

Port Canaveral:After leaving the cruise liner, there is nothing within walking distance due to newly constructed roads. One must take a taxi or shuttle service ($5.00-6.00 one way) to get to Coco Beach (15-30 minutes away depending on traffic) where one may visit a pretty beach and shop at a few souvenir stores. Another option was to take excursions to Orlando, Florida to visit Sea World, Universal Studios or Disneyworld.

Great Stirrup Cay:This island is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line. To get to the island, one must take a tender (boat). It was a 10 minute ride. Seas were choppy during our trip. It offered beautiful scenery, small souvenir shops and activities geared toward sun bathers or excursionists. If one was neither, the buffet was available. Scenic photo opportunities were amazing.

Nassau:This port-of-call had tour hawkers everywhere. At the Straw Market there was a plethera of shopping booths. Observation areas at Christ Church and the Water Tower were closed to the public. Many shops did not open till 9:30 am. We walked 4.5 hours touring the city and found the 10 to 15 Bahamians we spoke with to be responsive and curt. Many excursions were offered around the island and to the Atlantis Resort ($60.00 entry fee plus
ferry or taxi cab fare).

Disembarkation:The entire process took 20 minutes. It was a 5 to 10 minute walk to Customs; 10 minutes through Customs for normal walkers with out issues. Baggage pick-up was well organized.
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Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IA
Cabin functionable and accomodating. Bathroom, a bit cramped, but lots of hot water.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    The weather was excellent in Nassau, but the people were generally unfriendly
    with the exception of those at the markets. We stopped at a bank to get some change for souvenirs; the bank was out of change!!--we had to show our drivers
    license to obtain two one dollar bills. The doors were unlocked for us by the armed guard so we could leave.
    We walked around most of the downtown area; some streets were not marked. The
    water was beautiful; the land is flat.We were not impressed by this port of call.Perhaps the Atlantis Resort would be more interesting
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