Simply wonderful cruise!: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by NJsharon

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Simply wonderful cruise!

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We boarded at New York and that was very easy and painless. Arrived around 11.30am and only had about 30 minute wait before we were on board & exploring the ship.

We took the ship tour at around 1pm, led by 'Boston' Chris & that was useful to see some of the major spots & get to know one of the fabulous entertainment staff.

Can't say enough about the fabulous staff on board the ship. We were always greeted with a smile, many stopped to chat with us. We go to know 'Dazzling' Devyn, 'Boston' Chris & Nacho Libre very well & they felt like good friends by the end of the cruise.

Our cabin was an obstructed oceanview 8092, near the Blue Lagoon restaurant. Turned out we had a picture window & only partially obstructed as the view was between 2 lifeboats, so pretty good. Location was great, close to the elevator/stairs & one up from atrium/guest services etc.

Ports of call were nice. We weren't totally impressed by Port Canaveral. We took a shuttle bus to More 'The Cove', an open air marketplace & although nice, it was small & limited things to buy. Shuttle was a nightmare as there was a long wait to get the next shuttle bus to Cocoa Beach. So we opted to pay extra & take a taxi back to the ship.

Nassau was our favorite port of call with all the friendly people & shops. We both (me & my 62yr old mother) got our hair braided. We paid $35 for a half head with beads. They started off by saying $3 a braid, but we set a firm price we wanted to pay in the beginning & were thankful we did that as we ended up with around 25 braids (so would have been around $75!!!). I advise doing the same thing if you want your hair braided anywhere. Set a firm price instead of paying by the braid.

Activities on board were plentiful. We took part in most of the trivia sessions, craft activities (Devyn led most of them & was great) & bingos.

Bingo was fun, but very expensive we felt. Started at $39 for just on single sheet. If you wanted to share with a partner you could get a 'super bundle' for $69. Payouts were generally around $100-$300 for most games.

Shows were great. The NCL dancers/singers were very talented & really enjoyed them. Don't miss the final show of the cruise, it is great!

Food was good. We ate at Azura (great service & food), Tsars (got chosen to dine with an officer & it was good service & food again), & the buffet.

Buffet was always plentiful with many choices. There was always a carvery item, Indian station, Caesar salad station, pasta station, then other options. Drinks were coffee, tea or unsweetened iced tea for free. There was a bar in the buffet area for alcoholic drinks or sodas too.

We took part in the 'Taste of the Best' held at the Le Bistro for lunch one day & I cannot recommend that enough. It is $15 per person & you get to choose menu items from all the speciality restaurants. There was also a small buffet with additional items from the restaurants! Tenderloin from Le Bistro was our favorite, it just melted in your mouth, so very good! Crab cake from Cagneys was good too, as was tiramisu from Mamas.

Only downside of the cruise, was the assistant cruise director George. We both took an instant dislike to him. His jokes were lame, banter was annoying & comments/jokes towards fellow staff were totally inappropriate we felt. My mother found him so annoying to the point that she refused to attend bingo if he was calling the numbers.

Luckily, as previously said, the rest of the entertainment crew were great! So they made up for George's terrible personality!

The ship itself was beautiful. Constantly saw staff cleaning it, from vacuuming floors, washing down the outside, to going with tiny brushes alongside where the flooring met the walls!

We had a great time and hope to cruise on the NCL Jewel in the future... just hopefully without George! Less

Published 02/24/12

Cabin review: OK8092 Obstructed Oceanview

Small bathroom, nice picture window with semi-obstructed view (in between 2 lifeboats). Convenient to elevator/stairs, across from a crew space but not noisy. Slight noise from bands in the evening at the atrium, but that normally finished by 10pm. Loved the location.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A wonderful port to go to, with plenty to see & do. As you get off there is a Bahamian market right there, a hair braiding station just the other side of the market, then the main town. Sure stops are Diamonds International, Del Sol, Cariloha & Senor Frogs! We also stopped in at the Food Market. A small Nassau supermarket, where it was great to pick up some local food & drinks. Atlantis is only a short boat ride or taxi ride, across the river. Beautiful to see at least once. It is free to look around the hotel area. You only pay if you want to use the water park or do the aquarium.
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There is nothing to do when you step right off the ship. You must take a shuttle bus, taxi or excursion to do anything. Would be nice if NCL were to build a few tourist type stores right there at the dock. Took the shuttle to 'The Cove', an open air market & although that was fun, the shuttle bus was very slow to pick people back up! It cost $7 per person & the shuttle was meant to drop us at The Cove, then pick us up & take us onto Cocoa Beach. Finally picking us up from there to bring us back to the ship. Tricky thing is that the buses only run every 20-30 mins & there was a long line of people at The Cove waiting for the shuttle bus. So the actual wait was over 30 mins in the hot sun. Just be aware & maybe skip The Cove & opt to go straight to Cocoa Beach for only $6 per person.

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