Love the Haven: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by mistertoaster

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Love the Haven

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We cruised on the Jewel during Spring break. We booked the owner's suite, and loved the many amenities that accompany that suite. In particular, we spent a lot of ship time in the Haven. No more fighting for lounge chairs on the pool deck, or getting up early to save a seat near the pool. Both the indoor pool deck in the Haven and the outdoor sun deck are excellent. That alone was worth the price of the owner's suite (which was very reasonable on this cruise at $4500 for a family of four). Additionally, we had an excellent butler and an excellent concierge. We had priority in embarking and disembarking. We also had priority disembarking at each ports. We never felt like we had to fight crowds. Everything was taken care of by the Jewel staff.

Entertainment on the Jewel is excellent. The husband and wife acrobats were amazing. A must see show. The magician/comedian was very funny and very good at his craft. The Cirque de Bijou show was also entertaining.

We dined at More Mama's, Chin Chin and Le Bistro for dinner. All these meals were worth the cover charge. Tsar's Palace was also very good for a no cover charge restaurant. As part of the suite package, we had access to Cagney's for breakfast and lunch. We took advantage of this option almost every day. Overall, the both the food and the atmosphere at all the restaurants were excellent. Less

Published 03/31/12

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Port and Shore Excursions

Excellent day at the beach. We had priority tender and arrived on shore by 9:30 a.m. We rented two clam shells which I highly recommend. This is the only shade on the beach. We had first row claim shells, and about a half-dozen folks asked us about renting the clam shells. It was a full sun day, and the clam shells allowed us to stay on the island a lot longer than lounge chairs alone. GSC is well organized. Food is plentiful and good. The beach is well maintained and the water is what you would expect in the Carribean (clear and warm). Construction of the lazy river and other improvements is still on-going. However, it does not get in the way of any activities on the beach

We had been to Nassau before so this was a shopping day. Lots of stores, but prices are pretty high when compared to some Mexican ports we previously visited. We looked at excursions, but the excursion to Atlantis for a family of four is very expensive.
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Nice port, but not enough time to do any extensive touring as the ship docks at noon. We went to the Kennedy Space Center on our own. Unfortunately, we rented from the local Avis. This Avis is not owned by the Avis corporation, but is a franchise. It took almost an hour for the shuttle to arrive at port. When we finally got to Avis facility, there was one guy washing cars. Turns out he was also the counter guy, phone answerer and ended up driving us back to port upon our return. I am Avis Preferred, and I never saw an Avis run like this shop. KSC is worth the visit. Due to our late arrival, we were somewhat rushed and did not take the tour. We did visit the IMAX and the Shuttle Launch experience. Both were good. KSC closes at 6 p.m. Therefore, it is difficult to see all the exhibits in the limited time you have from ship arrival to 6 p.m.

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