Not at all worth the money in the least. Was supposed to sleep 3 to 4 people, the 3rd "bed " was a narrow, horribly hard and horrendously uncomfortable chair that folded out to a bed the size of a small cot. The bathroom was so much smaller than regular balcony cabins we have been in and the position of the bed made it impossible to use one side because it was too close to the wall.
All in all a minus score on the " Penthouse ".. Read entire member review >>
Our aft penthouse suite (10166) was a little disappointing in size with a small bathroom leading off a very narrow short corridor separating it from the wardrobe. The wardrobe was accessible from both sides though. The bathroom itself, though small in area, was well equipped with lots of towels. The tap (faucet) over the hand basin was too long and did not swivel, so you could possibly hit your face on it whilst washing. There was a large, comfortable bed with curtains to surround it if required. Although the wardrobe was a good size, drawer spaces were a bit small. There were two safes in the suite plus a flat panel TV and coffee machine that would supply a variety of hot drinks. The balcony was provided with two sun loungers and a small table. Occasionally we experienced smut landing on the area. Read entire member review >>
The bed could have been better. It was very firm and so were the pillows. The room was spacious. We had a handicap room, so it was laid out a little different than the online picture, but I loved the walk-in shower. Room had so much storage space, that we didn't use it all. We were a little worried about noise from water churning from the props, but really couldn't hear it with the balcony door closed, and it was soothing when we sat on the balcony. Read entire member review >>
The stateroom was a good size and pretty well thought out. There is about 6 feet of room at the foot of the full king size bed and another 6 feet to one side of the bed where there is a sofa bed(single). There is a standard, cruise size desk along one wall with a fairly small (26” ?) flat screen TV. Also has a DVD player with free access to a somewhat limited but adequate list of DVDs. There is a small (30” x 30”) table which can realistically accommodate 2 people. It was quite handy for room service and as a flat surface for accumulated miscellany. There were many features that utilized the space very well. The closet is a fair size (about 5 ft of hanger space) with doors on the hall/ entry side as well as the bathroom side – so it was essentially a walk-through closet. We were surprised at how many times, when both of us were getting dressed to go out, we took advantage of this feature.
The pillow-top king bed was very comfortable and had dense satin privacy curtains hanging from sliding tracks in the ceiling that completely cordoned off the sleeping space from the living area. This allowed one spouse to read or do whatever and not interfere with the other spouse napping of retiring earlier. Again, we were surprised at how often we took advantage of this feature.
The bathroom was also pretty good sized with a shower/tub combination and toilet area separated by a sliding door. It wouldn’t be considered “spacious” - but nor was it cramped.
For early risers, an especially appreciated amenity was the small espresso machine in the room. To get a good cup of coffee without having to leave the room was a great benefit. It brewed various coffees and tea.
The location of the stateroom is at the very front of the ship, one deck below the bridge. The deck/ balcony is quite large (15 ft x 15 ft approx.) and for a Panama Canal cruise really provided an optimal view of the whole lock system as well as the surrounding areas.
The butler and room steward we had were excellent. They were always prompt to respond to issues and were frequently pro-active in anticipating what would make our cruise more enjoyable. Throughout the ship, most all of the crew and staff were friendly, helpful and anxious to help out. There were only a couple of “that’s not my job” types that we ran into.
I would rate this room on a cost to value scale at a 4-½. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin, an aft penthouse suite, was very nice: spacious, lots of closet space including many hangers, lots of drawers, and plenty of storage for everything. The dressing table with make-up mirror was very nice as was the large bathroom with tub. The aft balcony was wonderful, quite large; in fact we asked for an extra chair since there were three of us and it fit no problem. We enjoyed the aft cabin but it did require a lot of walking to everything. In fact, I recorded about 15,000 steps/day just going from place to place on the ship! The good news was that I didn’t come home with those seven-ten extra cruise pounds that I usually gain! Read entire member review >>
Worn, poorly appointed. Bed skirt was old, dingy, and wrinkled. Carpet had a quarter-sized hole in it, and the curtains were dusty, snagged, and tattered. Cushions on balcony furniture were filthy. They had dark stains that resembled mold. On our last night, they were removed for cleaning, I assume, since they left the old foam pads in plastic bags INSIDE OUR SUITE!!!!!!!! A real classy touch. Ugh. Read entire member review >>
G-R-E-A-T - [Larger room, new features, comfortable, plenty of storage, etc.]
Location, service, amenities in the room, superb bedding, bar/expresso coffee machine, etc. The attached balcony at the very front of the ship was amazing, with full sun, no wind, unobstructed views from side to side and directly in front. totally relaxing!
Loved being able to be served by our butler on our balcony with linens, flowers, food ordered from specialty restaurants at will - excellent. Read entire member review >>
We booked an aft-facing penthouse cabin with extra-large balcony on deck 8. The cabin was in very good condition and included a butler and concierge. I can definitely say the extra money for the penthouse cabin was well worth it. Everything in the cabin worked as it should. The staff was very friendly and helpful and kept the room extra clean and organized every day. Read entire member review >>
Quiet, corner aft suite. The one negative I had was the storage. Some of those drawers are so shallow they're basically worthless. The hangers in the closet or so large it was hard to maneuver them.
Loved having the dining table. Loved the bed and pillows. Even though we had a tub, the bathroom did not feel not serious just standard. The penthouse suite bathroom in the aft cabins on the Sun are much much nicer.
Loved the Lavazza.
We really enjoyed the extra space.
After several aft cruises, we will be on the Jade in 2017 for a first ever forward suite. We want to do the spa passes and thought that would be great for proximity. I don't want to get in the rut of always choosing the same thing and it's nice to mix it up. Read entire member review >>
The suite was very clean and quiet (Aft of ship). With little to no foot traffic or outside noise. The bed is COMFORTABLE!! It would have been nice to have some more square footage, but it was ample for two of us. We could have had three people in the cabin, but it would have been a little tight. Read entire member review >>
The Penthouse Suite with a large Balcony at the front of the ship was great! It had a great view from the large balcony. (It overlooked the entertainer/dancers small pool a deck below.) The room was large with table/4 chairs, bench at foot of bed, couch/chair, shower/bath combo, make up area/stool, closet with doors on bathroom and hall side, lavazza coffee machine, refrigerator, desk, and one tv. Richard, our butler, dropped snacks off in the afternoon. We had him remove the pay for items in the refrigerator, so we could have full use of it. Truly spoiled in the suite - it will be rough to go back to a balcony. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 10666 has a great balcony but is at opposite end of ship from all restaurants and activities so required a lot of walking. But in a quiet area and unobstructed views. Read entire member review >>
Sufficiently spacious for three seniors, as long as you didn't want to sit at the dining table while the fold-out sofa was being used as a bed. Great balcony with a fabulous view. Quiet (the shops are directly below). Read entire member review >>
10666 - Is an aft penthouse. We love aft cabins and enjoy listening to the wake and the fact that it's not very windy.
The only negative is the tub if you're short or have bad knees. The solution is to ask the room steward for a step stool to get into the tub. That works for me! Read entire member review >>
We love aft facing Penthouses on Norwegian ships - plenty of room - wonderful views with access to Cagney's for breakfast and lunch - plus concierge and butler service - what's not to like Read entire member review >>
We had an aft penthouse on deck 10. The balconies on deck 10 are deeper than those on deck 8 and 9. Only problem is that sometimes in the morning the cushions on the furniture get wet when they clean the Great Outdoors, which is 2 decks above. We solved the problem by moving the furniture away from the railing. It was a great location otherwise as long as you don't mind a bit of a walk to get there. Very quiet and a great view from the balcony. Read entire member review >>
Although we had a Romance Suite 8630 our balcony did not have chaise lounges, which was really disappointing to us as we had them on our other cruises. Our view was wonderful, slept with our sliding door open. Bed was sooo comfortable and room was a nice size and quiet. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was great - suite 10164(back of boat) - the cabins are sound proof - never heard anything - balcony was nice and big and exclusive - although you have neighbors, you never see them :)
Beds are extremely comfy in the suites - I could have laid in it all day it was so comfy - with plush comforter..:)
Storage was good - big closet which you can put your empty suitcases... drawer space was limited but we made due and we brought alot of clothes. Read entire member review >>
I thought we were shown to the wrong cabin as there was no 'corner' view.... I had purposely picked an Aft cabin because I had read that one got the best view with a side and aft view. Unfortunately the Jewel is not configured for that. The aft cabins face aft... Period. I think they missed the boat (no pun intended) in their design of the aft corner cabins because at the very least they could have put a window on the side portion, instead of a blank wall.
I grew to appreciate the fact that there was a considerable walk from almost anywhere on the ship to our cabin as I didn't feel so guilty when I had those scrumptious desserts knowing I was going to walk them off!
Superb bed!! Super bedding. Big fluffy towels, take home slippers and soft fluffy robes.
Wall safes (two), ample closet and drawer space. Our suitcases were too deep/high to put under the bed so we had to stow them under the bureau.
The decor of the cabin... like the ship, is very modern, meaning quite spartan with bright vivid colors throughout.
Did I say how amazingly comfortable the bed was? Read entire member review >>
Had the romance suite. The room was quite large as well as having a large balcony out back. We enjoy the extra perks that came along with the having a suite on NCL which included a concierge and butler service, fruit and goodies delivered to the room every day as well as dining service for breakfast and dinner,. Read entire member review >>
We drove to NYC from Southern New Hampshire the ride was quicker than we anticipated. Parked at the cruise terminal it was very convenient ($210 for the week). We are a family of 4 (two teens) and were traveling with two other families, 14 of us total.
Embarkation: We got there around 11 am, bags were immediately taken from our car by the porters. We were in an AD suite, so the check in line was short.
The NCL Jewel is very impressive ship. Overall the crew was exceptional and extremely hard working. We attended the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. The Captain -Costas, Cruise Director - Iain, Hotel Director John O'Hara, members of the Second City Comedy Group and other top staff members were all in attendance. John O'Hara treated all of us like VIPs. The man was everywhere on the ship. His phone was always ringing because I think he gave out is phone number to all 2800 passengers. I can't say enough about the Jewel staff they were awesome.
We had rooms 10666 and 10161 AD suite and interior room. Rogin our butler was great he brought us afternoon snacks each day and on the two port days he brought us enough snacks for our group of 14. Abner our steward did a great job keeping our room clean. Upon our request he quickly emptied the mini bar in the room which our teen age boys were staying. Always made sure we had plenty of towels and did pretty much anything we asked.
Port Canerval—We charted a private shuttle from Beachline Transportation for the 14 of us. They were great. We went to the Magic Kingdom for the afternoon. It was considered an off peak day for the Magic Kingdom but it was still quite busy. The popular rides were an average of 45 minute wait. Our time in Port Canevaral was limited and it really wasn't enough time.
We were not able to stop at Great Stirrup Cay. The seas were too rough for the tender boats. That was very disappointing. The weather outside was beautiful and it would have been a great day. But we understand safety first.
Nassau; We had reserved a room at the Paradise Island Comfort Inn about 7 months before. We paid $278 (includes taxes and all the misc extra charges) for the room which included access to the Atlantis Aqua adventure and Aquarium. My teen age boys loved the waterslides, my husband and I did too, especially the lazy river. It was the highlight of our trip. We had lunch at Shark bits the outside fast food place on the Atlantis grounds it was expensive but good!
Food: The food was good in Tsar's Palace and Azura dining room. There is something for everyone. We also ate in Le Bistro, Cagney's, Teppanyki and Mama's Kitchen. All were great. Teppanyki and Cagney's were my favorite. We were fortunate to have the suite perk of breakfast and lunch in Cagney's which was also wonderful. Some of the food highlights were the Filet and Scallops in Teppanyki, the Bouillabaisse, Escargot, and Crème Brulee in Le Bistro, and Alaskan Crab Legs, Shrimp Cocktail and Prime Rib in Cagney's.
ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment on the Jewel was outstanding! We loved the shows, the Jean Anne Production company dancers and were terrific! Richard the acrobat was very entertaining. The Second City comedy team had us laughing for 45 solid minutes. I don't think I have ever laughed so much. "Dancing with the Jewel Stars" in the Spinnaker lounge is not to be missed. Iain and Jamie (Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Directors) were fantastic as well as judges, Karisa (Second City) Richard and Betsy from the production company were extremely funny. Loved the Loser's lounge interviews with Jamie ( very funny). The Not So Newlywed game was also very funny. The Liars Club was funny but not as good as the first two shows. There was so much going on we would have needed three weeks to experience all activities. Members of our group also participated in some of the Trivia games (thanks Jane, Ruby, and Romel) and Slime Time Live. A great time was had by all!
This was the first Nickelodeon Cruise. If you wanted to experience the Nick characters they were certainly available, however you could have easily experience the whole week without seeing them at all. I personally saw only one character on the pool deck later in the week. Members our family did attend the Character Breakfast and Slime Time shows. We had booked this cruise before knowing about the Nick Theme. The last week in April has always been a school vacation week in NH.
Disembarkation was painless. We put our luggage in our car. We had never been to NYC as a family so we took a cab to Ground Zero. Not much to see here except a construction fence. We did go into a small museum nearby which is dedicated to the 911 tragedy and the Memorial that is under construction to be completed in 2011. Looks like it would be worth taking a trip back once the Memorial was finished. From ground zero we took the Metro to Times Square and had lunch at the ESPN Zone which was a real treat from my sons. Walked around Time Square some, luckily we left before the car bomb was found. Walked from Times Square back to the Pier, got in a car and had uneventful drive back to NH. Read entire member review >>
We had a very quiet cabin. It had a nice size balcony with 2 lounge chairs and was a littler smaller than our friend's room, 8632. There wasn't much room to walk around on the balcony but there was plenty of space for the four of us to sit down comfortably.
The closets were great and opened on two sides (Entry and Bathroom). This was an interesting and flexible privacy feature. The cabin was in a great location and was very private. The only problems we had was with the cleanliness and number of towels in the room. Read entire member review >>
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