2 Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

This was my 13th cruise but my first time on NCL. I found the Jewel to be gaudy and not up to the aesthetics of other ships I had sailed. I also found it to be crowded. I attribute this to Norwegian's free style cruising. It seems ... Read More
This was my 13th cruise but my first time on NCL. I found the Jewel to be gaudy and not up to the aesthetics of other ships I had sailed. I also found it to be crowded. I attribute this to Norwegian's free style cruising. It seems everyone on ship tries to do the same thing at the same place at the same time. In traditional early/late seating only half the passengers do the same thing at the same time. The breakfast buffet was especially annoying with the crowds and the fact that there are no waiters to serve you coffee and juice. Also no trays to carry your food. By the time you get your food and then the coffee and juice and find a table everything is cold. Every other cruise line I have been on served you coffee, etc. Adding to the crowding is the fact that there are 7 specialty restaurants. These had to take up space that was formerly occupied by other facilities, such as lounges. There were too few lounges resulting in overcrowding. Also the quality of the main lounge group "Next Stage" was below par. Fabrizio in the piano lounge was also below par and there was no intimacy in the piano lounge nor a dance area. 3 bars are squeezed into an area called bar city. At best it seats maybe 150 people in this entire area. To accommodate the entire ship this is ridiculous. To Norwegians credit the food was above average. Not great but always decent. The specialty restaurants were hit and miss. I could not even chew my T bone steak in "Cagney's" the steak house specialty restaurant. Yet "Modernero" was excellent. The noise level in the Tsar's Palace MD was upsetting and the service was bad. They were definitely understaffed as the staff was busting their butts, but failing. Yet in the other MD, with the same menu, the service was better, but not good. Also the Stardust theater had some of the best acts I've ever seen on a cruise ship. The bottom line is I've never experienced a bad cruise and this was not bad either. But I would rate the ship below most for spaciousness and decor. The crowding caused stress, not relaxation. However for the price we paid it was an excellent value and we did enjoy ourselves. If you keep your expectations low, you will enjoy yourself too. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Over all the trip on Norwegian Jewel was good. My wife and I have sailed with NCL many times in the past but was surprised by the deceptive nature of the drinks served by the bars onboard. Twice they tried to pass off a Miller Lite draft ... Read More
Over all the trip on Norwegian Jewel was good. My wife and I have sailed with NCL many times in the past but was surprised by the deceptive nature of the drinks served by the bars onboard. Twice they tried to pass off a Miller Lite draft as Amstel Light. They also substituted a cheaper tequila in our margaritas when we paid for premium. When we brought these matters to their attention their initial reaction was dismissive and troubling. We had to press the issue to get attention but were never really assured that it wouldn't happen again. Enough bad stuff There were several bright spots. Caesar, who works at the sky high bar, was excellent. We noticed him the first day. This guy really stands out and has the perfect attitude for his business. None of the things above occurred at his station and if you sail the Jewel find him. Sylvia, the Lattitudes representative onboard was also excellent. It is always a pleasure to meet someone so professional and skilled in what they do. Eat in the Specialty Restaurants when sailing the Jewel they are well worth it. Cagney's, the Steak House, was especially good. We have eaten at the same name restaurant on other NCL ships but they were nothing like this one. Everything was top notch. Ports: Samana, Dominican Republic...if you don't book an excursion, don't bother getting off the ship. Tortola, BVI.....go see the baths of Virgin Gorda Antigua ....this will be the first tourist type town with plenty of shops and activity around the port. Wadadli catamaran cruise and snorkel is a great adventure. If no excursion, take a taxi to one of the beaches. Barbados....get out of Bridgetown and see some country side. St. Johns Church is a spectacular view of the Atlantic. St. Lucia...Get away from the Port!! An excursion is a must here. Many things to do or see. Aerial tram and zip line was super. Catamaran down to the Pitons. Overall we recommend the NCL Jewel. Order you drinks at the bar and watch every move they make or stick to bottled drinks and take it easy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
Norwegian Jewel Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 3.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.1

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