3 Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bahamas

After a cruise we took on the Norwegian Dawn last July (2010), with our two kids, we decided on this cruise with my in-laws and brother-in-law and family. Overall the cruise was a success - great weather, fun excursions, smooth ... Read More
After a cruise we took on the Norwegian Dawn last July (2010), with our two kids, we decided on this cruise with my in-laws and brother-in-law and family. Overall the cruise was a success - great weather, fun excursions, smooth sailing, pretty good shows, good food and great service - with some exceptions noted below. After snorkeling with sharks off Nassau and seeing a few dolphins off the starboard side on the way back to New York, there are only a few things one can complain about. Big disappointments: 1) A colleague who'd been on the Jewel before told me they have a tour of the bridge and upper-class accommodation - free. I was expecting the tour on Sunday after the Cruise Critic meet-and-greet. Instead we were told that there would be a tour on Thursday, but there was a charge to keep the numbers down. Fine, except the charge turned out to be $55 per person. Sounds like they've made the tour a profit center! 2) At Port Canaveral, we had signed up for the Airboat Adventure, which was billed as an opportunity to see alligators and birds. Unfortunately, an airboat is so noisy that it drives the few alligators around underwater and scares birds off. To be fair, you still see a lot of birds - as they fly away. Food: The Garden Cafe serves a great breakfast and a decent lunch. But dinner (when we ate there) seemed to have limited fare and the same dishes over and over. I guess they are steering you to their specialty restaurants, some of which are really good. Except when we attended the Murder Mystery lunch on the last day - the Le Bistro food was below par - no healthy selection, really bad lasagna as a substitute. Other: As returning customers, we were told that our key cards would show our Latitudes numbers and (presumably) would be good for some kind of "benefits" (like a free tour?). When I asked about it, I was told to talk to the cruise consultant, who was actively selling future cruises! Well, needless to say I didn't find out any more about that. Compared to the Dawn, the Jewel had less eating and relaxing space and more profit-making ventures (art and photograph sales). The gym in the Dawn faced forward and could be used promptly from 6 am on - on the Jewel it's been relocated portside over the Deck 11 cabins, so the treadmills can't be used that early. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
My husband and I were on the Jewel 11/7 to 11/17 to the Bahamas. The ship was very nice, always looked clean and the staff was always friendly. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th deck that was always kept clean by our room steward. Always ... Read More
My husband and I were on the Jewel 11/7 to 11/17 to the Bahamas. The ship was very nice, always looked clean and the staff was always friendly. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th deck that was always kept clean by our room steward. Always had fresh towels and plenty of them. The food was good in the main dining rooms and in the buffet. Cagney's was very nice. The bar servers by the pool were always nice and there to get you a drink. A little pushy with the buckets of beer but nothing else. We kept forgetting to say we didn't want the drink of the day in a souvenir cup so we ended up with quite a collection of them. We stayed on the ship in Port Canaveral so I can't comment on that stop. Great Stirrup Cay was really nice. They had a really nice lunch provided. There were quite a few jelly fish in the water while we were there. Nassau was like most Caribbean island. The people there are trying to make a living and will always be asking for you to use their taxi or buy their products. We had very rough seas on the return to New York and I was sea sick and for this reason I will not take another cruise. My opinion of cruising would be different if we hadn't had the rough seas. But Norwegian Jewel is a beautiful ship and the employees on the ship were very nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Hi, going to try and keep this a waffle free zone. Good Stuff............ First time on NCL, no problems getting on & off at New York. Luggage arrived promptly and balcony room nice and comfy. Ship is easy to navigate ... Read More
Hi, going to try and keep this a waffle free zone. Good Stuff............ First time on NCL, no problems getting on & off at New York. Luggage arrived promptly and balcony room nice and comfy. Ship is easy to navigate although there's so many places to eat & bars 1 week is not enough. Staff all friendly even the engineer who came out at 12 midnight when the toilet stuck. Not so good, trips and drinks are quite expensive and the spa treatments well above other ships prices. Moans & gripes ............ You have to tip a bloke on the harbour to take your bag to the NCL people but nobody explains this so you stand like a prat wondering what to do. Bar drinks are pricy and they add another 15% on top. You pay extra for some eateries which is expected but they add 18% on top service charge - same with spa services. WIFI & interweb extortionate. Summary Great ship, but once you are there they have you by the short & curlies so add a bit extra to your budget. If you dont drink, go to the spa, use the web or go on trips its excellent. We'll be back Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
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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