7 Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Having cruised a few times before, we were very happy with the NCL JEWEL. An older ship, but has been remodeled/updated recently. The ship holds around 2500 guests and about 1000 crew, I think. There are 14 decks.. But most of the ... Read More
Having cruised a few times before, we were very happy with the NCL JEWEL. An older ship, but has been remodeled/updated recently. The ship holds around 2500 guests and about 1000 crew, I think. There are 14 decks.. But most of the activities is on 6-7,12-13. Embarkation was fine..standard security ,etc.. No real problems in Houston. Our room was fine..see below.. Food was good..and Plentiful! The Garden Cafe buffet had decent food..not fantastic..but they did vary the menu with themed nights. Tsars palace and Azura ..main dining rooms were fine also.. Freestyle cruising..eat anytime..never really had any long wait times to find a table. o'sheehans pub was also a nice change of pace diner..all those are included in price.. their Premium restaurants are nice! We only ate at Cagneys Steakhouse, on our anniversary.. Food there was Great! Highly recommend. The ship has a lot of options in eating. The lounges/bars were nice too. spinnaker lounge had great views of the water..and was spacious ! Some great game shows,etc.are held there! Dont miss the white hot party..tons of fun..and wear white! But the highlight of our trip was the Amazing shows in the Stardust Theater.. Don't miss one, if you go, because they are high production events. The Cruise Director, Jamie walker, is fantastic! She is very personable, helpful,funny, and amazingly she seemed to be at most events during the day! Great asset to the Ship! The pool area was nice, although I'm surprised it's not larger, as a lot of people congregate there during the day.. Ports were fun, especially the NCL Party atmosphere when boarding the ship! All in all, we had a Fantastic Vacation! Highly recommended for first timers, families, and those wanting to get away from the stress.. the. Jewel is Not a ship for those looking for lavish living, although I heard the Haven Suites are amazing! We will cruise again on NCL, for sure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Embarkation went smooth. Upon arriving at our Cabin 10050 we discovered someone elses luggage. The steward told us to go to the front desk. After waiting in line 30 minutes they told us to go back to our cabin and someone would meet us ... Read More
Embarkation went smooth. Upon arriving at our Cabin 10050 we discovered someone elses luggage. The steward told us to go to the front desk. After waiting in line 30 minutes they told us to go back to our cabin and someone would meet us there. After wasting another 20 minutes it turned out that someone had mistook their room number while the steward was cleaning and had left their luggage. For the most part the Crew was great. Food was mostly pretty good. We learned that if dinner was bad at the restaurant that O'shehans had good Burgers and desserts. The breakfast buffett seemed to be the same every day. There was not nearly enough seating and your food could be cold by the time you found a seat. We found out that you could eat in the Italian restraunt where their was plenty of seating and quiet. For the first 2 days the entertainment that we like (comedians,magic) was lacking. It got better further into the cruise but did not compare to other cruises we have been on. There were only 4 Hot tubs that were around the main pool. It appears there were more Hot tubs that only the Suite rooms had access too. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
A little background, This is my 3rd cruise and I totally love cruising. I have been on Princess, CCL, and now NCL. We are in our late 30's and mid 40's. Like to think of myself as a very simple guy. Hotel: We got a great deal on ... Read More
A little background, This is my 3rd cruise and I totally love cruising. I have been on Princess, CCL, and now NCL. We are in our late 30's and mid 40's. Like to think of myself as a very simple guy. Hotel: We got a great deal on the Hyatt French Quarter. Great location but overall I was a bit disappointed in the French Quarter, I knew that it was a party area but it was not very clean. Once we got over to the French Market / Jackson Square area it was more what we expected out of New Orleans. Embarkment was super easy. It was a bit of a maze to get to the check in desk but once we got there it was super simple. Overview: When we got on the ship and began to walk around both my wife and I first noticed that there was no real WOW factor to the ship. No grand atrium, The hallways while clean did not shine with brass and bling. It took us back that there was no live music in the atrium and the welcome consist of a few staff members in a line at the end of gangway. This is not a bad thing but it was just something that caught our eye. Cabin: We had Cabin 10098 a mid ship Balcony. Very nice location just off of the elevators (We did not hear noise from the elevators the whole trip.) Had a wonderful room attendant, Wilmer. We asked him once we got to the room to remove the extra chair and table to give us a little more room. He was more than happy to do it. Food: I have read over and over that there are reviews about there being issues with the food onboard. We ate 3 times at Tsars, once in Mama's, once at Moderno, twice in the Buffet and one night we did room service. All except for room service were wonderful. My room service Burger was overcooked and super dry. The bun was a rock. On the flip side. The dinner I had at Mama's was one of the best meals I have ever had on a cruise. Ports: Cozumel - Due to rain our plan shore tour was cancelled. We opted for Chankanaab Belize - We did the cave tubing. This was an amazing tour. We went with Carlos Chan. Roatan - We did the Maya Key private Island. Very nice relaxing day Costa Maya - We did the ruins with Native choice. This was by far the most amazing and wonderful tour of the whole trip. Overall, this was a wonderful cruise and I would be happy to do another cruise with NCL if the itinerary and the price are right. I dont know that NCL won us over so much so that we would only cruise with them but we will certainly give them consideration when booking our next cruise. IF you are looking for a great cruise with plenty to do or nothing to do than this is a good cruise for you. IF you are looking for the WOW factor then the Jewel may come up a little flat. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I have been on over 30 cruisers and are senior citizens. Went on the Norwegian Jewel to celebrate our anniversary. We looked forward to dining in the elegant Tsar's Palace restaurant, but it turned into a big ... Read More
My husband and I have been on over 30 cruisers and are senior citizens. Went on the Norwegian Jewel to celebrate our anniversary. We looked forward to dining in the elegant Tsar's Palace restaurant, but it turned into a big disappointment when we sat looking at people next to us dressed like they were going to a hockey game, or a "bar." Even though it was stated in the daily newsletter that "smart casual..long pants" were required, I would say that MOST of the groups were "under-dressed". One night there were several men sitting eating with baseball caps on their heads, and wearing SHORTS! Dungarees were worn by MOST of the yuppies, and even though they might have been "designer jeans", they definitely didn't belong in the Tsars Palace! We felt sorry for the Maitre'd and Assist. who were powerless to refuse these people admission to the restaurant. Because the topside buffet restaurant , Garden Court, no longer has trays, we decided after a few frustrating mornings there, to try and find someplace else where we could be "waited on." Can't believe NCL is doing away with the TRAYS!! The first few mornings, it took us 4 trips back and forth between the restaurant and our table, which was quite a walk back towards the stern. Without a tray, one can only carry a glass of orange juice and a plate of eggs. Then it's another long walk back to fetch your coffee and a muffin. Bring that back to the table. Then another walk back to maybe fetch some fruit. By the time we had everything we wanted to eat for our breakfast, our coffee was lukewarm and the eggs were cold! Don't the "powers to be' realize that for senior citizens to make 3 or 4 trips back and forth between the buffet area and their table requires a lot of walking and effort and we get out of breathe with all that walking back and forth? Whoever had the idea of NO TRAYS should be fired! It's a TERRIBLE IDEA. Maybe they should institute waiter service in the Garden Court. Thank God we found the Blue Lagoon restaurant on the 4th day and we ate there every morning after that! They had waiters and the food was delicious. We liked it so much we ate there every lunch too! We enjoyed the ship but won't book NCL again until they go back to having trays in the Garden Court restaurants. Entertainment was A++...The variety and number of lounges was excellent. We could always find music playing for dancing somewhere. Food was ordinary, even in Tsars Palace. Nothing exceptional except in the Bistro. The Italian Kitchen was just average. Prices for the special restaurants too high. Valentine's Day was $45 per person ... and we opted NOT to pay that kind of money ($90 a couple for one meal. The Freestyle is too free.. too loose... and pretty soon, if they don't tighten up and start enforcing some of the rules, people will be coming into the dining rooms in bathing suits! One more thing... underage teenagers were coming into the Adult Only shows at 11 p.m., and although it was announced that no one over 18 should be in the room, NO ONE walked around and kicked them out. They were there at both Adult Only shows we saw, giggling, and carrying on, and none of the cruise director's staff asked them to leave even though they obviously were 14 or 15 yrs. old and definitely NOT 18! Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Jewel Jan 3, 2010 - Jan 10, 2010 This was my 5th cruise, 4th on NCL having previously sailed the Sky (before she was the POA), the Dawn & the Gem. It was DH's 2nd cruise, all on NCL. We had gotten engaged on the Gem two years ... Read More
Jewel Jan 3, 2010 - Jan 10, 2010 This was my 5th cruise, 4th on NCL having previously sailed the Sky (before she was the POA), the Dawn & the Gem. It was DH's 2nd cruise, all on NCL. We had gotten engaged on the Gem two years earlier and were on board to celebrate that anniversary. Embarkation was awful. We arrived at the pier around 1 pm hoping to be behind all those people who had to be first on board. Usually that is a good time to arrive but not this time. The line still snaked out of the building. We made it through the 1st turn but the man ran out of the health questionnaire forms and said we could get them inside. When we got inside the reps were annoyed because we hadn't filled out the forms we didn't have. When we were about 10 people away from the x-ray machines the system broke down. All we were told was that there were problems with the computers. We could see people milling about down the hall but that line wasn't moving either. It took about 45 minutes -1 hour to straighten out. To TSA's credit they were letting ship's personnel through and were letting people through to the bathrooms but you had to come back out again. They also relaxed the no cell phones rule but still wouldn't let you take pictures. Later at our Cruise Critic Meet & Greet I asked the hotel director, John O'Hara, what happened. He explained that the Jewel usually follows another NCL ship that ports on Saturday but there was a problem and an RCL ship used that space the day before. That must have been fun for the RCL folks to see all the NCL fishes & signs for freestyle everywhere. Anyway, according to him, the RCL folks sailed off with the computer cables. While I enjoyed meeting John his explanation didn't make much sense. They had obviously already boarded several hundred passengers so what cables did they use for that and why did the system suddenly stop? A fellow passenger who had gotten on board said they were having problems earlier too and only had 5 computer stations open for distributing sign and sail cards and setting up the on board accounts. We felt bad for the harried staff but the passengers were very cooperative the whole time, at least that we saw. Those lucky few who made it through got to have the ship all to themselves for some extra time. This was our 1st experience with the "new" liquor / corkage policy. When you go through the detectors, if they see a bottle in your carry on you are directed to a table off to the side. There you show the staffer your bottles & they write out what you have & charge you corkage billed to your cabin but you keep the bottles. It appears as a dining room charge. This was much better than having ships personnel cart them away and return them later. Previously I was unable to get my champagne back for sail away so I stopped trying to bring any on board. Especially, after the annoying embarkation, we were surprised that there wasn't champagne waiting. It wasn't until we came back & read the boards here that we learned that NCL stopped the complimentary welcome glasses. What a shame. The ship itself: The dEcor looked like every other NCL ship . . . same furniture, similar carpets, identical wood veneer. Our balcony cabin could have been on the Dawn, the Gem or the Jewel. The layout was also the same. If you have been on one, you can find everything on the Jewel. There is no rock wall or bowling. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom is large enough. They have a nice feature where you can slide a door to the toilet so even though it's tiny 2 people can use the bathroom at the same time. I wish they would add a drawer for papers under the vanity. The lighting in the cabin is also too yellow for applying makeup. We do like the wheel attached to the cabins. You can use it to ask the steward to make up your cabin, turn it down or leave you alone. The steward also spins it back to welcome when finished. Our cruise had lousy weather so we were in the cabin a lot. I only saw the stewards twice in the hall but when I left them notes, they provided what we requested: ice, a corkscrew, more room service menus etc. They were kind enough to make 3 towel animals for us; the monkey hanging from the ceiling scared me when I opened the cabin door that night (lol). I don't understand why they shut the blinds every time. The food was OK. I'm a food snob so it's hard to make me say Wow! Room service was served as hot as possible (meaning warm when it got there) but they were prompt. I didn't appreciate the server who insisted that she come into our cabin to set the tray down. I made my husband answer the door after that & when he said "my wife is still in bed" they simply handed him the tray. The fruit all over the ship was out of season & less than succulent but that's Mother Nature not NCL. We ate in the two main dining rooms. Tsar's Palace was nicer and more elegant but Azure was simply more convenient. The only specialty restaurant we tried was Le Bistro. I liked the old menu better. My duck confit was tough which was disappointing. I wish they would bring back the braised beef ribs; I loved that! We had been sent a bottle of wine by an officer and they gave us the "complimentary" wine list but we couldn't find a wine to agree on so I asked for the real wine list. Previously, on other ships when we did that they just deducted $25 or $30 from the price of our better / more expensive bottle but this time they charged us full price. It was still an amazing bottle of wine that had aged beautifully on board & was magnificent for its age as a result so I can't really complain. The action stations at the buffet in the Garden Cafe were fine. They had the same food on both sides of some but there were differences on the others. NCL did go a bit cheap on the cheese. There were now only 2-3 kinds of cheese & neither was flavorful. You could also only get hot dogs and hamburgers out by the pool. On the other cruises they served pizza and sandwiches there too and we missed that because we didn't always want to walk all the way to the back of the ship from our cabin all the way forward to get a snack. I guess my biggest complaint were the desserts, they just weren't as good as past cruises. Even the ice cream tasted more like ice milk to me. Also the chocolate buffet was not great; they had about 7-10 different desserts but that was it. The few sculptures were smaller than before but they were intricate & beautiful. I actually liked the smaller ones because I always though that was a waste of food. There were rarely any other food carvings. Maltings became our favorite bar. We were able to watch all the football games, see the comings & goings, as well as enjoy from a distance the band near Magnums on the other side of Bar City. I wish they had shown some of the games on the jumbotron in the main lobby above the Java cafe because the 2 big screen TVs at Maltings just weren't big enough. Big Al, the bartender, was wonderful and although I was never able to catch his name the waiter is Maltings is a doll. He has an infectious smile & a dry sense of humor. The Western Caribbean ports were what I expected and I didn't care for them. We booked independently and just had the worst luck. I was pleasantly surprised in Costa Maya. Somebody explained that they were still rebuilding after a previous hurricane. They did a terrific job. There are shops & a piazza. Inside there is a wonderful pool, with a swim up bar. They also built a "beach" area with lots of day beds, some hammocks etc. We couldn't quite figure out if you could get in and out of the water but it was still a lovely idea for those who would like to get off the ship but who don't really want to take an excursion. Other ports of call should take lessons. The entertainment: Our cruise was filled with college students. For the most part they were fun, energetic, polite, young people who were enjoyable to spend time with. We did see one unfortunate boy who seriously over indulged in Costa Maya. He was transported back to the ship unconscious where he was met by the ship's doctor. He managed to vomit just outside the gangway so we know he lived. Although they were vertical, his friends weren't in much better shape. The last two days we had some rough sailing due to the weather; I'm sure those kids were rather miserable. The Jewel offered a Pub Crawl. For $25 per person you visit 5 bars & have 6 drinks. They usually get about 25-30 people to participate. Given this demographic they had 96 participants which shocked even NCL. It was a boisterous group. It was so much fun they even had a reunion! I was surprised that I didn't hear more complaints about this. We got noisy. At various points, two different musical acts aboard ship stopped playing because the pub crawlers drowned them out. We saw a few unhappy faces on a few parents when the pub crawl invaded the normally PG rated karaoke in the Fizz lounge. Overall Dan Olsson, our host for this event, and his assistant, "Tequila Chat," did a fantastic job keeping this group together. Some of the trivia they asked was hard. To keep people from shouting out answers rather than being called on, "violators" had to do 10 push ups or pay $10. I understand the White Hot Party was a blast. I packed and wore a special outfit but wasn't feeling all that well the day after the 1st Pub Crawl (go figure) so I conked out before it began. My husband had a great time. The on board comedian, Tim Kaminski, is very funny. I don't generally like comedians but went to his show for my husband. I was laughing so hard I could barely breathe. As part of his act Tim makes fun of a previous passenger who helped herself to the entire serving bowl of broccoli at the buffet; I don't want to spoil the rest of it for you. Being the prankster that he is, my husband along with a little help from the Hotel Director, John O'Hara, arranged for a large bowl of broccoli to be delivered to the comedian at 4 a.m. Via e-mail we understand that this "tradition" is continuing Poor Tim. We didn't get to see the Circus show because we didn't get there early enough. Even the standing room was packed, so we left. At one minute to show time, the VIP section was still completely empty. We think they should have let the passengers in attendance use it at that point. Cat's Pajamas is a wonderful acappella group that even manages to sound like the instruments. It turns out we had previously had dinner at Tapanayki with Grant Hendrickson from the show on our Gem cruise in January of 2008. It was nice to see him again and we wish him & his fellow performers well on their upcoming tour in Branson, MO. Que Hundermark, the Cruise Director, is also very funny. He & Tim look a bit alike so they use that to their advantage. Normally I find Cruise Cirectors to be over bearing and I spend my time aboard avoiding them. Que wasn't obtrusive at all. He does make this weird sound - chica chaca - when he ends his announcements. That got old fast; I can only imagine how grating that noise must be to his fellow crewmates who have to hear it week after week. There were a few downsides. They have a "new" towel policy. No more honor system. You get two pool towels in your cabin & that's it. They will replace them as needed but they will charge you if they aren't there at the end. You also have to sign out towels if you want extras. They raised the prices of the specialty restaurants and no longer offer 2 for 1 specials for late night diners. The last night the waiters from Le Bistro, which was empty, were bargaining with passengers at Bar City for reduced covers. NCL also added covers to the Mexican place and the Italian place. That is the cheapest food ever but NCL wants you to pay. It's not worth it to me especially since the Italian food is sooooo bland. If they had garlic on our cruise it certainly didn't end up in my food. The best flavors were the Indian and Jamaican dishes. They now hold the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in a for pay restaurant so even that is not free anymore. The new "BAGS" program where for $19.99 per bag they will deliver your bags to your airline still has a few kinks. One of our Cruise Critic friends lost her luggage but between NCL & her airline they finally found it. She did say NCL offered to send somebody to the airport to help look which was very proactive on their part. I suppose the worst thing was the ports & shopping stuff. It was such a scam. They were pushing the same jewelry and the same stores all the time. We really want to know how much of a kickback NCL gets from these recommendations. If they aren't getting paid we can't think of a valid reason to continue to annoy passangers like this. It is very obnoxious but with a little effort not too hard to avoid. Disembarkation went as smoothly as possible. It's never pretty. Once outside we met a great lady who runs a bus company. Her name is Harriet Quarles and her company is Harriet Quarles Transportation. Google her for contact information; cruisecritic gets picky about direct recommendations. She took us to the AP for $10 per person rather than the $25 plus tip a cab would have cost, so no matter if you are traveling alone, as a couple or with a group (for whom she will negotiate an even better price per person) and need to arrange transportation from the port to the airport consider giving her a call ahead of time. On our way out of the port we did pass two taxi accidents. We were happy to be in a bus. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Overall, we had a wonderful first time cruise. Lot's of food and activities. Found the staff to be nice overall. Stopped at Cozumel (recommend the Speed Boat excursion if you are highly adventurous, as the waves kept you airborne!), ... Read More
Overall, we had a wonderful first time cruise. Lot's of food and activities. Found the staff to be nice overall. Stopped at Cozumel (recommend the Speed Boat excursion if you are highly adventurous, as the waves kept you airborne!), and next stop was Grand Cayman (very expensive). We did the Catamaran & Snorkeling w/stingrays excursion and it couldn't have been more perfect. Glad we chose the cabin with deck, as we could chill out once in awhile away from the crowds. If you are a sunbather who wants to lay by the pool, get up before 7:00 am and save a lounge chair. Very crowded. Lunch and breakfast was a hit or miss...but we consistently had delicious dinners. Very happy that the passengers ranged from young & old (spring break, so lots of kids). Although we didn't have children w/us, found enough location and activities for adults. One night was "All White Party", in which you dress up in white and party. 99% of the participants were teenagers, who were finally asked to leave at midnight - at which time my hubby and I could party without bumping into children. No problem with getting on the ship (esp. if you have all your paperwork in order), nor disembarkment (we pre-purchased shuttle service to the airport). Flew into/out of Ft. Lauderdale. On our way back home, we were in line at the airport for over an hour. I suppose there were lots of folks arriving on cruise ships that day. Most definitely will cruise again (5 day was ideal for first time cruising), however will try another cruise line. Norwegian seems to nickle and dime you throughout your trip (i.e, for dinner, they have a surcharge for most of the restaurants). You pay for all alcohol and soda. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
We flew into Miami and grabbed the NCL shuttle for 20pp (but was probably 15pp in advance because they offered that price for the ride back) to the pier. Easy enough, although we didn't book it before so we had to walk a few minutes ... Read More
We flew into Miami and grabbed the NCL shuttle for 20pp (but was probably 15pp in advance because they offered that price for the ride back) to the pier. Easy enough, although we didn't book it before so we had to walk a few minutes to sign in & pay. Once on the bus, we didn't have to worry about the luggage anymore. Got to the port in about 20-25 minutes and had to wait in a long, long line outside to check in. It looked a lot worse than it was & were onboard from the Airport in around an hour or so. We were greeted with a glass of champagne in the atrium. While there, we booked our dinner at Cagney's for nite 2, then we were off to the buffet! It was setup nicely with a beautiful selection of foods including sushi, a huge roast at the carving station, pizza, pasta bar and so much more. We found a table for 2 right away and were amazed how well things were moving considering the amount of people swarming the place at once. We had some time to kill before we could go to the room so we checked out the ship a bit and grabbed a drink. Next time, we will put a pair of swim gear in our carry on so we can hit the pool. Before we knew it, we were in the room and off again to our muster station. We got an inside stateroom on deck 10. It was perfect for a short cruise and great for sleeping anytime, day or nite, because it gets very dark. The room was very clean and the bathroom was a nice size and layout. The ship is very clean, has plenty of things to do and places to go. Everywhere we went had a hand sanitizer and everyone is sprayed before entering the restaurants. There was always a show going on or something to do like bingo, the casino, the bars (they had the college bowl games and NFL playoffs playing too) and much more. We ate in most of the restaurants considering its a 5 day cruise. Tsar's palace and the garden buffet was consistantly good. The grill food outside was handy coming back onboard from the islands and around the pool while sunning. Cagney's was sort of a letdown. I booked dinner there for my wifes birthday and even got there alone a half hour before to make sure we were set. The place itself was warm and the service was what you would expect but something was missing. We both ordered steak, her's a filet mignon (medium well) and a T-bone for me. My steak was mostly fat and inedible. My wifes came out way undercooked and was then butterflied and brought back very chewy and charred. We both have eaten in many NY steakhouses and this wasn't anywhere near the quality. Out came the birthday cake, which was placed in front of my wife and they just walked away. Strange. Tango's was pretty good and they took us as a walk-in. We tried the Blue Lagoon the last night before a show. We waited 40 minutes for wings and fish & chips. A table behind us walked out after getting their same dinners ice cold. 2 Lady's sat beside us and ordered the same dinners as us so we told them they could have ours when it comes out. we called the waitress who told me ours would be right out and it also came out cold so we left. Too bad because it looked really good but something was up in the kitchen. After the show we headed to Azura and had a great meal (nice steak). Even after the show let out and the place filled, the service and food were great plus we could wear jeans! We didn't go to the Italian or asian places. It's true about the deck chairs! If you want to sun, you have to get there early to get a spot. We got lucky the first day at sea but never after. Ah well! We headed to the bar stools or regular chairs, hot tub, or Bingo. Speaking of bingo, we were in Cozumel having a ball in the little bars and jewelry stores and headed back to the ship 2 hours early to get a good seat for the $5,000 giveaway. I figured, why not? Everyone would be somewhere else and we would have a good shot. Well, after 40 minutes of trying to get the "system" up and running, they cancelled the big jackpot and played 2 games for Fun! What a jip! They said come back tomorrow, the same day they were giving away a free cruise & the place was mobbed! It was another beautiful day wasted on bingo, I'm such a fool. Nobody won the 5,000 because you have to win in 48 #'s or less. I didn't know that when I wasted 149.00 for the best package (I felt stupid and was very angry). I made up for it in the casino where I won a few bucks. We were at the last table & played till 4am, then they shut us down. The entertainment was hit or miss but I liked the choices we had. Cirque was the best show. We saw the rerun of the newlywed game on tv & it looked hilarious. They did an american idol show with karaoke that was fun. There was a great jazz/blues band playing the last night in the lounge area that I enjoyed. The adult only shows were a little bit more risque' but more entertaining. We always ended at the disco. The Spinnaker lounge is great to chill out at a table and watch the younger people dance. All in all, we had a wonderful time. Nice job NCL! I have had better food and entertainment on Princess and earlier Norwegian cruises but never had so many options plus the price (279pp) was really hard to beat. Maybe that's why the drink prices were so high and some restaurants have a 10-25.00 fee. It's been 9-10 years since I last cruised but I don't remember it being as expensive as a NYC pub but hey, it's a vacation! Read Less
Sail Date January 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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