12 Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bahamas

This was a cruise I had planned to celebrate my 60th birthday with my sister. She was my guest and birthday gift to myself. We traveled with 4 of my girlfriends as well. One of the girlfriends was a first timer so everything seemed great ... Read More
This was a cruise I had planned to celebrate my 60th birthday with my sister. She was my guest and birthday gift to myself. We traveled with 4 of my girlfriends as well. One of the girlfriends was a first timer so everything seemed great to her but the other 5 of us had cruised several times and so we had something to compare this cruise to. I've cruised on NCL 2 other times and everything seemed fine but I'm not sure if the crew was still in shock from their Hurricane Sandy experiences or what? But the dining hall waiters in Tsar seemed to be in a trance the whole week. We had to ask for coffee every night and if each person didn't ask personally, you got nothing. We had to ask for salt and pepper, utensils once, and generally you just felt like you were annoying them if you tried to get their attention. The Azure staff seemed a bit more "with it." One night in the the Azure a group of 8 children, no adults, were seated near us. The bunch ranged in age from about 14-7. Like all kids, they were loud and all the adult parties around kept looking at each other. I did speak to the maitre d on the way out about them being seated without supervision and the answer I got was, "Madame, this is a dining hall, they are allowed to come in and eat." Even if there are rules posted, no one ever enforces them. But then, this is true on all cruise ships that I've been on when it comes to children. I was a teacher for 32 years so I know how children should be acting in public. I had to get out of the hot tub because I was told by a mother that her 6 year old prefers the hot tub to the pool as her child was diving underwater in her goggles. Let's face it, in today's world, the kids run the households at home so why would we expect it to be any different on a ship? I must say that I did hear a pool attendant one time tell a child to stop jumping from the hot tub seat into the center of the hot tub but again no parent was in the with the child and the rule states that if a child is in the hot tub, so should their parent. So the attendant should have told the child to get out altogether. I probably won't choose NCL for a 4th time even though I like the anytime dining, you just don't get the feeling in the dining halls that you're really welcomed or on this voyage, even acknowledged.My other complaint was that the public bathrooms were always in need of attention the entire week. I NEVER once saw a restroom attendant cleaning and one particularly rocky evening, the restroom outside of the Spinneker Lounge had "puke" all over. My girlfriend had to flag down a drink server and bring it to his attention to call for a clean up. Every cruise ship that I've ever been on, someone is always keeping the restrooms spotless throughout the day.There were always papers on the floor and sink area was always wet. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We enjoyed the ship, which was large and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It may have helped that the ship was only 2/3 full during our cruise, so the staff was not overwhelmed with work. On the last day at sea, I ... Read More
We enjoyed the ship, which was large and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It may have helped that the ship was only 2/3 full during our cruise, so the staff was not overwhelmed with work. On the last day at sea, I needed a wheel chair to get from location to location. While the rental of a wheel chair was excessive for one day (the week's charge of about $ 230.00), a staff member appeared promptly when summoned to transport me for free. The food was generally well prepared, with the exception of lobster tail and fish on the first night in the Azure Dining Room. The staff also seemed busier there than in the other restaurants. We liked the Tsar's Palace, which was quieter and nicer with attentive service. However, the menu changed very little from night to night. A highlight was the Big Band Brunch at Le Bistro, where we also had a very nice evening meal of Bouillabaisse. The food was really exceptional in this restaurant. There was a great variety of good food at the Garden Cafe, but this venue was very busy and noisy. However, there were no lines. Whenever a staff member noticed that I had a cane, he/she would offer to help by carrying the food. The barbecue on the pool deck on day 4 yielded some very good ribs. Our room had an obstructed view and was well located near the mid-ship elevators. It seemed roomy with adequate storage space and it was quiet despite the closeness of the elevators. The room was kept neat and clean by our room steward, who also made amusing towel sculptures. Ice packs were provided upon request within a reasonable time. Problems such as a stuck toilet and a flood in the bathroom were attended to quickly. The entertainment in the Stardust Theatre was highly variable. The acrobats and gymnasts were quite good, but the comedian was not all that funny. Announcements and music were much too loud. We did like the piano music and vocals in Bar City and the music during the Big Band Brunch was also pleasant and not overly loud. The Big Band music and accompanying vocals at the Tsar's Palace were too loud. The pool area was pleasant, but there too the music was overly loud. During day 2 and 3 the adult pool was overheated to a temperature of between 82 and 84 F, which made swimming difficult. I also had occasion to sample the services at the Medical Center. There was no wait and the physicians seemed friendly and capable, but the bill for medications did hurt. It was disappointing that we did not get to go on the private island at Great Stirrup Cay on day 4, because of rough seas. Instead we spent much of the day at the pool side. The water in the adult pool was somewhat cooler than on days 2 and 3, which made it better suited for swimming. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
I am a man of few words so here is my review. Embarkation, Flawless. Got there @ 11:00 and they started calling people early. I was on the ship by 12:15 p.m. Staff: Super Friendly, everyone smiled and said hello. Seemed very genuine ... Read More
I am a man of few words so here is my review. Embarkation, Flawless. Got there @ 11:00 and they started calling people early. I was on the ship by 12:15 p.m. Staff: Super Friendly, everyone smiled and said hello. Seemed very genuine with few exceptions. Food: Are you kidding me. This was my 8Th cruise on various ships and the only way they could have had more food was to put a buffet in the restrooms, perish the thought. Overall quality good to very good. Bread and rolls outstanding, Toast Station, Waffle Station, 3 Omelette Stations, Food hotter than most cruise ships and Chocolate milk always available where as on R/C you have to ask for it. Strongly recommend Tsars Palace, and a late night snack @ Blue Lagoon. Chicken Wings cooked fresh and hot sauce outstanding. Afternoon they have Mozzarella Sticks. Only way I got those on other cruises was at welcome back party. Ate @ Cagney's and would probably go with French Restaurant next time and get the Boneless Rib eye for 2. Cupcakes available @ no extra charge all day and Ice Cream served not ice milk. Entertainment: I saw the opening show and it was good. Cruise Director Dan "the man" was great. We were picked for newlywed-not so newly wed game and their method of random picking is great. Very tastefully done.The Magician was terrific and Comedian Stasso was very good. The Stars of the Cruise for my money were Fire and Ice. I believe they are now on vacation but they literally put on a concert like show every night and at one show, The Tribute to Motown had a conga line going through the atrium. Debarkation, a breeze as we did walk off. Overall: Top three cruises for sure maybe even in the top two. First cruise is always hard to top. Best bang for buck ever. Positive far,far outweighed the negatives. Negatives: Going in I booked the Cruise knowing it was a Nickelodeon Cruise. I felt that being the week after Thanksgiving would limit the children and we like the idea of getting out and back on Saturday as being from Vermont you have to allow for bad weather and give yourself an extra day on return. Lots of Kid's to my dismay. Some better behaved than expected others rude. Big Chinese contingency and best behaved goes to those kids. One night they put on a Concert Piano demo in Tsars Palace @ dinner. Fantastic Positives, Wow Factor in Effect. Staff Outstanding, Cleanliness was evident, Buffet attendants all over and kept up with cleaning off tables. Great Cruise. Thanks NCL!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We boarded The Jewel, in NYC, Saturday, September 11TH. This was our fourthcruise on NCL. Once on The Norway, twice on the Dawn, and this one, on The Jewel. This was the longest time for us to board the ship. Perhaps due to all the ... Read More
We boarded The Jewel, in NYC, Saturday, September 11TH. This was our fourthcruise on NCL. Once on The Norway, twice on the Dawn, and this one, on The Jewel. This was the longest time for us to board the ship. Perhaps due to all the security for 9/11. We usually are greeted with a small glass of Champagne, and staff members to smile and say hello. Not the case on this cruise. We boarded, walked around, and went to deck 12, to see the pool. The barbecue was not opened yet, but we were able to get some food in the cafeteria. It was OK.Waited for our luggage, until 2:30, then proceeded to out cabin. We had a mini suite with balcony, starboard side mid ship. Just what we wanted. Nice, but small cabin, very narrow. And it was far ffrom clean. Dusty, and full of fingerprints on each wooden piece. We were very surprised to find a lack of ammeneties. Just to prepare you, we had shampoo, shower wash, and that was it! No body lotion, no haircream rinse, nothing! The bath was very cramped, and of course, there was the usual toilet odor. Another cut back to be prepared for----while there is still room service, do not expect much on the list. Snacks for the children, and very little for adults. We always paid a service charge for room deliveries, however, there was a long list of available meals, snacks and drinks. Not any more. We called for cheese and crackers for two, and were told it would cost $35! And drinks are no longer delivered to your cabin. When we complained about the change in room service. there was an apology, and we were told we would receive, daily, cheese and crackers to make up for our inconvenience. We did receive one slice of cheddar cheese, sliced in half, two small chunks of Brie, and two small pieces of Blue cheese, with 5 crackers, and 6 grapes. Each of us were sent this "enormous" gift daily. Lucky us.The included restaurants served mediocre warm, food. We finally went to Le Bistro, which charges an additional $20 per person. With a glass of wine each, the bill was $75! Not acceptable with the amount of money we paid to eat at the restaurants which were included. We just wanted one good meal, and it truly was good!I did complain to the girl who cleaned our room about the dust and fingerprints, but that was never taken care of. I finally cleaned the room myself, along with mirrors, TV screen, etc.We were asked, when we made reservations, if we were celebrating any special occasion. We told NCL we were going to celebrate our Anniversary, There was to be a cake on Wednesday, 9/14, at any restaurant we had booked. We went to Azura that night, no cake. Long short, no cake any night. No big deal, yet it was, after we had been promised the small celebtration.One last thing. This ship always has lot of children (Sponge Bob is there) and we were surprised to find the most shallow pool at a depth of 5' 9". I cannot swim, and there were many children who had to fore go the pool. Not good..We enjoyed the ports where we stopped. That is always handled well by NCL, The cruise was comfortable, and it was a pretty smooth trip. the staff was not overly friendly, but they did smile at times.The shows were wonderful. Hope you get Big Ken as the cruise entertainment director. He was wonderful. See each show, and you will be happy.Will we go back on NCL? Yes. We wish we had been aware of the fact that things have changed, and you get less for the same price you paid on your last cruise. Hope you enjoy your time with NCL. Just ask more questions than we did, and bring your own crackers and cheese. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We arrived at the pier about 11am, got through security and check-in quickly, and, since we had a suite for the first time, were escorted to the VIP lounge to wait for boarding to begin. About 45 minutes later we were escorted by our ... Read More
We arrived at the pier about 11am, got through security and check-in quickly, and, since we had a suite for the first time, were escorted to the VIP lounge to wait for boarding to begin. About 45 minutes later we were escorted by our butler, Juremar, to Cagney's for lunch. Nice start to our vacation and we're already thinking that booking a suite was a good idea. After lunch we went to the shore excursion desk to book a clam shell for Great Stirrup Cay and soon after, they announced the cabins were ready. We had an aft Penthouse on deck 10, plenty of room for the 2 of us with lots of storage. The balcony was quite large and the view was amazing. We enjoyed listening to the sound of the wake, kind of like hearing a waterfall. Very relaxing. We had breakfast most days at Cagney's and every one was delicious. We skipped lunch most days, just not hungry. I did stop by the buffet a couple of times to sample the chilled soups and pretzel rolls though. We only ate in the MDR for dinner 3 nights and the food was good. Not gourmet but good. We had dinner in Chin Chin one night and Le Bistro another night. Both were excellent. We cruise during this time every year to celebrate our anniversary. We hadn't mentioned it to anyone this year though, so imagine our surprise when a cake was delivered to our table after dinner at LeBistro. We also went to the Best of All lunch at Le Bistro, which was held on the 1st sea day. For $15 you get to try the signature dishes from all the specialty restaurants. It was very good and, we felt, worth the price. Of the ports we visited we probably enjoyed the day at Great Stirrup Cay most. We had reserved a clam shell and it wasn't clear where to go when we got off the tender since the information on the ticket for the clam shell wasn't correct. Once we found the location and got settled we really enjoyed the day. There's still construction going on but there have been many improvements since the last time we were there. NCL usually has great entertainment. My only complaint is that the sound in the Stardust is so loud you almost need earplugs. I don't remember it being as bad in previous years. My husband actually had to leave the performance of Cirque Bijou because it was so loud. We loved our first suite experience. The special touches and perks really added to the enjoyment of our vacation and we've booked another aft penthouse for next year. One of the main reasons we keep returning to NCL is the wonderful crew. This was our 6th cruise on NCL and we've always had very positive experiences with all the crew members we've encountered. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We took the Florida/Bahamas cruise for the second time in two years. Last year we didn't enjoy our side excursions at all, so this year we booked Epcot and the Atlantis Waterpark. We got to see just about everything we wanted to see ... Read More
We took the Florida/Bahamas cruise for the second time in two years. Last year we didn't enjoy our side excursions at all, so this year we booked Epcot and the Atlantis Waterpark. We got to see just about everything we wanted to see at Epcot and totally enjoyed ourselves on the Lazy River at the Atlantis. We like Norwegian since no one pushes you into anything and you can dress up or down as you see fit. Two nights we went to the buffet (which I found very good), three nights to Tsar's restaurant and once to the Italian restaurant and once to Cagney's. Believe it or not, we were disappointed in Cagneys. It wasn't nearly as good as we remembered last year. Mama's Kitchen was excellent and well worth the $10 pp to eat there. We did eat all of our breakfasts and lunches at the buffet. My husband and I like the variety and don't mind serving ourselves at all. Checkin was very easy this year. In fact, so was checkout. We had no problem getting off the ship for our excursions, either. The staff was friendly and so was our room steward. Very pleasant and our rooms were always spotless. We didn't get off at the private island this year. Last year we did and I felt like a sardine...........it was much too crowded. Maybe once they finish the renovations we will try it again. We stayed on the ship and enjoyed a day at the pool instead. This was our sixth Norwegian cruise. I feel you get great value for your money and wouldn't hesitate to take another one. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Everything worked smoothly from the embarkation right through the end. The process of getting on the ship was organized and moved quickly. The only disappointment was the size of the mini-suite. We were supposed to have 3 in our party but ... Read More
Everything worked smoothly from the embarkation right through the end. The process of getting on the ship was organized and moved quickly. The only disappointment was the size of the mini-suite. We were supposed to have 3 in our party but one backed out. It was a good thing because I can't imagine how 3 or 4 people could have possibly managed in that mini-suite. I found the mini-suite to be the same size as a regular balcony cabin on the Carnival Cruises I have taken. I certainly do not think they are worth the extra money. The food was good really good in all the restaurants we tried. There was one exception, The Blue Lagoon. We at there the last night of the cruise. The food was mediocre at best. It was also cold. You had to go out really early in the morning to get a lounge chair by the pool, expecially if you wanted to stay in the shade. I felt like I was at an all-inclusive resort where that is a common practice. The floor of the pool deck was extremely slippery. Something really needs to be done to correct this. We say an older woman take a fall and hit the deck so hard that she could not move here legs for quite a while. It was scary to see. Overall the cruise was wonderful and I would definitly do another NCL cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
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 partner and I are active seniors who have cruised on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa and Dolphin about 25-30 times. This was my 2nd time on NCL, the 1st was back in the early 1980's. We chose NCL since ... Read More
My partner and I are active seniors who have cruised on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa and Dolphin about 25-30 times. This was my 2nd time on NCL, the 1st was back in the early 1980's. We chose NCL since in leaves out of NYC. We enjoy eating out in restaurants, not fast food places. Dancing to live music is one of things we look forward to on the cruises. With that background I'll give the 2 positives first. The crew in the lounges and dining rooms were super and accommodating. Our cabin attendants were very attentive and seem to be on duty all the time. The Guitar player/singer RJ Red was great (more about the abuse of his music due to placing him adjacent to the noisy Teppanyaki restaurant, later). Los Amigos were likewise providing great music (again the worse placement for them, later). That's it for the good marks. Unfortunately we didn't realize that this ship sailing was a Spring Break destination. NCL did everything possible to make sure that these students had all the alcohol they wanted. This helped to increase the noise level, which really didn't need any help. The Tsar's Palace, main dining room, has a serious problem with noise, due to the low ceiling, maybe. The Teppanyaki restaurant opens to the bar and lounge below; this allows all the cheering for the "chef's show" to bounce right down to the lounge. This was where RJ Red played. Distracting would be too easy a word to describe what was happening. Los Amigos is a 3 man combo who played great music. Sure would have been perfect for dancing, but they were not given a lounge with a dance floor. Instead they were given the best insult possible and put in the Atrium. Their stage was in front of a large t.v. screen that was showing the basketball games. Opposite them was were the photographers set up their stations to take portraits. On the one side the tables were set up for alcohol tasting events while the opposite side had tables set up for sale items from the gift shops. What a zoo. The Fyzz Lounge had a dance floor; disco lights and a DJ who had her own mind as to what she would play. The toddler's enjoyed it as they ran around the dance floor like airplanes. The Spinnaker Lounge, with a large dance floor, was used for the games such as Bingo. Entertainment shows in the Stardust theatre were good. We didn't try any of the "specialty" (extra charge) restaurants. We felt that the food served in the dining room was so mediocre that we couldn't see spending an extra $25.00 per person for possibly the same food. In no other cruise did either of us ever find it necessary to send food back because it wasn't cooked. I will say that it was taken care of immediately by the head waiter, but it shouldn't have happened, but it happened twice. No acceptable, especially for fish and chicken. I gave NCL a second try and no way would I ever go on one of their ships again. Freestyle is just another word for "pay more". For the same price we could have sailed with any other line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
First time NLC Cruise, New Years from New York My wife and I have cruised a number of times both on smaller ships ( Windward and Nautica and larger ships Princess and Costa Atlantica). On an impulse we booked on NLC on their ... Read More
First time NLC Cruise, New Years from New York My wife and I have cruised a number of times both on smaller ships ( Windward and Nautica and larger ships Princess and Costa Atlantica). On an impulse we booked on NLC on their New Year's cruise out of New York on the NLC Jewel. The sheer luxury of going from home to a ship without first flying somewhere is a major pro. The boarding process was flawless. Bravo NLC. They surely show other lines how to do it! All around there is a sense of great thought in the decor of the rooms and restaurants. IMHO without much inspiration. A few touches would have made a big difference. The Staff is extremely pleasant, helpful, and truly sweet. We had the pleasure of the service of a butler whose services we appreciated more and more as the week went on. Once I got past feeling I was being a jack-ass ( butler? Ha!) and asked politely for what I needed he was always helpful and delighted to make our stay as luxurious as we could imagine. The specialty restaurants were generally vey good. Cagney's a "prohibition" style steak house , was quite adequate . Chin- Chin, Asian fusion, in my wife and my opinion the best of the lot, food wise. Tappanyaki , a Asian fare we cooks that perform for the kids, quite good. The buffet seemed ample, though crowded and had a sense of a cafeteria at high school. Too much going on, so we avoided it, the food though, looked adequate. We saw only one "big" show with a comedian and a Magician/comic. The comedian was not very funny. The Magician was very good. The rooms very tiny. We had a penthouse suite, which was OK but not a suite, just a large room. I peeked into our neighbors rooms and they were really bearly adequate. If you put more than 3 people in a room , it is really tight. As this cruise was during vacation time for the kids there were many on the ship. Much of the time it was no problem at all , and rather charming. To hear a child have a temper tantrum at the next table through dinner is no geat pleasure , and some of the charm of their presence surely is lost. If you are contemplating bringing the kids, they seem to be having a ball! by and large and there were activities for them, throughout the day. We were very grateful to have a place to retreat too. It certainly would have been more difficult for us , if we had not had the privilege of having breakfast and lunch at Cagney's which , from our perspective was worth the added expense. Leaving the ship was not quite as flawless , not NLC's fault security and immigration has to cooperate and they do, but only a little. One has the sense on boarding that one is there to be pitched. beer, drinks, raffles, art, diamonds, precious jewels , specialty restaurants, expensive shore excursions, future cruises , massages, spa packages , they are all paraded before you. Though the passenger is never pressured to buy , I found the constant pitching off putting. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
This the first time we cruised with NCL and freestyle dining. The experience was mostly positive with only a few exceptions. We were booked on a Nickleodian theme week cruise and there were over 700 children on the ship. We knew going in ... Read More
This the first time we cruised with NCL and freestyle dining. The experience was mostly positive with only a few exceptions. We were booked on a Nickleodian theme week cruise and there were over 700 children on the ship. We knew going in that it was that way but unfortunately many people we spoke to didn't and they were unhappy with the amount of children running wild through the buffet area and pool deck. For the most part the children were well supervised by their parents, as in every situation there were those exceptions who ruined it for the others. The service was exceptional. Every staff member we came in contact with went out of their way to be pleasant. The food was good and the selections varied. We went to a specialty restuarant, Le Bistro, and it was outstanding. There was a $20.00 added on fee per person for the restaurant but it was so worth it. If you aren't fond of crowds and children, stay away from the Garden Buffet and go to the main dining room, Tsars. We had a balcony stateroom and we loved it! This is the first time we had a balcony and it made the cruising experience so much better (for us) than an inside cabin. In the past we didn't want to spend much time in our cabin because it was so small. This time we had wine out on the balcony...very romantic! Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
This was our 7th cruise on NCL - first time on the Jewel. We prefer NCL because of the quality of service and Freestyle suits us. The Ship For those fans of the Dawn and Gem, the Jewel is a combination of the best features of ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise on NCL - first time on the Jewel. We prefer NCL because of the quality of service and Freestyle suits us. The Ship For those fans of the Dawn and Gem, the Jewel is a combination of the best features of both those ships I think when they say " the Jewel has a great staff and crew" it says it all. John O'Hara is a great HD and has genuine concern that your cruise on the Jewel will be the best ever. His "Dear John" letter box is in the Atrium opposite the desk and he welcomes all comments and concerns which in our case were addressed immediately. Elwynn Ocampo couldn't be nicer and more helpful with our Cruise Critic Meeting, Bridge and Galley tours which were excellent. John D'Souza was the Concierge and was always there to help us and answer any questions that we had. Shona our CD was fabulous as always. When we first boarded we met Antonio at the Sky High and he became our favorite bar person. Everyone we met had a greeting and a smile on their face. We felt that the staff and crew of the Jewel took great pride in what they were doing. Stateroom Our preference is a balcony stateroom on the 9th or 10th deck - not too high, not too low, and a good size room and balcony. Our room steward Andre was fantastic. We met him immediately and what a great job he did. The room was always made up and immaculate. We always had clean towels and dry pool towels. He was immediate with any special requests. Restaurants We are not "specialty restaurant" people. We prefer the flexibility of the Main Dining Rooms, Blue Lagoon and Garden Buffet. Tsars was our favorite. Service was great, the food excellent and always hot, and we were always seated immediately. Our only wait time was just 10 minutes on lobster night and then they gave us a beeper. We found the Garden Buffet to be excellent. It has separate food stations eliminating the usual long buffet line. The main sitting area was always busy but you had the option of additional seating in Mama's or outside in the Great Outdoors (our favorite). Of course we couldn't miss the fish and chips at Blue Lagoon. Entertainment The shows and entertainment were really good - definitely something for everyone at any time. Our favorite was the Fyzz Lounge because they always had something different going on. Shona and Sinan kept everything going around the ship. We especially liked that the pool activities were back and enjoyed the Dancing with the Jewel Stars. We were a little concerned about Nickelodeon being on the ship but unless you were actually looking for it, you didn't notice anything different. We did go to see it at the pool one day and the kids certainly were enjoying it. Ports We have been on this itinerary before. It's nice for a 7 day cruise and for families. Key West used to be part of this itinerary - wish they would put it back in some of their Bahama itineraries for a little diversification. In Port Canaveral we did the Airboat Adventure Excursion to Lone Cabbage Fish Camp. Much better than our previous airboat rides. The airboat had a little more zip in it. Saw the Rescue Team wildlife talk which was very interesting and sampled alligator tail which was very good. Nice improvements to Great Stirrup Cay. Loved the clamshell. Many more activities than the first time we were there. Met our neighboring clamshell people and we all agreed that we could just stay anchored there for three days. Unfortunately our stingray tour was cancelled so we just went back to Atlantis. We did the Beach Break and totally enjoyed the beach. The Dig and aquariums are always good. Got to see everything we missed the first time. Conclusion We found the Jewel to be another great NCL ship (with superior staff and crew) and so look forward to sailing the Jewel for 10 days to the Caribbean in February. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Norwegian Jewel Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
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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