5 Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

This was my third cruise and my friends first. I chose Houston port because of flights available for me and she could drive. We found a great hotel near the port where she could leave the car while we sailed. I had previously sailed out of ... Read More
This was my third cruise and my friends first. I chose Houston port because of flights available for me and she could drive. We found a great hotel near the port where she could leave the car while we sailed. I had previously sailed out of New York and Miami. Although I had been to Cozumel before this was by far a much nicer stop than my last visit. I really think it was the difference in the ports that we stopped at this time. There is no word or phrase that I can find that describes the beauty of Coxen Hole, Hondorus. We had a private tour of the island and an excursion by boat through the mangroves. Absolutely wonderful. We were also quite happy with the port shopping. The Jewel has an on board shopping adviser. She was knowledgeable and helpful in making that experience better than my previous cruises. I liked the fact that Norwegian has vetted the local shops and extended a warranty to those on the approved list. It saved time and gave us comfort that we weren't being taken advantage of. Our cabin was close the elevator that was central to most of the dining facilities. We enjoyed being able to eat when and where we chose. It was like making a decision at home and going to a local restaurant. No first and second seating. From a buffet to BBQ at the pool or formal dining you chose when and where. The only way we will go again. The service was phenomenal. I celebrated my birthday during the week and they went all out to help me celebrate. From cake to balloons and streamers in our stateroom.This cruise was by far my BEST ever. We are now planning when and where we do our next Norwegian vacation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was our first Norwegian cruise and I must say it was great! From the beginning to the end it was nothing short of wonderful! We have been celebrating our 25th Anniv. all year long since April of 2013. We have been on 6 cruises during ... Read More
This was our first Norwegian cruise and I must say it was great! From the beginning to the end it was nothing short of wonderful! We have been celebrating our 25th Anniv. all year long since April of 2013. We have been on 6 cruises during this time......two Disney and 4 Carnival.....and we agree that our cruise on the Norwegian Jewel was by far in a category of its own.....which in our opinion is Great! The food was sooooo delicious! Mr. Messiah and his crew do a fantastic job! The service was very good and the wait time was just like any other restaurant that you order food from with table service. The buffets were the best ....no complaints here! The crew members there were all willing to please you in anyway to make you satisfied. The captain would walk around and talk with the guests and take pictures it made us feel special. That's probably why the crew members were always so friendly and helpful because their boss was always being the example. Everyone was so helpful in so many ways it would take a long list to describe. Thank you Romeo for making us feel special on our first cruise with Norwegian. And inviting us to the captains party!!!!! He is the guy to see if you are wanting to get $100.00 on board credit if you are planning to take a 6 or more night cruise within the next four years, you can put $250.00 down and receive the $100.00 on board credit to spent on your present cruise. I thought this was fantastic because we plan on taking another Norwegian Cruise before the four years is up. Another great incentive from Norwegian....Thank You ...Thank you!!! The room steward was great! He always made sure I had an extra towel and ice in the bucket and our room was always so clean. The whole ship was clean, we didn't see a rust stain of any kind anywhere on the ship. The whole place is spotless!!!! The port of calls were amazing .....and the excursion prices where reasonable...we even got to the ports earlier then the time we were supposed to and we got to disembark early and easy...that was wonderful!!!! In Cozumel we went to Passion Island all inclusive for $70.00 each includes boat ride to and from port, loved it beautiful beach great food and drinks!!!! In Belize.we went to Bacab Jungle Park Pool and lunch....$54.99 each .....it was a wonderful fun day there in the sun !! Roatan was great......we booked our beach excursion through Island Marketing Ltd....West Bay Beach...Banarama Beach....$66.00 for two of us, includes transportation to and from port, a lounge chair , a drink and entrance fee, ask for Ms. Karen she is a great tour guide and will help you get set up on beach.....this beach is sooooooo beautiful!!!!!! crystal clear water and the sand is so smooth under your feet in water....No Rocks or Shells!!!! In Costa Maya......they have a beautiful huge swimming pool to use free with swim up bar to buy drinks .......but we had booked an excursion to Tequila Beach, $64.00 for two of us, includes all drinks and food and lounge chair, umbrella but the cab was $3.00 a piece for each way.......the water was clear but there was rocks and shells at bottom........Not my favorite! Next time we will stay at port and enjoy the pool for Free! I would recommend this cruise to anyone who needs a break from the real world and take a trip into paradise for the best vacation you need to have! Try this cruise and you will not regret it and if you do you are probably hard to please to begin with!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I just sailed with NCL for the fourth and final time. How far the line has fallen. On the first dress up night, there were many passengers in shorts or jeans in the Czar dinning room. Passengers in the evening roaming the bars dressed in ... Read More
I just sailed with NCL for the fourth and final time. How far the line has fallen. On the first dress up night, there were many passengers in shorts or jeans in the Czar dinning room. Passengers in the evening roaming the bars dressed in shorts, bathing suits and collarless tee's. The lobster served on the formal night was a half of a small lobster. You could request a second helping and you got a second half lobster. On my thirteen previous cruises I always look forward to the lobster night as my favorite meal. Not so on NO CLASS LINE (NCL). The evening meal menu was a three course menu. Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert. I'm used to four or five course menus which would include the above and soup and salad as the additional two course. Not on NO CLASS LINE ! On the last night of our cruise we had reservations for the La Bistro. The speciality restaurant that charges $25 per person extra. Upon seating we discovered there is a additional $10 charge for Lobster or Steak. NO CLASS LINE. Before all the shows (which were very good) the staff pushed (sold) scratch off tickets for $20. I don't know how many were sold but they had two to three people in each aisle pushing them. They also had people trying to sell a Rose to each of the couples sitting in the bars. I didn't buy one for my partner but if NCL had any class they would have given the rose without charge to the females. NO CLASS LINE offered a tour of the galley and bridge that I would have enjoyed, but yes, you guessed it, there was a charge for it! At lunch, and during the day I usually enjoy a glass of Lemon Aid on previous cruises, but not on NCL. Only Ice Tea was available. I asked a restaurant officer about lemon aid and was told it was not company policy, only Ice Tea! After dinner I requested a cappuccino, but again was inform there would be a charge for it. I usually like to enjoy a drink and dance with my partner to soft music in a romantic lounge, not on NO CLASS LINE (NCL) My biggest disapointment though was the allowed dress code in the evenings. Crusing was always special to me. Wearing a pair of slacks and shirt with a colar to dinner, or even a sports jacket made the vacation something special. If you don't want to dress nicely you have the option to eat your dinner in the buffet. NCL should discourge dinning in shorts or jeans, not allow them into the theater or on the dance floor. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We left on 1/22 out of N.Y. - getting into and on the ship went smooth. Baggage took an extremely long time arriving at our room. Room was so small - smallest I've ever experienced. By time you cram 4 bags in to the room, you had no ... Read More
We left on 1/22 out of N.Y. - getting into and on the ship went smooth. Baggage took an extremely long time arriving at our room. Room was so small - smallest I've ever experienced. By time you cram 4 bags in to the room, you had no room to turn around. Bed was comfortable, enough pillows. Cabin Steward was friendly but did not go out of their way to please you. On Princess and Royal Car. they seem to go into your room and tidy up every time you leave. Guess we were spoiled. Food in the cafe was ok, if you like eating the same thing day after day and after the 9 day we were ready to go. Dinner in the dining rooms were nice but we surely miss having the same table staff waiting on you, knowing what you like by the end of your cruise. This freestyle cruising for us if for the BIRDS! We did get to sit with different people each nite and enjoyed meeting new people but did not like the fact that the waitstaff do not go out of their way to please you. Hard to find them to get a coffee after dinner! We did splurge and bought the spa package offered, so we could go use it everyday, which we did. The staff there were terrific. I don't feel in order to get a good meal, we should have to pay more to go into one of their speciality restaurants. We did go into the Tequila rest. one evening and it was fantastic, but again expensive. Going out of NY in Jan. was a mistake since it took 2.5 days to get to warm climate to enjoy the pool. The ports were great but our favorite was Tortola and hope to go back for a week. Overall, I would rate this cruise a 6 on a scale of 1-10. I do think with prepaid gratuities, the staff does not go the extra mile to please you in hopes of getting a good tip! Norweigen Wake up!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
This was the first time we cruised from New York City and the process was very easy. We took an Amtrak train to Penn Station and got a cab to the pier. Getting through security did not take long, but there was some delay in checking in ... Read More
This was the first time we cruised from New York City and the process was very easy. We took an Amtrak train to Penn Station and got a cab to the pier. Getting through security did not take long, but there was some delay in checking in since there were lots of Latitude members on this cruise. It was still an easy process. Once we boarded the ship, we checked our carry-on bags at the Fyzz Lounge and went to Tsar's Palace for lunch. Had a delicious meal and great service (thanks, Bernadette) without all the crowds at the buffet. The sea days were very nice and we sat out on the Promenade deck or the pool deck each day. It was smooth sailing and a very relaxing way to start our vacation. We love to read and found the library to have an excellent section of books. The Promenade deck is a great place to read and to watch the ocean. On several sea days, we attended various events designed for Cruise Critic members and for Latitudes members. It's always nice to meet new people who share a love of cruising. The tour of the Bridge for Cruise Critic members was very informative and greatly appreciated. Our cabin was on deck 9 starboard and was adequate in size. We usually select an inside cabin since we find we sleep better there. The closet, drawers, and shelves provided enough room for all our belongings. It was very quiet and convenient to other areas on the ship. Since we've been to San Juan before, we decided to walk around Old San Juan and revisit our favorite places. The promenade along City Wall is very nice and takes you to San Juan Gate as well as Fort del Morro. At dusk, it was nice to see Christmas decorations in some of the city squares and streets since Three Kings Day was going to be celebrated later in the week. St. Thomas is always a fun port to visit. Because there were 2 other large cruise ships in port that day, we just did some shopping at Havensight Mall and spent the afternoon soaking up the sun by the pool. It was very nice since the pool wasn't crowded with most people having gone ashore. We did the Antigua Beach Escape (NCL tour) and had a great time. Sandhaven Beach was very nice with lots of room to spread out and to enjoy the surf. Lunch was included as well as two drinks (with rum or without). The food was quite good and was served buffet style. In St. Maarten, we went on the Orient Beach Rendezvous (NCL) and had a marvelous time. Our group went to the Kakao Beach section where we enjoyed the warm water and the soft sand. Lunch was included and the restaurant setting was very tropical - tables nestled along the edge of the beach and under palm trees. We had 3 choices for entrees, and the food and service were very good. No complaints - would do again! We decided to relax and enjoy our morning in Tortola. We've been there before so we simply walked along the streets of Roadtown. The Crafts Alive Market Village is a great place to shop since most of the items are hand-crafted by local people. The food on the ship was very good with a variety of selections each day. We ate breakfast in the Garden Cafe each day and loved having so many choices. To avoid crowds, we always sat at a table near the Great Outdoors area. Most of our lunches were there, too, since we really liked the soup selections as well as salad and pizza. The only downside on this cruise was not being able to serve yourself at the buffet once we got to San Juan. This was a precaution done to prevent illnesses from spreading on the ship. The beverage lines were quite long but the crew did the best they could in a difficult situation. It was an inconvenience but a minor one in the whole scheme of things. We never got sick so we were appreciative of all the precautions taken by NCL. Dinners were mostly in Tsar's Palace where we had excellent service when seated in the "expansion" room. Very quiet atmosphere with a great wait staff. Two nights we had dinner at Mama's and thoroughly enjoyed both the meal and the atmosphere. Thank you, Reinaldo, for taking such good care of us! One night we had dinner at Tango's with Kris Carlson, Food & Beverage Director. We had sailed with him on the Jade and were very happy to see him again. The meal was excellent - especially the lobster tacos. A big thank you to Kris for making our cruise so special! The entertainment was good and provided quite a variety of shows. Cat's Pajamas vocal band was really great and we went to see them again when they were in the Spinnaker Lounge. It was a standing room only crowd there. INCANTO with Massimo & Alesia was exceptional and not to be missed. We enjoyed Lumiri Tubo's performance and went to see her again in the Spinnaker Lounge. Le Cirque Bijou was on the last night of the cruise and was a magical show which included singing, dancing, gymnastics, and aerial performances. Quite a finale! Disembarkation went smoothly. Many passengers took advantage of the easy walk-off. We decided to wait in a lounge until 10:15 am to leave the ship. Since the luggage is color-coded corresponding to times, it was very easy to locate our luggage and go through Customs. It was one of the fastest disembarkations we've ever had. Overall we had a very enjoyable cruise. The service was excellent, and the staff did their very best to make sure guests would have a great cruise. Their smiles and attentiveness didn't seem forced. Our cabin stewards worked very hard and were always friendly and courteous whenever we saw them. With 33 cabins to care for twice a day, they did an outstanding job. Captain Lars and his senior staff were very personable, approachable, and set the tone for the high level of service provided by all the crew. We love the concept of freestyle cruising and the relaxed atmosphere found on NCL ships. After 9 cruises on NCL, we do feel part of the NCL "family" and plan to cruise with them again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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