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Norwegian Jewel First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Jewel
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

85

Very Good

34

Average

9

Poor

8

Terrible

5

Cruise type

Family Cruises

587

Senior Cruises

197

Romantic Cruises

183

First-Time Cruisers

141

Repositioning Cruises

87

141 Norwegian Jewel First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


winelover09 avatar

winelover09

1 Review Written

Loved the Norwegian Jewel!

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This was our first cruise and we had a blast. Too many kids for us due to Spring break, but we found our quiet places. The food was excellent, the staff was attentive, and the shows were amazing. All in all, ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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gdaym8

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Somewhat disappointed as a first time cruiser.......

Reading the blogs in regards to the Norwegian Jewel were spot on. Ranking: 1) Entertainment (the entertainment staff really does a great job on the Jewel) 2) Activities (there is something to do every hour ...
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Sail Date May 2017


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j9inmaui

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

NCL First Timer Regret

First cruise ever, last on NCL. The ship was nice, did not seem dated to me as some say BUT.... Staff - friendly but usually only if prompted for help - I think I saw my room steward twice, both times because I ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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kaila.petty@yahoo.com

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Alaskan Family Vacation

We embarked the Norwegian Jewel on June 4th from Seattle. We stayed in an inside room, no window or porthole. SHIP: PRO: The ship was overall very clean. CON: The ship was very outdated. CABIN: ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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leoknite

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

First Time Cruiser on the Jewel

I wanted to write a review because as a first time cruiser there was a lot I did not know or fully grasp until I took this trip. So I wanted to do as in depth a review as possible because I feel sometimes reviews ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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givemedaat

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

OUR JEWEL OF A CRUISE

Have just returned to Australia after cruising to the Mexican Riviera on the Norwegan Jewel. Being "foreigners'' we had not known where to stay precruise but are glad we decided on the Doubletree Hilton at San ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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trippelc

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Loved our time on the Jewel.

We booked a suite and an adjoining room, as we had six people. So four of us slept in the suite and two in the adjoining room. The agent who recommended this didn't fully explain all the benefits of a suite. If ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Misskitty72

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Not a Lot of Wow Factor, but Still a Nice Cruise

It was just my husband and I on this trip. I have never cruised before, so I can't compare it to anything, but it didn't have as much glamour as I was expecting. Still, the ship was very clean and service was very ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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AProvda

1 Review Written

A great time ruined by terrible service to a baby and desperate parents!

We just finished our trip on the NCL Jewel. I learned one thing I can state with absolute certainty. When a person on the staff uses the phrase, "I will look into it.", they are really telling you to go away ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Snowfall by Lakeside

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Cruise marred by bad customer service

So good things first: A.) This was our first cruise and the embarkation / disembarkation at all the ports (including LA) was fast. We were particularly worried about the disembarkation at LA because we had a ...
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Sail Date December 2015


Moet818 avatar

Moet818

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Love U sSome Norwegian!

Norwegian Jewel was our first cruise. From the very start the staff was very friendly and courteous. Our porter for the 7 day cruise was Emerson. He was Awesome! He was always smiling and willing to help us in any ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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Salty_Minnesotan

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Crowded Pacific Coastal Disappointment

This is a long review and thank you for reading: please save yourself some time and look at the section headings to see if they’ll apply to your needs. This was my first cruise ever. While there were good ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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pmccarthy

4 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

September 2015

From Vancouver Canada area and drove down to Seattle the day before to see some of the sites. Traveled with another couple. Had a wonderful time. From the time that we got into to line to broad the ship in ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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pumpkin mama

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First cruise for former independent travelers, now parents

My husband and I are both well traveled and in the past preferred independent travel, however with a small child we decided to try a cruise to simplify the logistics. Did it ever! Returning to the same charming ...
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Sail Date September 2015


JamesCA avatar

JamesCA

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First cruise for us, lots of good some bad, fun experience overall!

First cruise from a young couple from California, If you are thinking of choosing to vacation on a cruise after looking at the offers be sure to at least have 2x the budget you expected to spend. We had balcony ...
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Sail Date August 2015


Skipjo avatar

Skipjo

1 Review Written

Alaska cruise on Norwegian Jewel August 29 2015

With this being my first cruise, I found it to be a wonderful experience. I had a balcony room with adjoining room with friends. Was very organized on checking into the ship. Many activities on the ship daily that I ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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netrobotics1

1 Review Written

Best Scenery Ever!

I loved this cruise. My wife and I's first. I think it was key to have an aft-facing balcony. Seeing Dawes glacier bracketed by a 180 degree rainbow with waterfalls coming out of the mountains on the side was ...
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Sail Date August 2015


sprinkles07 avatar

sprinkles07

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Perfect First Cruise

My bucket list thing to do was go on a cruise to Alaska. I was booked on the Norwegian Jewel with a life long friend who hadn't even been a plane before, let alone a ship!! The ship was awesome!! The crew was ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Debrajump

1 Review Written

1st time cruising!!

My husband and I are 1st time cruisers. We have been married for 34 years and are a couple in our fifties who love to enjoy life. We have two daughters and five grandchildren. We live in a small town in Oklahoma. We ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Dretek

1 Review Written

Awesome First Cruise Experience

Having never been on a cruise before, I didn't really know what to expect but every experience was terrific. Activities ranged from trivia, bingo, game shows, dance parties, casino, entertainment (I'll come back to ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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Jiffster

1 Review Written

Best Vacation Ever

Seriously had the time of our lives. We took the 7-day Alaska inside passage on Norwegian Jewel, and wished it was (at least!) twice as long. The staff and crew truly work to make you feel like part of the ...
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Sail Date July 2015


davishert avatar

davishert

1 Review Written

First cruise, but it won't be the last

My wife and I have vacationed virtually every year of our 35 years of marriage, but had never taken a cruise. It appeared to be too confining for the manner in which we like to vacation. We chose the Alaskan cruise ...
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Sail Date July 2015


Chumley1 avatar

Chumley1

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Alaska in July

My husband and I had fun on our first cruise. The mini suite was perfect for us since I go to bed earlier than he does. It had a real balcony where we could sit and watch the wonderful scenery. Buffet meals were ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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chernobylorbust

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Only bone to pick was with the excursion; the fish processing was terrible.

Overall this ship is good. The staff is very nice and our room steward went above and beyond. After a few days some of the stairways and hallways started to smell like an outhouse. I talked to customer service ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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bloversmish

1 Review Written

Cabin was nice. Food was not great. Ship organization was terrible.

There were four of us on this cruise: husband/wife in 30s, grandma in 60s, and a 2 year-old. Our mini-suite cabin was great. We liked our steward, and we were very comfortable. The food was majorly ...
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Sail Date July 2015


Norwegian Jewel Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.04.1
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.04
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family4.03.9
Enrichment1.03.4
Service3.04.1
Value For Money4.03.8
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