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My wife and I have done about 7 other cruises to include Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. This was our first time with Norwegian. First the ship itself. Compared to some of the newer ones out there, it is showing it's age. It lacks a lot of amenities to include but not limited to things like a rock climbing wall, "surfing", and multiple pools/slides. However, while it is older, it was clean and well kept. But we were amazed at the overall quality of food/beverages and the service level! Upon signup we received the "Ultimate Beverage" package complimentary. We decided to buy up to the "Ultimate Dining" package as well. I don't drink enough to justify the normal cost of the beverage package ($55/day) but enjoyed having it so I didn't feel guilty about drinking what I wanted/whenever I wanted. The dining package is an absolute steal at $119 for the week. The food was about as good as ANY 5 star restaurant I have ever enjoyed and LeBistro is simply phenomonal. O'Sheehans Bar was also noteworthy for quality food and outstanding bar service by "RK" and Alquin. Based on our experience, I look forward to trying Norwegian again...but on a newer ship

Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by hoosier8

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
My wife and I have done about 7 other cruises to include Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. This was our first time with Norwegian.
First the ship itself. Compared to some of the newer ones out there, it is showing it's age. It lacks a lot of amenities to include but not limited to things like a rock climbing wall, "surfing", and multiple pools/slides. However, while it is older, it was clean and well kept.
But we were amazed at the overall quality of food/beverages and the service level!
Upon signup we received the "Ultimate Beverage" package complimentary. We decided to buy up to the "Ultimate Dining" package as well. I don't drink enough to justify the normal cost of the beverage package ($55/day) but enjoyed having it so I didn't feel guilty about drinking what I wanted/whenever I wanted. The dining package is an absolute steal at $119 for the week. The food was about as good as ANY 5 star restaurant I have ever enjoyed and LeBistro is simply phenomonal.
O'Sheehans Bar was also noteworthy for quality food and outstanding bar service by "RK" and Alquin.
Based on our experience, I look forward to trying Norwegian again...but on a newer ship
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK 8596
Deck 8 was very convenient to O'Sheehans Bar and all the Speciality restaurants. I would recommend it to anyone.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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