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We stayed in the Crown Plaza River Oaks in Houston with a hotel & transfer package. The hotel was very nice. Sat. at 12 we boarded the bus & went to the Bayport Pier. When we've cruised before we always tried to get to the pier very early & get right on the ship, but are always too early to get into our room. We arrived at about 1:30. There was a line outside but it moved Very fast. I was pleasantly surprised. Also we got to go right into our room. Will talk about restaurants first. Since we ate a later lunch at the garden café I really wasn't in the mood for a big dinner so later we went to O'Shehans. There were only about 4 other tables occupied but the service was very slow. We thought we might leave when a waiter finally came over. It was just okay. Sat night we went to Tsars. Since it was a formal night (if you wanted it to be), we did have a few minute wait to get in, but that was the only night we waited. We sat at a table with Ayuh as our waiter. She was great & we asked for her the 3 other nights we went back to Tsars. I read some reviews about the wait for food. We did not have that. We always each had 2 appetizers, an entrée & Ayuh always would pick another for us to split, desert, coffee & after dinner drinks & we were out in 1 hr. We also ate at Cagney's & La Bistro. They were both great. One thing we loved that was changed was the photo gallery. Before you just had to walk around till you found your pictures. Now, everyone on their room card has a bin location. Thank you NCL. It saves a lot of confusion. Some of the activities I did onboard were 2 martini tasting. A really good deal. Supposed to get 6 tastings ( They're about 1/2 the size of a regular glass) but 1 evening it was 7 & one night 8. Since a regular martini is $10 this is a great deal at $14. I Love martinis. We loved listening to Randon Lawrence in Magnum's. I did Deal or No Deal. I was very unlucky. Didn't have any matches. We did go to 4 shows & liked them all. David Naster, Deja V,the magician Jean Parent & the La Cirque BeJou.  

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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by dhepner

Trip Details
We stayed in the Crown Plaza River Oaks in Houston with a hotel & transfer package. The hotel was very nice. Sat. at 12 we boarded the bus & went to the Bayport Pier. When we've cruised before we always tried to get to the pier very early & get right on the ship, but are always too early to get into our room. We arrived at about 1:30. There was a line outside but it moved Very fast. I was pleasantly surprised. Also we got to go right into our room. Will talk about restaurants first.
Since we ate a later lunch at the garden café I really wasn't in the mood for a big dinner so later we went to O'Shehans. There were only about 4 other tables occupied but the service was very slow. We thought we might leave when a waiter finally came over. It was just okay.
Sat night we went to Tsars. Since it was a formal night (if you wanted it to be), we did have a few minute wait to get in, but that was the only night we waited. We sat at a table with Ayuh as our waiter. She was great & we asked for her the 3 other nights we went back to Tsars. I read some reviews about the wait for food. We did not have that. We always each had 2 appetizers, an entrée & Ayuh always would pick another for us to split, desert, coffee & after dinner drinks & we were out in 1 hr.
We also ate at Cagney's & La Bistro. They were both great.
One thing we loved that was changed was the photo gallery. Before you just had to walk around till you found your pictures. Now, everyone on their room card has a bin location. Thank you NCL. It saves a lot of confusion.
Some of the activities I did onboard were 2 martini tasting. A really good deal. Supposed to get 6 tastings ( They're about 1/2 the size of a regular glass) but 1 evening it was 7 & one night 8. Since a regular martini is $10 this is a great deal at $14. I Love martinis.
We loved listening to Randon Lawrence in Magnum's.
I did Deal or No Deal. I was very unlucky. Didn't have any matches.
We did go to 4 shows & liked them all. David Naster, Deja V,the magician Jean Parent & the La Cirque BeJou.
 
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Cabin BB 10538
I've read through other reviews trying to find out this info so I will change up the format & go right to it. First, yes there is a coffee pot in the balcony rooms which I love. No need to have room service at a particular time or to get dressed & go up to the buffet just for coffee which we have done many times. Loved having our coffee on the balcony.2.Space in a balcony room & mini suites is very limited & there is always a lot of paper from the daily schedules, shore excursion info & other cluttering up the dresser & desk. The walls in the room are metal (they don't look like it so I had my doubts but happy when they stuck) so with clip magnets you can put all the papers you have lying around & hang them up. I took 2. Works great.3. None of the rooms have clocks & this bugs me, so I take my own. I set it on the counter so day or night I know what time it is. Make sure it's illuminated.4. Also a splitter is helpful since there's only 2 plugs in the room. Then you don't have to unplug the clock to use the hairdryer.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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