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We were apprehensive because we really like meeting new people at our usual dining room set schedule, but we enjoyed going to the different restaurants and trying the different cuisines. Our favorite restaurant was the steak house. Didn't like the Japanese style cooking table restaurant that much, but it was OK. Our room was very small, but clean. It was #11649, and was at the very back of the ship on a corner. We couldn't get our suitcases in the closet, so they had to sit in the cabin, and take up living space. We ate most breakfasts in the Garden Cafe, and it was mostly very good. We did eat a few lunches there as well. The ship was wonderful, the crew was very friendly and helpful. We wanted to try the spa services, but they were so expensive we decided not to go there. I thought the excursions offered were OK, but more expensive than say Carnival Excursions. We have had better excursions on other cruise ships. We had a really bad excursion in Belize because the water was really choppy and the current was really strong. It would have been helpful if they had offered snorkels and fins, but they only had masks to see the sharks and stingrays. The shows every evening were the highlight of the cruise. The performers were totally awesome, especially Duo Deja Vue, and David Naster, the comedian. We enjoyed all the shows very much. Disembarkation was pretty easy on this ship, and at this port. Quick and no problems at all. We will go on Norwegian again! Soon, I hope!

Great ship, loved the "freestyle" cruising

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by SusanG1023

Trip Details
We were apprehensive because we really like meeting new people at our usual dining room set schedule, but we enjoyed going to the different restaurants and trying the different cuisines. Our favorite restaurant was the steak house. Didn't like the Japanese style cooking table restaurant that much, but it was OK. Our room was very small, but clean. It was #11649, and was at the very back of the ship on a corner. We couldn't get our suitcases in the closet, so they had to sit in the cabin, and take up living space. We ate most breakfasts in the Garden Cafe, and it was mostly very good. We did eat a few lunches there as well. The ship was wonderful, the crew was very friendly and helpful. We wanted to try the spa services, but they were so expensive we decided not to go there. I thought the excursions offered were OK, but more expensive than say Carnival Excursions. We have had better excursions on other cruise ships. We had a really bad excursion in Belize because the water was really choppy and the current was really strong. It would have been helpful if they had offered snorkels and fins, but they only had masks to see the sharks and stingrays. The shows every evening were the highlight of the cruise. The performers were totally awesome, especially Duo Deja Vue, and David Naster, the comedian. We enjoyed all the shows very much. Disembarkation was pretty easy on this ship, and at this port. Quick and no problems at all. We will go on Norwegian again! Soon, I hope!
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Cabin Review

Inside
Cabin IC 11649
Very small, our bags wouldn't fit into the closet, so we had to leave them on the floor or on a chair, which took up living space. This was the smallest room we have ever had on a ship. It was clean and comfortable though.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Campo del Mar Nature Park Walking Tour
    Very nice facility, great lunch, 2 swimming pools, lots of chairs and umbrellas, nice park, very small "zoo". Great place to relax and get some sun. The only problem was the very hot, long bus ride to get to the facility. I was afraid the bus was going to break down the entire time. There was no restroom on the bus either.
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  • Stingray and shark swim
    They really need to offer snorkels and fins instead of just a mask. The water was very choppy and the current was very strong. Not safe for weak swimmers. They just went off and left me when I couldn't keep up and I had to make it back to the boat by myself fighting the current that kept pushing me away from the boat.
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  • Dolphin Swim & Encounter
    Great interaction with the dolphins, good food, nice facility. We also enjoyed the snorkeling area. Friendly staff. Photos were way too expensive so we didn't buy any. If they would have sold them for $10 a photo instead of $30, we would have purchased several.
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  • Houston
    We did like the Baytown Port, it was convenient and embarkation was easy and fairly quick. The parking was more than we normally pay, but the convenience was worth it.
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