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We had done an Alaska cruise 3 years ago and wanted to go back and see the interior parts of Alaska. Both the land portion and cruise were fantastic! Our embarkation was easy since we arrived in Seward around 3:00 in the afternoon. We were immediately shown to our forward suite. The Jewel was renovated and was beautiful. Our suite was very roomy and we certainly enjoyed it but I have to say that I don't care for the wind you get on the balcony. When we were in port or seeing glaciers, it was great! We saw Hubbard and Sawyer Glaciers and they were both beautiful. We had dinner in Cagney's, LeBistro and Teppanyaki and it is hard to choose which would be the best. All three are excellent! I did notice that the "show" that Teppanyaki usually does while preparing the meal was non existent. Not sure why they cut that out but the food was great! We also visited the buffet once and O'Shehan's once. No complaints at either. Dinner in the main dining room was also very nice. All the food was good as always. Entertainment was good but not great. I thought Rock You Tonight was the best show we saw. The 45 minutes just flew by and we wanted more! Velvet was okay but didn't seem to have a good flow to it. The comedian, Carl Strong, was very funny and we enjoyed him. Le Cirque Bijou was incredible. My only problem was trying to keep up with all the acts, there were several going on at the same time. Icy Strait Point was a great port that we had not visited on our previous cruise. Our excursion, Whales & Wildlife, was great and I highly recommend it. We saw bears, eagles, whales and sea lions. In Skagway, we visited a Musher's Camp and actually had a ride in a sled. We got to hold puppies too. Bottom line, this was a great cruise! If you have the time, I encourage you to do the land tour before the cruise. We did the Authentic Alaska and it was incredible!

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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by Cruisin Patty

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
We had done an Alaska cruise 3 years ago and wanted to go back and see the interior parts of Alaska. Both the land portion and cruise were fantastic! Our embarkation was easy since we arrived in Seward around 3:00 in the afternoon. We were immediately shown to our forward suite. The Jewel was renovated and was beautiful. Our suite was very roomy and we certainly enjoyed it but I have to say that I don't care for the wind you get on the balcony. When we were in port or seeing glaciers, it was great! We saw Hubbard and Sawyer Glaciers and they were both beautiful.

We had dinner in Cagney's, LeBistro and Teppanyaki and it is hard to choose which would be the best. All three are excellent! I did notice that the "show" that Teppanyaki usually does while preparing the meal was non existent. Not sure why they cut that out but the food was great! We also visited the buffet once and O'Shehan's once. No complaints at either. Dinner in the main dining room was also very nice. All the food was good as always.

Entertainment was good but not great. I thought Rock You Tonight was the best show we saw. The 45 minutes just flew by and we wanted more! Velvet was okay but didn't seem to have a good flow to it. The comedian, Carl Strong, was very funny and we enjoyed him. Le Cirque Bijou was incredible. My only problem was trying to keep up with all the acts, there were several going on at the same time.

Icy Strait Point was a great port that we had not visited on our previous cruise. Our excursion, Whales & Wildlife, was great and I highly recommend it. We saw bears, eagles, whales and sea lions. In Skagway, we visited a Musher's Camp and actually had a ride in a sled. We got to hold puppies too.

Bottom line, this was a great cruise! If you have the time, I encourage you to do the land tour before the cruise. We did the Authentic Alaska and it was incredible!
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Cabin Review

Penthouse with Large Balcony
Cabin SE 10500
The Penthouse suite was very roomy. We had a full sized sofa plus a chair, king size bed, and table and chairs for 4. My only complaint would be that the bathroom had a bathtub with shower. I prefer a walk in shower since we found it a little difficult to step in the tub to take our shower. The suite has a separate dressing table which was nice for sitting down to put on my makeup or dry my hair. The balcony was very large but because we were forward, it was windy and difficult to sit outside when moving.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Whale Watching
    We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears. Also saw eagles. After that we boarded a boat for whale watching. We saw whales and sea lions. Great excursion!
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  • Dog Sledding
    We went by bus to the Musher's Camp. Our guide was very good and kept us laughing. We rode in a sled pulled by a team of 16 dogs. Got to hold puppies.
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