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Age: 44


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Sailing Date: 2010-03-14

Itinerary: western carribean

Just back from my honeymoon on the jewel.
Over all it was a fun cruise with a lot of good vibes.

We ate in the main dining room Tsar and Azora a couple of nights for dinner.
The food was good at best never amazing.

Two nights we had special dinners:
Le Bistro 20.00 per person surcharge.
The dinner was equivalent to a 3 star NY dining experience.
We had Foie Gras, Snails, Rack of lamb ( 7 ribs or so) bouillabase ( one of the best I have had) .
Each dish was wonderful in flavor and presentation, The Wine service was very good as well.
The service was impeccable.

The other night we went to CHIN CHIN for the main dining and had one of the best chinese dinners in a long time. Ok the dumplings were a little pre cooked but everything else was so fresh and flavorful.

The one issue we had was at both restaurants we had leftovers and wanted them sent to our suite, Was told no problem yet they never arrived, We did not make such a big deal about it, but something NCL should figure out.

Since we had a suite AD class, we ate breakfast and lunch at Cagneys most days,. The food was remarkably good just wish the menu had some daily specials or changed a little, The shrimp cocktail were large and fresh, lamb fattoush salad was one of the better ones I have had. Just a pleasure to look over the pool and dine in a civilized was.

Also regarding the special restaurants ( and all for that matter) they would let you order as many dishes ( we usually asked for extra dishes to be smaller portions) as you want, so your 15-20 dollar per person surcharge can turn into a mini tasting menu if you work it like that.

We met Francois, the executive chef, a hard working man but also so gracious and professional.

We had booking an AE suite and I called NCL a week before the cruise and they gave us a free upgrade to an AD suite.
The suite ( decieving in that it is really one large room not separate as a suite would indicate) was spacious, with great amenities, Oh how I wanted to slip the coffee maker into my bag but that was not going to happen>

The creature comforts , soaps , towels , robes and bedding were all first class and wonderful.

We had butler service ( PUTU) and he could not have been more gracious in helping us with in room dining, reservations, extra towels, a real gentleman.

The only complaint and I had read and sort of dismissed this was in cabin 10666 ( ours) you did get some junk and debris from the cabins over head, Yes they came and cleaned the deck fast but NCL should think about some sort of shield or something to prevent the errant bowls of cereal etc from landing.

I would so do the Room or at least an AFT suite again though.

The boat was fun always something to do although I wish they had the Quest show ( adult scavenger hunt) at the beginning of the trip instead of the last night, It was a great mixer and fun way to meet the other passengers.

During the day there was always something to do or just chill. also due to the design of the ship, the number of chairs on the main deck where the pool and hot tubs are placed is something limited.

Regarding the talent, I wish there was more variety, they had a country theme duo, they were good but repetitive , as was time kominsky, a nice guy but took a long time to set up his routines and was not that funny. so regarding variety in that way I would say a little limited and dissapointing.

the ship was always being cleaned and maintained, could not say enough about the staff.

I think the excursions depend on your ports but also the ship definitly charges way to much of a premium for them. There are many licensed companies available to do the trips for less that also know the ship schedules and will get you back on time. For example in Belize we did a hike and cave tubing, it was 99.00 each person,
with or sometnhing to that name it was 45.00 per person for same transport lunch and even more caves.

The trip over all was wonderful, I will admit going AE / AD class was worth it if for nothing more then cutting the whole line when first boarding the ship, When we arrived at the terminal, we went to VIP Check in, they sat us down gave us some refreshments and literally 10 minutes later was being escorted to our cabin and 5 minutes after was at cagneys for a very civilized lunch.

We did not love the itinerary, Roatan was a sad depressing stop. We walked around the town a little and poor and actually expensive .

Belize we did a tour which was ok but also was slow season for the rafting , which I wish the ship would have told us as it made it a little to lazy.
Mexico was our favorite stop, we took a van for 2 dollars each to a beach area, lined with taco shacks and some shops, Was one of the most fun days I have had in a while. amazing food and relaxed vibe very fair prices.

The private island was a beach area with nothing to do but buy full priced drinks from the bartenders from the boat and have the mediocre bbq. I wish the ships would do more local themed foods for these such as some grilled fish or seafood and native spices, instead of pizza,burgers, hot dogs although they do serve very good chicken.

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