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Old 08-31-2009, 07:59 AM
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Thinking of booking the Jewel out of Miami in January, they list quite a few restaurants are they all free or are there some you have to pay for? And how does the ship compare to others.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:52 AM
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I believe the Jewel has 12 restaurants and many of them have a surcharge. Le Bistro, Cagney's Steak House, The Italian, The Asian, and The Teppanyaki.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:54 AM
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Been on the Jewel a few times. Great ship and crew on our cruises. We eat at all the specialty restaurants and main dining rooms. Good fish and chips at the Blue Lagoon. The specialty restaurants allow different dining experiences you may not usually try, like the Teppanyaki Room or the Sushi and Sake Bar. There is nothing wrong with the buffet or other venues, try them all if you can. I am told there are sometimes 2 for 1 nights at some of the specialty restaurants, we only experienced that on the Star.
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:52 PM
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Dear James22,

Have sailed several times on the Jewel. Last time being a 12 day southern out of New York City. There are quite a few nights of 2 for 1 - you must dine early however. I seem to recall arriving before 5:30 pm. No problem there. Also, the Japanese is a little pricy now. Years ago it was like $15 extra per person, now I believe $20. But an experience pretty similar to Beni Hana. There is plenty of great food in the dining rooms, at the Blue Lagoon, or at the buffet not to have to go to the pay restaurants at all. I am going out on a limb here but I have been on Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Carnival and I would equate the Norwegian food pretty close to Princess. One thing Norwegian does fabulous is their Bananas Flambe with Rum. Yum Yum. Also the shows on the Jewel are incredible compared to Princess. From the magic to their Own Cirque Bijou. Wonderful ship.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:58 PM
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Hi-just booked my 3rd cruise on the Jewel-she is lovely-only problem, ship is divided in 2 and can't get there from here. Yes there is a surcharge for the restaurants-worth it. Steak house is great and skip the the forward dining room and opt for the aft-much finer, quieter and more elegant unless you have children.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:52 PM
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Hi --

I am long overdue for a cruise (it's been 4 years!) and am getting very excited to book something! We are planning on a family cruise for our daughter's high school graduation. My children have never cruised before. (son will be 12, daughter will be 18) Anyway, I've never been on NCL and my concern is what I have been reading about surcharges for dining. Is that at every restaurant? Why is that? I thought food was always included on cruises and that was a big benefit. Can anybody explain?

Thanks a lot!

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:15 PM
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The main dining rooms are included in the cruise pricing, as is the buffet and Blue Lagoon. There is no reason to dine in the specialty restaurants unless you want a little extra, well worth it but there is a surcharge. Room service is available at no extra charge however a tip would be in order.

Log on to the NCL website and it will give all relevant information.

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Old 10-20-2009, 03:08 AM
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Thanks for the helpful reply Bryan, appreciate it!
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