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  1. magical914

    Alcohol and a 20 year old

    We've sailed twice on NCL with our children and their friends. On the Sun(2008) we had signed parental consent forms and both friends(20) were able to get PC cards with my consent. On the Jewel(2009) we had the signed parental consent forms again, but they we're not able to drink because the minor's parent must be on the sailing. I understand from the manager on board that each ship's staff determines how strictly they uphold that rule.
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    Tapas on the Jewel?

    The Tapas bar is located right between the Blue Lagoon and Tango's(mex rest) which is about midship on deck 8. We visited quite a few times on our Jan cruise. The sangria is to die for!!!!
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    Big dissapointment with NCL-Jewel

    Wow. I was shocked when I read your review...We were on that same exact cruise and LOVED it. Our rooms and beds were great...as a matter of fact I thought it was one of the the cleanest ships I've been on. Our group found dining no problem at all but we also didn't dine early..that may have been the difference. We ate in 3 of the specialty restaurants and found them all very good. We did actually win at bingo and we only played the least expensive packages. We bought the raffle once, when it came with a beach bag and extra bingo games and won $10.00. We weren't lucky at all in the casino, but we had fun and set limits on our spending. We loved the crew. We thought everyone we came in contact with were very nice. We even developed some friendships. I'm so sorry you were so unhappy with the Jewel, she became one of my favorites!
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    Please help with SPIRIT Deck 9

    Thank you all for the information. It's great to hear you loved the ship...
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    White Hot Party - Monte Carlo Night

    We just got off the Jewel this month. The Monte Carlo Night was primarily in the Casino. The White Hot Party was late night in the Spinnaker Lounge. My Daughter(21) and her boyfriend went-had a great time and said it was alot of fun. Cruise staff recognized her all the next day(lol) T shirts for both were available in the gift shop for $15.00. If you want to buy one get it early, they sold quickly in the smaller sizes.
  6. Can anyone comment on personal experience with the noise in inside cabins on deck 9 in the aft section? I know these are located below the childrens area and childrens pool but they are larger than most, and we prefer the aft location. NCL has assured us that the noise will not be a problem...but I really was interested in hearing from someone who was there! Thanks for any help you can give me.
  7. We LOVED the Jewel. The ship is beautiful, the crew was very friendly, polite and we had them kidding around with our group in no time! The shows were great, the comedian...hysterical. We even won twice in bingo! However, we did nothing but lose in the casino.lol The noro was runnning wild about midway through, we went to silver service which made service a lot slower, but it was for the good of everyone. Even with the extra stress, the crew was great!
  8. On our Jan. 9 cruise a letter was left in our cabin with an explanation of the credit and the amount. A seperate letter was send to each cabin passenger.
  9. We just came home from the Jewel this week and I can't wait to be back out there!!! I'm also looking forward to Belize. We were there last year on the Sun, but because of rough seas all the excursions were cancelled. Later in the afternoon we were able to go ashore but we had limited time and really just visited the shops, I would really like to see more this time. I can't wait to here back about prices....we're hoping to make it a big family cruise. The more the merrier!!!!
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    disembark question/help?

    We just did this yesterday. We left the ship at 10am arrived at Ft. Lauderdale airport around 11am, and had plenty of time before our 1:25 flight. It was a sunday so there wasn't much traffic and we had hired our own transportation that was outside the ship waiting. You have more than enough time ...we were the last group off the ship, you could choose to disembark even earlier if you're worried.
  11. Hi...just returned from the jewel last night and I am already thinking 2010. We would also be interested in possibly joining you depending on date, $, etc. We would need 3+ cabins. Can't wait to hear back!
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    alcohol under 21

    Hi....We returned a week ago from the Sun. Both of my children brought friends(19 and 20) and my husband and I were able to sign the form on board the ship to allow them to drink. I did download the parental consent form from the NCL website and both friends parents signed them, but we were never asked to show them. I guess if they the kids are listed in your cabin and are over 18 thats all they need. Hope this helps.
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    Group Cruises??

    Hey Kristen When in January 2009 are you looking to go? We are also looking at possibly going on the Jewel in Jan. for my daughters 21st bday. Right now we have approx. 15 interesred in going....l
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    NCAA final four - Sun

    Yes. The Sports Bar located on deck 11 aft has lots of televisions always tuned into whatever games are being broadcasted. They can be viewed from the bar or from the tables. LOVED the Sun...have a great time!
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    Sun review 3/15-3/22

    We just returned last night from a week on the Sun!!! What a great time we had. We were a group of 14-from age 10 to 71. Embarkation: Efficient, speedy,friendly and on the ship before we knew it! Setting up the parental consent authorization was simple too, I had actually more documention then they asked for!!! We had lunch in Four Seasons (as recommended on these boards) and we were sooo glad we did. It was not only quiet, but the tilapia most of us ordered was terrific. The rooms were ready by one, our suitcases came really early, we were unpacked by the muster drill. The drill was fast and we were on our way! Restaurants: We ate in all but one and were very pleased with them all. The food in the specialty restaurants was better, but you expect that when your paying extra. One of the main dining rooms (Seven seas) was listed as no jeans and they did direct those in jeans to the Four Seasons. We ate at various times and never had a problem getting reservations or a table anywhere. We were a group of 14 and I must say the service was exceptional!!! We commented many times to waiters and Maitre D's. Bars and Lounges: We also experienced all of them(we had FUN). My favorite was Las Ramblas but the Sports Bar was a close second. Our entire group had a "mandatory" cocktail hour each night so we became very "experienced" about the bars. Activities: So much to do and so little time. We were always entertained somehow...shows, comedians, bingo, games, contests, Casino...etc. Of course we participated in the Martini tasting(lots of laughs after about the third martini). The pool lounge chairs were a problem(but thats a problem on every cruise we've been on) they were gone by 8am one morning. We were however able to find seating on the second level. Buffets: I know everyone complains about the buffet food, but I really didn't think it was bad (with the exception of the scrambled water eggs lol). The omelets were great, and the waffles and french toast was our favorite. We always found great food for lunch too. The pasta bar, wok area and calzones were a favorite. Staterooms: We had inside and balcony staterooms all of which were spacious and comfortable. We did request some mattress toppers for a few beds which were happily put on by our GREAT cabin stewards. We were treated like royalty by our stewards....any request was no problem.( I miss their smilimg faces) Seas and Excursions: We did have a couple of rough days at sea( no fault of NCL) but I thought they kept us well informed about everything, and sincerely tried their best to keep everyone safe and happy. In Belize, four of our kids were suppose to go on an early morning excursion two went but the other two were afraid to get on the tender boats. I approached an excursion staff member(Carmen) who immediately refunded the excursion(which she did not have to do) with a smile and a simple-I understand...no worries. Roatan: Loved, Loved, Loved Roatan. We did the Tabyana Beach Party which was the most beautiful, relaxing day I have had in a along time!!! The kids did the Reef Riders and had a blast. Cozumel: A great day of shopping and lunch at Pancho's backyard. Great stirrup cay was unreachable due to rough seas so we spent the day in Nassau....shopping is never a problem for me. Spring Breakers: We never experienced or saw any problems, loudness or disrespect with spring breakers. Our ship was booked yet seemed quiet. I would also have to say that we saw more younger kids running the halls and being loud but that wasn't a problem for us either....we were going with the flow..... Constructive criticism: Besides the watery scrambled eggs...the only thing I would say annoyed me a little was at some of the bars(not all!) it was difficult for the kids(and occasionally the adults) to get a soda with the soda card. The bars are sometimes understaffed during off hours and it's difficult for one bartender to make drinks and also dispense sodas. Debarkation: We had a mid afternoon flight so we leisurely went to breakfast and left the ship around 9:30 (kicking and screaming). Saying goodbye to the cruise staff(with hugs-they knew us by name) and having our card swiped that one last time was the hardest part. As we left the ship, the sight of customs brought us back to reality and our over 2 hour delay at the airport had me thanking God that we booked two cabins for a future NCL cruise. Overall we had a great time. The ship was beautiful, clean and spacious(We had no problem finding our way around-its not as difficult as some describe). The crew was outstanding and we took every opportunity to tell them so. We can't wait to sail with NCL again!!!!:D