Usc90grad Posted November 14, 2006 #1 Share Posted November 14, 2006 We just returned from a week on the Jewel (11/5-11/12) and I have to admit I was slightly disappointed. After hearing so much about the Jewel, I expected much more. While there were a lot of great things about the ship, I wanted to rant for a second and see if anyone else had the same experiences: 1. We were very disappointed in the atrium, which is extremely small and only two stories (unlike other ships that have a multiple floor atriums with glass elevators, etc). Also the ship lacked some of the more common ammenties other new ships have (rock climbing walls, putt putt course, etc). They did have a basketball court, but the back boards were missing the rims. Also the kid's pool area was very disappointing (very, very small). 2. The cruise director was pathetic (sorry if that sounds harsh). We didn't see him until the last day when we were leaving the ship. He made several announcements over the ship's PA system during the week, but other than that, he was not to be seen. He didn't do the get-to-know-the-staff meeting that you typically get on your first day on the ship. Also the activities for the week were rather sparse. 3. The two main dining rooms are small, although I assume they had to do this to accomodate the several specialty restaurants on board. Speaking of which, unless you made reservations for the entire week on your first day on the ship, you could forgot about eating in the speciality restaurants. We called on Tuesday and the only times Mama's Italian and Cagneys had for the rest of the week was at 9:30 or 10:00. The food in the main dining room was good, but not as good as past NCL cruises. On the positive side, the mini-suites we had were very nice (loved the larger bathroom). And the stops in Antigua, St. Thomas and the private island were awesome. Thanks for letting me vent! :) I would love to hear from others who have been on the Jewel. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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