As the namesake of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel-class ships, this 2005-built gem launched the line's roomier ships with a larger selection of restaurants and lounges, as well as ample around-the-clock activities. Although its sparkle is now a little faded, a 2014 dry-dock rehab constructed a pub (open 24/7) and a new floor in the dance spot Spinnaker Lounge, as well as easy-to-use digital signage for booking restaurant reservations. The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel doesn’t feature the sporty extras of its newer sister ships (like a bowling alley or rock-climbing wall), but you'll still find lots to do on board.
What We Love
Cabin Choices: The 1,188 cabins are split into five categories, ranging from the 138-square-foot inside rooms to the 4,891-square-foot Haven Garden Villas. This includes approximately 140 interconnecting cabins, ideal for families.
Staying Active: In addition to its late-night revelry, Norwegian Jewel has a full cardio- and strength-training fitness center (with sea views), along with a bevy of calorie-burning, muscle-pumping classes.
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Entertainment Extravaganzas: Acrobats, singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, and musicians of every genre fill a rousing roster. Passengers can get in on the act, too, with trivia contests, games (Deal or No Deal, bingo), sports tournaments, karaoke, and salsa dance classes.
Be Merry: No matter your beverage preference, you’ll find the perfect place to toast. The ship has 13 lounges, ranging from Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar to Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar, to Maltings Beer & Whisky Bar.
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Who It's Best For
Families: All ages are accommodated at the well-run Splash Academy youth center (ages 6 months to 12 years), plus an Entourage teens Club (up to 17 years) that features gaming consoles, Club Underground hangout spot, and a juice bar. There's also a kids-only pool and an indoor play gym.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
You'll Face Many Decisions: From specialty restaurants to spa treatments to classes to excursions, you'll find lots of choices on this ship, as long as you don't mind the scheduling and potential surcharges. Other passengers might feel dismayed their vacation involves so much effort orchestrating what to do, when, and where.
Laura Manske is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Redbook, InStyle, and Cosmopolitan.
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Norwegian Jewel at a Glance
- Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
- Class: Jewel
- Number of Passengers: 2376
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2005
- Refurbish Date: 2014