Norwegian Jewel is back after an extensive ship-wide renovation. We stepped on board the 2376 person cruise ship when it docked in Sydney to find out what all the fuss is about.
Norwegian Cruise Lines spent $400m to “improve ambience and quality” across the Norwegian fleet. It’s fair to say that beginning the 2019 season with the Jewel is a tough act to beat.
The NCL’s latest revamp has taken the already promising cruise line to uncharted waters, (no pun intended).
The Norwegian Jewel boasts swimming pools, spas, sports courts and loads of inclusive dining options. It has a library, an art gallery and 1188 completely refurbished cabins – all decked out with new TV’s. It’s affordable, accessible, luxury travel. It doesn’t get much better than this.
For only two weeks in the dry dock, they’ve done a lot. The bow-to-stern renovation has refreshed accommodation, entertainment venues and premium staterooms. Two new venues have been added; American retro diner bar The Pit Stop, and the late-night Bliss Ultra Lounge. The cruise will also premiere brand new shows Rock You Tonight and Velvet at the Stardust Theatre.
Norwegian has added new deluxe rooms, all suites fitted with private hot tubs.
Whether you’re craving Teppanyaki, American diner food, Asian fusion or French cuisine – you aren’t short of choice. The 16 fully equipped restaurants offer a full range of cuisines and delicacies. The 554 seat Tsar’s Palace is the main dining room and offers a diverse menu. It has ‘freestyle’ time and seating options – meaning there’s no need to book in advance.
The ship offers everything from a luxury nine-course dining experience to burger bars and patisserie-style breakfasts. Choose from multi-course menus of freshly prepared and signature cuisines.
If you’d rather have a lazy night in with your private balcony views, the food court is open 24-hours and room service is available ship-wide.
The Jewel is renowned for its speedy embarkation and disembarkation. Smooth transitions mean more time for day trips at each port.
Attentive and experienced cabin stewards and disability officers make accessibility easy for every passenger. First level and limited stair options are available for those with limited mobility.
Watch magicians, live shows and comedy at the Stardust Theatre, or an acrobatic performances Le Cirque Bijou.
You can also enjoy one of the 15 bars – including the new Bliss Ultra Lounge. Chose from champagne, sake and cocktail bars, to ocean views, 1930’s deco and live music.
Relax with yoga or try a more upbeat zumba class, flywheel cycling, sports courts, and plenty of lounging by the poolside.
If you like to start the day moving, the Jewel gym boasts stunning ocean views and is fully equipped with machines for varying ability.
The Jewel Club Casino is open 24 hours and features Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.
The Jewel reno isn’t just interiors. The recent NCL refurb initiative put huge funding towards ports. Stunning locations across multiple continents are available for exploration in 2019. The cruise will tour Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Asia, the US and Canada, offering seven to 19 day cruises throughout the season.