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The 93,502-ton, 2,375-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Jewel became operational in August 2005. Built at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany she was christened on November 3, 2005 during an official ceremony at the Port of Miami. Designed to be in the category of Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Jewel easily transports 2,400 guests and over 1,000 crew members. The special about this vessel is her speed, restaurant options, and family comfortable accommodations. Norwegian Jewel also gives passengers different options for relaxation like public bars and lounges, well equipped sports and fitness facilities, and staterooms designed with rich cherry wood finishing.
Norwegian Jewel itinerary program was drastically changed - from 7-day Caribbean (from homeport Houson TX) to Australia-Asia and Alaska. In 2017-2018, the liner was relocated for an inaugural cruise season in Australia (homeported in Sydney NSW).
In 2018-2019, NCL Jewel is homeported in Sydney NSW, with winter-spring program offering 7- to 19-day Australia and New Zealand itineraries. In summer 2019, the ship joins Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss in Alaska, operating on 7-day oneway itineraries from homeports Vancouver BC and Seward AK.
In 2019-2020, NCL Jewel returns to Australia - for a 3rd season from Sydney, plus new itineraries from Auckland NZ. Beginning May 11, 2020, the ship is again in Alaska (homeported in Vancouver and Seward) for the 7-day Glacier Bay and Inside Passage itineraries.
Norwegian Jewel has a total of 1188 cabins (of which 360 Balcony, 405 Inside rooms) in 35 grades. Most Norwegian Jewel staterooms are 140-sq.foot Inside rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Jewel are the Haven Garden Villa Suites (2320 ft2).
During the 2-week drydock 2018 refurbishment, all the 1188 passenger staterooms were upgraded with new HDTVs and USB outlets, new carpeting, furniture and artworks. "The Haven" cabin complex received courtyard updates, and all villas and suites received new finishes, tiles, drapes, carpets, artworks and furniture. Additional cabanas were added to Sun Deck. Two new Haven Deluxe Owner Suites were added (max capacity 4 pax, cabin size 1200 ft2 / 112 m2, balcony size 565 ft2 / 53 m2, with terrace whirlpool).
Passengers onboard Norwegian Jewel can seek out their preferred dishes at Cagney's Steak House, Blue Lagoon, and the signature restaurant Le Bistro, or can try the lovely pastas at Mama's Italian Kitchen and tapas at Tangos. The main restaurant, Tsar's Palace, shows the magnificence of St. Petersburg with gold ceilings, shining chandeliers, and ornate balustrades reminiscent of Faberge eggs. An electronic system onboard Norwegian Jewel cuts down on wait times and lines in the restaurants. Monitors throughout the corridors reveal how busy the eateries are, with a bar ranging from green (come on in) to red (crowded). This screen acts as an electronic hostess and lets guests know how long the wait is for a table for four, for example, and where parties are being accepted.
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Jewel's Bora Bora Health Spa and Beauty Salon is managed by Mandara Spa, which fuses eastern and western-style procedures for advanced massage, facials, and more. The sports deck offers the chance for playing basketball, volleyball and tennis, and the Body Waves Fitness Center features state-of-the-art equipment, a hydrotherapy pool, and classes. Children are not forgotten. The Splashdown Kids Club has a swimming pool and an underground sea theme. There are a total of 7 jacuzzis and 3 pools (Sapphire Kid’s Pool) onboard. A 24-hour Internet Cafe is available. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).
Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Jewel tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp pd). Norwegian Jewel cruise ship allows weddings (has a chapel on board).
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