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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2005 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: N/A room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Freestyle Dining
Guest Occupancy: 2,376 Dining Hours: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Crew: 1,111 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 93,000 tons Bars/Lounges: 11
Length: 965 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 105 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 25 knots Swimming Pools: 3
Decks: 15 Hot Tubs: 6
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

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With 12 different restaurants to choose from, 24-hour room service to treat yourself to, and 11 bars and lounges to relax in, you're sure to find something that satisfies your vacationing needs onboard Norwegian Jewel. She is a beautiful ship, featuring some of the most beautiful accommodations at sea (such as NCL's exclusive Courtyard and Garden Villas). Are you the type that doesn't like to be restricted by set dining times and formal attire on a nightly basis? Then Norwegian's Freestyle Cruising concept is exactly what you've been looking for!

Destinations & Itineraries
Norwegian Jewel will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Bahamas, Eastern & Western Caribbean
2013: Alaska, Bahamas, Southern & Western Caribbean, Cruise to Nowhere, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal

Norwegian Jewel features a wide array of stateroom types, from its standard interior staterooms all the way up to its unbelievable, butler and concierge level, Courtyard and (really amazing) Garden Villas.

Interior Staterooms:
Norwegian Jewel's interior staterooms feature cherry wood finishing, two lower beds (that can convert to a queen-size), a TV, a small refrigerator, a hairdryer, a closet, and a bathroom with a vanity, shower and sink. Room categories range from a category N (usually the least expensive, and located on the lowest passenger deck) all the way up to a category II (located on the higher decks of the ship, and usually the most expensive inside stateroom category).

Oceanview Staterooms: The oceanview staterooms have the same standard amenities as the interior staterooms, however; they feature a porthole or window of some sort (for a nice view of the surroundings while you're traveling). The most basic oceanviews are the category H's (which feature a porthole window), while the most premium oceanviews are the category CC's (which feature a picture window). The category G's have an obstructed view (there will be a lifeboat hanging in front of your window, blocking the full view).

Balcony Staterooms: The balcony staterooms onboard Norwegian Jewel feature a sitting area, and a floor-to-ceiling glass door that opens to a private balcony. The most premium category for the standard (non-suite) balconies is a category BA, while a BE is the least premium.

Suites: There is a wide variety of suites onboard Norwegian Jewel. The most basic suites are the (category AF and AG) mini-suites. These rooms feature two lower beds that can convert to a queen-size bed, a sitting area, a private balcony, and a luxury bath and shower.

After the mini-suites, the next most premium room category are the Penthouses. These rooms feature a living area, private balcony, dining area, and a bedroom with a queen-size bed. There is also a luxury bath and shower. These rooms have a butler and concierge service available. The Romance Suite (category AD) is a special type of Penthouse, designed for romance. Category AB Penthouses are the only Penthouses that feature a separate children's bedroom.

The Courtyard Villas (there are 10 in total - 8 category A3 and 2 category A4) feature a living area, a private balcony, a dining area, a separate bedroom with a queen-size bed and luxury bath and separate shower. A major feature of this type of luxury accommodation is that they have access to a private courtyard area with a pool, hot tub, and sundeck. Plus, they have access to an exclusive concierge lounge, with butler and concierge service available. The category A3 Courtyard Villas have a separate children's bedroom.

The 4 Owner's Suites onboard Norwegian Jewel (category AA) are over 790 square feet. These suites feature a living room, private balcony, dining room, separate bedroom with king-size bed, mini bar, and luxury bath with separate shower. These rooms also have access to the concierge lounge, and to a private courtyard (as explained above). Butler and concierge service is also available.

The most premium, and spectacular, accommodations onboard Norwegian Jewel are the two Garden Villas (category A1). These suites are 4,390 square feet (yes, you read correctly...4,390 square feet!!!) and feature a complete living room, a dining room, and three separate bedrooms that each have a king- or queen-size bed and private luxury bath. One of the bedrooms features a full bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Each of the Garden Villas has access to a private courtyard area that has a pool, hot tub, and sundeck. Plus, you have access to the exclusive concierge lounge, and have butler and concierge service to enjoy. These suites accommodate 6 adults, and also has room for 2 rollaway beds and 3 cribs.

Please be aware that the suites onboard Norwegian Jewel that are made for those with disabilities will not have the luxury bath - they will only have a shower.

All Norwegian Cruise Line ships have an open dining setup (which is one of the main aspects of their Freestyle Cruising format). Open dining means that you can eat where you want, when you want. Norwegian Jewel has 12 dining venues from which you can choose from, besides the 24-hour room service!

Norwegian Jewel's two main restaurants are Tsar's Palace, featuring an interior design inspired by the grand palaces of Russia, and Azura, styled like a modern boutique hotel. These two restaurants offer the same five-course menu as each other, but the menu changes each night of the cruise. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

The Garden Cafe, located on deck 12, is Norwegian Jewel's buffet. It features a wide array of options for you to chose from, depending on the time and day you dine there (including omelets, pastas, soups, ethnic specialties, salads, and more). There is a special Kids Cafe area for children, with smaller chairs and tables.

Perfect for those "midnight snackers," the Blue Lagoon (located on deck 8) is a 24-hour eatery, featuring a menu that includes favorites such as hamburgers, french fries, and even fast-wok dishes.

The specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Jewel offer many dining choices to choose from. Most of these venues have a per person cover charge, typically ranging between $10 and $30. Some of the specialty dining venues only charge half the normal cover charge from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Cagney's Steakhouse (located on deck 13) is one of the most popular specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Jewel. Cagney's is an upscale traditional American steakhouse, with a 1930's theme. This restaurant charges a $20 per person cover charge for those that dine in it and choose anything but the Surf 'n Turf (which costs $30 per person). Le Bistro is a French specialty restaurant with a great menu, located on deck 6. Chin Chin is Norwegian Jewel's Pan Asian restaurant, featuring a Japanese/Chinese/Thai menu. This restaurant features a sushi, sake and sashimi bar and teppanyaki (also known as Hibachi) room. There is an all-you-can-eat sushi option available at a flat fee of $15 per person.

There are two specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Jewel that are less expensive than the rest (at $10 per person), Mamma's Italian Kitchen (a casual Italian Restaurant located on deck 12) and Tango's Tapas Latin Restaurant (where a delicious Tex Mex cuisine is served).

Reservations are highly recommended for the specialty restaurants, as they are very in demand and can book up quickly. Dining reservations cannot be made prior to your cruise. You can make a reservation 24 hours prior to the day you want to dine, unless you have a balcony or higher (in which case you can make a reservation within 48 hours). Be sure to make reservations at least the night before you want to dine, to help ensure that the time (and restaurant) you want to dine at will be available for you.

Onboard Features
Norwegian Jewel is packed with tons of places to go and things to do. There's really something for everyone...

As far as sport-related features go, there is a jogging/walking track (located on deck 13), a basketball/volleyball/tennis court (also on deck 13), and the Body Waves Fitness Center (which is open 24-hours a day and has daily fitness classes). There are also the Sapphire Pools, and six outdoor hot tubs! There are 144 sunbeds, 314 chairs, and 14 stools on the sundeck.

During the day, Topsiders Pool Bar & Grill (on deck 12) is a popular, and busy, place to hang out. It's a great place to grab a quick snack and a drink. The FYZZ Cabaret Lounge & Bar (on deck 7) is a lively place at night, with three private karaoke rooms to accommodate small groups. Spinnaker Lounge (located on deck 13) features a bar, music and dancing; it's a great choice to spend your evening in. For those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, there is also the Shaker's Martini & Cocktail Bar, Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar, and the Star Bar (a 30's style bar located on deck 13).

The Jewel Club Casino (located on deck 6) is a real hot spot, especially at night and on days at sea. There are lots of slot machines and many tables to choose from. There will usually be many poker, slot, and blackjack tournaments throughout the cruise. Of course, there is also a full bar in the casino.

One of the most popular things to do onboard Norwegian Jewel is to go to the Stardust Theatre for its nightly show. The Stardust Theatre is huge! It spans three decks (5, 6, and 7). This theatre has a capacity of 1,042 and features various Broadway and Vegas-style shows.

For those looking for a more relaxing time, there is a library, internet cafe, card room, the Life Styles room (a place for quiet reading), the Corona Cigar Club, and a huge outdoor deck to pick a spot on and relax in a lounge chair. The Bora Bora Health Spa & Beauty Salon is located on deck 12. Feel free pamper yourself and choose from a wide range of spa treatments - you won't regret it!

Want to shop? Not a problem...the Galleria shops are located on deck 7. This set of department store style shops feature tax-free discounted liquor, jewelry, clothing, snacks, medicine, and much more.

Dress Code and Attire
Because of the Freestyle Cruising concept, the dress code is not very strict or formal on a Norwegian Cruise - it is actually quite casual, relative to other cruise lines. As far as dining goes, casual attire is preferred during the day. Examples of casual attire are: khakis, skirts, jeans, casual tops, and shorts. At the buffet and outdoor dining venues, swimwear with a cover-up is just fine.

During dinner a collared shirt and pants (or nice jeans) is fine for men. For women slacks, jeans, dresses, skirts, and tops are fine. If you'd like to dress up for dinner and wear something more formal or glamorous that is OK too, as on most NCL cruises there is usually at least one night were many people will do so (known as the "Captain's Night" or "Formal Night"). For kids 12 and under, shorts are OK in all of the restaurants.

Children Programs
NCL's children's program is called the Kids Crew. The Kids Crew program is run by NCL's Youth Staff and is free of charge (of course, gratuities are appreciated by the staff). Each staff member is CPR and First Aid certified. The Kids Crew program features complimentary activities that are scheduled throughout each day of your cruise. Examples of these activities are painting, pajama parties, pizza making, and shows. A parent or guardian is required to initially register 2-17 year olds for this program. Children are assigned to groups, based on age (Juniors = 2-5 years old, First Mates = 6-9 years old, Navigators = 10-12 years old, and Teens = 13-17 years old). Kids under 13 may not sign themselves out. There is not a one-on-one care program available in the Youth Program.

There is group-sitting available for kids. The "Late Night Party Zone" and "Port Play" are both programs for kids 2-12 years of age. The "Port Play" program is run from 9 am to 5 pm and is for parents that want to go on shore excursions alone, leaving their kids in the hands of qualified professionals. The "Late Night Party Zone" is available from 10 pm to 1 am. The cost of these two programs is $5 per hour, per child, and $3 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. These charges are applied to your onboard expense account.

There is also a Teen Program available onboard Norwegian Jewel. This program is for those that are 13-17 years of age. This program is a great way for teens to meet and have fun.

As far as facilities for children and teens goes, there is a video arcade on deck 12 that features various video games and machines. There is also the Teen Club, a hip teen hang out (also located on deck 12). Splashdown Kid's Club is located on deck 12; it's a special kids area filled with an indoor jungle gym/obstacle course.

Tipping and Gratuities
NCL charges a fixed fee for what they call service charges on all Norwegian Jewel cruises. This fee is $12 per person, per day and is charged to your onboard expense account. There is no such charge for children under 3 years of age. If while on your cruise you find that these fees are more than you'd like to pay (or if you are very unhappy with the service you've been provided with by the staff), you can adjust the service charge fees to the level you prefer (as long as you do so before you leave the ship). NCL does not consider this service charge to be the same thing as a gratuity or tip. NCL states that they do not auto-charge you for gratuities (even though the service charge does seem to be a similar fee).

If you find a few staff members that really stand out and make your vacation more enjoyable, NCL's staff is allowed to accept cash gratuities. The recommended gratuity for guests purchasing bar beverages is 15%. For those purchasing spa and salon services, please be aware that NCL automatically adds a gratuity of 18% (called a service charge on certain ships).

Alcohol Policy
The official legal drinking age on a Norwegian cruise is 21 years of age. However, guests that are 18 to 20 years old with written consent from their parents or guardian are allowed to purchase beer and wine when the ship is sailing in international waters (except in Alaska & Hawaii, where you must be 21 years old to do so).

Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age on all NCL cruise ships in 18 years of age. A valid photo ID may be required, so be sure to have one with you while in the casino. Please be aware that onboard casinos are closed on NCL ships while sailing in Hawaii.

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