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The Norwegian Jewel: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 09/22/11 01:50 PM ET Updated: 11/21/11 05:12 AM ET

The Norwegian Jewel is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Norwegian Jewel.


North American And Caribbean Destinations

This ship makes voyages to Alaska, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida. The ship also offers a Panama Canal cruise between New York City and Los Angeles, as well as one from Los Angeles to Miami.


"Freestyle" Cruising

The Norwegian Jewel is a 965-foot ship that boasts Norwegian Cruise Line's "Freestyle" cruise experience. It can accommodate 2,376 passengers with a crew of 1,100. The ship sails at a speed of 25 knots. The ship has a fitness center, water slide, pools, teen discos and adult lounges. The ship also is home to the Splashdown Club for children.


A Range Of Accommodations

The Norwegian Jewel offers inside staterooms that can house up to four guests, ocean view rooms, staterooms with balconies and a variety of suite and penthouse options. Rooms designed with families in mind are available in each of the categories. Inside staterooms are 143 square feet; ocean view rooms are 161 square feet; balcony rooms are 205 square feet; and suites range from 285 square feet to the three-bedroom garden villa at 4,891 square feet.


Prices

Cruise rates on the Norwegian Jewel range from quick, two-day getaways from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, and back at $209 per person for an inside stateroom, to 17-day Panama Canal cruises from New York City to Los Angeles at $2,949 per person for a suite. Children younger than age two are eligible for a reduced fare. Certain itineraries offer discounts on the third and fourth guests in the same stateroom. Infants under six months are not eligible for travel on Norwegian Cruise ships. The company sometimes posts special deals on their website.


Swim With Dolphins At Blue Lagoon

The Norwegian Jewel offers a seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruise round-trip from New York with stops at Port Canaveral, Florida, and Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Shore excursions during this voyage include a Universal Studios Theme Park visit and a dolphin encounter in the crystal waters of Blue Lagoon Island.


Dining Options

The Norwegian Jewel has restaurants that are included in the cruise price and those that are an additional cost. The two main dining rooms, a grill with burgers and pizza and a food court are complimentary options. Restaurants that are available for an extra charge include sushi, French, Italian, steakhouse, Latin and Asian dining. Room service is complimentary from 5 a.m. to midnight, and there is a delivery charge for room service from midnight to 5 a.m.


Maiden Voyage

The Norwegian Jewel made its maiden voyage on Aug. 10, 2005. It was christened by Melania Trump.


In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Norwegian Jewel.


WATCH

This passenger-shot video offers an inside look at the Norwegian Jewel at Christmastime.

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