February Break 2012
We sailed the Norwegian Jewel out of NYC on February 18, 2012. My husband, five year old daughter and myself.
Rooms-We booked a balcony level room and stayed in Cabin 9520. The room was VERY small!! Much smaller than those on other cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean. If you are traveling with a family a tip: Request the handicap accessible rooms as they offer more walking space, or spend the extra money and upgrade to a suite. I would suggest the Courtyard Suites with many added benefits and perks including a private pool and deck only for courtyard guests, concierge and butler services and a private dining areal.
Norwegian Dining is different from other cruise lines I have sailed due to their dining options and plan. Most cruise lines all food is included, and you can eat free on this ship as well. However, the best food is found in the specialty restaurants that charge a cover per person for eating there. The most expensive are Cagney’s (Steak and Seafood) $20 pp
and Teppanyaki (Hibachi) $25 pp
Others are 10-15 pp cover. More on the restaurants in the day to day of the cruise. If you want a soda plan it will cost you about 40 per adult and 30 per child for the week and there is also a water plan available.
Internet service on the boat is available in the library and the best deal is a package that will cost $100. It gives you 250 min at .40 per minute. If you want to pay by the minute it is .75 per minute used. There is no free Wi-Fi unless you are in port or off the boat.
Kids Club- I had a lot of trouble finding information about the kids club prior to our trip. Here is the lowdown. It is called SplashDown Kids Club and breaks children up into groups by age. There is a strict no age bumping policy. Groups are 2-5, 6-9, 10-12, and 13-17. Depending on the ages they are in separate rooms with a variety of counselors that play games and keep them relatively entertained. Chidlren 10 and up can sign themselves in and out of the club with the parents permission and you can always call from anywhere on the ship to check on your child. My daughter liked it there, she really enjoyed the large jungle gym provided for the children.
The kids club is opened from 9am-10pm and free of charge for all days at sea. Babysitting IN THE CLUB is available from 10pm-1am at a charge of 6 per child per hour. Days in port there is also a 6 dollar charge per hour to use the club. You can drop off and pick up your child anytime and use it as little or as much as works for your family. It is nice in the evening to grab an early dinner for your kids at the buffet, then drop them off around 7 and have a nice dinner alone in one of the specialty restaurants.
No children under 2 are allowed to be dropped off and the parents of all children non potty trained receive a beeper to tell them to come to the club for a diaper change.
Nickoloden Kids Activities-The Jewel and the Gem and I believe one other ship have an affiliation with Nickelodeon. This Nick kids, is NOT part of the kids club. It is a separate staff and there are various Nick activities offered throughout the ship during the week. Meet and great with SpongeBob and Patrick, Dora’s Dance Party, Arts and Crafts, and Slime Time Live to name a few. There are also Character breakfasts available for a fee if you want to have more time to meet the characters.
Each day I will put up a post that takes you through the days of our trip. Our itinerary is as follows
Day 1-Leave NYC 4pm
Day 2-At Sea
Day 3- Port Canaveral, Florida Arrive (12noon) Leave (10pm)
Day 4-Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas Arrive(11am) Leave (6pm)
Day 5 Nassau, Bahamas Arrive(9am) Leave (6pm)
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 NYC Arrive NYC (8am) Disembark