Norwegian Jewel joined the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet in August 2005. This gem of a ship really lives up to her name. She's bright and colourful both inside and out with a dazzling list of facilities for all ages. Chic staterooms and suites, 13 bars and lounges, 16 dining venues, hot tubs, swimming pools, lively entertainment shows - it's little wonder this ship is the jewel in the Norwegian Cruise Line crown.
Families adore the freedom of Norwegian Jewel's freestyle dining - no fixed eating times or pre-assigned seating. This also means there's no 'dressing up' for dinner unless you feel like it, and you have the freedom of casual self-serve buffets. For children and teens, there’s entertainment including Nickelodeon, Video Arcade, Club Underground, Sapphire Kid's Pool and Splashdown Kid's Club. Couples and solo travellers are well looked after too. Whether it's savouring gourmet dining in the speciality restaurants, pampering treatments in the Mandara Spa, shopping in The Galleria, or simply relaxing poolside in the sunshine. Activity fans have access to the Body Waves Fitness Centre, where you can play tennis, basketball and volleyball on its multi-sports court.
Norwegian Jewel brings together a world of flavours in her themed eateries. Savour extensive menus, signature dishes from the chef and a varied list of wines in The Azura and The Tsar's Palace restaurants. The Garden Cafe has its own section for children and is the perfect place to tuck into a family-friendly menu of soups, pastas, salads, omelettes and international buffet dishes. Dine on a lavish alfresco buffet at The Great Outdoors on Deck 12, or head to O'Sheehan's for American food, cold beers,large screen televisions and table games in an authentic Irish pub setting. Asian fusion cuisine including soups, noodles and wok-fried dishes is served in the Chin Chin restaurant. But if you want something light, quick and delicious then tuck into burgers, bratwurst and hot dogs at the Sky High Bar & Grill.
The speciality restaurants present a plethora of international tastes and flavours. La Cucina offers authentic Italian-style fare with favourites such as pasta, pizza, gelatos and tiramisu. Le Bistro features an art nouveau decor and a selection of contemporary French specialities, while slow roasted meats are served by pasadores to your table in Moderno Steakhouse. Relish hibachi-style chops, steaks and seafood dishes from the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant; then try some sushi and sashimi in the Sushi & Sake Bar. Savour American Angus Beef steaks, truffle fries and your favourite cocktails in Cagney's Steakhouse, or taste deliciously sweet cannoli and cupcakes at Carlo's Bake Shop.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and lounges once you're on-board Norwegian Jewel. Relax with your favourite speciality coffee and pastry in the Atrium Cafe & Bar, or enjoy a full bar service at Topsiders Bar & Grill on Deck 12. Toast your trip in style with a glass of bubbly in Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar, before flexing your vocal chords with karaoke in the FYZZ Cabaret Lounge & Bar. The Maltings Beer and Whiskey Bar is modelled on the lobby bar of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London with mood lighting, snug chairs and low tables - perfect for aperitifs or nightcaps. Traditional Japanese saki is served in the Sake Bar or you can sip delicious cocktails and martinis in Shakers Martini and Cocktail Bar.
The evening scene on Norwegian Jewel offers something to captivate all guests. Discover lively production shows and thrilling cabaret acts on stage in the Stardust Theatre - great for quality family time. Band on The Run and Le Cirque Bijou shows are fantastic fun for adults, while Nickelodeon Slime Time Live and Pajama Jam are sure to keep children entertained. Encounter live music and a dance floor in The Spinnaker Lounge along with floor to ceiling windows providing spectacular panoramic views. You can always don your white attire and celebrate your cruise beneath the stars on the pool deck at the White Hot Party. Feeling lucky? Head to the Jewel Club Casino for roulette, blackjack and a game of Let it Ride.
Day 1: UK to Anchorage (for Seward), Alaska
Fly from the UK to Anchorage and be transferred to the port to board NCL Jewel for your seven-night cruise.
Day 2: Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier is the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America. Spanning 76 miles and 1,200 feet in depth in pristine Disenchantment Bay, the glacier dwarfs the cruise ships that pass it and regularly calves mini glaciers the size of ten-storey buildings! The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife — from whales, otters and harbour seals in the water to moose, brown bears, and black-tailed deer on the shoreline.
Day 3: Icy Strait Point
Icy Strait Point is located on Chichagof Island just outside the small village of Hoonah. This privately-owned resort is named after the nearby Icy Strait. Step ashore to experience authentic regional culture, incredible natural beauty and indigenous wildlife, Tlingit art and dancing, and to taste fresh Dungeness crab. Take a cruise from Icy Strait Point to get an up close view of the dramatic scenery, humpback whales and brown bears. Ride the bus to the top of Hoonah Mountain for far-reaching views, before descending on the world's largest ZipRider which soars 300 feet above the rainforest below.
Day 4: Juneau, Alaska & Cruise Sawyer Glacier
Juneau is the state capital of Alaska, and it is not hard see why people would want to settle here. Juneau is one of the natural beauty hotspots of the world; take a trip to the 2000-feet deep Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring in the area. With wild bear viewing areas, The Tongass National Park is also a great spot for camping, fishing, and hiking amongst lush green surroundings. Marvel at water views from Mount Roberts Tramway and treat yourself to unique souvenirs from the gift shop. Nugget Falls is a spectacular waterfall downstream of the Nugget Glacier; capture unforgettable photos here with loved ones. Take a tour of Juneau Icefield with over 40 huge glaciers to admire or kayak over the icy waters of Medenhall Lake.
Day 5: Skagway, Alaska
Skagway, commonly known as 'The Gateway to the Klondike' was born out of the Kondike Gold rush of the 1890s. Once home to saloons, dance halls and gambling houses, Skagway now has only about 1,000 residents. Relive the town's 'heyday' with an interesting downtown walking tour and gold panning excursion. Visit Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to see thousands of historic photos and archaeological artefacts. For the little more adventurous, take a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad past glistening glaciers and picturesque waterfalls.
Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan can be described as the first city of Alaska. Situated in the most southern part of the state and surrounded by deep fjords and lush forests, this small fishing town is a popular stop with cruise lines. Take a walk down the waterfront and admire the awe-inspiring views. Enjoy a tour to the 40-acre Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary to view bald eagles and black bears. Visit the totem poles at Totem Bight State Park and Potlatch Totem Park or journey to the glacier-carved wilderness at the Misty Fiords National Monument. You can also ride an off-road vehicle and try zip lining, kayaking and hiking.
Day 7: Cruise the Inside Passage
The Inside Passage winds its way through the network of islands on North America's Pacific Coast. Heading from northern Vancouver Island to Skagway, you encounter a magnificent collection of fjords, glaciers and temperate rainforests. From Misty Fjords National Monument to Glacier Bay National Park, cruising these waters lets you see some of the state's iconic wildlife — such as orcas, sea lions, bald eagles, and humpback whales. With a selection of historic ports to visit along the way, Alaska's Inside Passage is one of the most iconic cruising routes in the world.
Day 8: Vancouver, Canada to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.