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The Norwegian Jewel is a slightly pumped-up version of NCL’s newest, highly successful, sleek and speedy class of ships. Like the Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn who preceded her, Norwegian Jewel is purpose-built to accommodate the line’s “Freestyle Cruising” program – a program that is most notable for the number of shipboard dining venues located throughout. With little exaggeration, you can hardly fall down on this ship without falling through the doorway of a restaurant!

But “dining” is for another page. Here, we’ll give you a general tour of the ship, from the atrium to Deck 15’s adults-only, “Freestyle Sundeck!”

If you’re looking for a soaring, multi-deck atrium the Norwegian Jewel will disappoint. Instead, the Crystal Atrium is a far more practical, if less stunning, two-deck affair. The four adjacent glass elevators, however, find their way through every passenger deck, providing guests a functional as well as scenic ride. Reception, Shore Excursion and a Logo Shop flank the atrium, as does a grand staircase and a teak-decked outdoor Promenade.

That Promenade, incidentally, circles the ship, providing passengers a great place to stroll, jog or just catch a breath of fresh air and a glimpse of the ocean. For the more aerobically inclined, there’s a dedicated jogging track up on Deck 13 (and ship advisories recommend you make that choice)!

Except for the Medical Center Decks 4 and 5 are devoted to passenger accommodations. On Deck 6, the fun begins. NCL designers wisely removed the 4 staterooms that Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn squeezed in next to the Stardust Theater and replaced them with three Meeting Rooms. Good idea. Nearby are restaurants, bars, lounges and the casino.

Deck 7 aft opens to a bona fide shopping mall, courtesy of the Galleria Shops. The Internet Café, the Art Gallery and the Photo Gallery all are placed nearby and all are just a few steps from the outdoor Promenade. The Photo Gallery offers kiosks that allow you to print digital images directly from your digital camera or laptop. A short walk forward brings you through the Crystal Atrium, past a few more restaurants, lounges and bars, and on to the three-deck Stardust Theater.

Four of the ship’s five Pools are spread throughout Deck 12. Count them up – the Spa’s aqua-jet pool, two Sapphire Pools and the Kid’s Splash Pool (in its own corner). Sharing the deck are more restaurants, of course, and other indoor and outdoor diversions including the Library and the multi-purpose Card Room “Lifestyle” Room. A Chapel is located on Deck 13 and the adults-only Freestyle Sundeck occupies a private location forward on Deck 15.

There are no self-serve launderettes aboard the Norwegian Jewel although, of course, the ship offers laundry and dry cleaning services at a nominal fee.



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