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As part of NCL’s innovative “Freestyle Dining” program, this ship offers a wide variety of dining choices. -Click here to find out more-


The chances are good that your hometown can’t match the number of good restaurants that you’ll find aboard the Norwegian Jewel. There’s a good chance your hometown doesn’t offer a Tapas Bar, a Sushi bar or 24-hour room service, either. But maybe that’s a good thing, because your willpower (i.e. your diet) will be challenged at almost every deck on this ship!

As on all NCL ships, Freestyle Dining guarantees plentiful dining options – in fact, probably more dinner choices than your cruise has nights on board. Quantity shouldn’t be confused with 5-star gourmet quality, however. Aside from the ships extra-cost, upscale venues, the main restaurant, alternative, and buffet dining rooms aboard Norwegian Jewel offer good, well-presented, but not especially stellar fare.

The two main restaurants aboard the ship offer two distinct menus – and two distinct dining atmospheres. Tsar’s Palace is grand, opulent, marbled and bejeweled (the ship’s name befits this singular venue). In contrast, Azura offers a sleek, trendy, contemporary setting but both restaurants include lighter, leaner, low calorie menu alternatives. For buffet convenience, the always-casual indoor/outdoor Garden Café fits the bill for on-the-go guests.

The cuisine at Mama’s Italian Restaurant is self-evident – a trattoria with a country farmhouse appeal. The Great Outdoors offers a “feel-good” menu of basic, no-nonsense entrees – and excellent 370-degree views out to sea thanks to its aft location. The Blue Lagoon, though somewhat small, offers burgers, sandwiches and similar fare 24 hours a day. Tango’s Latin/Tapas Restaurant opens its doors to lovers of something on the hot and spicy side.

There are three extra-cost dining options aboard Norwegian Jewel. Prices are nominal but most agree, the cuisine is excellent and the dining ambiance is intimate. Le Bistro French Restaurant – an NCL hallmark – offers French and continental options. Cagney’s Steakhouse offers succulent, mouth-watering steaks and Chin Chin Asian Restaurant features a main dining area as well as a separate Teppanyaki Room and an adjacent Sushi Bar and Sake Bar.

This being an NCL ship, there’s even more! The Grill, located just a few wet steps from the Sapphire Pool, will grill your burger, hot dog and chicken breast to order. Indoors and down a few decks overlooking the atrium is the Java Café where specialty coffees and pastries can be had. A limited 24-hour Room Service menu is also on hand for those who want to sleep in, watch a movie on closed-circuit TV or share their meal with the views from their balcony! Oh, and save room for the Midnight Chocolate Extravaganzas – another of NCL’s signature offerings!



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