Did a 3 day trip out of Dover to Jersey & back. I believe this trip was sold to past NCL passengers in the UK + all travel agents & NCL booking staff.(we received a flyer from NCL UK) ship is beautiful & very spacious. crew all very attentive & polite including the reception desk!! food was excellent in the main dining rooms & mediocre to poor in the cafe. however the cafe was very spacious & huge!. makes the NCL Dream ( sports bar) look like a joke - t'was horrible eating in there!
we had a restricted view cabin 8074 which was excellent, spacious & well designed, plenty of cupboard & drawer space. bathrooms were quite spacious & well fitted. however the large tender outside the 2 small windows totally obscured any view. all the other grades of cabins had one open to view for anyone who wished to look. of course we examined every one & we have to say the owners suite is the nicest, especially if you would like to take friends or family with you. the decor & furnishings we (britsh) feel is a little garish & you need your sunglasses on inside the ship! the czars main dining room is very opulent & beautifully done in gold & green marble & red furnishings. it does get very busy & noisy. the azur dining room is quite subuded, very well spread out & quite a peaceful & refined place to eat. we did not try any of the speciality resturants as they were booked solid. pool area was excellent for children & there were lots of spaces on the decks above for quiet sunbathing ( it they turn the music on the loudspeakers off!!- not everyone likes jazz!) we liked the undercover walkway all around the ship on promanade deck & we saw a couple of sharks in the english channel one evening, honestly we did, the photographer saw them too!)! the theatre is the best we have seen on any cruise line, everyone can see over the person in front & the seats are comfortable. the comedian was ok but the Jean Ryan group who performed "Band on the Run" were first rate. I was reluctant to go to the show as I would rather have curled up with a book in bed, however was persuaded ( blackmailed) to go & the performance. the group gave was the best show I have ever seen. (I was sleepy when the show started & knackered when it finshed, very highpowered & adrenelin fueled!) there were a few little rough edges but considering it was only their 2nd performance ever, they deserved the standing ovation they got. first rate show!!!! we would go back on the Jewel again as we like the informallity & good service NCL always gives, a very professionally, multi national ( passengers) run ship but only if the time & money previals we have just booked the celebrity constellation on 20th may 2006 for the baltic. got good deals in here in uk! ( cheaper than NCL - sorry!)