Path of the Vikings - Dover to New York
Boarded the 'Jewel' at Dover and soon in our mini suite with balcony on deck 11. This was our first time with NCL and with 'Freestyle' cruising which we enjoyed very much. It was great to eat where and when we wanted. As a couple if we wanted a table for two at dinner there was no problem. If you had to wait for a table they gave you a pager and offered you a complimentary glass of champagne in any bar while you waited. Enjoyed breakfast in the cabin each day. Excellent service. Room service would phone before they delivered the breakfast and it always arrived on or just before the time it was requested the night before.
As a brand new ship, top features for us would be - the Tsar's Palace main dining room - very ornate. - the Stardust Theater - great seating for shows. Seats tiered so able to see well from any seat. Must mention two great production shows - 'Band on the Run' and 'Cirque Bijou'
Ports of call - highlights Reykjavik, Iceland Arrived 7am and took full day Golden Circle tour including lunch. Magnificient Gullfoss waterfall, geyser area , the view of Reykjavik from the 'Pearl'.
Newport, Rhode Island - Visited two fabulous mansions of the Vanderbilts, The Breakers and the Marble House.
Downside - Missing port of St. John's, Newfoundland due to rough seas. However, ship very stable so no seasick problems !
Getting up at 5am before arrival in Newport for US immigration !
Arrived on schedule in New York and docked with Concorde on one side and QM2 on the other ! Finally thanks to our cabin stewardess Teti from Indonesia, a great cruise director Paul Baya, great food and entertainment, special award to the acrobats in the show 'Cirque Bijou'
Freestyle cruising is definately for us and look forward to our next cruise with NCL on the Jewel or another NCL ship.