My family and I have never been on a real cruise. My husband and I have done a repositioning cruise once but that’s where our cruising experience ends. We’re going on a Norwegian cruise with a large group this spring and are so looking forward to it.
This past weekend, Norwegian Cruise Lines invited my family to get a taste of what a cruise is like by boarding the Norwegian Jewel while it was in port in our city. How could I pass this up? A Friday afternoon of fun at the pool and a tasty meal at one of the Norwegian Jewel’s main restaurants sounded great.
We all made our way to Ogden Point in Victoria, BC after school on Friday and boarded the (huge to us) Norwegian Jewel. Our guide, Cindy met us at check in and gave us a thorough tour of the ship.
Quick Facts about the Norwegian Jewel:
- It is considered a medium ship in the fleet
- It was completed in August 2005
- It carries 2376 passengers and 1069 Crew members
- It has 16 dining options and 15 bars and nightclubs
- It has a fun pool deck with two pools, 4 hot tubs and one waterslide
- It completes the Alaska route in the summer and numerous Pacific Coastal, Panama Canal and Mexico routes in the winter
My family loved getting the tour and learn tidbits about the ship from Cindy. The kids were in awe when we checked out the theatre and walked through the casino. We also loved the tranquility of The Haven and the view from the top deck (for VIPs only).
Our most memorable experience was our time at the pools. My son went nuts on the slide and went down about 50 times. I loved that the slide wasn’t too fast (yes, I went down a few times) and landed in a shallow pool. We also loved hanging out in the hot tubs and jumping in both pools. It was a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon.
Our evening ended with dinner at Tsar’s. We were seated at a beautiful table right by the window with an unobstructed ocean view. Our server was attentive and made my children feel so comfortable. My kids loved ordering from the kid’s menu and my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful three-course meal from the main menu.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the meal for me was when our server noticed that my son was devouring the broccoli from my dish. He pointed it out and asked if my son wanted his own plate of broccoli. My son gratefully agreed and soon enough a plate of steaming broccoli was served to my big boy.
I look forward to sharing our full cruise experience with you this spring!