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What is this existence that we as humans have.  We go about doing what we do day by day but to what avail?  To what purpose?  As we live our lives, we do the things that we do based upon what our plans and goals are. But really. Does it really matter?  Do we really act of do we react to what is going on around us. I the short run we may think that we are getting what we want.  But in the long run. Who really knows. For those of us who try to do what is right by us, our family and even our friends. It seems that we maybe fooling ourselves.  I go to work Monday thru Friday.  And work hard every time.  I try to live a good life.  Take care of my family.  But it seems that no matter what I do. We always have some kind of problems in between.  It’s interesting.  The people that works the hardest are the ones that seems to suffer the most. We who try to live our life the right way are always the ones who has the most problems it seems.   So what do we do? 1 step forward. 2 steps back seems to be the way to travel. 

We had a few hiccups but nothing that kepted us from having a great time. The booking procces was good. The only problem that we had was when we put some money on our OBC, they tried to take out double the amount. It took 15 days to get that straight and then it took 2 days onbaord to get our account straighten out again.

This was our first cruise with Norwegian having cruise with Carnival twice. And our first 7 day cruise.

Embarkation:
Embarkation went well. Not to many problems. It was a little warm inside but luckily by the time we we checked in they were allowing people to board. And of course like most people we headed over to the buffet. Which brings us to the next subject.

Food:
The food was great. Ate in all of the free restaurants and we like the food. The buffet lines were somewhat long most of the times, but that was to be expected. As for the specialty restaurants. We ate at the Le Bistro.(Came with the romance package we bought) We also ate at Cagney’s and Teppanyaki. Now the food was great at each of the restaurants. And the service was great as well. But I would have to say that the service we received at the Le Bistro was by far the best out of any of the restaurants that i have eaten anywhere. And I have been some of everywhere. Our waitress and Jr. waitress was Elizabeth and Anna. And they were great. Always made sure that everything was great with our meal.

The cabins:
We had 2 inside cabins. 5539 & 5541. They were slightly smaller that on the Carnival Fantasy but the were nice. No complaints there. Our cabin stewards were Manuel &

Ship:
The ship was nice and clean. Took a few days to learn the layout of the ship. I liked the fact that you can go to deck 11 forward and look into the bridge. I also like that they put hand sanitizers everywhere. A helpful reminder to keep those hands clean.

Entertainment:
We only went to 3 shows. The Welcome Aboard Show, Cirque Bijou and the International Crew Show. All 3 were great. Make sure that you see the Crew Show. They have some very talented people on board and the Fountains show is great.

Excursions:
Initially we booked excursions at all of the port but we had to canceled due to me having to have foot surgery.  But we booked some onboard. Even with my foot in a boot. We still had fun We eventually did a excurison in all of the ports. And had a lot of fun. I love that fact that they have several kisok that you can use to book excursions.

All in all. We had a great cruise. Were there some problems. Yes. But guest services took care of them. You will allways have problems on any vacations. But why dwell on them when you can be having fun instead. The Norwegian Jewel is a great ship with a great crew. You do have to pay extra to dine in the specialty resturants but it is worth it. My advice is go on a cruise, any cruise. And just have fun.

On another note. If you are driving to Miami. We drove from Louisiana. And this is the first time. Make sure you have cash on had for tolls. We paid around $21 going and $13 coming back going through tool booths. Also when you get to the port. Check the signs for which ship is at which terminal. The Jewel is at terminal B which is the last one and you should be parking in lot C. We had to pay $140 for parking.

Roatan:

This was our first port. Initially we booked a beach deal here but due to my foot we decided to do the Best of Roatan instead. That was a great tour. We learned a lot about Roatan and the boat ride was great.  We walked around before we took our tour. Met a local name Gabriel who walked with us for a while and told us about himself and life there.This is not a tourist port but it was still a nice place to visit.

Belize:

Our second port was Belize City. We did the Altun Ha tour which was great a well. This was our second time going to a Mayan Ruin. Our first was Chichen Itza. This time we were allowed to climb the structures. Be prepared to stretch a little while climbing though. Those stairs are somewhat hard to climb. Our tour guide was great. He kept us laughing throughout the tour. Would love to go back again.

Coasta Maya:

This was our 3rd port. They are still trying to rebuild there. We did the Jungle Beach Break. Which was ok. All of the drinks were free which is always good. The food you had to pay for. We had a nice time here. the wife finally had a chance to go to a beach.

Great Stirrup Cay:

Our last port was Great Stirrup Cay. Which is NCL’s private Isle. Not to much to say about here. Just after we got there it started raining. Didn’t last to long but long enought though. We got off of the ship just long enough to take some pictures and to buy some items. To us it was just another beach break. But we did get to relax some though.

 

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Waiting for our cruise to start.

Well after several years of trying. We are finally going on a Norwegian Cruise. We went on 2 Carnival cruises. Both to Progresso and Cozumel leaving out of New Orleans. This time we are going to Roatan Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Great Stirrup leaving out of Miami. This will be all new for us as we have never been to any of these ports. Also, we will be leaving out of Miami. First time there as well.  The cruise is paid for, and the bags are packed. We are now just saving money to spend and for the excursions.