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A Jewel of a Christmas..kind of review

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Hi Julie, I don't suppose you have the dailies for the New Zealand part of your cruise?  We're embarking on the 30th and uber-excited.  

 

Was really enjoying your review, lovely to see your day in pictures and your own enjoyment came through in your writing, hoping there's more to come...?

 

Don't know why, but the links have stopped working for me, I get this message:

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On ‎1‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 7:17 AM, source said:

Great reviews!  We are sailing on the Jewel January 30th.  By chance do you remember the Hotel Director and Concierge names??  

 

Also the dailies are quite helpful.

 

Thanks again................Marian

Hi Marian

 

The hotel director was Steven Jacobsen.  Not sure who you mean by concierge...the cruise director was David Klooster.

Oh - I think  concierge may have been Rodney Irodistan.

I am trying with the dailies & will put more up soon :-)  I am envious of your sailing!  Enjoy, I did!

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On ‎1‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 11:50 PM, Muckyduckway said:

Hi Julie, I don't suppose you have the dailies for the New Zealand part of your cruise?  We're embarking on the 30th and uber-excited.  

 

Was really enjoying your review, lovely to see your day in pictures and your own enjoyment came through in your writing, hoping there's more to come...?

 

Don't know why, but the links have stopped working for me, I get this message:

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Goodness... I don't know why the attachments are not working. I do have dailies & so will try to post.  It takes me so long as I can only scan one page at a time & I am trying to sneak it during work :-)   I am so excited for you...I loved the ship and cruising through the sounds was beautiful.  Not sure what cabin you are in but I was in a balcony but wish I had been further aft to get better glimpses of all the dolphins playing in the wake

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Here are dailies for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.  All a bit of a blur really :-)  Went to the Christmas Day service & the Parade. Went to the Christmas show - another wonderful performance in the Stardust theatre.  I drank quite a bit of prosecco over these two days at sea... found the casino (but the machines are a bit loud PLUS I lost my $50 so I did not stay here long...the spa area seemed to be calling to me much more....oh, and did I mention the bubbly & relaxing with a book on the balcony. I seemed to spend hours mesmerised by the ocean (surely I didn't drink THAT much bubble.  It is so relaxing and I found myself catching up and relaxing after the crazy busy year...just what I needed! Heading to New Zealand (home) and I am looking forward to cruising Fiordland as I have only seen it from land & on a small boat in Milford Sound!

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Christmas day photos... I wore some Christmas leggings (white...what was I thinking!!) plastered with candy canes & santas & snowmen however I way SO outdone by Cruise Director Dave & his stunning outfit for the day...….

I went to Cucina for dinner on Christmas ---sorry I ate my risotto appetiser & forgot to take a photo...but here is my prawn pasta which was lovely (risotto very salty)

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15 hours ago, JJAuckland said:

Goodness... I don't know why the attachments are not working. I do have dailies & so will try to post.  It takes me so long as I can only scan one page at a time & I am trying to sneak it during work :-)   I am so excited for you...I loved the ship and cruising through the sounds was beautiful.  Not sure what cabin you are in but I was in a balcony but wish I had been further aft to get better glimpses of all the dolphins playing in the wake

Hi Julie, we're in a balcony too, near the aft stairs starboard.  I know what you mean, I love just sitting on the balcony even when there's nothing but ocean in view, it's sooooo relaxing.  I'm out there first thing in the morning, and last thing at night, I should have been a sailor! haha.

 

Thanks for the extra posts, it's making it even more exciting...  Just 6 hours till I leave the house OMG!

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Hi guys

 

Here are some more dailies (think day 10 is page 1).. trying to scan & post at work & my boss keeps coming into my office

...ha ha...I must still be in holiday mode!  On day 7 I took part in the Canvas by you.  This was a hilarious exercise and I know you will all be amazed at the stunning likeness to the original (no alcohol was imbibed during this class...:-) ).  What was even more amazing was that every single painting in the class was different...some even had woodland animals (well I think that's what they were...….). Oh and heres a random picture of the deck...nice to have the "fake" wood rather than the spongy stuff...although I think there should be notices asking people to pick up their chairs rather than scrape them across the deck

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On day 8 we arrived in Fiordland.  This was a stunner of a day. Shame in a way that there hadn't been any rain as the waterfalls were not as spectacular as they could have been. The dolphins playing in the wake were so cute... I wish we had been here longer. I put some Kiwi music on my phone, stuck on my headphones & enjoyed the experience from my deck. They opened up the front of the ship for people to take photos (there was a decent breeze so don't forget to pack a jacket!).

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On 1/22/2019 at 2:28 PM, JJAuckland said:

Hi Marian

 

The hotel director was Steven Jacobsen.  Not sure who you mean by concierge...the cruise director was David Klooster.

Oh - I think  concierge may have been Rodney Irodistan.

I am trying with the dailies & will put more up soon :-)  I am envious of your sailing!  Enjoy, I did!

Thanks for your reply.  Turns out Steven Jacobsen is now on vacation.  Maybe next time

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On 12/18/2018 at 8:40 PM, JJAuckland said:

Hi everyone. So today is the day that I set off on my Christmas cruise voyage. After 380 days I am finally packed (no, honestly, it didn’t take me that long to pack.....) and ready for friends to pick me up and drive me to the airport. Sydney here I come! Staying in Darling Harbour tonight before embarking on the Norwegian Jewel tomorrow. Normally this time of year I am baking Christmas cookies and wrapping presents and so it’s a bit strange to be “running away to sea almost” and leaving family behind . Also leaving behind the final rush at work and crazy people on the roads, all frazzled and wanting to be places yeaterday! I am looking forward to experiencing Christmas on a ship. . Lots of relaxing on the balcony with many pretty coloured cocktails. I will try to take photos (photography is not my friend and I sometimes get teased for the photos of the inside of my handbag or the surprise videos I have taken instead)...so I apologise now for any “out of focus shots” (see above, many pretty coloured cocktails) which may appear. If there is anything anyone would like to know or see from the ship please let me know! Cheers Julie

 

Hi Julie,

 

Thank you for taking the time to post about your adventure.

 

I am booked on the Jewel in January 2020, Sydney to Auckland.

 

I have been finding it difficult to find any reviews or photo's of the updated ship, so thank you.

 

What was your cabin number? was your cabin port or starboard?

 

Leigh.

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