How to Pick the Perfect Itinerary on the Perfect Ship

As I announced yesterday, we will be sailing on the Norwegian Jewel to Alaska in June of 2020. Why did we pick Alaska? Why did we pick the Jewel? Good questions, folks.

Picking a cruise itinerary can actually be quite stressful. Ironic right? You want to make sure that you pick the best itinerary based on your wants and needs so that you don’t end up regretting it later. A lot of research went into the booking of this cruise, but Alaska has always been a dream itinerary of ours. We thought about doing Europe and even the Caribbean, but none of these itineraries felt right for us. We were aiming to hopefully do more than 7 days, but the Alaskan cruises longer than 7 days on NCL were on smaller ships that were built without The Haven.

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs you know that we like to be treated like royalty in The Haven and mostly on the mid-size ships. We sailed on a larger ship (NCL Epic) for the first time back in March of 2018 and we did not enjoy the volume of people that were staying with us in The Haven. We usually aim to book on NCL’s Jewel Class Ships since The Haven is smaller and there are fewer people. It makes us feel more special and appreciated, plus the fact that there aren’t what seems like a billion people on our private pool deck. We also enjoy the other perks that Haven status comes with such as the 24 hour butler service, the concierge service, the priority embarkation and debarkation, and the special breakfast and lunch dining in Moderno and Cagney’s.

As I mentioned previously, we have sailed on the Jewel once before. We liked it a lot and it was actually the reason for us falling in love with Norwegian’s Jewel Class. The crew and staff were so welcoming and kind and made our first Haven experience unforgettable. Sailing on the Jewel will be very cool for me. I’ve never sailed on a ship more than once. Call me nerdy. A LOT has changed on the Jewel since November of 2012. She just came out of a very extensive dry dock back in October of 2018. The dry dock got rid of all the bright and tropical colors, and the refurbishments give it that new modern cruising look and feel. Check out this video from Norwegian highlighting some of the most major changes:

One thing that I noticed in particular was the change in the lights on the pool deck. I remember very clearly 7 years ago the flowery plant shaped lights lining the pool deck. I was fascinated by them. I don’t know why, but it’s what I remember. However, now they are the sleek silver lights rather than the tacky green, orange, and pink flowers they used to be.

I can guarantee to you that I will take plenty of pictures of the ship posted here and on all social media. Only 326 days left, but who’s counting. Until next time folks, bon voyage.