We cruised the Jewel last November and once again, NCL was top notch. Although I haven't had an opportunity to try most of the other cruise lines, you will find the the staff on NCL are very customer friendly. We had a waitress for dinner one night at Cagneys, her name was Alona. She took our drink order at the beginning of the dinner and a few days later when we had her in a different restaurant, she remembered that very same drink order from the previous time. That's impressive. We also has another server who's name was Jenifer. He made it a point to ask our names on one of the first days and everytime we saw him during the week, he addressed us by our names.
We thought the food was not quite as good as the NCL Spirit from the year before but NCL also had menu changes between the two trips. Still very good though. The ship is beautiful and if you go, DO NOT MISS CIRQUE DU JOU! This is one of the finest cruise ship shows we have seen.
The western caribean was very nice but coming from Maine, any place that close to the equator is nice.
Strongly consider the Jewel, you won't be disapointed.