You picked a wonderful ship for your first NCL cruise, kimbo. We were on the Jewel in November (W. Carib.) and again in January (E. Carib.), and that ship is everything you wrote about it and more. Glad you enjoyed yourselves so much.
Fisch, it's too bad that you missed the spectacular Cirque Bijou. It was without a doubt the best show we have ever seen on a cruise ship.