Well we got back last week from our latest cruise, loved it , of course. We were very lucky in that with this cruise we visited 4 islands we had not been to before. We both loved the Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Pentacost and Santo. The locals were, as usual, very happy to see us and put on some great cultural dances, songs etc. the weather was perfect, like a mill pond from the time we left Sydney, the only tiny bit of swell was on the second to last day on the way back to reality. The Jewel is a big ship, at 73,000 tonnes, so it does take a bit to toss it around.
Embarkation was very smooth, about 20 mins from entering the area. Cabins were quite nice, very clean and our cabin steward was great. Free dining was not a hit with us but after the second night, Rossen, the maitre'd booked our table 117 for the whole cruise and from there we had no problems. The meals were very good and of 4 star quality. The table waiters were also great and made dining a bit of fun. We were a little disappointed with the dress code of some people and also the noise, some of this was caused by the staff singing birthday greetings and what ever. This got quite rowdy at times so conversation was not possible. On the food front we only had one complaint, I ordered the 200 gm beef burger for lunch one day, it consisted of a dry toasted roll, one slice of tomatoe, a piece of lettuce, a slice of beet root, half a onion thickly sliced and of course the pattie. There was no sauce etc. it was very dry. If you had got it a a burger shop you would have sent it back. Deffinately not seen by chef Patrick. The circusbwasba very big disappointment and might as well not have been there. The shows were not bad apart from a segment in "Girt by sea" where the lead singers were very flat and tone deaf.
All in all though a very good cruise, we met some lovely people and my wife even brought home money, very unusual:-) the drinks were on the expensive side, but the trip is cheap so they have to make money somewhere. Will do it all again next cruise.