Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Joan Reichart: Jewel of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
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Jewel of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We just returned from our cruise on Sunday, December 11. I will not make this review long, but get right to the point. This was our first time on a Royal Caribbean ship. We try to cruise once or twice a year, usually we travel with Celebrity.
The staff on board were very pleasant. Our room attendant could not have been nicer and keep our room very clean. This was a smaller room than we are use too, but were able to put all our items away and four large bags stored under our bed. We loved the shower stall doors and not having to deal with a curtain.
The shows very just OK and the ports were fine. Our San Juan excursion which included the rum factory was long with lots of walking at the fort. We enjoyed it very much and the exercise felt good. Our other excursion was the afternoon bash at the beach on St. Maarten. We were not aware we had to pay extra for a beach umbrella ($3.00) and were bothered by vendors walking by our chair trying to sell their items. The surf More was very rough and won't recommend this excursion.
In the Tides dining room the food was poorly prepared, with cheap cuts of meat. For example shank of lamb or veal. The food had little or no taste. It was not served hot most of the time. The shrimp cocktail was never cold (because it was not on ice) and they ran out of lobster tail. When the chefs did their march around later in the week, our whole area booed them. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. LOUSY The Windjammer was not much better.
We would never go back to Royal Caribbean. Less
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