Second time on the Jewel: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by C00lCruiser
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Second time on the Jewel
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We booked 2 weeks before the cruise to celebrate a birthday since a previously-booked cruise was cancelled. The only cabins available were ocean view on deck 3. cabin 3008 was directly under the theater, so yes, we heard and felt the vibrations from the band in the theater for all the late shows. Then at 3:00 am and 5:00 am, there were metallic "boom" sounds that the security personnel could not figure out.
Carly the cruise director was disgusting when she encouraged us to yell and scream our approval at More the performers on the RCCL producton numbers. This is not a cheap rowdy bar!! And the production shows were the worst we have ever seen on any cruise ship. The West End/Broadway production had so many numbers we had never heard of before -- and the other one was so less memorable that it had something to do with dreams. It was disgusting as it presented so stereotypically CHEAP images of various world cultures -- and i'm sure insuling to many. What are those designer and planners in Miami thinking of?? The dancers were amazing but the singers were bad. One brunette final could probably sing but "SCREECHED" her songs like she was yelling out for cheap beer. And the blond kid who looked like a long legged Tommy Tune just didn't have any stage presence. Corey did well and his solo from Les Miserables was the only memorable song all week. Disappointing and sad -- but again, the dancers were terribly athletic and outstanding.
The service and the crew were wonderful. John C. served us great drinks in the Viking Crown Lounge although it was rather cheap of RCCL to offer alcoholic cocktails at 25% off for Diamond Crown & Anchor Society members.
The food in the main dining room was pretty good with excellent steaks, tenderloin and lobster. The chicken dishes were pretty bad and desserts were rather tasteless except for the sherberts and ice cream.
The "Welcome Back" Party for the Crown & Anchor members was very pathetic. And the "Meet & Mingle" for cruisecritics.com members was almost nonexistent except for members bringing gifts for an exchange. Why waste the time 4 days into the cruise when we've already met other cruisecritics.com members?
The itinerary was great and we enjoyed St Kitts & St Lucia as we had never been there before. Never again! Less
All the cabins from 3000 through 3012 probably heard the reverberations and sound from the theater directly above the cabins.