Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by IslandDreamers: Wonderful Cruise!
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Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We had a wonderful time aboard Jewel of the Seas. She is our favorite ship!
San Juan: We flew in a day early and stayed at La Concha Resort in Condado. Very pleasant stay. The room was quiet and clean. We ate dinner across the street at Cafe Del Angel - best mofongo around! Had breakfast the next morning at Dunkin' Donuts, across the street.
The taxi ride to the port only took a few minutes. We arrived at the port at 11:15 and were able to walk right up to the check in. We were onboard within 10 minutes of arriving at the port.
Rooms were open at 1pm (but we wre able to get in a little before 1.)
Lunch at the Windjammer was good as usual. The food was fresh and hot. I tried the honey-stung chicken for the first time - delicious!!!
We made reservations at Chops for dinner- it was great! They accomodated our group of 16 very well.
The sea day was ok. It was super hot on deck, with little breeze. The pool games had the pool tied up More for way too long (well over an hour, close to 2!) preventing anyone from being able to use it to cool off.
All in all - our time on Jewel of the Seas was wonderful. Elizabeth de Silva, our room attendant kept our room fresh and clean.
Katherine Nunez & Gomez Scott went above and beyond to make our MY TIME DINING a nice experience. Our dear head waiter- (I think his name was Schitty?! I am so sorry I forgot his name!!) but he delivered the most awesome surprise to our table! Pumpkin Pie for Canada Day!
Patrick in the Diamond Lounge was always waiting for us with a giant smile on his face and a brand new bottle of wine. Indy from Indy at the Pool Bar was ready to shuffle out 16 drinks in a breeze for our big group.
The staff were so pleasant and always had a smile and a greeting. The only complaint I had is directed to the cheaters at the nightly music trivia and the staff that allowed the cheating. Really took the fun out of it.
The new menu is nice, a lot of different items. Sometimes it kind of makes me miss the old menu, though. We did confirm that escargot is no longer on the menu.
This time the food was delievered HOT- which was a nice change from the past 2 cruises.
Sorry to say we didn't make one show. We spent the time catching up with our old friends.
Thank you Royal for another memorable trip! Less
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This Junior Suite was very-very large with a lot of storage. Our balcony had two chairs, a table and a lounger and was big too. Most nights I heard a noise which sounded like the lifeboats rocking and creaking.I recommend the starboard side of the ship, Junior Suites on the Port side are under the infamous I-35, which is a hallway used by staff used to transport things and can be very noisy.
Not as good as past cruises
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