Cruise Review Jewel of the Seas March 8 – 15, 2014 San Juan Tortola St Maarten St Kitts Dominica Barbados
We are a family of 3 (55, 52, and 9). This is our 8th cruise, all with Royal Caribbean. We chose this cruise because we had not been to 3 of the 5 Islands. We had a wonderful time on this cruise. We also had a family of friends that this was their first cruise and as is common on cruises we met new friends that we will stay in contact with.
We arrived in San Juan on March 6th and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris Resort and Casino. The hotel was very nice with a very nice beach. All of the employees we interacted with were wonderful. We had dinner the first night at Oceano. We had ceviche, calamari, scallops, and snapper. All were wonderful if a little pricey but it was dinner the first night on the beach! For breakfast on the 7th we went into old San Juan and ate at Casa Cortes Chocobar. It was wonderful. The Chocolate Martini was to die for. We toured Fort San Cristobel and spent the afternoon at the beach. We had dinner at La Cueva Del Mar Calle Loiza. The fish was great and price even better.
We boarded Jewel around 12:00 on March 8, 2014. It took us about 30 minutes from drop off until we were in the Wind Jammer. Luggage arrived very quickly. Soda and water was delivered to the room. The two bottles of wine carry on went without a problem.
We were in JS 1040. As with a balcony, once you have a JS it will be very hard to go back to a standard room. The view from the balcony was great. Donna our suite attendant was wonderful. She kept fresh Ice in the room all the time. We wish we had another WOW card to give to Donna.
We had late standard seating at a table of 9, our family of 3, our traveling friend’s family of 4, and our two new friends we met in San Juan the night before. Our waiter was Lyden and assistant waiter was Vuksin. Vuksion took wonderful care of the three young ladies at the table. One note, as an extra he put maraschino cherries in the girl’s mock tales, which they loved! We found out later that Vuksin was reprimanded for using maraschino in nonalcoholic drinks. This is Royal preventing the WOW. We made sure to give Vuksin the WOW card! The food throughout the week was great. Our daughters loved the duck the best. We ate one night at Chops.
We enjoyed all the entertainment on the Jewel. Our daughters dance and they got to meet the dancers and tour backstage. They loved this.
First stop was Tortola. We took a short tour and spent the day at Cane Garden Bay. The beach was wonderful drinks were reasonable. The girls loved the beach. We also toured the nearby rum distillery. The rum tasting was generous! Kervin was a great host.
Next stop was St Maarten. Our snorkeling tour failed to pick us up so we went to Maho Beach. The beach was very rough and the girls got dragged by the surf through the sand. It was neat to watch the airplanes, but not a great beach to swim at.
Next Stop was St. Kitts. We took a tour with Veronica. She gave a great tour of the island and then took us to Ship Wreck beach. The beach was nice and the girls loved the monkeys. We would like to return to St Kitts again.
Dominica was the next stop. We needed a day of rest so we just walked around a little in the town the spent the most of the day on the ship. I would like to return to take a tour of the island.
Barbados was the last stop. We went to Accra beach based on the recommendation of the cab driver. The cost was 15 pp for the cab, 10 for 2 beach chairs. Beers were 5 for 15. Rum punch was 2.50 for a lot of rum and not much punch. Accra was the best beach we visited on the trip.
Last day was at sea. It was a needed rest before the trip home. We are very happy that that Southwest if flying into San Juan. We used the Royal tour and transfer to get the airport. The price was right but next time we will do it on our own so we have less time at the airport. We booked two new cruises on the Jewel. We will be sailing on the Adventure next year on spring break and on the Vision in August of 2014 for a short trip before school starts.