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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by harrietpotter: Jewel of the Baltic


harrietpotter
1 Review
Member Since 2008
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children 1.5
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Jewel of the Baltic

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Embarkation: Harwich

This was our first cruise, us and 2 daughters aged 16 and 14. We all shared a superior balcony cabin, and it was bigger than I expected, and big enough for the 4 of us most of the time! We drove ourselves to Harwich, parked and embarked easily at about 12pm. Our cabin was ready at 1pm. The ship is beautiful, and very easy to get around. It never seemed crowded except on the pooldeck on a sunny day and in the Windjammer just before arriving in port. Joff the cruise director was great, and all of the activities which we did were well done and great fun. The best was the impromptu pool party overlooking the MSC Opera!! Service was almost perfect, certainly better than you get in a normal 4 star hotel. We found the food very nice, and would be more than happy to be served most of it in a normal mid-priced restaurant (and it was always hot). We mostly ate lunch and breakfast in the Windjammer, but one day tried the Seaview cafe (not that good) and one day the MDR for lunch (ok, More but too formal for us). We ate once in Chops, which was wonderful and well worth the extra. I had the rack of lamb on their recommendation, it was very nice but don't listen to them - have the filet mignon, it was amazing! We also tried Portofinos one evening - th food was no better than the MDR, and service was poor, so I wouldn't bother with that again. The children's activities were the only thing which we did not rate highly - our daughters went, but as there weren't that many kids on board a lot of the activities didn't happen, and the organizers never seemed to be there even if the kids were. The theatre entertainment was a surprise to us, we really enjoyed it. The only one we didn't rate was Andy Stewart the comedian, but the others were really good (and Gary Nardini was Fantastic!). All in all it was an excellent holiday, and we would not hesitate to recommend the Jewel of the Seas. Less

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Cabin review: Jewel of the Seas 1064

great location, no noise from above, not too far to walk.

Port and Shore Excursions


We walked from the ship. Very easy to get around. Don't bother with the citibikes, there was only 1!

We took the ship's shuttle - it is walkable in about 30 mins, but not very pretty. We went to suommelina, and wish we'd stayed longer. We bought sanwiches in the little shop there and had a picnic. Also the russian cathedral has very limited opening hours, might be worth checking.
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The ship docked in town, we caught the ferry over to the viking museum, and were very glad that we got there just before the tour buses, as it was packed when we left. Because we were there late, we didn't have much time to do all of the museums etc as they close early, so we did the Viking ship, the folk and then wandered around the lovely town.
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Took ship's excursions, which were very well organised, and we had a great guide. It would have been nice to have been able to go on an evening trip of some kind.

We caught the HOHO boat, 2 of which stop right behind the ship. It took a while to sail to the Vasa, but it was scenic! The old town is very nice, and even Brits can get tax free shopping at the ship's recommended crystal shop.

We downloaded the walking tour from the forums, and used that - it was very good, and kept us away from the crowds for most of it! Tallinn was very crowded as there were 4 cruise ships in at once. The restaurants on the town square are generally bad, too.
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