The Baltics highs and lows: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by graham shepherd
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The Baltics highs and lows
Destination: Baltic Sea
After 3 days on board people started becoming ill, with GI, which is known better as a gastric illness, this eventually become a major problem on the a ship. Self service in the dining areas was stopped and serving by the staff ensued. We both had a touch of the bug but fortunately being younger coped better than most. A frenzy of cleaning by the staff took place and indeed on one morning whilst observing from a good view point of the pool area saw one section of wooden plinth cleaned by different staff over 14 times in 2 hours, unfortunately during that time no one decided to clean the adjacent handrail on the steps leading up to the floor above. Therefore we were not surprised to see the infections on board rise. I think poor supervision of the staff may hold the clue to the illness not being contained.
On a better note the Capitals visited were very interesting and good access to and from them by way of a shuttle (cost for this varied). The trips were quite expensive on this ship. Overall we felt that the company was trying it's best to get as much money from the passengers as possible throughout the cruise, most talks and lectures were only geared to obtaining money for the services talked about. We were not allowed to buy or take on board any alcohol, except what was sold on the ship, which was only delivered when the cruise was over. All drinks on board were far too expensive and the cost of the wine at meal times extortionate. Only entertainment of good value was the theatre each evening. Having dressed up for the formal evenings there was nothing much to do after the meal. Overall very disappointing. Disembarkation was excellent and very efficient Less