Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Allegory: Royal Caribbean Baltic cruise in summer
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Royal Caribbean Baltic cruise in summer
Destination: Baltic Sea
We joined the cruise at Harwich and had to queue for 3 hours. This was the worst part of our cruise and Royal Caribbean need to improve this. We were told to arrive at 2pm but it seems nearly everybody else was asked to arrive then too.
Our cabin was small but clean and well kept and the staff were friendly and helpful. The included food was very good and there was a lot of choice. The waiter service at evening meal was excellent. In the informal Windjammer cafe it was often difficult to get a seat at lunch and breakfast but again there was something for everyone from yoghurt to grapefruit to full English breakfast. There was also a constant complimentary drinks facility: tea, coffee, water.
Entertainment was good to excellent. The 'Tango Buenos Aires' show by the ship's own Argentine dancers was excellent. The Russian Folk dance and music by the staff of the St Petersburgh Naval Academy was also excellent. The films in the cinema ranged from poor to very good, and More the in-cabin TV was good.
On sea days there was lots to do: miniature golf, dance lessons, gym, sauna, steam room, sports, swimming and informal music sessions in the many bars around the ship. I particularly enjoyed the classical guitarist who was very good and could play pieces from the full repertoire by such notables as Tarrega and Sor. Port disembarkation was on the whole smooth except for Gothemburg, where people had to queue. Excursions were pricey but the guides were good, especially in St Petersburgh and Tallinn.
The ship was amazingly quiet and you hardly knew you were at sea. The decks were laid out well and the ship's daily newsheet gave good information about what was happening where. It was easy to explore and find one's way around the ship.
Overall I felt that one did not need to spend a lot of extra money on the ship to enjoy the cruise and Royal Caribbean did not try and push their commercial operations too much. There was plenty of opportunity for expensive shopping in the ship's mall, and also there were art auctions.
On the whole we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise on this beautiful ship. Less
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