“A 'Jewel' of a Transatlantic cruise - very relaxing”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas

jankie Jewel of the Seas 5 A 'Jewel' of a Transatlantic cruise - very relaxing
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A few hours after the ship left Miami one of the passengers had an emergency. It was announced that the ship was turning around to meet the vessel that was picking up the passenger. It was done promptly without incident (good to know) and we still arrived in Bermuda on time.

We enjoyed Bermuda and the my only complaint was that it was Sunday and the shops in Hamilton were closed.

Next we were at sea for about 7 days during which time we relaxed by the outdoor and indoor pools, ate our meals, saw the shows and went to the casino. The Jewel is a midsize ship and everything was very conveniently located. Our oceanview cabin was on a lower deck near the back. We only had to go one flight of stairs to the dining room which is also in the back. My husband and I had the 'anytime dining' and really enjoyed the flexibility. The food and service were excellent.

Our next port was Lisbon, which we loved. We did some things on our own as the ship docks close to the city and RCI provides a shuttle from the cruise port. I think it was about $4 pp. I bought some very nice scarfs in Lisbon. There is lots of shopping and it is reasonable compared to countries like England and France.

Our last port was Bruges, Belgium and it is a must see! Wonderful old town area with centuries old cathedrals and shops. Very clean and English spoken.The next day the Jewel arrived in Great Britain. We had a very nice crossing with good weather because the captain steered away from storms at sea.

Jewel of the Seas Cruises to Transatlantic
  • Sail Date: May 2010
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: Miami
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Cabin review: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Port and Shore Excursions

You arrive in 'Zeebrugge' which is the port. But there are many tours and also the train to 'Bruge', Antwerp and other cities. We loved Bruge - especially the old town area. Lots of historic buildings and gorgeous old cathedrals. Nice, clean area to walk around in - don't try to park a car!

Port
Very clean, people are polite. It is the business city, so not so scenic unless you take the ferry to the other islands.

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Port
We took a tour of London. Saw the Tower of London, Big Ben, changing of the Guard and Westminster abbey. Loved it all except the rainy weather.

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Lisbon is a big city and situated on 7 hills, so if you have trouble climbing then you should take a bus tour. We saw a medieval castle and cathedral. There are lots of shops and restaurants and the people are friendly and helpful. There are some wonderful views from the top of the hills and the bridge, which the ship went under, is the sister of the Golden Gate bridge in San Fran.

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Go to the beach or visit the Everglades! Both are really worth doing. We saw so many alligators in Everglades National Park that it almost got to be boring. They have beautiful wild flamingos. Don't drive in Miami unless you like traffic!

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Published 10/06/10
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