This was our second cruise with RCCL. We sailed Feb 25/11 from Ft Lauderdale after a 5 day stay in Kissimmee to enjoy Disney World. We appreciated the 1st sea day really needing the rest after 4 full days of fun and sun at the Disney Parks. Embarking was speedy and efficient. Our cabin was ready upon arrival and our luggage not far behind.
The Jewel of the Seas is a beautiful ship and her crew keeps her in tip-top shape. She is very clean, all brass and glass well kept with an immaculate shine.
We enjoy meeting and getting to know new people so we requested a large table. Our first night we met 9 of the greatest people and enjoyed 10 days of getting to know and genuinely like all of them. The meals were great, our Head Waiter, Mark; Waiter, Loyall and Assistant Waiter, Gerardo were all eager to please and very entertaining. The entire table loved all 3.
Our cabin was kept spotless by our Cabin Stewart, Raul. Anything we asked of him was attended to quickly and efficiently. My husband being a smoker insisted on a balcony which we enjoyed in the mornings while sipping our coffee before heading off for breakfast. The cabin, although compact, provided plenty of storage space for all of our belongings. There was space beneath the bed for our luggage (which double as a laundry hamper for 10 days). The balcony also provided a quiet spot to enjoy our time a sea.
We loved the Solarium pool as I got a sunburn in Labadee and wanted to avoid direct sunlight. The water was warm and the pool was kid free.
RCCL held a Meet & Mingle for Cruise Critic members and we enjoyed meeting some of our new friends.
The Captain's Welcome Aboard was nice serving appetizers and champagne. The Captain, James MacDonald gave us some background on the Jewel which was interesting.
We also attend the Welcome Back party with some new found friends.
We had previously sailed on The Serenade of the Seas in 2009 and enjoyed it so much we planned this trip shortly after returning home. Jewel of the Seas delivered everything we expected. We heard from numerous other cruises how much the also love Royal Caribbean - you really get your money's worth. We're planning our next cruise with RCCL now!