“Jewel of the Seas - 10 day Western Caribbean”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas

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The Jewel is a beautiful ship and we found the common areas to be stylish and well appointed. The rock climbing wall, billiards and mini golf was free, which was nice. Our state room was quiet and spacious. Having cruised with Celebrity before, we were disappointed with the level of service overall. It seemed like the staff was poorly supervised and slow to respond. We had to literally flag someone down repeatedly to get a table cleared. The entertainment was nothing special and the cruise's "shopping guide" Andy was an annoying high pressure salesman. Overall, it was ok and we had a good time but next time it's definitely back to Celebrity.

The food left a lot to be desired. We are NOT picky eaters but there was a serious problem with flavour and preparation. The fajitas were made with yellow curry (both times they were served), the Seafood Fettucine contained two scallops which had been sliced in half, the Vegetable Pad Thai consisted of flavorless egg noodles with 3 carrot slices, the ravioli were dry and hard from sitting under the heat lamps. The menu was very repetitive. The donuts, rolls and breads tasted day old. The desserts were seriously lacking - the "gateaux" and Tiramisu were made from cheesecake mix.

There are so many smoking areas on the ship (including the balconies of the rooms next to us) that it became quite bothersome.

Our state room attendant was great, the wait staff in the MDR was also fantastic. We really enjoyed the ports of call but recommend booking tours on your own to save money and get away from the crowds.

Jewel of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
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Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Port and Shore Excursions

We took a cab to the former Grand Caymanian Resort (now Ramada) for a guided jet ski tour (with Action Watersports located on the hotel's beach) to Sting Ray City, which is a must do. If we had made advance reservations, they would even have picked us up at the terminal. Cabs are expensive - we paid about $25. Leon took us out to Sting Ray City where we had an hour all BY OURSELVES on the sand bar!! The water was very warm and crystal clear. We were immediately surrounded by about 20 rays looking for their squid breakfast. It was absolutely amazing and Leon made sure we had an unforgettable experience. The key is to get there early before the cruise tours and boats arrive so take the first tender off the boat. He then took us snorkeling (some of the best we've ever had) and to a secluded beach. We paid $150 for the both of us and we both thoroughly enjoyed riding the jet skis rather than going per boat. When we got back to the resort we were allowed to hang out there for the rest of the day. It's nothing special but there's nice pools and hot tubs, comfy chaise lounge chairs and a good restaurant with reasonable prices. We got a free ride back to town, did some shopping and all in all had a perfect day. Would highly recommend these guys!
We enjoyed a fantastic 8 hour tour with Okey Dokey Tours. We did the zip line (great fun!!!!!), Tortuego Canals, local insider shopping, traditional hot lunch (included!) at a waterfront restaurant, picture opportunity from viewpoint and the banana plantation for $90 pp. We also were provided with free pop and beer all day long. I was glad I hadn't puchased the $3 bottle of water aboard the Jewel as we disembarked :). Our guide was very well educated, spoke excellent English and we learnt so much about Costa Rica. Would highly recommend these guys, they made sure we had a great day.
Published 04/25/11
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