Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by John Kramer: Jewel of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
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Jewel of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This is a pretty ship, well appointed. Overall we had a great time. I'll just list a few things that were disappointing in comparison to other ships we've been on.
The pool area on deck 11 is ridiculously small for a ship this size. There are only about 150 chairs, about half of which are in the sun at any given time. Many obstructions block the view of the band. People are constantly fighting for chairs, which are gone by 8:30 in the morning. Reserving chairs is not allowed and the pool attendants actually go around and remove articles from unoccupied chairs. Those folks returning to find their stuff gone were not happy. Considering the general popularity of the pool deck, RCI really blew it on this ship.
The cabins are also small, compared to other ships like Grandeur or Navigator. Good luck if you trying to fit more than two people.
Poor planning in common areas. Very congested. Elevators are located in the middle of areas where people are funneled. I More noticed a couple of people in wheelchairs who were having a great deal of trouble maneuvering.
Check in for spa reservations was awful. We boarded the ship at 11:30 and got in a line of about 10 people at 12:00 when the spa opened for booking. 45 minutes later we were still in line with what were now a bunch of very irritated people. There was only one, very slow person doing the reserving.
Some positives. The ship is beautiful. The food was better than expected both in the dining room and the Windjammer. Dining room service was great. The self-leveling pool tables were astounding to watch. Less
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