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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by cmac cruiser: A fun cruise with a great crew


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2 Reviews
Member Since 2009
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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A fun cruise with a great crew

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Boston

We were on the repositioning cruise on the Jewel of the Seas, which took us from Boston to Tampa, with stops in St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Curacao and Aruba. While we had some nasty weather at the beginning, it calmed down by the third day, and overall our cruise was lovely.

This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise, and we really enjoyed the energy on board. The service was spectacular everywhere -â€" poolside, in the lounges, at dinner and in our stateroom. We loved our waiter and assistant waiter (Jerome and Jose), who took great care of us and made us feel like we were the most important people on board. We also spend a lot of time in the Schooner Bar, where waiter Roy became our new best friend. Cruise director Carly B was a riot, and her staff was funny, fun and always pleasant.

Overall, the ship was beautiful. Lots of room for lounging, and some great spots for a little privacy as well. The rooms were small, but that's pretty standard for More cruising. There was plenty of room for storage (we had an exterior room, no balcony, that was slightly oversized). The Schooner Bar was great for a predinner cocktail, as it was far away from the smoky Pit Stop and casino. While RCL limits the places where people can smoke, we found the ship still too smoky overall. Any time you got near the Centrum in the middle of the ship, you could smell smoke no matter which floor you were on. Also, the jogging track runs right through a smoking section, which made that section for a morning jog particularly unpleasant.

The food was average, and occasionally poor (stay away from the calzone in the dining room!). The Windjammer was OK for breakfast, but lunch was awful -â€" limited, bland selection with a lot of redundancy from day to day. They also seemed to run out of a number of items as the cruise went on. We ended up in the Sea View Cafe most days for lunch, which was a decent alternative. We ate at both Chops and Portofino and found both to be just decent but not worth the upcharge. We preferred Chops, though both had amazing desserts. We visited Chops on a busy night and were "forgotten" for a while by our waiter, and our dinner ended up being almost three hours. The food on board was our biggest disappointment.

Activities were wonderful. This was a Halloween cruise, and we were amazed by the number and intricacy of the costumes. RCL held a costume contest and decorated the ship. Myriad activities were scheduled for each day during the cruise, including several trivia contests throughout the day. Other activities included the Love and Marriage Show, Battle of the Sexes, table tennis tournament, bellyflop contest, Quest and World's Sexiest Man contest. We participated in a number of events and were spectators at others and really had fun. We also took advantage of the climbing wall and mini golf course. We went to several shows and were impressed with the variety.

One other minor complaint: The stateroom amenities were terrible. Women, pack your own shampoo, conditioner and bath gel or soap. RCL provides only low-quality items, including a shampoo/conditioner combo that neither cleans the hair nor conditions it. The hair dryer is awful; it's old and the handle gets hot while using it, so drying the hair took a while.

While Celebrity remains our favorite line, we really enjoyed our cruise on RCL. We absolutely adored the itinerary and crew and had an incredible vacation. Less


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Cabin review: Jewel of the Seas Large Oceanview Stateroom Deck 7 8006

Great, quiet room. It was slightly oversized because of it's location. We enjoyed a little extra room. No noise from above or below.

Port and Shore Excursions

(5)
One of our favorites. We booked ahead of time with Royston Tours. This was a great deal. Low cost for one of the best excursions we have ever done. Ashton was our guide, and he took us all over the island, with stops in the rainforest, a plantation, a fort and finally at a beach for snorkeling or swimming. He provided a cooler packed with drinks -- beer, water, soda and juice -- and bought us a lunch of roti, which was delicious.
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(5)
We booked ahead of time with Calabaza Sailing. Gina and her crew were amazing, and her boat is a dream. We had a party of 12, and the whole catamaran was ours for the day, which included two snorkel stops (including snorkeling with sea turtles), drinks and an amazing meal that still makes me drool just thinking about it. After the trip, Gina emailed all of us photos and recipes. I can't wait to make the delicious rum punch.
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(5)
We had been to Curacao previously and booked through Actief. We liked it so much we did it again and requested the same guide, Howard, whom we got again. We did the two-stop snorkeling tour, with a reef stop and the tugboat. Both are just incredible, and Howard was amazing at pointing out the creatures the rest of us overlooked. He also gave us a brief island tour, and we stopped at a fort, too. He recommended a tour for our next time to Curacao, which has become one of our favorite ports.
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(3)
We booked through the ship with Mi Dushi. I don't generally book ship excursions, but we found the independent options in Aruba a little limited. The boat was lovely, and they took us to three snorkel stops. Lunch was wonderful (fish, chicken veggies and rice), and the drinks were included. There also was a rope swing, which was fun after the snorkel stops. The snorkeling wasn't great, though, and even though our group was only about 20, at least two other packed boats were stopping at the same spots, so there were so many people in the water. Also, while we're pretty veteran snorkelers, the instruction wasn't great, and many first-timers said they felt like they could have used more. No one from the boat got into the water, so first-timers got little direction.
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We booked ahead of time with Calabaza Sailing. Gina and her crew were amazing, and her boat is a dream. We had a party of 12, and the whole cat was ours for the day, which included two snorkel stops (including snorkeling with sea turtles), drinks and an amazing meal that still makes me drool just thinking about it. After the trip, Gina emailed all of us photos and recipes. I can't wait to make the delicious rum punch.
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One of our favorites. We booked ahead of time with Royston Tours. This was a great deal. Low cost for one of the best excursions we have ever done. Ashton was our guide, and he took us all over the island, with stops in the rainforest, a plantation, a fort and finally at a beach for snorkeling or swimming. He provided a cooler packed with drinks -- beer, water, soda and juice -- and bought us a lunch of roti, which was delicious.

We booked ahead of time through Treetop Adventures and had so much fun. We did a day of ziplining and a waterfall swim. The ziplining was fun, though much of the staff was young and completely uninterested in us tourists. There was no small talk. Just hook up and go. Our guide Herbie, though, was good, and he stopped along the way to show us unique sites, flora and fauna. We ate fresh bananas and sampled cocoa. The ship offered a similar excursion, but I was happy with the independent booking, as our group was small (four), our price was better and we had the bonus of the waterfall.

We took a cab to Secret Harbour. Despite four ships in port (including the Epic and Allure of the Seas), we were nearly alone at the beach. Snorkeling was pretty good, and there was an onsite restaurant/bar (overpriced, but the food was good). We had arranged our driver to meet us again after our beach day, but he never showed. Luckily, a couple from Princess was leaving at the same time and their driver showed up, so we rode with them back to port.
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