Cathy 53 David 54 and Charles 22 Live in Avon Park, Florida. We have been on 5 Cruises and enjoy it a great deal. This is our short review of our Cruise on Jewel of the Seas.
Monday March 12, 2012 Cathy Charlie and I (David) awoke at 7:30am. Had Breakfast and tidied the house up. I loaded the car with the suitcases and after making sure things were secure we started the 78 mile Drive from Avon Park, Florida to the port at Tampa starting the trip at 9:30am. The Handy Garmin GPS had us arriving around 11 am. The Garmin was not needed because we had been to the Florida aquarium a few years ago and that is situated right next to Terminal 3. We arrived at 11:10am and I dropped off the luggage and parked the car across the street in the Cruise parking garage. You have 2 options, you can have a Valet park the car for additional fee or you can park yourself (75 Dollars for the 5 days) Cathy's first impression was how lovely Jewel of the Seas is. Once I returned to the Terminal, the check in was amazingly fast. We received our Sea pass cards and a Boarding number of 2. As we are Gold Crown and Anchor Members there was no priority boarding for us. At Noon the boarding process started and by 12:30pm we were in the Windjammer for lunch. The Windjammer on the Jewel of the Seas is nicely laid out and has adequate seating both inside and outside. The food was very good in the Windjammer and matched or exceeded our other cruises. We then explored the ship Looking for our dining table 522 which seated 10. We had an awesome group for the entire cruise at our table. Cathy went to the Comedian show and then went to the Movie Theater and watched Zookeeper. Charlie wander around the ship and tried a few drinks One was a Grasshopper. After dinner we had a little note in the room, it seems Cathy had back a 12 pack of 8 Oz water in her suitcase We had to go to deck 2 and pick her suitcase up from security. As Cathy is diabetic and always has to have water around she did not think that water would be a problem. Well she found out. I had told her not to pack the water. Security on Jewel of the Seas was very diligent in checking in luggage. In a tote we saw a few bottles of liquor that some had tried to bring on board. Cathy was allowed to keep the water after one of the security team had opened it and found that it was indeed just water. Kudos to Jewel of the Seas ships security for actually doing a great job. All in all it was a good first day.
Tuesday March 13th
All of us slept very well but by morning the ship was rocking a little bit (8 foot sea state) We went to the Tides dining room for Breakfast. Breakfast in the dining room is one of the best kept secrets on the ships. Not crowded at all, the food is hotter and you do not have to walk around to get it. Try this instead of the Windjammer at least one day for a nice change. Cathy went to the Safari Lounge and watched a family play pool on the stabilized pool tables. She was fascinated by the tables staying flat while the ship was moving around some. The Barf baggies were placed on the stair rails but I never actual saw any of them used. That night as we drew closer to Cuban and the Yucatan Channel the seas calmed down some. Lunch was in the windjammer and was good as always. I then showed Cathy around some more and showed her the Seaview cafe (above the Windjammer) Watched the Belly Flop at the pool. Dinner was very good again. Tuesday was the formal night so we got dressed up and went to dinner had formal pictures taken and then enjoyed dinner. The Royal Caribbean singers and Dancer put on a Marvelous show in the Coral Theater. We all went to bed early as we have an early excursion the next day in Cozumel.
Wednesday March 14th
Woke up early and watched the approach to the International Pier. Ate Breakfast in the Windjammer and proceeded to the end of the Pier for Our Walking and Shopping tour of Cozumel, Barbra our tour guide was a natural. One of the stops was a little home restaurant that served us all Hibiscus tea. It is a dark red color was a little sweet and tasted very good. Next stop was a tequila Factory outlet where we sampled 9 different types of Tequila. After that we stopped in a Coral Craft shop and looked around. They had some nice things there. Next stop was a bakery where we were all treated to fresh bread and various sandwiches of our choice. The last stop was at the Museum where Cathy ended up working a textile loom for a few minutes she liked that very much. The tour over we decided to eat at the Tikki Tok restaurant food was not bad but cost the 3 of us $42. We took a taxi back to the ship ($7 for the 3 of us) Dinner in the Tides dining room was again very good. Walked off our dinner until 10pm and watched Larry Crowne in the Movie Theater.
Thursday March 15th
Charlie and I got up early and went to the windjammer while Cathy slept in. Our tour for the day was the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins.
We boarded a nice tour bus and rode almost an hour to the ruins. They were very interesting tour and the walk made many sleep on the way back to the ship. The ship was scheduled to leave at 4:00pm and we walked back down the pier after the excursion and arrived at 3:45pm. Cathy took a short nap while I checked out the Library which was right outside our D1 9582 Cabin which is on the front center of the hump (Very good view forward) At Dinner we ended up having a group picture taken of us at our table (which we ended up purchasing) The Midnight Buffet was held this night but we were to tired from all the walking around and missed it.
Friday March 16th
Sea Day en-route back to Tampa
Today was a shopping day for Cathy. After breakfast in the windjammer we went shopping. She bought shirts a couple of Magnetic Items with The Jewel of the Seas, on them one was for her mother. Cathy did the Make a wish walk and bought the shirt. She always does this on a cruise. We had lunch in the Sea view cafe which was very good. After lunch I decided to read a good book while looking out the windows in the Centrum area. Cathy played Bingo but did not win anything. Went to Dinner and Dawn and Anna were not there. Dawn's daughter had eluded her all day and when dawn did arrive she was a little upset but we calmed her down. I Handed out the pre paid gratuity slips to everyone during dinner. After Dinner we packed up our luggage and put it outside the room. Cathy went for a swim in the solarium and had it all to herself. She was thrilled by that.
Saturday March 17th
I woke up and watched as we approached the pier in Tampa. Everyone else was up at 7:30am and we had breakfast at Windjammer. Left our Cabin and went to the Coral theater to wait for our departure number 9 to be called. We actually got off the ship and through customs early leaving the ship right at 9am By 9:45am we were on the road back to Avon Park. This was a truly wonderful cruise on Jewel of the Seas.
Final Notes: Embarking and debarking were the smoothest of any of our 5 cruises.