Jewel of the Seas will spend the summer months sailing Northern Europe and Baltic itineraries but it may well have already completed its most interesting sailing. That occurred earlier this month -- pre-handover -- when Jewel of the Seas, en route to the North Sea for sea trials, was required to travel down the River Ems .. astern. That's backwards, for all you landlubbers. According to the folks at Meyer Werft, the ship's unique mechanical design, in which a pod mounted under the stern shovels the water under the vessel, actually made the transit much easier.
Suffice to say, the banks of the River Ems were chock-a-block with onlookers curious to watch a mega-cruise ship sail backwards.
Jewel of the Seas will undergo inaugural ceremonies on May 7 at the port of Harwich, outside of London.