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"First the negative: I would have rated this cruise as a 5-Star one, but Seabourn's corporate police allowing smoking in so many places makes it hard to really rate the cruise line positively. They allow smoking..."Read More
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notjaded

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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Suite 9010 - The Cruise That Should Never Have Happened.

Review for MSC Splendida to Middle East

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enuf42

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

28 days from Dubai to Hamburg visiting places I had never been was the mantra for our cruise. We set sail on March 12th 2020, same day I believe the world Pandemic was officially announced. Should MSC have let the cruise depart Dubai? - absolutely not. MSC's only objective was to get their vessel back to one of its home ports. There was no regard given as to the well being of its passengers, ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Suite

8 Helpful Votes


Hardly a jewel anymore and royal only in the name

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Middle East

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FennoExpress

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

This was our sixth cruise and the first on Royal Caribbean. We got a very good price and as we have visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi previously we knew what to expect in terms of weather, general safety and cleanliness. Also the flight from Finland to Dubai is not too long. Oman was a new and exciting destination for us. We arrived in Dubai early on Sunday morning, the weather was not on our side, ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

17 Helpful Votes


What no lobster ?

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Middle East

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gettinold

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

We took this cruise mainly due to the fact that the package Royal Caribbean was offering two nights post cruise stay at the Atlantis the Palms in Dubai. It seemed like a nice way to end the cruise The ship is showing its age. Most days it was not possible to walk around deck 5 as there was always parts of the deck sectioned off for maintenance. There's nothing quite like the sound of an ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

126 Helpful Votes


Good Itinerary, Great Staff, Blah Food

Review for MSC Lirica to Middle East

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ColoradoSkiier5

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

Like many other reviewers, we choose this cruise based on the itinerary. We were able to get a very good price on the cruise, which is good, because paying full price would not be worth it. The Good- Our state room (a balcony on the 12th floor) was extremely spacious. Most of the cruise staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The embarkation process was the quickest I've ever experienced, ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

6 Helpful Votes


Reasonable Cruise

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Middle East

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NightWoman

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This cruise sailed over Christmas and this was the reason we booked a cruise only and arranged our own flights, we were then spending New Year at a hotel we go to regularly in Dubai. We've done this cruise many times with RCI and Azamara so we knew what to expect from the ports however we hadn't sailed on Jewel before. Emarkation: We stayed 1 night pre-cruise at the Fairmont Dubai which was ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

71 Helpful Votes


Enjoyable but room for improvement

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Middle East

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ltaberner7

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise for its combination of cities plus the opportunity to have a beach day, so the fact that the captain deemed the seas too rough for tendering (debatable) on the day we were to visit Sir Bani Yas for our beach day was a huge disappointment. The itineraries for future cruises also include Khasab and it's a pity this port could not have been substituted when we abandoned Sir Bani ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Ocean View

4 Helpful Votes


A Fair & Honest Review From Experienced Cruiser

Review for Jewel of the Seas to Middle East

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craig gibbon

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

After 7 days sailing around the GCC I would like to share my honest experience with you all.. Embarkation was fairly painless and the whole process took 30 minutes maximum, the huge let down was the disembarkation at Oman port & Dubai! Took 90 minutes to get off ship and was absolute chaos amongst the passengers, RC need to do something here or change ports as it is a huge negative and you ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Ocean View

17 Helpful Votes


Thanks MSC for proving to be nothing but an uncaring money grabber

Review for MSC Lirica to Middle East

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Margaret T.

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

This cruise was a retirement present to myself. After an awesome 6 days Rome/Venice stay, downer came with the horrible MSC Lirica experience. From the awful, unwelcoming embarking to disembarking this cruise line administration was nothing but a heartache. No proper accommodations were made for unexpected port change: had to maneuver long lines, ordered from room to room before being ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Departure Port: Rostock (Warnemunde)

Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom

7 Helpful Votes


Good price and destinations/tepid hard and uncooked food

Review for MSC Splendida to Middle East

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kdttree

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Boarded promptly in Dubai. Lovely ship, good sized cabin (upgraded to balcony). Hardworking staff, clean ship, entertainment crew friendly, funny and made great efforts to amuse everyone quizes,poolside dance etc. Theatre: lot opera, ballet, acrobats etc pulled out stops and had wonderful final show. Good to have cinema in theatre after shows!! Cruise director (Masimo) does interesting talks on ...
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Sail Date: March 2019

Departure Port: Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

14 Helpful Votes


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