3 Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Transatlantic

As a New Diamond Member with Royal Caribbean and have done more then 42 Cruises with various companies. We are proud and pleased with the Enterainment on the Jewel of the seas. The " Fly On" acts i think were a lot more ... Read More
As a New Diamond Member with Royal Caribbean and have done more then 42 Cruises with various companies. We are proud and pleased with the Enterainment on the Jewel of the seas. The " Fly On" acts i think were a lot more presentable and distinguished then the Ships production shows themselves. The Singers and dancers were probably the weakest then most ships. However the ship was BUSY! with tons of variety and lots of entertainment options around the Vessel. This 14 night repositioning cruise had continuously brought out great bands in all lounges and great parties. Andrea who is the current cruise Director from Italy ( coming from MSC and Norwegian Cruise line was out and about making sure all guests were having a great time. He was a very nice, organized Cruise Director. Disappointed to see the Cold Soups go.. from Royal. We did the Vision of the seas last year through Scotland, Ireland and they offered a different chilled soup each night. Banana, Strawberry, EXTC. Ports through the Canary Islands were extremely beautiful with fair port hours from the ship we are very pleased and grateful for this cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Boarding the ship in Miami proved to be comparatively simple (other than the check-in agents unable to deal with an up-grade in Crown&Anchor Status). The Jewel is well appointed, the cabins comfortable with plenty of chances for ... Read More
Boarding the ship in Miami proved to be comparatively simple (other than the check-in agents unable to deal with an up-grade in Crown&Anchor Status). The Jewel is well appointed, the cabins comfortable with plenty of chances for exercise should you hike from the fore end of Deck 7 up and down the stairs to all meals, activities and music. Since there was no seating available in either early or MyTime, I elected to have all my evening meals in the buffet area. The staff was superb in service, the Indian and Japanese Cuisine Excellent and I really appreciated the variety of cold soups over the two weeks. As a vegetarian, having food labeled clearly and a variety available made my evening meals a pleasure. The Cruise Director's staff from Chloe on down were extremely supportive and found the 10-35 knitters/crocheters who met on sea days in the upper lounges quite fun and even supplied some needles and yarn for those who had failed to bring along enough to do. Scrapbooking and Jewelry making were oversubscribed which I think also startled the staff. Other than the Country and Western Group who seemed to have only one set (and I do know how started the howl due to the pain of being able to set your watch by their music) the musicians were fantastic, especially the string players. The Fitness Center is excellent and the staff knowledgeable. Fun, yes! Will I book with RCI for cruises? Of course, have a couple already booked for this coming fall. Great ship if you want to relax, talk with people, spend time on fitness, your own interests. The library was pitiful - bring your own Nook/Kindle/iPad.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We had read great great things about the Jewel before arriving for our cruise and for the most part the ship and it's crew exceeded our expectations.  Physical layout and ship amenities are great.  Lots of activities ... Read More
We had read great great things about the Jewel before arriving for our cruise and for the most part the ship and it's crew exceeded our expectations.  Physical layout and ship amenities are great.  Lots of activities (although heavy on Bingo).  Great use of Centrum area for events and music.  Organized excercise opportuniites were limited.Casino was nice and offered inexpensive slots.  Very smoky in casino though and the smoke was not contained in this area - filling the nearby movie theatre to the point it was difficult to adjust to the smell inside). Smoky also in some bars.  And it seemed as if the smokers were given the best viewing areas to sit and relax in.Carpeting showing it's age and wear.  Musty smell in the bathroom that the steward could not do anything about.  I thought the ship was very stable even with 18 foot swells.  My wife who is very prone to motion sickness only had one bad day (however, the captain told us we were lucky - the Atlantic can offer up much rougher crossings than we had).  Great entertainment on this ship.  We looked forward to the show each night.  We would rate the ship highly on appearance, general cleanliness, staff performance and entertainment.  Food quality was good/very good.  But a big problem exists with the management of the kitchen, the dining room presentation of meals (as prepared in the kitchen) and the cooking of the food.  We returned several dishes at our table that were undercooked; overcooked or cold.  Even the head waiter was disgusted. The favorite food presentation was to place the entree on a bed of mashed potatoes and serve it.  Bakery was very good (especially the hard rolls).  The Windjammer cafe was often better that what we were getting in the dining room.  We did not try the specialty restaurants as we were trying to keep our expenses down.  All things considered a great cruise and if the food situation could get straightened out (in the dining room) this ship could remain one of the best we have experienced.  We will continue to sail with RCCL for the time being but will not become loyal to it unless the improve the food significantly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Jewel of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.0
Family 4.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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