We'd been to Rome in 2006 and therefore stayed in Civitavecchia for 2 days beforehand (Hotel San Giorgio). If you want food groceries, snacks, and wine you will want to walk 6-7 blocks up the hill on the main drag to the larger ... Read More
We'd been to Rome in 2006 and therefore stayed in Civitavecchia for 2 days beforehand (Hotel San Giorgio). If you want food groceries, snacks, and wine you will want to walk 6-7 blocks up the hill on the main drag to the larger grocery store as it has the best prices and selection.
Hear are our random thoughts on our Nov. 6 transatlantic to Puerto Rico:
- this ship is beautiful with lots of glass but many parts of it have been repainted often
- lots of creaking as it moved
- our JS (#1040) did not have a fridge, only a cooler that LOOKS like a mini-fridge
- first time without a drinks package but I DID buy a 10-drink package onboard for $85
- bought the soda package and the 100+ flavours in the 2 Windjammer machines were
fantastic. I used the Fanta Zero choices the most. Beware, though, that there is no
access to these special machines after 9:00 p.m.
- the guitarists in the various bands were exceptional, and my favourite was Dmytro, the
classical player from the Ukraine
- Karaoke on the sea days ran from 9-10:00 p.m. and it would have been nice to have it
go a little longer
- on our 1st cruise on the Liberty in '14 there was a speaker in our stateroom for the
Captain's announcements; the speaker could be attenuated with a dial...why can't they
have this on all their ships? It certainly wasn't available to us on the Jewel
- Voom was extremely un-Voom-ey; a friend was taking online classes and actually had
to stop as her streaming version was way too unreliable. Ours was the same, and the
price for the wifi is absolutely ridiculous
- Analiza Ching, the rock 'n' roll violinist was, as expected, the best entertainer on
- Trivia in the Schooner was fun, but some of the various hosts' accents made it quite
difficult to discern what they were saying
- From the Hoho bus, Valencia was pleasant and nice
- in Lisbon you can take a Hoho bus within yards of the ship; no need for the $8 shuttle.
Lisbon was gorgeous
- it was wonderful to see Gibraltar and Tunisia in the daylight hours, and the weather
- We did an all-day 4x4 tour on the Azores island we landed at. Sergio, the driver, was
good but seemed to soft sell requests for tips on the way back to the ship; do NOT ask
for good ratings on Trip Advisor and then ask for tips, please as most will tip regardless.
That being said, the island we were on (Sao Miguel) rivals Bora Bora for pure beauty!
It was green, lush, magical, and gorgeous.
- the weather after the Azores was cloudy, rainy, and gloomy. It was easily the worst any
of us had seen on a transatlantic
- Regarding our JS, the toilet and those nearby had a few issues one morning. Our bed
with two light and very thin toppers was hard, but we are side-sleepers. Friends had a
JS underneath the Windjammer and could not sleep as carts over the tiled floor above
rattled all night long. They brought up the issue twice and were then given a 2-bedroom
spot near the rear-most elevators for the remainder of the cruise
- We guitar players are a dime a dozen, so why doesn't every resort and ship in the world
have a few available for rental???
- Our CD, Cruisin' Susan and the Activities Director (Martin) were very good
- For any who have heard of the legendary Cruise Critic Host "Clarea", he, his wife (they
had the stateroom next to ours), and their "Bob"-tourage were a lot of fun!
- The Puerto Ricans on this journey seemed to take over some of the night spots but we
were happy for them as the hurricanes hit their island very hard recently
- One of our roll call crew organized "California Kitchen" and "Chef's Table" meals; these
were wonderful with lots of wine but the one with 20 attendees lasted FOUR hours!
- Our fave server was LaToya in the Schooner Bar
- We had "My Time" dining and rarely used the Dining Room. The food was alright there
but there was ALWAYS something to love at the Windjammer
- The large shrimp in Chops were to die for. My favourite food, though, was a smokey
tomato soup served at the Chef's Table
- Our slot pull was, by far the worst we have ever seen re: results; it was fun but the
return on $15.00 was only $3.50. Do NOT go into Casino Royale for ANY reason (other
than for $2 Mimosas or a slot pull) if you can at all avoid it!
- Overall the entire staff was kind and helpful, including Guest Services
- Those who went to the Diamond-and-higher 5:30 p.m. daily get-togethers in the Safari
Club said the munchies, etc. were the best they every had.
Thanks in part to the positive vibe from our numerous Roll Call posters, we had an absolutely fantastic time. The Jewel is a quaint, loveable smaller vessel that has lots of glass and is the perfect middle-aged conveyance for a transatlantic crossing. Read Less