Sail Date: July 2018
We really like Royal Carribean, we always have a good experience when we go on cruise with them. The crew members were very helpful and respectful, we specially commend our main dining room servers - Valentino and Ruel, who catered to our ... Read More
We really like Royal Carribean, we always have a good experience when we go on cruise with them. The crew members were very helpful and respectful, we specially commend our main dining room servers - Valentino and Ruel, who catered to our b7every need, who always give the daily recommendations and explained the different dishes on the menu which helped us in picking the best dish. They both remembered each individuals likes and preference in drinks . Gianni who was the head waiter was always around making sure that we have the most wonderful dining experience. The food was good, we specially appreciate the availability of alternative Indian menu from which we could sample different cuisine. One thing that I want to suggest for a better service in the windjammer is for someone to offer to replenish the drinks like coffee or tea or juice. We really didn’t attend much of the entertainment or activities, and we did not book any excursion, but we did our own exploration of the ports and places, we utilized local tour bus or “let petit train” or the hop on hop off buses which were reasonably priced except for the one in Barcelona which was a little pricey €30. We liked all the stops on this cruise, aside from Barcelona, all the cities we went to were new to me and my husband. I specially liked Corsica and Mallorca. I want to commend Madi our cabin attendant for being hardworking, responsible and respectful, and lastly Balazs the bartender on deck 5 for being very friendly and providing us with wonderful service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Sailed on her ten years ago and when I first boarded (having been spoilt with the new big ships) thought she was looking outdated. However, after a few hours I stopped noticing the wooden panelling and instead looked at the fantastic ... Read More
Sailed on her ten years ago and when I first boarded (having been spoilt with the new big ships) thought she was looking outdated. However, after a few hours I stopped noticing the wooden panelling and instead looked at the fantastic cleanliness everywhere, Amazing food, great choices every day and hot, yes hot food. Brilliant waiter and assistant who did not spend all week begging for good reviews. Really funny cruise director. Not the best entertainment every day but the singers and dancers were good. Actually in tune. We felt really cared for and looked after on the cruise. Got beds in the solarium every day only struggled on the sea day. Cabin steward was discreetly great. Can honestly say we had a smashing cruise. Suite concierge could not do enough for us. Only had 2 trips ashore as we have been all the locations many times before but as usually very well handled. Overall a fab holiday Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
ARRIVAL We arrived in Civittavechia Port with our own car. Parking Nord is located few steps from the check-in tent. It's very convenient, reasonably priced (around 75 EUR per week), very safe (locked when not operating), yet has to be ... Read More
ARRIVAL We arrived in Civittavechia Port with our own car. Parking Nord is located few steps from the check-in tent. It's very convenient, reasonably priced (around 75 EUR per week), very safe (locked when not operating), yet has to be reserved in advance at www.portmobility.it CHECK-IN If you have papers filled out via internet, check-in is super quick and stressless. SHIP Nice ship, well mainteined, generally not showing her age, Royal Caribbean style amenties (rock climbing wall, mini golf, etc.), but not the newest ones (zip line, surf wave). Surprisingly enough sun beds at the pool. STATEROOM We have booked linked staterooms, which meant there were plenty of space for four. The rooms are starting to show their age (e.g. sofa). Shower cabin in one of the cabins was really worn out, but the overall impression of the stateroom is still OK. By the way: if you are family of four it's advisable to check prices of two linked cabins with sea view instead of one with balcony. The price difference shouldn't be to big, but comfort of two storeroom is really worth it. You will not miss the balcony that much. FOOD Renown Royal Caribbean food service, yet without lobster night. We really missed it. And, the New York Strip Steak is better prepared ashore... ENTERTAINMENT Almost perfect. Music all over the ship, very good energy, yet the scene becomes a bit sleepy towards midnight. Obviously guests get tired. Superb theatre performers. ITINERARY Ports of call are not Mediterranean top destinations, so if you are flying to Europe oversees, you would like to choose Portofino, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi, Sorrento etc. over Ajaccio and Cagliari, but if you like to combine sightseeing (e.g. Barcelona) with beaches (e.g. Cagliary) it's entirely OK. Do not miss La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (book in advance) and if you are passionate shopper Passeig de Gracia is better than Las Ramblas. Don't miss panoramic flight with helicopter in Cannes. It's from 45 EUR per person and it's really unmachable fun. OVERALL Overall cruising experience is on usual Royal Caribbean level. Very entertaining. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
The ship: I think it's a middle big ship. It wasn't too big to have an overview of all the decks. But enough space for all the passengers. Food/dining: Tides diningroom: we got a personal table for all the 7 days, with the same ... Read More
The ship: I think it's a middle big ship. It wasn't too big to have an overview of all the decks. But enough space for all the passengers. Food/dining: Tides diningroom: we got a personal table for all the 7 days, with the same waitresses. I liked that, because then we got to know the waitresses. It was very good service and they tried to get to know us and chat. Windjammer: it was an almost all day buffet (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Very good food! They varied from day to day, like: american, greek etc. But it was also something that were the same every day. So it was always something to eat! I recommend breakfast and lunch in windjammer. And then dinner at the tides diningroom. Service: Every employee I met was nice. They did always greet you. Our head-waitress was very good. He did a recommendation on the menu everyday, and could always get what you wanted. Like 2 maincourse, or two dessert etc. The housekeeping was good. They clean the room twice a day, and makes towles-animals. Every evening you get a program on the bed for the next day. Shows: There were shows almost everyday. One day without show. And often the same show twice a day. The content varied: juggler/circusartist, sining (legends and divas), Tango bueno aires (dancing and singing), west end to broadway (singing and dancing), farwell show (illusionist, singing and dancing). Very great and fun shows at the evening. Good singers and dancers! Activities: A lot of different acitivities. Trivia, music, dancing, party, sport (climbing, volleyball, basketball), courses (example napkinfolding). Just remember to have a look at the program the evening before and plan your day. Or you can just have the program with you, and if you want to do something see if there is some acitivity ongoing. We visited many fine cities. We were in every shore/city in a great amount of time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose to splurge on a Mediterranean cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. Our cruise was near perfect. The ports were gorgeous and we had a fabulous time. RCCL’s staff is very accommodating and friendly. We had, as usual, ... Read More
We chose to splurge on a Mediterranean cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. Our cruise was near perfect. The ports were gorgeous and we had a fabulous time. RCCL’s staff is very accommodating and friendly. We had, as usual, excellent service. The only two issues we ran into was a surprisingly pushy sales force to get us to buy into upcharges and a poor experience in our choice of cabin. We were VERY taken aback by the astounding number of upcharges for services that used to be free of charge, to include the discontinuation of Happy Hour, a fee for Giovanni’s table, bottled water, fresh orange juice, and more. We booked what we thought was our dream cabin at the very aft of the ship to have a bigger balcony. We were in cabin 1104, right underneath the Windjammer, and we would NEVER book it again. We were hardly able to use the balcony for several reasons. First and foremost, it was covered in soot from the chimneys most days. We could not sit on the lounge chairs unless we wanted our clothes permanently stained from the soot. The problem exasperated when the staff sprayed the Windjammer decks and the water dripped onto the balcony, turning the powdery soot into a charcoal liquid. It was gross. When we brought the issue to the attention of guest services, we were told they were aware of the problem, but had no control over it. We were offered a discount on a future cruise and a $5 bottle of wine to make up for the additional $600 we spent for that cabin. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
great crew, but would not travel with this cruise line again. The dinner food was actually terrible, even after trying 4 of the different dinners. There was no special dinner for the dress-up nights - in fact, most people didn't even dress ... Read More
great crew, but would not travel with this cruise line again. The dinner food was actually terrible, even after trying 4 of the different dinners. There was no special dinner for the dress-up nights - in fact, most people didn't even dress up, so it was no big deal at all. The activities were almost non-existent, especially on the sea days. It was extremely disappointing. I compared this to many Carnival cruises, and this was far below my past experiences. The at sea days were actually filled with fun activities around the pool and were very enjoyable. The only activities that RCI provided for the at sea days were a belly-flop contest (one day) and a sexy man contest (the other at sea day). It was pathetic! The nightly entertainment was a little more than high school. I felt nickel and dimed the entire cruise, always asking for more money, spa experiences, expensive drinks, etc. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my 8th cruise 5 with Carnival and my 3rd with Royal following the cruise I think we will be going back to Carnival. We sailed on Freedom of the Seas in April and was wonderful the Jewel is nothing in comparison and also we paid 3 ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise 5 with Carnival and my 3rd with Royal following the cruise I think we will be going back to Carnival. We sailed on Freedom of the Seas in April and was wonderful the Jewel is nothing in comparison and also we paid 3 times what we paid on Freedom. My husband missed the fun and entertainment on Carnival most nights on Jewel it was a struggle to find something to do, The pros; Staff were wonderful We had a balcony cabin which was every spacious The ports were fantastic Ship is in good condition The cons; Entertainment was awful the production shows were boring I like Latin music but the only live music on board were 3 Latino bands and we needed more variety even the guy in the piano bar was singing Spanish songs when 2k of the passengers English was their first language Food in dining room wasn't great 2 nights out of 6 I had to send my food back as it was in edible but the staff were great in dealing with my issues The ports are definitely the star of this cruise the ship is a disappointment Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise and we loved it. The Jewel of the Seas takes 2500 people, so not the biggest ship, but it had everything on board that we needed. The kids loved table tennis and the mini golf. We were in a very spacious junior ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it. The Jewel of the Seas takes 2500 people, so not the biggest ship, but it had everything on board that we needed. The kids loved table tennis and the mini golf. We were in a very spacious junior suite and it was great. The service was excellent and the staff were extremely professional. The food on board was amazing, especially in the Tides dining room. We stopped off in Santorini, Mykonos and Katakalon where we got off and took our own transport to the beaches. It was all very easy, especially in Mykonos where you can get a bus from the central bus station to all the main beaches. We opted for a guided tour to the Acropolis in Athens which was really interesting. Getting on and off the ship was super easy and we never had to queue for anything. All in all I can see why so many people love cruises and we would definitely choose Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I picked this cruise based on destinations and activities for all ages and we were not disappointed. Ages ranged from 3 to 73 and there was a full schedule for all if wanted. We all had a great time and have recommended it to lots of ... Read More
I picked this cruise based on destinations and activities for all ages and we were not disappointed. Ages ranged from 3 to 73 and there was a full schedule for all if wanted. We all had a great time and have recommended it to lots of friends and family since coming back. Definitely value for money. Was surprised at ease of disembarking and embarking at ports as had heard there could be long delays but although ship was full we had no problems even on day where we docked off shore and got shuttle boats in. Fabulous range of dining and entertainment on boat. We didn't even get into all the pools on-board. The climbing wall got full use and hardly got to use the table tennis tables and crazy golf as so much else to do. Staff were great, very accommodating, helpful and enthusiastic. We didn't really use the shore excursions as considered them too expensive for our party of 6 but it was very easy to go into destinations on your own steam. Always easy to locate the Royal Caribbean pick up points. Only one place was in Cagliari, Sardinia where we got picked up on shuttle inside port so were confused as to where to get shuttle. If shuttle had have been outside port it would have been easier to find. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I had such a pleasant experience on the Western Mediterranean Cruise with Jewel of the Seas. The ship had amazing staff and crew, delicious and abundant food, unbelievable efficiency, great facilities, top notch service, comfortable ... Read More
I had such a pleasant experience on the Western Mediterranean Cruise with Jewel of the Seas. The ship had amazing staff and crew, delicious and abundant food, unbelievable efficiency, great facilities, top notch service, comfortable cabins, and more. They anticipated my needs before I knew them which was very impressive. The ship itself looked new because it was spotless! You couldn't tell it was moving because of how smooth it was going. There were enough activities and space for 2,000 passengers. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful the service was and how efficient the processes were, from gathering us guests to our meeting places for emergency drills to our shore excursions - it was fantastic! Also, the staff and crew were very friendly and worked very hard. The ports of call were great! They had a combination of big and small towns, some more well-known than others. I will definitely go on a cruise with Royal Carribean again. Read Less
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 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
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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