4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Our daughter was on a school trip to Italy, so we decided to meet up with her in Rome and take a family cruise to the Greek Isles. We choose Jewel of the Seas, because we like RCCL and sailed on the Radiance of the Seas previously ... Read More
Our daughter was on a school trip to Italy, so we decided to meet up with her in Rome and take a family cruise to the Greek Isles. We choose Jewel of the Seas, because we like RCCL and sailed on the Radiance of the Seas previously (Alaska). I will say that so far the Radiance Class ships are my favorite of the RCCL line (I have been on Independence of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, and Empress of the Seas as well). The ship is beautiful. Lots to do while easy to navigate. While all the usual accolades for Royal apply (very good food, great Piano player in the Schooner Lounge, very good Production Shows, etc.), what stood out for me was two new activities that I enjoyed immensely. The first was a Mystery Puzzle game that was professionally produced to be similar to current Escape Room type games. It was not an escape room, but a team game, where each team received an envelope with many puzzles that led to solving the mystery. Like I said, it was professionally produced and really awesome. Not easy, but not extremely difficult either. Took about an hour and was loads of fun. The second was a Murder Mystery Dinner, where the production entertainment team put on a play during cocktails and hors d'oevres where two mob bosses were about to combine their territory. One gets murdered. We went into dinner in one of the speciality restaurants, where clues were given throughout the dinner. At the end, there was a drawing from those who solved it correctly, with the winner receiving a champagne basket. Again, lots of fun. The first was no additional charge, while the second had a charge associated (but did include a great dinner in the speciality restaurant, including champagne and wine). The addition of these types of activities will keep me coming back to RCCL. The only reason I did not give this cruise 5 stars was the Itinerary. The ship gets 5 stars. The Itinerary, only about 3.5. If you really want to visit the Greek Isles, then this is a great way to do it...but be prepared for a grueling itinerary. We had one day at sea, followed by 4 port days, and ending with a day at sea. In general, the Islands are beautiful, but very hot and very crowded. Long days of touring with crowds, heat, and lines...and 4 in a row was a little more than we could handle. 1. Santorini: Definitely the most picturesque...but get on an early tender. Dress very cool, wear a hat and sneakers. Be prepared to wait in a line for 1-2 hours to get the cable car up and another 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get back down at the end. Be prepared to walk on very uneven cobblestones. 2. Mykonos: Probably the easiest port and also very beautiful. Classic white buildings. Beautiful seascape vistas. Good history. Cool breezes and no lines :) 3. Athens: Our least favorite. Crowded city. Very hot. Walking up the Acropolis is the highlight (you gotta do it), but go early and be prepared for a very slippery climb up ancient slippery marble. 4. Katakolon: Too pooped to visit the sight of the ancient Olympic games...choose instead to taxi to a nice beach. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
My wife and myself have just completed our second cruise with Royal Caribbean, This time on one of the smaller ships, it had good and bad points, The ship was very well run from the moment we arrived at Rome airport, RC staff took control ... Read More
My wife and myself have just completed our second cruise with Royal Caribbean, This time on one of the smaller ships, it had good and bad points, The ship was very well run from the moment we arrived at Rome airport, RC staff took control of everything , luggage was taken and delivered to our cabin, transfers were on time and embarkation was smooth. The ship has some lovely areas lots of dark wood and never felt crowded, however there were areas that were very tired looking ie the outside area of the windjammer, this did not stop us from enjoying the area and we would have breakfast every morning in the sun but it needs upgrading soon. We ate in the MDR each evening, the staff like all the staff on board were efficient and friendly remembered our names and found time to speak each evening but the food while plentiful was not of a high standard I got the impression RC do the bare minimum expected as they want you to pay for the premium restaurants. We took two RC excursions, the first was Panoramic Cartagena don't waste your money the only interesting part was the Roman theatre, and it turns out that was two minutes and in view of the ship. I would recommend the Flamenco show in Majorca we both enjoyed it very much. The other ports of call we did our own thing as they were very easy to get around. All in All I would recommend this cruise because of the great staff but again RC spend some more money on the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We spent 4 days in Rome before the cruise- beautiful city easy to explore. Booked a shuttle to the port which is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Rome. Dropped us right at the tent for luggage drop off and the line for Royal Caribbean ... Read More
We spent 4 days in Rome before the cruise- beautiful city easy to explore. Booked a shuttle to the port which is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Rome. Dropped us right at the tent for luggage drop off and the line for Royal Caribbean embarkation. Quick and easy-we arrived about 11:30 and were at the pool by noon!! Make sure you either pack or wear your bathing suit in a carry on bag because you won’t get your luggage until later. We would lay by the main pool and pop into the solarium pool to cool off. Jewel of the Seas is a smaller ship and has a ton of space to spread out never felt crowded except on sea days around the pool which is expected. The ports are amazing! The boat is small enough to get to know people and the staff. The ship could use a few more activities during sea days and at night. Overall, it was a beautiful trip and we had an awesome time sailing past Italy and Greece. Go for a balcony the views are amazing! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
My daughter (35 y.o.), my granddaughter (13 y.o.) and I (66 y.o.) took a cruise to the Greek Islands; we started and ended the cruise in the port outside of Rome (July 16 -23, 2019). We shared a Junior Suite, #1584, on deck 10. Our ... Read More
My daughter (35 y.o.), my granddaughter (13 y.o.) and I (66 y.o.) took a cruise to the Greek Islands; we started and ended the cruise in the port outside of Rome (July 16 -23, 2019). We shared a Junior Suite, #1584, on deck 10. Our stateroom was clean and nicely appointed, had been updated. The whole ship was clean and must have been updated recently. The cabin attendant split the bed into twin beds. The couch pulled out into a bed which became basically a mattress on the floor for my granddaughter. The attendant never took up the mattress (to make a couch again) the whole trip...but he probably would have if I had requested it. The only odd thing about the cabin was daily/nightly noises overhead which varied in intensity and sounded anywhere in the range of a herd of kittens running to a plane landing! The buffet (deck 11) was above us, but still the noises were annoying. There was plenty of storage in the cabin for three females for 7 days. Dining was great; no complaints. We usually ate in the deck 5 Dining room. EXCURSIONS: My daughter and granddaughter enjoyed the Perivolos Beach on Santorini. I chose to avoid more sun, but was very disappointed with the excursion to Pyrgos Village with Mezes and Wine Tour. The guide was distant, there was no "tour" of the winery, and the mezes were very meager...avoid this excursion! And "Ulysses" from Royal Caribbean who was in charge of shopping was definitely working for the more expensive jewelry shops at each port. We discovered more moderately priced items at shops at each port. And be aware that if one gets their time to "Explore Athens and Ancient Acropolis" to the afternoon that it is very HOT and there is no time to shop in Athens (Piraeus). All things considered, I would recommend Jewel of the Seas as a very good ship. The itinerary to the Greek Islands however is somewhat lacking in excitement. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I think the captain said it best - he likes this class of ships best - the ship has the same propulsion as the largest ships with a smaller ship size. Thus making it the Maserati of the Sea. In February we took a larger ship and the ... Read More
I think the captain said it best - he likes this class of ships best - the ship has the same propulsion as the largest ships with a smaller ship size. Thus making it the Maserati of the Sea. In February we took a larger ship and the lines for food and challenge of finding pool seating made for a bad experience. There were still the typical chair saving people on board which never works out well but overall we found the ship experience a good one. We have been loyal Royal Caribbean travelers for some time now - about 6 cruises under our belts but I have to say this time we did experience some things which I think is a indicator of Royals future. I have noticed more and more retail shopping on board - buy purses, watches, paintings and constant sales pitches for fine dining even future cruises. However I find it interesting that when you try to talk to them about buying future travel excursions or upgrades on the next cruise they won't talk to you! Usually My Time Dining has worked out well for us. This time not so good. I think they sat us in the regular dining room because as we sat and ate our dessert the waiters were swarming all around us trying to swap out the dining room for the next seating. We felt very rushed and responsible for them not being able to complete their swap. It wasn't what we have experienced in the past. The next night they moved us to a better location, still on the same deck. The waiter assured us there would be no rush, he did a nice job of handling our requests and was very friendly. He asked us if we wanted to come back there and brought over the grumpy head waiter who said he would have to check. Never saw that waiter nor table ever again. In fact they too were having to turn over the dining room so we still felt rushed but the waiter stood with us and assured us we were ok. On our fourth night (we skipped the third due to these issues) we got a table on the My Time Dining floor and it was better but it should not of taken four days to do this. In Santonini they tendered us to shore. What a cluster! This was probably one of the most unorganized things I have seen on a Royal ship. Imagine the lines you see at the airport when waiting to board the plane. Same here. People very confused, people all jamming into small ship hallways to "be the first one off" - even though they had given out tender assignments at 7am that morning. The staff seems very confused and frustrated with the whole process. I just find the ignorance of people to each other irritating. People all thinking they should go first are clogging up the entrance area - no one paying attention to the rules being said via loudspeaker and just an overall rush. Thank God this wasn't some kind of emergency - I could see people just running each other over to be first. Royal needed security to get into these hallways and limit those near the steps to those who had tickets to be in the area. We had boarding tickets for tender 3 and watched these women with tickets for tender 18 trying to get their way in. There is just no way they should of even been in the area. The return to the ship from Santorini was just as complicated. The safest way down the cliff was the gondolas. There was a line throughout the town just waiting to get down. As the minutes clicked off until the ship left, the line never seemed to get shorter. The ONLY saving grace to this whole process was that an officer from the ship was sent up there to yell out to people "don't worry we are not going to leave you". Just a very poor start to our week tour and something we had in our heads each time we got ready to leave the ship on the next days tour. Overall I felt the smaller ship was much less crowded. We had nice seating for breakfast and lunch. I got into it with one woman about her saving multiple seats for her friends, even while she sat and looked at a sign which said no seat reserving. The ignorance is just rampant on cruise ships as everyone feels they are immune to the rules and respect for other passengers. That only seems to increase as you add more and more people to a ship. We now will look for smaller cruise lines where there isn't as much of this type of attitude and hopefully enjoy other passengers along the way. We like Royal but I really am seeing a change in their approach to cruising - it's all about making more money vs. the Royality of being a cruise passenger. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We combined this cruise with return visit to Rome making a nice extra break in early summer. Civitavecchia port let us down as there were not enough shuttle buses to Jewel for independent travellers. In the late morning queues were huge ... Read More
We combined this cruise with return visit to Rome making a nice extra break in early summer. Civitavecchia port let us down as there were not enough shuttle buses to Jewel for independent travellers. In the late morning queues were huge and we waited two hours. Once on board we felt welcome. We had paid for The Key and the delay meant we missed a special lunch in Chops but they willingly substituted a dinner that evening. Jewel is not the latest ship with all the bells and whistles but we like the space and the extra nooks and quiet areas to sit and watch the world go by. This was perhaps the most cosmopolitan cruise we have been on with Europeans from Russia to Portugal plus Brits. North Americans and Antipodeans of all age groups. It never felt very busy other than on the Dress to Impress night in the MyTime dining room which was very quiet at 7:30 and rammed at 8:30. As a four night cruise we did not expect a full formal night and there was no Captains Reception but a good number of people made an effort. The live music around the ship was a good standard but with no sea days there was no opportunity for much enrichment. The Coral Theatre shows were as expected or better with a company production "Broadway to West End" and a magician as good entertainment and Tango Buenos Aires and a four man heavy rock combo (Our Lady Valentine) being exceptional. Wait staff were usually very attentive but some did request good reviews which was not appropriate. Drinks are expensive on American ships but cocktails were well made with a daily special at $8 (+ service charge) All ports were pleasing. Ajaccio is a very small port town easy to explore on foot. From Marseille we had planned to go to Aix en Provence on a ship's excursion but that was cancelled. We decided to stay in Marseille Old Town and were glad we did. In fact we would like to go back and spend a few days there. In recednt years a lot of money has been spent improving the tourist areas, Villefranche (For Nice) was tendered and with a choppy sea this was slow. Our ship's tender broke down and we bobbed up and down for half an hour. We cut short our stay as we anticipated delays getting back and had no problems ourselves but others were very late back on board. We would be very happy to go back with Jewel for the right itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Overall we had a great vacation. The ship appeared to be in great shape and had a wonderful crew that was very friendly and attentive. Food was a hit and miss on certain days in the main dining room, however the windjammer was a pleasant ... Read More
Overall we had a great vacation. The ship appeared to be in great shape and had a wonderful crew that was very friendly and attentive. Food was a hit and miss on certain days in the main dining room, however the windjammer was a pleasant surprise. We didn't go to all the shows, but made sure to see the magician multiple times. He performed a lot of older tricks, but his stage presence was great. We chose this ship for the destinations and majority of the ports did not disappoint. The kids had a fantastic time learning about the history and seeing the different sites, but probably loved the beach day in Mykonos more than any other day. Excursions Rome - Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor with The Roman Guy, a lot of walking but get a great overview of the Roman Forum and Colosseum Sicily - Taormina and Blue Grotto (through Royal Caribbean) Nice old city with a fantastic snack of Granita and Brioche. Blue Grotto was a bit disappointing, but the boat ride was great to see the coast line Malta - Walked the city and went to the upper Barrakka Gardens, good view of the port Mykonos - Walked to Agios Stefanos beach and rented a couple loungers Santorini - Tour with Santorini exports, drove around the island and visited a nice little vineyard Athens - Private tour with My Athens Tour, was able to see a lot of the city including Acropolis and also the changing of the guards Naples - Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii (through Royal Caribbean) This was a nice tour, but very disorganized. Only had about 1 hour for Pompeii which was a bit disappointing. Rome - Vatican tour with Walks of Italy. Long day, but great to see all the works of art inside the Vatican Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
My friend chose the cruise, and I joined her when her cabin mate cancelled. The crew seemed happy even though they work really, really hard. Our servers were attentive, friendly and very focused on making us happy with our food. Chris, ... Read More
My friend chose the cruise, and I joined her when her cabin mate cancelled. The crew seemed happy even though they work really, really hard. Our servers were attentive, friendly and very focused on making us happy with our food. Chris, our cabin steward brought me distilled water and an extension cord for my CPAP machine, and tried everything possible to help me make it work, since it was missing a gasket in the reservoir. The food was up and down, with the apple pie being star of the show and the best prime rib I've had in ages. I tried the special meal of whole lobster one night, which was good but not delicious, and not worth the extra charge. As for the shore excursions, I wasn't up for so much walking, but it was good for me to do some of it. The storage in our cabin was great, and there was enough room for everything we brought. The string quartet/comedy group was absolutely one of the best I've seen anywhere. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were being visited and also we had never sailed with royal carribean before. The ship itself is quite tired in a lot of places and in need of re-fit. On the plus side quite small so easy to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were being visited and also we had never sailed with royal carribean before. The ship itself is quite tired in a lot of places and in need of re-fit. On the plus side quite small so easy to get around great feel a lot going on in the evenings and day the orchestra were excellent as were most of the shows. A very varied mix of people from many different countries which we enjoyed. Food was also on the whole very good and waiters excellent as were all the staff we encountered. We had cabin 3612 ocean view and have to say avoid if can. The smallest cabin we have had which would have been okay but very tired looking smelled a bit musty. Window was very rusty and furniture scraped and marked. I also found makeup from person before under bed when went to put cases underneath. Bathroom was decent and shower good. We found it fairly quiet too and near to lifts and convenient for restaurants and getting on and off at docks etc in its favour. However we soon found a smell of which I can only describe as when you clean a bath pipe out at home outside our main door and also inside the door and when opened wardrobe where clothes where stank on occasions. Sometimes was not there but most times was. We did tell main reception and they did try and sort think was coming from waste pipes next to room and also door opposite room for staff clearing cutlery from rooms etc. But only was better for a day or so the. Came back occasionally again. To be fair they have given us 20 % off next cruise with them to the value of this cruise but would rather have had money back or been moved rooms but that was not possible as ship full. I would not choose this room again or any near it. The cruise itself was great ports fantastic and staff very friendly and a good vibe on the ship. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Although we'd been looking to sail on Holland America after a good experience with our last cruise, we chose this cruise with Royal Caribbean because the itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: ports in Italy and Greece. ... Read More
Although we'd been looking to sail on Holland America after a good experience with our last cruise, we chose this cruise with Royal Caribbean because the itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: ports in Italy and Greece. We bookended our trip with several nights in Rome, staying at an outstanding, hidden gem of a boutique hotel, The Inn at the Roman Forum. Our hotel secured transport for us from the hotel to the port in Civitavecchia. We booked a Grand Suite on the ship, so had priority boarding. Both embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, handled very efficiently, as was the security muster. There was a broader age range of passengers on this cruise than on our last cruise, which we enjoyed. Our suite, 1048, was very spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows weren't. They provided 6 (!) king size pillows, but they were all the same: too thick and firm. The food was acceptable, but nothing special. Most of it fell under my brother-in-law's description of cruise ship food: "abundantly adequate." Our steak at Chops Grill was quite good, though. Entertainment was uneven. They had one good headliner from the UK who put on a very good performance, singing Frank Sinatra songs and the like, and he actually got a standing ovation! (Think people were just grateful for a good quality entertainer!) The highlights of the cruise were the quality of the service and the shore excursions. All across the board, the crew was friendly, helpful, and eager to be of service. Rosen, our cabin steward, always greeted us cheerfully and was very efficient and helpful. Zo and Meng, our waiters in the Main Dining Room, were attentive, quick and efficient, and made sure we had whatever we needed. Aline, our concierge, answered our questions patiently, and was a great resource. We were impressed with all our shore excursions, which were very efficiently and effectively organized. One stood out: the Athens and Cape Sounion with Lunch tour. It was long but thorough, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional, we had ample free time, and saw the Parthenon before the crowds arrived. A nice surprise: the buffet lunch at the Intercontinental was exceptional! We would highly recommend this excursion. While we were disappointed at not getting to see Santorini due to weather issues, overall we were pleased with the cruise and would consider sailing with Royal Caribbean again in the future if there's an itinerary that looks appealing. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This cruise began in Rome and went to various Greek Islands, then back to Italy at Naples and then concluded at Rome. It was nine days, two of which were sea days. We booked excursions at each port and prior to the cruise, we spent a week ... Read More
This cruise began in Rome and went to various Greek Islands, then back to Italy at Naples and then concluded at Rome. It was nine days, two of which were sea days. We booked excursions at each port and prior to the cruise, we spent a week in Rome. Greece was in ruins. Well, actually, there were a lot of other things, too. We thought the best two ports were Crete and Rhodes from a history standpoint and really enjoyed those. Santorini was also great. Athens is just another big city with a few interesting thing, but it is still very important historically and was worth the trip. Accessibility was an issue at times. Walking was, at times, rigorous so be careful of the excursions you book. The ship was clean and well maintained as was our cabin. We did, however, pay an additional amount to have a balcony cabin on Deck 9 on the very stern of the ship. Every morning, it was covered with soot from the engines, but the steward wiped it down on his clean-up of the cabin. It wasn't really a problem, just something to be aware of if you book those cabins in back. They were worth it for the view and additional balcony space, though. Food in the main dining room was disappointing. It seems that it has lost a lot of quality and it is not much different from the Windjammer. The advantage to the dining room though, is that you get table service and the very nature of the dining experience limits quantity. We had no beef that was done properly. We would have gone to Chops, but frankly, if they can't get prime rib right in the main dining room, they probably won't when you pay an additional 40 bucks for it. This is the first cruise we've taken (out of about a total of 10) where most of our meals were at the buffet, solely due to the lack of quality in the dining room. Overall, Jewel of the Seas is a good ship and we'd do this same cruise again and we recommend it to others, just be wary of the food quality and all of the walking on cobblestones. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We just completed an 11 day Mediterranean cruise on the Jewel of the Seas in April. Overall, we found it to be an enjoyable experience. Pros: The train from Rome to Civitavecchia was convenient and took about an hour. There was a ... Read More
We just completed an 11 day Mediterranean cruise on the Jewel of the Seas in April. Overall, we found it to be an enjoyable experience. Pros: The train from Rome to Civitavecchia was convenient and took about an hour. There was a shuttle from the station in Civitavecchia to the RCCL area to board buses to the ship. We waited in line for some time to have board a bus to take us to the ship. Once we got to the port, the processing and boarding went smoothly and quickly. One suitcase was all ready by the door when we got to our room, the other didn’t arrive until nearly 10 pm. We had an interior room on the 2nd deck. We were happy with the room, although a little tight. Fortunately our luggage could fit under the bed. It was convenient for our port days not having to wait for an elevator when we came back on board. Erick, our room attendant from Brazil, was a pleasant, personable young man. He did a good job of keeping our room looking tidy. All the ports were new for us and very interesting in their own rights. Smaller ship, less people. We had a congenial dining group. Our group consisted of an Australian couple, New Zealand couple, and a French speaking couple from Quebec, Canada. As in the past, this has been one of the highlights of our cruising experience. Our waiter, Shanshan, was very attentive and always pleasant. She kept us apprised of the next day’s schedule of the meal times at the Coral dining room. She worked several nights by herself when her assistant left. Sometimes she had help from the Windjammer. We were pleased with the wait staff in the Windjammer. Thanks for including a time slot to play pickleball. In fact, there were quite a few people wanting to play This is becoming a more popular sport, so having more time allotted would be good. Cons: The entertainment was certainly subpar to our other RCCL cruises. The comedians were disappointing. The best show was the Beatles’ tribute followed by the first show, a hand shadow display. There were quite a few “tween” children that were unsupervised, running around the halls, lounges, and pushing all the elevator buttons- quite annoying. We would have enjoyed a bit more variety of activities for the sea days. We did enjoy the trivia sessions. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Except for the Rosario Strings and the Buenos Aires tango show, the others seemed a bit tired. Jody the piano guy was a disappointment as we normally like to sit and listen and sing along with the piano man. The other area that could ... Read More
Except for the Rosario Strings and the Buenos Aires tango show, the others seemed a bit tired. Jody the piano guy was a disappointment as we normally like to sit and listen and sing along with the piano man. The other area that could be improved was the lack of 24 hour food. The larger ships have a place where you can get some some savory and sweet snacks almost round-the-clock. One thing they added for the lunches in the dining room was some hot buffet and dessert. This combined with the tutti salad bar made the lunchtime much more enjoyable. Whoever thought of that gets a gold star. Otherwise the repeating lunch menu got tired real quick. As this was a repositioning cruise, the enrichment lectures were lacking. Could have done a little more. The port of Ponta Delgada is not as good a stop as Madeira or the Canary Islands. The service was excellent and the ship in good shape. Enjoyed the cruise overall. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my first Transatlantic cruise and I'm so glad we chose this sailing. The weather was ideal and we only hit what could be considered rough water on our last sea day in the Mediterranean. There were many positives and some ... Read More
This was my first Transatlantic cruise and I'm so glad we chose this sailing. The weather was ideal and we only hit what could be considered rough water on our last sea day in the Mediterranean. There were many positives and some negatives and some of them may be deal breakers for some people so I will do my best to describe them. Embarkation in Miami: surprisingly slow. The security scan part was very quick, but the line upstairs took quite awhile. Overall ship: some wear and tear is evident. I like the navy blue and nautical themes. Jewel is classic Royal Caribbean style. There are places where the carpet is getting thin, with minor cosmetic damage to walls, trim, flooring. This didn't impact my cruise but it is noticeable. There is also a very occasional vague sewage smell we noted. I'm not sure what that's from. We both smelled it and commented when it reappeared. Fortunately it was not constant. Smoking is a problem, which I will describe later. Food and Service: We gave up on the main dining room and retreated to the Windjammer. It was comically slow dining room service. Our waiter just didn't seem to get certain things and the assistant waiter just disappeared. One glass of water is apparently all you can get at dinner. Coffee orders were taken after you were served dessert. I was on this cruise to relax and Windjammer was the answer. I've been on other ships where you struggled to find a table at WJ, but Jewel has wonderful seating options, both inside and outside. There was always something I was happy to eat and it didn't take 2 hours. The staff there was wonderful. The Solarium snack bar had some okay choices for later night snacks but Jewel is lacking in options if you are used to the bigger ships. Bars and lounges: I can't speak to the scene in the Diamond Lounge but the bars were quite sedate. This was not a party crowd lol. No problems with service. Things to do: we pretty much did out own thing. There seemed to be a decent amount of stuff in the cruise compass if you are looking for it. I was always happy to hear Rosario Strings playing as we passed through the Centrum. We really enjoyed the movie offerings, though the cinema is too small. Loved the evening movie by the pool option. Cabin: we were midship on deck 7 in a balcony, overlooking the lifeboat roofs. I actually didn't mind the roofs as it made it feel more private than being open to the promenade deck. The cabin was fine, plenty of storage, everything worked. I was glad I had brought a multiport charging plug extender thing. The ports: Awesome!! Each port was new to us and we loved them all. I had never heard of Alicante before this trip and I really hope to go back there for a longer stay sometime. We had fantastic weather in Spain. April in Valencia is not to be missed. We did an Airbnb experience there which was phenomenal. Uber is inexpensive in Valencia and very handy. The Problem With Jewel: The Centrum design, and smoking. I just don't understand the Centrum as an event space. The floor accommodates about 20 people max, and then people can look over from balconies. You have poor acoustics, with someone on a microphone hawking art auctions or whatever, it's not pleasant. The bigger problem is the smoke, which is sucked out of the casino and up the Centrum which acts as a chimney, spreading smoke up and out. Royal has no doubt crunched the numbers and decided they make more money out of smokers in the casino then they lose from people who don't come back. If you are a smoker, this is your ship. The rules are on your side. For me, it will make me think long and hard about going on Radiance class again. If you are allergic/asthmatic, stay away! I wish they would just add the sealed smoking rooms you see at airports. All in all though, this was a wonderful vacation. This ship is more for relaxing than exciting activities. There is no flowrider or sky diving simulator. It draws an older, quieter crowd of experienced cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Nice ship, just the right size for this type of cruise. Nice crew. The waiters in the main ding room went out of their way to remember what your favorite food items were. Disappointed that our spacious ocean view balcony was really an ... Read More
Nice ship, just the right size for this type of cruise. Nice crew. The waiters in the main ding room went out of their way to remember what your favorite food items were. Disappointed that our spacious ocean view balcony was really an obstructed barely ocean view balcony (still awaiting a response from RCCL on that one). Good food. Windjammer was actually a nice experience on this ship with a great variety at lunch. Excellent Chef’s Table. Service slow in both Giovanni’s and Chops, but good food. Decent shows. Five of the six ports were good, the exception being Colon, Panama - a disgusting, dirty, garbage strewn city as soon as you leave the confines of the port. The only good part of our tour was going to the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center, but we barely had any time there. Thrilling to transit the canal. Even though the ship is older, they keep it immaculate. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We love Royal and especially Royal sailing in our backyard in San Diego California! You should know about embarkation - Royal doesn't have their own terminal in California, so they were using another cruise company's ... Read More
We love Royal and especially Royal sailing in our backyard in San Diego California! You should know about embarkation - Royal doesn't have their own terminal in California, so they were using another cruise company's facility. This meant a little more chaos then we had seen at Galveston or Miami. The process for platinum up to diamond category was no faster than a first cruiser would have taken, as the only short lines were for key program or pinnacle. No benefits for loyalty points, unless the top tier or paid. Once on board, we explored this smaller ship in a short time. Finding a comfortable bar, and staying put until the cabin is ready. We booked this cruise late, meaning we were able to book an ocean view, not a typical balcony. We were blessed to bid an upgrade and received a balcony cabin on the 10th floor. The ports and excursions: Leaving San Diego, the ship stayed two days in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Although we had visited both these ports before, the weather in March was wonderful. Our stops in Central America were new to us, so we were excited to everywhere. The service was as usual fantastic by room steward and dining room staff. We would definitely cruise on the Jewel and other Radiance class ships, as long as we were not under the Windjammer. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We typically cruise with Carnival, but wanted to do a full transit through the Panama Canal, which Carnival rarely offers. So we booked a cruise on Jewel of the Seas, we have been on Explorer of the Seas back in 2002. We have been on nine ... Read More
We typically cruise with Carnival, but wanted to do a full transit through the Panama Canal, which Carnival rarely offers. So we booked a cruise on Jewel of the Seas, we have been on Explorer of the Seas back in 2002. We have been on nine cruises, we are in our mid sixties, husband and wife. We have never had a bad cruise and we did enjoy Jewel, Some people might be upset that I am doing a comparison, but it may help explain our views on the ship and may help others deciding what cruise line is best for them. Our cruise left on March 13th out of San Diego, we did an overnight in Cabo San Lucas, next port was Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Quetzal Guatemala, Puntarenas Costa Rica, cruising through the Canal, Colon Panama, Cartagena Columbia, ending in Miami on March 29th. Embarkation: We arrived a day early in San Diego and stayed at The Courtyard in Liberty Station. Embarkation on the 13th seemed to take longer than Carnivals, with both there are long lines, Carnival seems to move all the time, we stood barely moving in Royals lines for about 45 minutes. We headed to Windjammer for lunch as expected, it was crowded. Lido Marketplace on Carnival is even more difficult to get a seat on the first day, but Carnival has alternatives to go to and avoid the crowd, we usually go to Guy’s Pig and Anchor BBQ or Pasta Bella, which are free for lunch but away from the crowds. It would have been nice to have an alternative on Jewel, say lunch in the main dining room. Ship Décor: Jewel of the Seas is much more toned down and drab, I am used to the bright, flashy décor on Carnival. That being said, she is a lovely ship once I got used to the subdued look. I found her very easy to learn my way about the ship, I rarely got lost. The Coral Theater have great line of sight and as long as you arrived to the shows about 30 minutes early, there was no problem finding a great seat. Most shows were full by the time they started. Windjammer could get very crowded, but we tend to eat lunch early and I loved the outside tables. The main dining room was nice too, but I felt the tables were too crowded together, it could be difficult just maneuvering to get to your table. Schooner Bar and Safari Club were lovely; we often got an afternoon drink at the Schooner Bar. And I often read or did my sewing (appliqué) sitting in Vintages, I loved the big windows to look out. We don’t gamble, though the casino was quite pretty and we don’t use the spa or gym. The Solarium was probably the most beautiful part of the ship, both in the décor and plants, it beats Carnival’s Serenity hands down in ambiance. I was really looking forward to spending time here, boy was I disappointed. There are not only lounge chairs, but there are tables with chairs which is nice when getting a snack at Solarium Café. But what happened is that groups of people would come and sit at the tables, conversing loudly, spoiling what should be a quiet area. On cool days, people who sit at the outdoor pool took all the seating inside. Noisy music from the pool deck bled in every time the doors opened. And I found the bird noises annoying after a short time. After the first two days of trying to enjoy the Solarium, I was chased off by the lack of serenity to the area. I ended up spending the time I would have in the Solarium at Vintages. Cabin: We almost always get a balcony cabin. First off, I was disappointed that the view over the side of the ship was obstructed by the roof over the lifeboats. You could look out just fine, but not down to see the ship cutting through the water. This was my mistake as I should have checked to see if there was a sight line down (if you have a balcony at the front of the ship, the roof does not extend there). The room itself felt smaller than Carnival’s cabins, it only had a loveseat instead of a sofa. But Jewel’s actual balcony was probably twice as large as what we get on Carnival. The railing on Jewel was right at sightline when sitting in the chair, you had to bend down to see the horizon. Carnival’s is positioned differently as I never had a problem seeing the horizon. The bed was fine, a bit hard but we had no trouble sleeping on it. The cabins seemed to be soundproofed well, either that or we had quiet neighbors. We did not get much hall noise either (unlike Carnival where the partiers make a lot of noise). The bathroom has less storage of toiletries than Carnival, but the shower with a door is far better than Carnival’s curtain which does not keep the water in. Entertainment: The shows offered in the Coral Theater were good to excellent. My biggest problem was the lack of choices. There was usually one show: dance production, singers, comedian, juggler, hypnotist, etc. Carnival offers a show in the theater and four different routines in the comedy club every night. We were always busy going back and forth. On Jewell we usually went to bed after the show, nothing else offered that interested us. (We are not into Trivia or karaoke). There were a few shows in the Centrum, like finish the phrase, copy cat, dance moves which were entertaining, but seating was limited around the Centrum. Live Music: We enjoyed the Jewel Orchestra very much, supper talented bunch of musicians. There was duo of strings offered occasionally in Centrum and Mood Icons were good. Activities: My favorite activity on Jewel was the knit, crochet, and sew group that met every sea day in Vintages. I had brought handwork specifically for sea days and was pleased to see they offered a group meeting (self lead). I met several wonderful ladies that share a passion of handiwork. Bingo is another favorite of ours, but the bingo costs more than on Carnival. We typically buy six cards to play, Carnival offers this for $29.95 for three games. Jewel had a six card offered for $29.95 for one game a couple of times and $39.95 for three games other times. A lot of money to play bingo. But I have to admit, the final day of bingo on Royal is better. Carnival offers $5000.00 in a coverall, but if no one wins after 50 balls are drawn, reverts back to just a percentage of the take. Royal offers a free cruise and they play until someone wins. We also signed up for the galley tour which we were very interested in, it was offered three times during the cruise. It was offered on the first sea day, we wanted to explore the ship. We booked the second time it was offered, but found out it was the same time as the lecture on the building of the canal, which we did not want to miss. So we booked it the last sea day, showed up and were told it was canceled due to lack of attendance. Fellow Cruisers: We usually do a seven day cruise on Carnival and you do get a lot of partiers. For a 16 day cruise I figured it would be an older crowd and I was right, my guess is the medium age was 70s to early 80s. The other interesting thing we noticed, Carnival sells a lot of beer, very few people had beer on Jewell. The drink of choice is wine. The activities reflected that this is an older group. Dress in the dining room: Carnival and Jewell are very similar in dress code. We had three formal nights, few ball gowns and suits, but mostly nice dresses and sport coats and ties. Casual was the same for both, my husband wore shorts every night with nothing said. My Time Dining: When I booked the cruise the traditional dining was booked full for the early slot and I don’t like to eat late. So I booked My Time Dining. I found that I could book a reservation for My Time Dining, which I did for 6:00 pm every day. It worked out wonderfully, we had the same table for two every night right at a window. Granted the tables for two were close together and we really liked the two couples next to us at tables for two. But if we had not cared for them, we could have ignored them as we weren’t really sitting with them. We always walked right in and were seated immediately. Crew and Staff: This was the biggest jolt to me, on Carnival every single employee whether staff or deck hand, met your eyes when passing and have a smile on their face. I was shocked at how the crew usually avoided eye contact and rarely smiled. They did not make me feel welcome on the ship. Our personal attendants in the stateroom and in the dining room were fantastic. Very attentive and made sure our every request was met. There were many attendants in Windjammer that were friendly and happy to see us. On Carnival I would say that 99% of the employees have a smile on their face and are happy to see me, even just passing. Royal I would say maybe 50% are that way. We saw the cruise director at the beginning of the shows in the Coral Theater and that is about all we ever saw him. Carnival’s cruise directors are much more visible and inactive with the passengers. We always have a Q & A with Carnival’s cruise director which is very entertaining. Not so on the Jewel. Food: This is a very subjective topic, but we found the food to be good to excellent. Windjammer at lunch had a great variety and usually very good. We loved the curry dishes and they usually had all different kinds of roast chicken, stews, and good assortment of vegetables. But, Carnival has Guy’s Burgers and the Mexican Cantina, which are fantastic. Windjammer had hamburgers that I would not even try, they looked gray and dry. Windjammer usually has cookies, mousse, custard pies, a chocolate cake and fruit for dessert. Sometimes a warm dessert was offered such as rice pudding or peach cobbler. Carnival has a dessert station with tempting an assortment cakes and pastries. The main dining room had good food, just not much variety. Appetizers had two to three different offerings, then always had French Onion soup, Cesar salad, shrimp cocktail, and maybe a few more. Main offerings usually had two seafood, a beef, lamb or duck, a vegetarian, and always had a roast chicken breast and New York Strip. Desserts had two different options, then every night had cheesecake, crème Brule, chocolate cake, fruit and ice cream. Carnival’s menus have very few repeats in any category. We happened to go up twice after dinner to see what Windjammer had and felt we might be better off there. One time they had a whole roast turkey, what was offered in the main dining room was turkey roll. On the last night they had a chocolate buffet (which was not advertised in the compass). Beverage packages; We do not usually buy beverage packages, I don’t drink much and my husband has a beer or two. On Jewel they offered a refreshment package, which I was able to buy just for me. This is a great deal. In the morning I would get specialty coffee at the Lattatudes, at breakfast I would get fresh squeezed orange juice and I used the freestyle machines to get soda , sparkling water and carbonated water, in different flavors It does not include alcohol but I was very satisfied to get fruit slushies at night. It was a great package and I would buy it again in a heartbeat (I got it on a black Friday sale for $17.00 a day). My husband likes beer on tap and Jewel offered 10 beer for $49.50 (they had to be on tap, which works for him). App on board: On Jewel we had to use a paper to find out activities (the compass). For menus we had to find an interactive screen near the dining room. For our bill, we had to look on the TV. This all seems very primitive compared to the Carnival App. On the Carnival App (at no charge) we can see menus for the entire cruise, hours of operation, all activities (and can like them so it reminds us when it is coming up and tell us which of our party is going), our shipboard charges, all on our phone. And there is a chat feature to talk to others in my party for $5.00, one time charge. Conclusion: When considering a cruise, if all ports and time is equal, we will choose a Carnival cruise. But I now love a long cruise, which Carnival does not offer. I would certainly book another Royal cruise, on the whole I was pretty happy with it. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
Bucket-list cruise. Check-in was a bit rough: new program scanned my wife's passport and said she was born on some tropical island I've never heard of; a supervisor had to be called to update the location to NY. Night 2, around ... Read More
Bucket-list cruise. Check-in was a bit rough: new program scanned my wife's passport and said she was born on some tropical island I've never heard of; a supervisor had to be called to update the location to NY. Night 2, around 9:45, we were in the Schooner bar having a drink and listening to Joy Wade the piano player. He was going along quite nicely, until he got bored or ran out of popular songs, and then started playing something that talked about sex and killing someone. There were a few nervous laughs from the folks sitting nearby, but we found it inappropriate and walked out. We're not prudes, but that was out of line. The rest of our cruise was great. We found the food in the main dining room to be much better than what we had on Freedom last year; even the choices in the Windjammer were better. The forays off the ship were eye-opening. We did a mix of RCCL and Costco excursions. We enjoyed them all, but driving through the impoverished areas with the shanties and garbage strewn everywhere made me feel sad. And Colon, Panama looked like Dresden after the bombings of WW2. Cartagena was beautiful. We did a Dora tour and we highly recommend it. 4 hours total between driving and walking around the city. The vendors are relentless, but a firm "No, gracias" usually did the trick. There was a running commentary during our Panama Canal transit, which was very informative. The ship was very clean, and the crew was constantly wiping down/disinfecting the common areas and handrails. We were asked EVERY day about dining in the specialty restaurants. We actually went to Chops Grill on embarkation day as part of The Key package, and dined at Giovanni's Table on the last night on board; both were excellent. Speaking of The Key, I highly recommend it. For 20 bucks per day per person, you get a lot of perks. We walked on the ship with the Diamond and Pinnacle folks, we had the free luncheon at Chops, we had the Voom Internet and streaming package on our phones for the whole cruise, we had some free and then half-price drinks, we had a bottle of sparkling wine waiting in our cabin on day 1, we had priority disembarkation at all the ports, we had reserved seats at all the shows, we had an a la carte breakfast in the dining room on the last day, and we could walk off the ship whenever we were ready to go. Everything was pretty smooth (even if the ocean wasn't on a couple of days, turning the pools into wave pools), until the day we ended in Miami. The breakfast for The Key was very nice, but afterwards, there was supposed to be someone there to escort folks to the gangway; it's no big deal, we found our way off the ship by ourselves. It was a nice touch to see Andrea, the cruise director, waiting by the gangway and wishing each guest safe travels. After getting our luggage and going through customs, there was no one from the crew directing people to the shuttle buses for the airports; there were crew members there with signs for excursions, though! We eventually found our ride, but a little nudge in the right direction would have helped. Overall, we had a really nice time on this once-in-a-lifetime (for us) cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We selected this cruise since we have always wanted to see the canal. We decided this time of the year to get away from cold and snow in Kansas and to give my wife a break from her cancer treatments. We also made the cruise to celebrate ... Read More
We selected this cruise since we have always wanted to see the canal. We decided this time of the year to get away from cold and snow in Kansas and to give my wife a break from her cancer treatments. We also made the cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and both our 72nd birthdays. We found the cruise extremely interesting, enjoyable and relaxing which is what we were wanting. The Jewel is a beautiful ship manned by a fantastic crew that were professional but friendly. The dinning room was clean and food was well prepared and quite tasty. We decided on an interior room which provided a darker room in case the wife wanted to rest during the day and we utilized the upper decks for sight seeing anyway. We had perfect weather during the entire cruise. A couple days of rough seas but nothing excessive. We had fun dinning mates at the table and formed some fantastic friendships that we will always remember. All in all a very good cruise that we would recommend to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Went through Panama canal from Miami to San Diego. Great trip with several stops. Great shopping in guatemala and very friendly people. Going through canal canal tour was not worth money because you go through canal so unnecessary unless ... Read More
Went through Panama canal from Miami to San Diego. Great trip with several stops. Great shopping in guatemala and very friendly people. Going through canal canal tour was not worth money because you go through canal so unnecessary unless you want history. Colon is horrible to get through and very depressed area. Loved all our waiters and cabin steward on ship. Weather was wonderful hot and humid. Getting on and off ship was excellent. Only problem was when we had to tender into cabo san Lucas. Second day was not good and waited in line for an hour. Should not have happened so poor planning on ships part. The food was very good for the most part had one day I wasn't happy. They served baby back ribs that tasted good but very tough so possibly were over cooked. Mist of the movies were very good and we enjoyed movies under the stars. Going through the canal is a great experience everyone should try to do. The entertainment on the ship was all right, the ships singers and dancers were very good and we enjoyed their shows very much. We were a senior age couple and we would definitely do this cruise again. Jewel of the Seas is a definite Jewel Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My Husband and I cruised the Panama Canal from Acapulco to San Juan 25 years ago for our Silver Weeding Anniversary. So when # 50 was on the Horizon, we decided to do it again, this time in the other direction. Unfortunately my Husband ... Read More
My Husband and I cruised the Panama Canal from Acapulco to San Juan 25 years ago for our Silver Weeding Anniversary. So when # 50 was on the Horizon, we decided to do it again, this time in the other direction. Unfortunately my Husband got ill and could not go, but I found a friend who could travel with me, so all was not lost. Embarkation went without a snag and we were on board in less than 15 minutes. This by far was the best embarkation I ever had on any cruise. The Ship needs some TLC. Some of the Elevator indicator lights did not work, so after pressing the elevator button you could hear a ding, but it was nearly impossible to detect which elevator was there. We had booked a dining package for the first two nights and elected Chops for night 1 and Giovanni's night 2. The Service and Food in both establishments was outstanding. Our Dining Room Waiters were quite observant and took care of our needs. The timing of the delivery of the courses could have been a bit better. We waited in excess of 15 minutes after finishing our appetizer before the main dish arrived and again for desert. The shows we watched were good. We had booked Shore excursions for every Port, the majority through Royal Caribbean. No problems until we got the Cabo San Lucas. On day one in Cabo they distributed Tender Tickets and Shore Excursions met on Board and went in a group on a Tender. On Day 2, they did not issue Tender Tickets and it seemed like all the passengers on the Ship decided to tender ashore at the same time. Our tour was to meet on the pier at 9:15, so we got in line to get ashore at 8:15. Needless to say we didn't make it ashore on time and our tour left without us. For future overnights in any Tender Port I would suggest having different Tender Lines for Excursions and other passengers. This snag could have been prevented. Or, do like on day 1 and issue Tender Tickets. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because of the ten day cruise to the ABC Islands. Always wanted to book this cruise since it was offered on the Sun Viking , many, may years ago. With kids and college expenses we finally got the chance this year. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ten day cruise to the ABC Islands. Always wanted to book this cruise since it was offered on the Sun Viking , many, may years ago. With kids and college expenses we finally got the chance this year. We boarded the ship and went to the Windjammer found a table immediately enjoyed a great lunch with lots of variety. Cabins were ready early and luggage was brought up at that time too. But we had to go searching for it in the hall. We had an aft cabin number 1104 this cabin has an extended balcony on deck eleven. Wake view and we love these cabins. They are spacious and have a great balcony with two loungers , two chairs and a table. CONS...These balconies are located below the windjammer outside deck. One night when we were enjoying start gazing, dirt water came splashing down on us. I yelled up to the staff, but they just kept sending the water down. After that evening we did not go out on the deck at night anymore. Book on deck 10 o 9 If you do not want this experience. PROS to this cabin ..Beautiful views of ports as you pull in and out. The service and food in the main dining room was good. Head waiter , Francisco, Waiter Sandip and Imade worked very hard to make sure we had the best dining experience. This is the first time I remember being able to find a clean table in the Windjammer during breakfast and Lunch. The staff worked very hard to clean tables and even walk around to ask if you needed a drink. Very nice touch! What we did not like , was the solicitation for the speciality restaurants during breakfast and lunch. Everyday we were approached before we entered the Windjammer and again during our meal. This is annoying and a turn off. Entertainment. We missed the first half of the comedian that was on board the first night. Sorry did not get his name. But he was very funny. Jimmy Hopper was great. Terrific voice and acknowledgement to veterans first responders and MOMs! Hope to see Him on my New England cruise this FALL. Getting off the ship was very smooth. Miami has modern facility with carousel for luggage. Big improvement , then trying to find you luggage from a sea of look a like bags. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Had a wonderful cruise with only a few quirks. Food was good but lacked choices, never a chair available by the pool as people saved them in spite of the rules, masking tape all over on the partition glass between our balcony and the one ... Read More
Had a wonderful cruise with only a few quirks. Food was good but lacked choices, never a chair available by the pool as people saved them in spite of the rules, masking tape all over on the partition glass between our balcony and the one next door as paint had been scraped off, (good thing our friends were in that stateroom as we could see into each others balconies), One evening we were sitting out on the deck enjoying a full moon rise when water started pouring down on us from the deck above (Windjammer outdoor) We hollered up to let staff know were were there and they said "sorry" but kept sweeping water on us, so we had to end the evening abruptly. Ports of call, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman and Labadee were excellent, evening shows were great, and as always, the staff on board were amazing!!. We were a bit disappointed in the "KEY" program as we feel it took away all the perks for being "loyal to Royal". Does anyone else feel this way about the program or is it just us? Sort of like buying the privilege instead of earning it. Our shore excursion on Curacao was not the greatest. We booked the island tour with beach. We felt very rushed to get through the Curacao Liquor Factory and barely had time to taste, with no time to buy anything. The beach they took us to was so crowded there wasn't a single chair available, standing room only, so we asked the tour guide to take us back to the ship, which he did. RCCL did give us a 15% refund on the tour. We still love RCCL in spite of the quirks and still love our wake view stateroom on deck 10 in spite of the noise, construction and dripping water. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
A great itinerary on a nice ship! This was our 14th cruise on the 5th different cruise line (Celebrity, Carnival, NCL and Holland America). We’ve always liked Royal and liked the southern itinerary of this cruise last year on ... Read More
A great itinerary on a nice ship! This was our 14th cruise on the 5th different cruise line (Celebrity, Carnival, NCL and Holland America). We’ve always liked Royal and liked the southern itinerary of this cruise last year on Celebrity so we decided to book a cruise with the same itinerary. We flew in from Ottawa, Canada the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Miami-Kendall, which is near the airport but is much cheaper than staying downtown as the prices are so expensive. Embarkation – I found the embarkation was very quick and smooth. Food – the food was good everywhere. We didn’t go to any specialty restaurants as I found the food in the buffet and the dining room was great and had lots of choice. Ship – the ship is really nice. I like the layout and the solarium pool was perfect. I got a coffee card and had a special coffee (latte, cappucino) almost every day. Ports - we had been to all of the islands before except for Labadee so we just walked around in Aruba, Curacao and shopped a bit. Bonaire was our favourite island again this year. We took a taxi to a public beach where we rented chairs, had some beer and went snorkeling. Entertainment – we don’t usually go to the shows but I found the one or two that I went to were as good as any other ship. Summary – Overall, I found the cruise to be very relaxing and the itinerary was great. We ended up booking the same ship for an Italy/Greece Mediterrean Cruise in September so we’ll be very familiar with the ship! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
I was between 3 and 4 stars but went with 4 because of the value you get with this ship. It isn't as big or glitzy as the other boats in the fleet but it makes due. The service was great and the staff works very hard to make your ... Read More
I was between 3 and 4 stars but went with 4 because of the value you get with this ship. It isn't as big or glitzy as the other boats in the fleet but it makes due. The service was great and the staff works very hard to make your experience the best it can be. The access to the pool/bar was easy. We never had to wait or fight over pool chairs, seating at dinner/buffet. The entertainment was good but not great. We could have lived without the Nassau port being the public beach was just okay. We still had fun at Senior Frogs and a local brewery within walking distance of the ship. If we could do it over again we would have done an excursion that day though. The Labadee, Haiti port however was one of our favorites. There are plenty of spots on the multiple beaches and we liked how the all inclusive food and drink package (if you have it) transfers to the island. 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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