Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by AyeCalypso
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom
Now I'll not go into what each meal was but it was wonderful. We ate at the 6pm dining and found we had enough time to go back to the Windjammer where they had fresh Sushi, a Mongolian grill and Chinese style food. Of course after the evening show we made it to the Seaview cafe for a late night sandwich or salad.
I've seen lots of questions about drinks, movies and entertainment. Beer prices ranged from $4.75-$5.25, mixed speciality drinks went from $6 - $8 and more if you got a souvenir glass. Wine prices varied greatly.
Our stateroom TV showed the latest Harry Potter movie and Pirates of the Caribbean IV, but only in French, Spanish, Italian, German or Portuguese.Movies shown in the theatre (each day a new one and in this order):
"Zoo Keeper", "Cowboys & Aliens", "Larry Crown", "The Help", "Transformers Dark of the Moon"
Internet pricing was $35/60 minutes or pay by the minute $0.65/minute. They did have an early bird special from 7-9am, just $0.44/minute.
Sat: Comedian Carl Guerra (bombed it was a waste of time. Just not funny)
Sun: West End To Broadway - Royal Caribbean dancers. 5 stars Fabulous
Mon: Travis LeDoyt - Tribute to Elvis Presley (sings/dances like 1950s Elvis) worth the price of the cruise alone. Super guy to meet afterwards. Loved it.
Tues: City of Dreams - Royal Caribbean dancers. 5 stars Fabulous!!!
Wed: Los Pampas Gauchos - funniest group by far. Argentina showmen with whips, boleros, audience participation, etc. Excellent Act!!
Things I was surprised about. We took the Radiance of the Seas last year (sister ship to the Jewel). Same itinerary. But now RCI strictly controls picture ops, you can't even have someone else take a picture with the captain. You can't even talk to him either. They have a handler like at Disney to movepeople along, but the free champagne was fabulous and not watered down.
ODD: The midnight buffet (wings, fruit, dessert, ice sculptures and rolls) was on Monday night after we left Cozumel and then we had to get up early the next day (7am) for shore excursions to Costa Maya. Last year they did it on our port night in Costa Maya.
They mention an All Access Tour at the beginning of the trip. It includes the Theatre, Galley, Engine room, and the Bridge. Price $150/person. No kidding. Last year they gave a free tour of the Theatre to anyone and a meet and greet with the dancers.
OVERALL: Lots of Winds and yes the ship swayed but nothing to lose sleep over. As always crew did a wonderful job everywhere you turned. Lots of dance parties, trivia games, and I did the rock climbing wall twice (25 foot climb) with cupped rocks to make it easier. It was a very relaxing trip, destressed us and we actually signed up for our next cruise while on board to take advantage of the $100 on board credit and low deposit. Next year look for my review on the Freedom of the Seas. Cabin was well maintened and bathroom had No shower curtains but instead curved shower doors.
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