Norway/Iceland Family Cruise : Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by mommamd

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Norway/Iceland Family Cruise

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Harwich
Norweigian fjords, an overnight in Reykjavik, and a stop on the Faroes were the selling points of this itinerary in late June from Harwich. Our family booked this while onboard the Jewel on her usual Baltic run in 2011. We all enjoyed the calm, cool weather and spectacular port scenery as well as the amenities of the lovely Jewel of the Seas.

We spent an overnight in Gatwick at the airport Hilton, then made our way via Gatwick express and a taxi to Liverpool Street Station, where we picked up our pre-purchased tix for Harwich (66 GBP for 6 of us, great groupsave deal and kids cost 1 GBP). We needed to change at Manningtree and drag our bags up and down some stairs, but it worked out fine. Soon we were on board (after some "extra security screening") and at the Windjammer eating some chicken curries. Bags and rooms were ready on time and we were off to Bergen.

Except for one rough day coming back from Iceland, we had calm seas and 60-70 degree F weather, perfect for More deck jogging, and hiking that we had planned.

We had one dinner at Portofino which was fine. My 12 year old was unable to find anything he liked, but the rest of us were happy. My DM is on a salt restriction and was happy with her special dinners prepared by the MDR and Portofinos during the cruise, she felt they were improved over the Allure 2011. MDR had the usual menus, waiter Joao brought as extra plates to taste and was very concerned that we were happy with our selections.

Diamond lounge was moved to the Vortex due to there being 300 Diamonds on this cruise, and Diamond plus-ers moved to the Odysey lounge. We Diamonds had wine unlimited but DM was unhappy there were no snacks provided. The servers were all very friendly and remembered us from day to day.

Love the Champagne Bar and Lorenzo,bar server extraordinaire; who remembered us from last year, and our drink orders. Good snacks available here and caviar, too.

Our 12 and 15 year old enjoyed the teen club, there were 60 kids their age on board, the majority of passenger were 60+ British - so minimal families on this cruise. We did not notice too many couples in their 40's here.
Dismebarkation was fast and smooth. Walked off and on the train at 8:30 am to visit Buckingham Palace. Less

Published 07/14/12

Cabin review: K4557 Interior Stateroom

4557 and 4559 near centrum, not loud, close to everything.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Free shuttle into the town, we walked to the Funicular, bought our own tix and hiked around the lake, then back down to the fish market. Ate at Bryggenloft, a quiet lovely restaurant with mussels, frites, cheeseburger for the kids, steaks, venison. Some shopping and back to the ship via shuttle. Easy to do on your own. 15 minute wait at funicular. Could have walked it, too.
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Reserved our tix ahead of time as a group (found another family of 6 on CC) so for 300 dollars for 6 of us we rode up to Myrdal and then back down, gorgeous scenery, reserved section in our train. Not too crowded despite being sold out. Then we walked aroung the port area, up some hills, took pictures. Lunch back on ship. Sail out 3:30. Safari fjord cruise sold out, not enough time to have done that with our train ressies. Geiranger not listed, but we did a RCI Excursion hike to the Guilfloss Waterfall with 2 guides, a german and norweigian young man, good scramble hike and waffles with coffee. Great view of the ship from top of fjord. Perfect weather for this. Couldnt figure how to do this on our own, hard to get up to trailhead without the coachbus. Glad we did the excursion. Lerwick not listed either, Shetland Islands, used a private guide who met us at the tender pier at took us to feed some ponies, see Jarlshof ruins of neolithic homes, puffin cliffs (very close to puffins here) shepherds cottage, pub soup and sandwich lunch, beach walk. Lovely.
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Private tour of Golden Circle with Seasons, excellent, for 6 of us, at our own pace, lunch, snacks, ice cream, all the sights, troll cemetary, lore, stories, geysers, waterfalls, parliament site, gorbachev house, exhauseted at the end!!

Blue Lagoon

Took RCI BLue Lagoon tour second day, great, easy, long bus ride, people held us up getting to bus late to return to ship. Blue Lagoon is fun and relaxing, you dont have to get totally naked. Private excursion Golden Circle on Seasons, excellent, exhausting 10 hours we saw everyuthing inc city. Klavsik, Faroes, 2 excursions, the rib boat to see puffins = yes, great! and the hike to see spectacular views- great scramble up a 600m hill. Gorgeous!

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