Relaxing TA. Dining, not so much: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by *Justus2*

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Relaxing TA. Dining, not so much

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Twelve days to cross the Atlantic isn't too long when you can add new ports and experiences to a Life List. Captain McDonald and Cruise Director Clo are always entertaining and cordial, the Crown and Anchor Society events fun, giving unexpected insights into "the group".

The murder mystery in Portobello was good, slightly raucous fun. The cast had such a good time that it was contagious for the diners.

If you have specific dining needs, be aware that you may be reduced to the evening buffet or another less-desired option, since Early Seating is far too limited to meet the demand for it. And many refused the default Late Seating which indeed ends very late in the evening. Also, forcing cruisers into prepaid gratuities for My Time Dining produced noticeable discontent. On this cruise the main dining room became more sparsely attended every night, which was not a reflection on the consistently high level of service.

RCL has added some crafts activities on the More morning of At Sea Days and accommodated others, but the offered crafts and materials are limited. The knitting group was first scheduled in an evening smoker's location, and the knitters politely informed staff that was Not Acceptable for fiber arts, suggesting better locations which happened with ease. How lovely- Democracy and Community at work!

Dance classes were fun and successful, but Enrichment lecturer Richard had some glaring errors in an early presentation and we could not force ourselves to attend again.

The musicians were varied and skillful, but hearing the same country western song every night as we headed to dinner became a source of great mirth when we overheard someone give an excellent impression of a howl in response. Thank you whoever you were! In the Schooner Bar, the piano stylings of Gustavo were such a hit that we were sad to see him leave before the end of our cruise.

One tip to the line: It would be helpful to inform guests of scheduled closings of the venues, shops and restaurants in ports of call to avoid disappointment over such things as cultural Sunday, Monday and holiday hours differences. More information helps cruisers select the most appropriate excursion for them.

Will we take a similar cruise in the future? Oh yes. Less

Published 08/07/12

Cabin review: H7002 Large Ocean View Stateroom

7002 was a wonderful cabin with a very large window overlooking the bow, allowing us to observe the flag and departure/arrival activities, and providing more space to stow items or dry swimwear with ease. It was very quiet save for a bit of rehearsal by a sax performer, which was not unwelcome as s/he (?) never did it late in the evening.

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