OUTSTANDING: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by odiebuddy

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Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Boston
This is the second time we have been on Jewel of the Seas. We spent 26 days on her last year for a Baltic cruise and the Transatlantic to Boston.

Our cabin steward Lloyd was excellent as well as our waiter Marsha and asst waiter Mario.

Boarding in Boston is very easy.

Our room was ready when we boarded the ship. So we dropped off our carry-on and went to lunch. We were traveling with four other people and it was difficult at times to get a table for 6.

We had brought our swimwear with us so after lunch we went in the whirlpool. Of course there was a young teenager in there pulling apart the plastic pieces of the pool and laying on the steps so others could not get in. Some people just have to push the envelope.

The ship was neat, clean and beautiful. Everyone was very helpful and pleasant.

The new menu in the dining room was wonderful. It was a pleasant surprise to see the change. The food seems to have improved from last year. Baked More Alaska is back and it was delicious.

It was quite nice to not have so many Crown & Anchor members on board. On the Transatlantic last year it was loaded with them. They were rude to the workers and acted like they were a cut above everyone.

We all need to look at the big picture and see how hard these people work to please the passengers. It is very difficult to serve rock hard ice cream to 1000 who are dining at the same time. We all should consider ourselves lucky that we are able to take this type of trip. It's also sad that people are so self centered that they cannot see people in the Windjammer looking for a seat and continue to sit there and talk when they could move to another location. The ship has many many places to sit and converse. One day someone made an announcement asking people to leave if they were done eating so others could sit. Sad, Sad....

We had lunch twice in the Seaview cafe which is a well hidden spot. The food is excellent.

Getting off the ship was quite easy as well as finding our luggage. Taxis are plentiful in Boston...unlike Galveston.

We took a tour in each port and the only one that was a disappointment was in St John's. The morning part of the tour was great. The afternoon on the HOHO was horrible. We were told there were only 6 busses and there were three cruise ships in port. Once on the bus you didn't want to get off because you didn't know if you could get back on. This is certainly not up to RC standards.

Did not see much fall foliage which was the reason for the trip. But that's the way it goes. A reason to come back.

It's all what you make of it....... Less

Published 10/15/12

Cabin review: D2 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

I think the room has lots of storage. The balcony was fine. I don't need a hugh one....we only sit out there. Our room was 9580, but I did not want to share it in the review. It was very quite, but that could be due to the lack of children on board.

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Acadia National Park

This also included a lobster lunch. If you didn't want lobster you could have steak. The steak was overcooked and dry, but I used the butter I was given for the lobster the moisten up the steak.

HOHO was ok...not great just ok.
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Hop On Hop Off

To many people for the HOHO bus. Three large ships in port, not enough busses.

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