Arrived in Boston a few days early to see some sights. Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express-69 Boston St. This hotel offers a shuttle service both to/from the airport and to the cruise port for $5.00PP each leg. Used Bostontours.com to do a full day tour. They pick up at this hotel on the weekends. Took the shuttle to Black Falcon Sunday morning at 10:30 AM and is just a 10-15 minute ride. No waiting in line to check in that early and was seated in the early boarding area since we are Diamond members on RCCL. Boarding was a little delayed and no one was allowed on until about 12:30. Up to the Windjammer for lunch and then off to the cabin. The Jewel has switched to the new menu's and IMO they are much better. A few highlights include the steak on the "Classics" menu. The Classics menu replaces the Alternate Selections menu which had a steak offering that was many times tough. The new choice is an Aged Hand Cut Manhattan Strip. I had this twice and both times it was very flavorfull and much thicker than the old one. There is also Linguini Pomodoro. People at our table had it and said it tasted great. Escargot and shrimp cocktail are available every night as is a dinner salad offering.
A highlight of this trip was the Cruise Director, Dennis Charles. He is a talented performer in his own right. He hosted the Meet & Mingle and really made it the best one I have ever been to. As is typical, he was all over the ship but his wonderful personality really shined through.
The Jewel is still in great condition and I didn't notice any sign of wear and tear. She may be going in to dry dock in 2015 but doesn't need it now.