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Embarkation was slow because their computer system went down. Debarkation was the quickest I've ever seen as long as you're good with wheeling your own bag(s) off yourself. Didn't like the way they made you sit with other people for breakfast & lunch if you wanted to go formal. Serving sizes were a bit on the small side and service was SLOW and had to ask for things multiple times, despite multiple people standing around. That led us to eat more of these meals in the Windjammer...which had a very nice selection of food. Dinner in the Tides was EXCELLENT. We got switched from 8:30 to 6pm seating and Janet Jackson in the host area got our group of 9 the captain's table (455). Props to her for such a wonderful seating. Our waiters Mircea & Ivan were amazing ...very knowledgable and attentive. All around great guys. Meals at dinner were very good too. Some of the announcements bordered on being rude in the manner which they told passengers they were responsible for their children's behavior (really? NO KIDDING?) They also seemed too eager to let you known they could disembark you at the next port. Much nicer ship than your typical Carnival ship in the same class but cant say that the food and overall "value" justify the price. There is definitely a higher caliber of cruiser on this line so if you want to avoid the typical riff raff of a 4 day Carnival cruise that could justify the difference in pricing.

Review for Dec 27th sailing of RCI Jewel OTDLS

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Cigar City Nole

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Embarkation was slow because their computer system went down. Debarkation was the quickest I've ever seen as long as you're good with wheeling your own bag(s) off yourself.
Didn't like the way they made you sit with other people for breakfast & lunch if you wanted to go formal. Serving sizes were a bit on the small side and service was SLOW and had to ask for things multiple times, despite multiple people standing around. That led us to eat more of these meals in the Windjammer...which had a very nice selection of food.
Dinner in the Tides was EXCELLENT. We got switched from 8:30 to 6pm seating and Janet Jackson in the host area got our group of 9 the captain's table (455). Props to her for such a wonderful seating. Our waiters Mircea & Ivan were amazing ...very knowledgable and attentive. All around great guys. Meals at dinner were very good too.

Some of the announcements bordered on being rude in the manner which they told passengers they were responsible for their children's behavior (really? NO KIDDING?) They also seemed too eager to let you known they could disembark you at the next port.

Much nicer ship than your typical Carnival ship in the same class but cant say that the food and overall "value" justify the price. There is definitely a higher caliber of cruiser on this line so if you want to avoid the typical riff raff of a 4 day Carnival cruise that could justify the difference in pricing.
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Large Ocean View Stateroom
Cabin G 3614
Nice view, very accessible to ship but a bit cramped for two adults and a child
Deck 3 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins