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Jewel of the Seas Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Jewel of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Review for Jewel of the Seas to the Western Caribbean
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Sail Date: Jan 2006

This was my first cruise... that may be a good thing or bad. Good because the opinions expressed here are purely objective as I can't compare them to another ship or cruise line. Bad for the same exact reasons.

Our trip definitely started on a sour note. We arrived at the dock at Port Everglades a little earlier than planned; the place was utter chaos. It seemed that the ship was still off-loading passengers while trying to take in new ones. Either way, it took a number of requests from several different people to find out where we should go and what should be done with our bags. Worse, when we finally did get a porter to take our two suitcases, he began pointedly grubbing for a tip despite the huge sign over his shoulder saying that the porters are salaried and don't receive gratuities.

After a 90-minute wait, we were finally allowed to go to our stateroom; ours was an interior cabin on deck eight. The room was definitely small, but I have to credit the person who was in charge of laying out the space... the room was full of places to store our items. The closet was large enough for two, and there are smaller drawers and cubbies everywhere.

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