A great first cruise!: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by mlg78
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A great first cruise!
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
As far as excursions, Barbados was the only one we booked an RCCL excursion -- the rum distillery tours. The first distillery was boring but the second was a lot of fun! In St. Maarten, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia we just did More tours with drivers we met at the port. In Antigua we wanted to go to the Donkey Sanctuary so we encountered what we later found to be a very grouchy taxi driver who took us there.
Elvis and Carly were very entertaining and I particularly enjoyed any shows or activities where they were hosting. Love & Marriage was an absolute riot and the scavenger hunt activity (the name is escaping me!) was constant laughter! We liked our balcony stateroom on the 7th floor. I don't know that I would want an inside or outside view stateroom and we are planning on a balcony for our next one too. Our cabin steward was pleasant and attentive to our requests. Prior to the cruise we stayed two nights in San Juan and we stayed a bit further from the port (about 25 minute cab ride) at the Best Western Condado Palm. It was a VERY reasonably priced hotel that wasn't far from the beach. I'd definitely recommend it! We got the port at about 10:45am and embarking was far easier than I expected or I'd heard it would be. I was on the ship in what seemed like record time. I would definitely recommend this itinerary and cruise ship! Less
Our balcony cabin was always clean and our cabin steward was attentive to our requests. I definitely recommend the added space that a balcony gives you!