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After a 2 1/2 hour bus transfer to Harwich from Heathrow Airport London, the Jewel of the Seas was in sight. After being on some smaller and older cruise ships, this beautiful new ship was a spectacular sight to see. The embarkation process was easy and organized. The Ship The Jewel of the Seas is a spectacular ship. The centrum area of the ship, which is an open area in the centre of the ship from deck 4 to deck 11, seemed to be the life of the ship. There were always talented singers and musicians playing lively music. Another impressive part of the ship was the theatre that was about three stories in size. It made viewing the shows and presentation more enjoyable. The ship had other areas of interest such as nicely decorated lounges, an indoor solarium, miniature golf, pools, a two level dining room, and a stadium seating cinema. The Ports of Call The ports on the May 16 itinerary consisted of Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Tallinn, Estonia. These were all interesting ports, but I would have to say the most interesting one was St. Petersburg. This port had decadent palaces such as Catherine's Palace and beautiful onion-domed churches such as the Church on Spilt Blood. Oslo was a beautiful city with big hills all around it. The Hadeland Glass Factory shore excursion was interesting as you saw mountainous terrain getting there and the handmade glass process was interesting to see. The only complaint that I have is that we did not have enough time after the excursion to walk around the city of Oslo. Stockholm and Helsinki were very clean cities and easy to self-navigate around to see places of interest. Copenhagen was nice too, but a little on the pricey side as the dollar is very weak against most of these northern European currencies. The Food The experience in the Tides Dining Room was excellent. There were more items to choose from than prior ships that I have sailed on. The quality of the food was great as well. The service in the dining room was also the best I have had on a cruise and the staff was exceptionally friendly and knew my food preferences after a few days on the ship. The Windjammer was quite the opposite. While there was a large selection of food there, it always seemed to be cold. The fountain drink dispensers where always broken in the morning and they should have had iced tea as an alternative drink selection in the morning for the who did not prefer juice or coffee. The Seaview Cafe was another dining alternative located one deck above the Windjammer. The food was good and was made to order. I would highly recommend the onion rings there. The service was also very good. The Entertainment The entertainment on the Jewel was excellent. The broadway-style shows were of high quality. There were two different British comedians that were probably the best comedy acts I have ever seen. Fellow Cruisers The cruisers and staff on this ship were more international than other ships I have sailed on. There were people from Britain, US, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Canada, Philippines, as well as several other countries. There was also a diverse group of people than were of all ages. This made interaction on this ship more interesting. Overall This was overall an enjoyable experience. The positives on this ship was the outstanding service, destinations, and amenities of the ship. The only complaints that I will mention is the food at the Windjammer would have been better if it was warmer and the cabin size could have been a little bigger. The pools were real nice, but would have been more enjoyable if the water temperature was warmer. Even with these issues, I would definitely travel on RC again as well as this ship.

Jewel of the Seas - Northern Europe

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by traveldude1234

Trip Details
After a 2 1/2 hour bus transfer to Harwich from Heathrow Airport London, the Jewel of the Seas was in sight. After being on some smaller and older cruise ships, this beautiful new ship was a spectacular sight to see. The embarkation process was easy and organized.
The Ship
The Jewel of the Seas is a spectacular ship. The centrum area of the ship, which is an open area in the centre of the ship from deck 4 to deck 11, seemed to be the life of the ship. There were always talented singers and musicians playing lively music. Another impressive part of the ship was the theatre that was about three stories in size. It made viewing the shows and presentation more enjoyable. The ship had other areas of interest such as nicely decorated lounges, an indoor solarium, miniature golf, pools, a two level dining room, and a stadium seating cinema.
The Ports of Call
The ports on the May 16 itinerary consisted of Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Tallinn, Estonia. These were all interesting ports, but I would have to say the most interesting one was St. Petersburg. This port had decadent palaces such as Catherine's Palace and beautiful onion-domed churches such as the Church on Spilt Blood. Oslo was a beautiful city with big hills all around it. The Hadeland Glass Factory shore excursion was interesting as you saw mountainous terrain getting there and the handmade glass process was interesting to see. The only complaint that I have is that we did not have enough time after the excursion to walk around the city of Oslo. Stockholm and Helsinki were very clean cities and easy to self-navigate around to see places of interest. Copenhagen was nice too, but a little on the pricey side as the dollar is very weak against most of these northern European currencies.
The Food
The experience in the Tides Dining Room was excellent. There were more items to choose from than prior ships that I have sailed on. The quality of the food was great as well. The service in the dining room was also the best I have had on a cruise and the staff was exceptionally friendly and knew my food preferences after a few days on the ship. The Windjammer was quite the opposite. While there was a large selection of food there, it always seemed to be cold. The fountain drink dispensers where always broken in the morning and they should have had iced tea as an alternative drink selection in the morning for the who did not prefer juice or coffee. The Seaview Cafe was another dining alternative located one deck above the Windjammer. The food was good and was made to order. I would highly recommend the onion rings there. The service was also very good.
The Entertainment
The entertainment on the Jewel was excellent. The broadway-style shows were of high quality. There were two different British comedians that were probably the best comedy acts I have ever seen.
Fellow Cruisers
The cruisers and staff on this ship were more international than other ships I have sailed on. There were people from Britain, US, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Canada, Philippines, as well as several other countries. There was also a diverse group of people than were of all ages. This made interaction on this ship more interesting.
Overall
This was overall an enjoyable experience. The positives on this ship was the outstanding service, destinations, and amenities of the ship. The only complaints that I will mention is the food at the Windjammer would have been better if it was warmer and the cabin size could have been a little bigger. The pools were real nice, but would have been more enjoyable if the water temperature was warmer. Even with these issues, I would definitely travel on RC again as well as this ship.
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