Some thoughts about a recent cruise experience to the Southern Caribbean aboard RC’s Jewel of the Seas, departing San Jose Puerto Rico, on April 25, 2015. A quick summary would read: The excursions were amazing, interesting and fun and life aboard the ship left us hungry – literally and figuratively – thirsty, and bored.
We also had less than satisfying experiences with shipboard staff, and this, coupled with the reality that it was essentially, onboard anyway, a snooze cruise, has us pretty much forgoing any future cruises with Royal Caribbean.
For this cruise we opted for “My Time Dining.” We prefer to be caught in and experience moments rather than adhere to a set schedule so that we might enjoy the special serendipities that usually accompany a cruise. So for the first night, we opted for the Windjammer vs. The Tides for dinner. The selections were good, with a variety of hot and cold foods to please anyone’s palate, and the café staff was friendly and helpful.
We opted to wander around the community rather than book an excursion. Dominica is a beautiful place, but next time we will book a trip to the rainforest or falls areas.
We wandered around Old San Juan .... wasting at Reices, which was fabulous and then listening to music on the patio at the Sheraton. Danny and the New Classics was playing, and this is a group well worth seeing! They played old rock n roll and a mix of Latin and swing music ... very talented, very fun ... Danny does things with an acoustic guitar that guitar gods like Clapton and Page would be impressed by.