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This was about our 5th cruise but not always with Royal Caribbean. We flew in a day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites in San Juan close to the airport. The hotel was nice with a nice pool. We decided to stay there until around 3:00pm on the day of embarkation since we figured 7 days on the ship would be enough and we had been to San Juan before. Embarkation was the easiest I've ever experienced- no lines/very quick. Prior to the trip I was a little worried about some of the reviews that said the ship was showing it's age. We did not feel this way at all. The ship appeared to be in great shape. The comments about carpet and paint we did not see. Even if we had I wouldn't let a little chip of paint ruin my vacation. We found the food in general to be slightly above average in both the Windjammer and Main Dining room. One needs to remember they are feeding about 4,000 people a day/per meal. It's not always going to be gourmet dining. We did wish there were more options for dining as we have found on other cruise lines, but it's my understanding this is one of the changes that will take place in April. The ship only felt crowded on at sea days, but this is typical. We did notice the pool attendants pulling towels of saved chairs after about an hour or so which we totally support. We didn't go to all the shows or entertainment events, but the few we did go to we enjoyed. I also noticed quite a few amenities that cost money compared to other cruise lines I've been on. I think it's fine as it is the cruisers option to pay for these extras; however, Royal Caribbean should remember that it's about perception.

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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by lrcarib

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This was about our 5th cruise but not always with Royal Caribbean. We flew in a day before and stayed at the Embassy Suites in San Juan close to the airport. The hotel was nice with a nice pool. We decided to stay there until around 3:00pm on the day of embarkation since we figured 7 days on the ship would be enough and we had been to San Juan before. Embarkation was the easiest I've ever experienced- no lines/very quick.

Prior to the trip I was a little worried about some of the reviews that said the ship was showing it's age. We did not feel this way at all. The ship appeared to be in great shape. The comments about carpet and paint we did not see. Even if we had I wouldn't let a little chip of paint ruin my vacation.

We found the food in general to be slightly above average in both the Windjammer and Main Dining room. One needs to remember they are feeding about 4,000 people a day/per meal. It's not always going to be gourmet dining. We did wish there were more options for dining as we have found on other cruise lines, but it's my understanding this is one of the changes that will take place in April.

The ship only felt crowded on at sea days, but this is typical. We did notice the pool attendants pulling towels of saved chairs after about an hour or so which we totally support.

We didn't go to all the shows or entertainment events, but the few we did go to we enjoyed. I also noticed quite a few amenities that cost money compared to other cruise lines I've been on. I think it's fine as it is the cruisers option to pay for these extras; however, Royal Caribbean should remember that it's about perception.
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