My wife and I just recently returned from a Panama cruise that started in Miami and ended in LA on the Jewel. We where both pleasantly surprised at how well the ship has been maintained. The exterior white surfaces show little signs of rust, the rails are all varnished and look like new. When in a port there was always someone cleaning the salt spray from the exterior windows and painting. The interior common areas of the ship are in very good condition with little signs of wear. Our room was also in good over all condition.
We both where very happy with the food in both the dining rooms and the pay restaurants. The buffet had a excellent variety of food choices for all three meals. Breakfast was busy so be prepared.
The entertainment in the theatre which was good with several different acts throughout cruise. The seats in the theatre are well used, small and some are broken and uncomfortable. The entertainment in the bars was also very good with a nice variety of music.
The crew was exceptional. We have cruised many times and never had so many ships officers, ask us about our day to day enjoyment while on board. It was a nice touch.
Over all we had a wonderful cruise and hope are travels will give us another opportunity to sail on the Jewel.
Nicely appointed. For our convenience there was both a stocked bar fridge and a coffee maker. The bed was comfy and the pillows soft. The bathroom was a adequate size with a separate room for the toilet. The balcony was a average size with 2 deck chairs and a small table for drinks. The glass under the railing was cleaned daily of salt spray.
Antigua is about a 1 1/2 hrs. drive from the port. The drive was very boring and the tour guide was not very informative. We saw very little of the town. The first stop was a jade museum and of course it was attached to a jewelry store for our shopping convenience if interested in buying jade.The second and last stop was a city square that was full of merchants that stuck to any tourist that dared to venture out of the bus trying to sell their wares. I know there was more to see as the town apparently had a ton history. I'm sad we didn't get to see more.