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Last cruise was almost 20 years ago so we are newbies to cruising. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very smooth with no waiting. We boarded around noon and cabins were ready by 1:00 pm. Our luggage was waiting for us when we arrived. Disembarkation was super well organized! The service was good everywhere but the cafe could have used another one or two more staff, especially in the mornings. There were lineups every morning and usually only one person serving. We found the ship nice without the WOW factor. The cabins were clean and compact as expected. There was ample storage space and shelving. We had my time dining and enjoyed our meals - the service was excellent! The Windjammer had a very nice assortment of food, all very good. The entertainment was a bit of a disappointment. The piano player in the Schooner Bar sang and he really did not have a good voice. The guitar player was excellent. The house bands were very good also. The Safari Bar was under utilized - it's lovely and large with comfortable seating but only used a couple of nights for karaoke. Whereas the Centrum lobby bar had live music every night but the seating was very limited. There were a few decent evening shows in the Coral theatre but nowhere near the level we were expecting. The spa is lovely but very over priced and they really try to sell you their products. All ports were awesome and each one unique. The views, especially Santorini, were spectacular! We booked our tours directly with the operators and paid half the price that RCI charges. I highly recommend joining your roll call here on Cruise Critic. It's a great way to share information and book your tours. We had a lovely cruise and would recommend this itinerary.

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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Sooloo

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Last cruise was almost 20 years ago so we are newbies to cruising. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very smooth with no waiting. We boarded around noon and cabins were ready by 1:00 pm. Our luggage was waiting for us when we arrived. Disembarkation was super well organized! The service was good everywhere but the cafe could have used another one or two more staff, especially in the mornings. There were lineups every morning and usually only one person serving.

We found the ship nice without the WOW factor. The cabins were clean and compact as expected. There was ample storage space and shelving. We had my time dining and enjoyed our meals - the service was excellent! The Windjammer had a very nice assortment of food, all very good.

The entertainment was a bit of a disappointment. The piano player in the Schooner Bar sang and he really did not have a good voice. The guitar player was excellent. The house bands were very good also. The Safari Bar was under utilized - it's lovely and large with comfortable seating but only used a couple of nights for karaoke. Whereas the Centrum lobby bar had live music every night but the seating was very limited. There were a few decent evening shows in the Coral theatre but nowhere near the level we were expecting.

The spa is lovely but very over priced and they really try to sell you their products. All ports were awesome and each one unique. The views, especially Santorini, were spectacular! We booked our tours directly with the operators and paid half the price that RCI charges. I highly recommend joining your roll call here on Cruise Critic. It's a great way to share information and book your tours. We had a lovely cruise and would recommend this itinerary.
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