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We'd been to Rome in 2006 and therefore stayed in Civitavecchia for 2 days beforehand (Hotel San Giorgio). If you want food groceries, snacks, and wine you will want to walk 6-7 blocks up the hill on the main drag to the larger grocery store as it has the best prices and selection. Hear are our random thoughts on our Nov. 6 transatlantic to Puerto Rico: - this ship is beautiful with lots of glass but many parts of it have been repainted often - lots of creaking as it moved - our JS (#1040) did not have a fridge, only a cooler that LOOKS like a mini-fridge - first time without a drinks package but I DID buy a 10-drink package onboard for $85 USD - bought the soda package and the 100+ flavours in the 2 Windjammer machines were fantastic. I used the Fanta Zero choices the most. Beware, though, that there is no access to these special machines after 9:00 p.m. - the guitarists in the various bands were exceptional, and my favourite was Dmytro, the classical player from the Ukraine - Karaoke on the sea days ran from 9-10:00 p.m. and it would have been nice to have it go a little longer - on our 1st cruise on the Liberty in '14 there was a speaker in our stateroom for the Captain's announcements; the speaker could be attenuated with a dial...why can't they have this on all their ships? It certainly wasn't available to us on the Jewel - Voom was extremely un-Voom-ey; a friend was taking online classes and actually had to stop as her streaming version was way too unreliable. Ours was the same, and the price for the wifi is absolutely ridiculous - Analiza Ching, the rock 'n' roll violinist was, as expected, the best entertainer on our junket - Trivia in the Schooner was fun, but some of the various hosts' accents made it quite difficult to discern what they were saying - From the Hoho bus, Valencia was pleasant and nice - in Lisbon you can take a Hoho bus within yards of the ship; no need for the $8 shuttle. Lisbon was gorgeous - it was wonderful to see Gibraltar and Tunisia in the daylight hours, and the weather cooperated - We did an all-day 4x4 tour on the Azores island we landed at. Sergio, the driver, was good but seemed to soft sell requests for tips on the way back to the ship; do NOT ask for good ratings on Trip Advisor and then ask for tips, please as most will tip regardless. That being said, the island we were on (Sao Miguel) rivals Bora Bora for pure beauty! It was green, lush, magical, and gorgeous. - the weather after the Azores was cloudy, rainy, and gloomy. It was easily the worst any of us had seen on a transatlantic - Regarding our JS, the toilet and those nearby had a few issues one morning. Our bed with two light and very thin toppers was hard, but we are side-sleepers. Friends had a JS underneath the Windjammer and could not sleep as carts over the tiled floor above rattled all night long. They brought up the issue twice and were then given a 2-bedroom spot near the rear-most elevators for the remainder of the cruise - We guitar players are a dime a dozen, so why doesn't every resort and ship in the world have a few available for rental??? - Our CD, Cruisin' Susan and the Activities Director (Martin) were very good - For any who have heard of the legendary Cruise Critic Host "Clarea", he, his wife (they had the stateroom next to ours), and their "Bob"-tourage were a lot of fun! - The Puerto Ricans on this journey seemed to take over some of the night spots but we were happy for them as the hurricanes hit their island very hard recently - One of our roll call crew organized "California Kitchen" and "Chef's Table" meals; these were wonderful with lots of wine but the one with 20 attendees lasted FOUR hours! - Our fave server was LaToya in the Schooner Bar - We had "My Time" dining and rarely used the Dining Room. The food was alright there but there was ALWAYS something to love at the Windjammer - The large shrimp in Chops were to die for. My favourite food, though, was a smokey tomato soup served at the Chef's Table - Our slot pull was, by far the worst we have ever seen re: results; it was fun but the return on $15.00 was only $3.50. Do NOT go into Casino Royale for ANY reason (other than for $2 Mimosas or a slot pull) if you can at all avoid it! - Overall the entire staff was kind and helpful, including Guest Services - Those who went to the Diamond-and-higher 5:30 p.m. daily get-togethers in the Safari Club said the munchies, etc. were the best they every had. Thanks in part to the positive vibe from our numerous Roll Call posters, we had an absolutely fantastic time. The Jewel is a quaint, loveable smaller vessel that has lots of glass and is the perfect middle-aged conveyance for a transatlantic crossing.

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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by lutzkibbutz

Trip Details
We'd been to Rome in 2006 and therefore stayed in Civitavecchia for 2 days beforehand (Hotel San Giorgio). If you want food groceries, snacks, and wine you will want to walk 6-7 blocks up the hill on the main drag to the larger grocery store as it has the best prices and selection.

Hear are our random thoughts on our Nov. 6 transatlantic to Puerto Rico:

- this ship is beautiful with lots of glass but many parts of it have been repainted often

- lots of creaking as it moved

- our JS (#1040) did not have a fridge, only a cooler that LOOKS like a mini-fridge

- first time without a drinks package but I DID buy a 10-drink package onboard for $85

USD

- bought the soda package and the 100+ flavours in the 2 Windjammer machines were

fantastic. I used the Fanta Zero choices the most. Beware, though, that there is no

access to these special machines after 9:00 p.m.

- the guitarists in the various bands were exceptional, and my favourite was Dmytro, the

classical player from the Ukraine

- Karaoke on the sea days ran from 9-10:00 p.m. and it would have been nice to have it

go a little longer

- on our 1st cruise on the Liberty in '14 there was a speaker in our stateroom for the

Captain's announcements; the speaker could be attenuated with a dial...why can't they

have this on all their ships? It certainly wasn't available to us on the Jewel

- Voom was extremely un-Voom-ey; a friend was taking online classes and actually had

to stop as her streaming version was way too unreliable. Ours was the same, and the

price for the wifi is absolutely ridiculous

- Analiza Ching, the rock 'n' roll violinist was, as expected, the best entertainer on

our junket

- Trivia in the Schooner was fun, but some of the various hosts' accents made it quite

difficult to discern what they were saying

- From the Hoho bus, Valencia was pleasant and nice

- in Lisbon you can take a Hoho bus within yards of the ship; no need for the $8 shuttle.

Lisbon was gorgeous

- it was wonderful to see Gibraltar and Tunisia in the daylight hours, and the weather

cooperated

- We did an all-day 4x4 tour on the Azores island we landed at. Sergio, the driver, was

good but seemed to soft sell requests for tips on the way back to the ship; do NOT ask

for good ratings on Trip Advisor and then ask for tips, please as most will tip regardless.

That being said, the island we were on (Sao Miguel) rivals Bora Bora for pure beauty!

It was green, lush, magical, and gorgeous.

- the weather after the Azores was cloudy, rainy, and gloomy. It was easily the worst any

of us had seen on a transatlantic

- Regarding our JS, the toilet and those nearby had a few issues one morning. Our bed

with two light and very thin toppers was hard, but we are side-sleepers. Friends had a

JS underneath the Windjammer and could not sleep as carts over the tiled floor above

rattled all night long. They brought up the issue twice and were then given a 2-bedroom

spot near the rear-most elevators for the remainder of the cruise

- We guitar players are a dime a dozen, so why doesn't every resort and ship in the world

have a few available for rental???

- Our CD, Cruisin' Susan and the Activities Director (Martin) were very good

- For any who have heard of the legendary Cruise Critic Host "Clarea", he, his wife (they

had the stateroom next to ours), and their "Bob"-tourage were a lot of fun!

- The Puerto Ricans on this journey seemed to take over some of the night spots but we

were happy for them as the hurricanes hit their island very hard recently

- One of our roll call crew organized "California Kitchen" and "Chef's Table" meals; these

were wonderful with lots of wine but the one with 20 attendees lasted FOUR hours!

- Our fave server was LaToya in the Schooner Bar

- We had "My Time" dining and rarely used the Dining Room. The food was alright there

but there was ALWAYS something to love at the Windjammer

- The large shrimp in Chops were to die for. My favourite food, though, was a smokey

tomato soup served at the Chef's Table

- Our slot pull was, by far the worst we have ever seen re: results; it was fun but the

return on $15.00 was only $3.50. Do NOT go into Casino Royale for ANY reason (other

than for $2 Mimosas or a slot pull) if you can at all avoid it!

- Overall the entire staff was kind and helpful, including Guest Services

- Those who went to the Diamond-and-higher 5:30 p.m. daily get-togethers in the Safari

Club said the munchies, etc. were the best they every had.

Thanks in part to the positive vibe from our numerous Roll Call posters, we had an absolutely fantastic time. The Jewel is a quaint, loveable smaller vessel that has lots of glass and is the perfect middle-aged conveyance for a transatlantic crossing.
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Cabin 1040
Lots of cupboard space and storage areas. There was some noise from the Windjammer above through the first night but we quickly got used to it. Our only issue was that there is no wall outlet on the headboard-side of the room and thus the coffee-maker had to be moved to the makeup desk and I had to run a cord across the room every night.
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