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Before this cruise I had only ever cruised on Princess. We chose this cruise because we were looking for a ship that had more activities for our son(8) and my husband(my daughter(13) and I just bake in the sun all day:) I was initially very worried about my choice, especially after the hurricane but all my fears were totally unfounded. The Jewel is the smallest ship I have ever been on but it still had plenty to do for the one day that we were at sea. The main pool is small but it still had plenty of room. Our family loved the mini golf every night and the movies poolside. My son and my husband had a great time on the rock wall. There was usually a band playing poolside and plenty of fun games like pool volleyball staff vs. guests and the belly flop contest. My daughter loved the "Dancing With The Stripes". The itinerary was great, although I was disappointed about missing Dominica because of hurricane damage. Our room was spotless and was a great size-the room seemed to be the same size as a mini suite on the Princess, except for the bathroom but we had no need for a bathtub anyway. The food was typical cruise fare, some was good and some was blah but I never had anything that was horrible. I think people need to remember they are feeding thousands of people and not expect the Four Seasons! What really sealed the deal to switch to Royal from now on was the service. I have never been treated so well on vacation in my life. Everyone that we had contact with went above and beyond. Aleksandr, Igor, Gangaram, Joao, Ngurah and Titiana-all amazing wonderful people who truly go out of their way to make sure you are happy and having the perfect vacation you work so hard for! THANK YOU!!

Best service I have ever had on a cruise!

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Hamill04

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Before this cruise I had only ever cruised on Princess. We chose this cruise because we were looking for a ship that had more activities for our son(8) and my husband(my daughter(13) and I just bake in the sun all day:) I was initially very worried about my choice, especially after the hurricane but all my fears were totally unfounded. The Jewel is the smallest ship I have ever been on but it still had plenty to do for the one day that we were at sea. The main pool is small but it still had plenty of room. Our family loved the mini golf every night and the movies poolside. My son and my husband had a great time on the rock wall. There was usually a band playing poolside and plenty of fun games like pool volleyball staff vs. guests and the belly flop contest. My daughter loved the "Dancing With The Stripes". The itinerary was great, although I was disappointed about missing Dominica because of hurricane damage. Our room was spotless and was a great size-the room seemed to be the same size as a mini suite on the Princess, except for the bathroom but we had no need for a bathtub anyway. The food was typical cruise fare, some was good and some was blah but I never had anything that was horrible. I think people need to remember they are feeding thousands of people and not expect the Four Seasons! What really sealed the deal to switch to Royal from now on was the service. I have never been treated so well on vacation in my life. Everyone that we had contact with went above and beyond. Aleksandr, Igor, Gangaram, Joao, Ngurah and Titiana-all amazing wonderful people who truly go out of their way to make sure you are happy and having the perfect vacation you work so hard for! THANK YOU!!
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Cabin Review

Cabin 9588
Great size. However, the sofa bed folds out to a futon size. It worked out ok for us because our kids are 13 and 8, but I would not try to put two adults on that sofa bed. I think when the kids are older I would probably get a suite or two rooms.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Catamaran Tour
    Our whole family loved this trip. The catamaran was beautiful and very clean. We stopped to snorkel in a couple different places. No sea turtles that day but we did see some whales and some beautiful fish. The buffet lunch was good. I think next time we will do the 3 hour tour instead of the 5 and try to hit up the beaches, which looked beautiful.
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  • Tubing
    I prefer the less commercial islands so this one was my favorite. The ride to get to the tubing takes longer than you are in the river but you have to drive through the island to get there and it is a beautiful drive- it reminded me a lot of Hawaii. Very lush and tropical. The tubing was fun, although I wish it had been longer with more rapids but it was still a great morning. The guides are very nice-but prepare to be splashed!
    The second half of the day we went to Grand Anse. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and the water is like bathwater it's so clear. Take the water taxi right to the left of the dock to get there-it's $5 a person. We didn't know about the water taxi and took a cab for the same price but the water was the more scenic way to go! This was the only island where the people were pushy. I had two women constantly coming up to me while I was trying to eat lunch to get me to try to come the their booth and shop. Another lady who braided hair kept trying to talk to talk my daughter into it even after several "no thank yous". You have to go through their little market to get to the beach and then they leave you alone. The guys in the water taxis are also VERY competitive. I was surprised there wasn't a fight. They will tell you someone's boat is unsafe or that they are not recommended by the cruise line, anything to get you away from one boat and into theirs. Just pick one and sit down:)
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  • Martinique
    It rained almost all day. We got there late because we stopped to help a sailboat in distress and some of the vendors at the pier were irritated because they had set up for us in the morning and we didn't come until noon. We had wanted to go to the beach but instead we toured the fort and had the best ice cream of my life. It cleared up a little in the afternoon and we let the kids play on the little beach in front of the fort. I was nervous about this island because my french isn't very good but I tried. Everyone that suffered through it smiled and told me they spoke English. The vendors on the pier had some beautiful handmade goods and everywhere we went took US dollars. I wish we could have checked out the beach.....
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  • San Juan
    We stayed at the Intercontinental San Juan for the day and night before our cruise. SO BEAUTIFUL. Worth every penny!
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  • St. Croix
    We took one of the vans to Rainbow Beach. The taxis are right outside the dock and they have a board out front with all the places they go and how much its costs round trip-very easy. Rainbow Beach was very pretty, very clean with a restaurant and bar and plenty of chairs/umbrellas/motor sports to rent. My husband took the kids out on a jetski for $60 for a half hour. Everyone was very nice and not pushy at all.
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  • Horseback Riding
    Went to Lucky Stables. The guide was hilarious and the horses were very well cared for.
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