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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Panama Canal Cruise

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by Dlqueen721

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Nice ship, just the right size for this type of cruise. Nice crew. The waiters in the main ding room went out of their way to remember what your favorite food items were. Disappointed that our spacious ocean view balcony was really an obstructed barely ocean view balcony (still awaiting a response from RCCL on that one). Good food. Windjammer was actually a nice experience on this ship with a great variety at lunch. Excellent Chef’s Table. Service slow in both Giovanni’s and Chops, but good food. Decent shows. Five of the six ports were good, the exception being Colon, Panama - a disgusting, dirty, garbage strewn city as soon as you leave the confines of the port. The only good part of our tour was going to the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center, but we barely had any time there. Thrilling to transit the canal. Even though the ship is older, they keep it immaculate.

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Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 1B 9654

Plenty of storage for two people for sixteen days. Furniture and carpet could stand a good shampooing. This cabin should be sold as an obstructed view - there is a window cleaning ladder apparatus on the left side, blocking your view!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Cabo San Lucas

Toured on our own as we had been there before.

Mangrove River Tour

A one hour bus ride on an unpaved road to take a 30 minute ride on a fairly rickety boat....not worth it.

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Train ride

An old rickety train that basically goes passed backyards filled with trash and mangos on the ground....not worth it.

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Portobelo & Gatun Locks

To be fair, the first hour at the Agua Clara Locks was wonderful but not enough time. The rest of the tour was disgusting. Colon is the dirtiest place on earth. Garbage everywhere. When you get to Portobelo, there is an old church and the remnants of an old fort. The only restroom was behind the church and had no toilet paper or running water....Town was dirty and we did not feel safe.

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