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This cruise began in Rome and went to various Greek Islands, then back to Italy at Naples and then concluded at Rome. It was nine days, two of which were sea days. We booked excursions at each port and prior to the cruise, we spent a week in Rome. Greece was in ruins. Well, actually, there were a lot of other things, too. We thought the best two ports were Crete and Rhodes from a history standpoint and really enjoyed those. Santorini was also great. Athens is just another big city with a few interesting thing, but it is still very important historically and was worth the trip. Accessibility was an issue at times. Walking was, at times, rigorous so be careful of the excursions you book. The ship was clean and well maintained as was our cabin. We did, however, pay an additional amount to have a balcony cabin on Deck 9 on the very stern of the ship. Every morning, it was covered with soot from the engines, but the steward wiped it down on his clean-up of the cabin. It wasn't really a problem, just something to be aware of if you book those cabins in back. They were worth it for the view and additional balcony space, though. Food in the main dining room was disappointing. It seems that it has lost a lot of quality and it is not much different from the Windjammer. The advantage to the dining room though, is that you get table service and the very nature of the dining experience limits quantity. We had no beef that was done properly. We would have gone to Chops, but frankly, if they can't get prime rib right in the main dining room, they probably won't when you pay an additional 40 bucks for it. This is the first cruise we've taken (out of about a total of 10) where most of our meals were at the buffet, solely due to the lack of quality in the dining room. Overall, Jewel of the Seas is a good ship and we'd do this same cruise again and we recommend it to others, just be wary of the food quality and all of the walking on cobblestones.

Rome to Rome with Greece in between.

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by BillHu

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Trip Details
This cruise began in Rome and went to various Greek Islands, then back to Italy at Naples and then concluded at Rome. It was nine days, two of which were sea days. We booked excursions at each port and prior to the cruise, we spent a week in Rome. Greece was in ruins. Well, actually, there were a lot of other things, too. We thought the best two ports were Crete and Rhodes from a history standpoint and really enjoyed those. Santorini was also great. Athens is just another big city with a few interesting thing, but it is still very important historically and was worth the trip. Accessibility was an issue at times. Walking was, at times, rigorous so be careful of the excursions you book. The ship was clean and well maintained as was our cabin. We did, however, pay an additional amount to have a balcony cabin on Deck 9 on the very stern of the ship. Every morning, it was covered with soot from the engines, but the steward wiped it down on his clean-up of the cabin. It wasn't really a problem, just something to be aware of if you book those cabins in back. They were worth it for the view and additional balcony space, though. Food in the main dining room was disappointing. It seems that it has lost a lot of quality and it is not much different from the Windjammer. The advantage to the dining room though, is that you get table service and the very nature of the dining experience limits quantity. We had no beef that was done properly. We would have gone to Chops, but frankly, if they can't get prime rib right in the main dining room, they probably won't when you pay an additional 40 bucks for it. This is the first cruise we've taken (out of about a total of 10) where most of our meals were at the buffet, solely due to the lack of quality in the dining room. Overall, Jewel of the Seas is a good ship and we'd do this same cruise again and we recommend it to others, just be wary of the food quality and all of the walking on cobblestones.
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Cabin 9658
The cabin was well appointed and had a larger balcony as it was on the stern of the ship. Balcony was about twice the normal size. The bed was pretty uncomfortable, but it was what it was. The placement of the cabin was terrific for sail aways in that the view stayed awesome for quite a while. Our steward was on top of things and made sure the cabin was clean and neat and the ice bucket was always full. He did a good job and we rarely saw him.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Athens (Piraeus)
    Really, take a HoHo for this. It is cheaper and better.
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  • Athens (Piraeus)
    They just did a drive-by. Four times.
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  • Acropolis
    Had to climb hundreds of steps that were worn marble, slick and no handrails. Great view from the top, but tough both up and down. Was not mentioned in the booking information.
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  • Archeological Museum
    Worst excursion ever. The tour guide was virtually unintelligable due to her thick accent. She walked so fast at points that our group was spread out of several blocks and some got lost and went back to the ship on their own. We didn't go anywhere with this tour that we couldn't have done on our own. Really a bad experience, although the Archeological Museum was terrific, we could have just taken a cab and done that. It would have been much better.
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  • Island of Delos
    Great tour, lots of walking but not all that rigorous. Did about 4-5 miles on Delos. Very interesting and the tour guide was extremely helpful and well informed.
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  • Herculaneum
    Much smaller that Pompeii and equally as important historically. It was just like Pompeii in most details but was very easy to get around. We did the recorded tour and it was very informative and well marked.
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  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    Huge complex of structures, poorly marked and difficult to maneuver in. Lots of walking, exits are not marked well at all, people were complaining about finding their way out. It was interesting in that we had seen things about Pompeii all our lives, but it's gonna be a one time trip.
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  • Grand Master Palace
    Best excursion we've ever taken. The Grand Master Palace was just awesome. Lots of history that we found interesting. Lindos was also terrific. The tour guide was the best we had on the cruise.
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  • Rome (Civitavecchia)
    We spent a week here before the cruise. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri Hotel and Resort. It was magnificent. Rome was delightful, easy to get around with Uber, the sights were just beautiful and the food was terrific. We at mostly at small bistros around the hotel and each meal was wonderful and not expensive. This is probably the best foreign port of call we've been to and we'll be going back.
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  • Island Tour
    Very intersting, but walked about 8 miles, seemed like it was all uphill. I think it was probably a bad choice on our part and if I had a mulligan, I'd go to Oia instead.
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