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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Everything was perfect. No complaints whatsoever.

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by ELIZG

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

July 7 - 14, 2019 - Greek Islands.

I can't say enough good things about the ship, the staff, cleanliness, activities, etc.

Putting some misconceptions to rest. If you don't have a pillow top on your mattress, look under the bed (that is where ours was stored).

Staff went above and beyond, were friendly and helpful.

Room was set up as we requested.

Food in the main dining room was awesome.

Food in the Windjammer (only ate there for breakfast) was good, plentiful and abundant.

Snacks in the Solarium was the same each day, but very good.

The life boat covers on Deck #7 - were not an issue and didn't hinder our view.

We did our own thing for excursions so can't comment.

If there was one negative, it would be that the music at the pool could get a bit loud. You had to yell at people when talking to them.

Everyone loved the evening shows. We only saw the Tango show and it was excellent. Fellow travellers attended all of the other evening shows and raved about them each night at dinner.

We had the key. We were on the ship by 11:00 am and by the pool by 11:15. Signage for the key was everywhere. Had lunch at Chops - excellent.. Tendering in Santorini was easy (and the reason we got the Key). Wifi was good, no issues. We had an early morning transfer to the Rome airport on debarkation day so the Key was not used for debarkation, however luggage pickup was super easy. We also received two fruit baskets on one of the days. We asked why and were told because we had the Key.

I had a massage one day and it was excellent. There was no blatant attempt to upsell.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2D 7620

Clean, lots of storage, 24 hangers (12 on each side the shelves). Clothes line in the shower. One set of shelves in the bathroom (behind the mirror).

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We did our own thing in Santorini. Getting off the ship, we found one of the Transfer Boats to Oia that included the boat ride to Oia, a bus drive up the hill and a bus transfer back to Fira.

BE WARNED....... the bus ride up the hill is misleading. You need to walk up a very steep and long hill to get to the bus. If anyone has a medical condition, hard time walking, etc., you will not be able to do it. Also, there is one dock at the port in Oia for the larger boats and catamarans..... there was a lineup of boats to get to the dock to have people get off / and on.


We did our own thing. Got off the boat, found a beach close by and enjoyed the sun. The tide starting coming in around noon and there was not a lot of beach left. Visited the windmills, Little Venice (which was very close to the port we tendered in to) and had lunch.

Athens (Piraeus)

Did our own thing. Hop on / Hop off busses were right outside the terminal when we arrived. Could not have been easier.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Was one of our favourite ports. A great little town for shopping (great prices and selection), some good waterfront restaurants). We were the only ship in port and it was a relaxing day, not a lot of crowds.

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