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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Say "Yes" to Greece, But "No" to Jewel of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by hill3101

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

Port calls to Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and Katakolon await you! Travelers will discover each island differs in its beauty, shopping, food, and activities. Recommend to reserve on board excursions especially in the area of transportation in order to fully enjoy each island. Port call for Rome requires the traveler to consider arriving a couple days prior to embarkation or staying after disembarkation in order to visit some of the amazing historical sites of Rome. Metro is your cheapest means of transportation in Rome. While the port calls for this sailing are truly amazing, the cruise itself is lame. The ship and cabins are clean and comfortable, but lacks its shine in décor. The ship offers a couple specialty restaurants coupled with cafes, the Windjammer, and the main dinning as it is with other ships from Royal Caribbean. While passengers will find the dinning service satisfactory, they will quickly discover that the entertainment and activities are unsatisfactory. The performance shows were average as they lacked vitality. The night clubs and other like events were short lived as they lacked participants and closed early. There are two cruising days that provided passengers with some day time activities, but most preferred to stay by the poolside and hot tubs. While each of the three pools offered space, the entertainment for the two adult pools were few and far between. Pre-arranged transportation from and to the airport is a must! While our family and friends experienced a smooth embarkation with pre-arranged transportation, the disembarkation and transportation to the airport were disorganized as Royal Caribbean staff redirected passengers incorrectly and elevators on the ship were jammed packed with anxious travelers needing to catch early flights. Overall, this sailing while on board was a disappointment compared to other ships and sailings of Royal Caribbean. The most amazing experiences took place at each port of call. Santorini, my favorite, one must dine while overlooking the Aegean Sea!


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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin 4V 8011

While the cabin is designed to sleep four, it lacks space for movement, clothing, and placement of suitcases.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Rome (Civitavecchia)

My family and I toured on our own. Consider the metro system as it is the cheapest way. Be sure to use taxis stations as there are "fake" cabs that will charge excessively. Plan an early visit to the Vatican with a tour guide in order to avoid the long lines. Viator bookings can be useful, but are subject to mistakes and overcharging. Be sure to taste the pizza!

Santorini

Take the tram to the top and enjoy the shops, food, and sites of the city on your own! You must dine, drink, and relax while viewing the beauty of the sea!

Mykonos

Some of my family members visited Elia Beach and enjoyed their 4 hour time!

The 30 minute boat ride was amazing to Paradise Island which is located on the other side of the island of Mykonos. The beach itself is small and the sand is coarse. The water was refreshing as one can enjoy drinks and food. Royal Caribbean does not offer this excursion as guest services said it is too expensive. We only paid 20 Euros per person at the ticket booth once you entered land at port of call.

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Athens (Piraeus)

We purchased the Hop On and Off Bus. One of the stops was the Acropolis, a must see. We were also able to visit the Temple of Zeus. Port time is limited. Recommend selecting a couple sites, shop, and dine!

Kourouta Beach

Amazing! Our family and friends relaxed, soaked up the sun, splashed in the cool waters, and ordered a few round of drinks. We were given free chairs and an umbrella as long as we ordered a drink! After our excursion to the beach, we shopped and found some great bargains at the port!

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