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Jewel of the Seas Review

3.5 / 5.0
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1589 reviews
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Good but could be better

Review for Jewel of the Seas to the Eastern Mediterranean
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bigjohnfun817
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Oct 2019
Cabin: Junior Suite Accessible

We choose this cruise for the Europe destinations. Rome was great to see when we first got there, a little crowded, but were told it's worse in the summer months. The cruise terminal is a long ride, but we had a private transfer which made it nice. The embarkation seemed like we were in a third world country. Pop up tents and metal guard rails in a parking lot, but it went pretty smooth compared to the looks.

We always select a jr suite for the spacious room and this one didn't disappoint. The first night however we found that our stateroom, (1078) was directly below the wind jammer which they start preparing at 3:30am, (every morning like clock work) and the carts running back and forth wake me up. So much for paying more for a suite.

The cruise ship is a smaller one, so not as many options for sea days and after shore excursions. It was nice, but you can tell it's older and there was a sewer smell on the 10th floor for the entire cruise. Our cabin was great and outside of the noise that started at 3:30am every morning we had no issues. All the staff were great, (as always) and we never needed for anything. The food was as expected in the wind jammer, just luke warm, but this has been our experiences for all cruises. We ate at Tides dinning room one night and it was great. Chops Grill, was not any good on day 2, Rib eye steak was rubbery, but medium well and lobster was mushy. You can tell this food was pre cooked, then heated up and not what we expected for additional paid dinning. Giovannis was great on day 6 where I had the filet and my Wife had a seafood dish.

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Junior Suite Accessible

The cabin itself was great, but I have no idea why Royal Caribbean would put any cabin, let alone a Suite under a restaurant that starts moving carts around at 3:30am. They should reassess the layout or think about not prepping that area until after 6am. It's below a drink service area, so I think this could be done the night before or right before opening. But like I said every morning like clockwork at 3:30am the carts started moving back and forth.

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