Panama Canal: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by sptym
Overall Member Rating
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Even though we were in an Aft balcony you got use to the long walk to the elevators.
The ship was always very clean. Even after a slot tournament ended some came over and cleaned all of the machines. I was surprised.
The food , well if you liked Pork you would be happy 4 nights there More it was on the menu. Lots of shrimp , Beef was good but often overly seasoned. We had MY Time Dining and loved it. Pretty much went at the same time each night but had the option to go later if we wanted to. Service was great.
Guest relations was better this cruise than our cruise last Oct. We had a few problems pretty much small but enough to make me feel like I wasn't on "vacation and Relaxing" like they told me I should feel. They sent us a bottle of wine and strawberries which was very nice of them.
We had booked a tour for our day in FLL. after getting off the ship. We needed to find out for ourselves that it had been cancelled . We were notified via a voicemail @ 12:12 pm and got a note @ 5pm. Well when you are out of your room all day then you aren't there to get the info we already had.
Embarkation was smooth and swift. It was amazing. Disembarkation was slow through customs was organized.
We caught a cab to the airport right away. The cabs are lined up right outside the pier. Less
Cabin review: D27172 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Great cabin, lots of storage. The balcony is a strange shape but it worked for us. We hung up a clothes line and it was out of our way. We were over the Safari club but only heard music one night but we didn't mind it because it was early and we weren't staying in the room. Very quiet location.Read All Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (D2) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We went to the casino and my sister won $200.00 dollars and yes they pay in US dollars. We had lunch at 7 West across from Dunkin donuts. Recommended by a local . We had great ribs and a cold drink and a great view of the ocean for about $10.00 each.
I bought a beautiful table cloth at Little Holland with 4 napkins for $22.00.
The people were all very friendly.
We went on a Pirate ship. There was a folklore show throughout the tour . very talented young people. They served refreshments, both drinks and chip type stuff.
There is an area to get post cards and send them in their small terminal.
After we got off the boat we went on a tour of the old city. watch out . As soon as you get off the bus they are in your face to sell you everything. They make you nervous. I just kept saying No Thanks. and they went away till the next one came over.
We saw the Vice President of Colombia and there was a lot of armed security and helicopters.
The people do everything to get money from you. If they pose for a picture with you they want money.
I got some coffee where the tour guide took us to buy it and it was much cheaper than the other places.
The shopping was in many small shops.
I had a local cold drink and it was very good.
Had some local meat pies in a small shop downtown. They were delicious.
There was a volcano that we could see the steam coming out of. That was fun to see. We drove through part of the rain forest. Saw many Banana trees, and of course coconut trees.
Older Ship, Great Staff, Easy ...
Exceeded our expectations for ...
First Cruise Ever!