Chilly Baltic on the Warm and Comfortable Jewel of the Seas: Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by mommamd

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Chilly Baltic on the Warm and Comfortable Jewel of the Seas

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Harwich
We are a family of 4 with 2 middle schoolers. We flew from the Midwest to London for 3 nights pre-cruise stay in London at the Premier Inn near Euston Station. After a whirlwind jaunt throughout City of London, we prepared to embark on the lovely Jewel of the Seas. We took the cruise train from Liverpool Street to the pier at Harwich and easily brought our bags several yards to the cruise baggage staff. The Diamond check in line was short and efficient, though they did not give my husband charging privileges as requested. We found our rooms and lunch ready to go.

My children are 11 and 14. The 11 year old wanted to be allowed into the 12-15 Fuel group at the Adventure Ocean. This was allowed with my permission, and he was very happy with this privilege. The children in the group enjoyed the prgramming and begged to stay up late every night in the club.

The Jewel is a great sized ship, easy to find people. Our 4th floor inside cabins were convenient to the Main More Dining room, the Lobby bar for soda refills, the internet terminals, and the Customer Service desk. Sometimes even the gangway came into the 4th deck. Easy. The noise from the parties at night somehow did not come into our rooms.

The string quartet played for us each eafternoon and the singers each evening. The piano was great in the schooner, as well as the dining room accompanied by the violin. We appreciated the night club DJ as well.

Diamond Lounge each evening with wine complimentarty served by a friendly personable staff member. The champagne bar also provided some horsdoevres and caviar with evening cocktail service by excellent staff. They all anticipated our needs and knew what we wanted before we sat down.

The weather was slightly cool, 60 ish F. Hot tubs were hot but the pool expectedly was cool. The solarium was always packed and rarely could we get a chair there.

The gym was rarely packed and we could always get equipmenmt there.

The fellow cruisers were generally retirees, and only 90 children on board.

Service was excellent, even the children got excellent service on their own in the SeaView and the Windjammer Cafes.

The Salon staff was friendly and professional, though could not remove nail polish they applied when it started to chip one week later. Really? No nail polish remover?

Cabin staff was efficient and excellent, laundry service was appreciated, and we took advantage of our Diamond perks such as free internet, discounted laundry, and free photos. The customer wservice desk changed some money for us into local currency, and the 2 ATMs provided Euro and dollars.

We enjoyed meeting plenty of British and US cruisers from Florida, played the Quest game and attended the 70s party.

All in all we had a great cruise, the children were never bored, the mix of ports and sea days was good. The food was excellent everywhere and esp the Chops which we attended for Fathers Day Dinner. Highly recommend! Less

Published 06/28/11

Cabin review: L4057 Interior Stateroom

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Port and Shore Excursions

We booked the bike tour through RCI, from the pier to the pier. The tour was great, the guide was a little spacey. She was friendly but distractable. We saw the mermaid, the palaces, the opera house, the parliament buildings, the bike lanes are excellent, separate from the pedestrians and cars. We obtained kroner from the cruise desk, and used them to hop in a cab from the pier to Tivoli and got ride bracelets for the kids. They loved this and rode on everything. There is a loop-the loop steel coaster and other pretty intense rides, as well as more basic rides. We ate some weiners, beer, had amazing belgian waffles with ice cream. Lots of Danish here enjoying themselves and speaking Danish. All speak English as well. Easy cab ride back to pier. ATMs in the park gave us kroners for snacks and the cab ride back to the ship. Fun day!

On our own, after shuttling to town, we got tram tickets for the day and did the 3T to the Rock church, the olympic stadium, and the sibelius monument (which we couldnt find after all). We passed the beatiful train station twice and visited senate sq. Then shopped in the market by the water with the orange food tents. We picked up sounvenirs, and ate the reindeer meatball and sauasage lunches as well as the panckake isce cream desserts, yum. Included in the tram ticket was the suommelina ferry which we explored briefly then returned to the ship. The island fortress requuires a lot of time and walking. Kids were getting tired.

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We did a two day private tour with SPB. This was an excellent way to see a lot in a short period of time. We hydrofoiled to Peterhof, lunched near the estate, drove to Czars Village, bypassed the lines into the main event. Then drove back to the ship, seeing city sites, the fort, the squares. Day 2 we visited Ysuspov, the churches, Hermitage, a boat ride on the canals (recommend this! Duck under the bridges!!) and a subway, as well as shopping. We were able to take breaks for snacks and coffee and Katerina helped us tranlsate and buy things with our rubles and made sure our change was correct. Highly recommend this as we could see what we wanted (French impressionists at the Hermitage) and get ahead of all the large tour groups.

Last port of Gothenburg we did a RCI tour of country esttea TJoelhoelm, which allowed us to see the countryside of sweden and some fjord-like lakes. Lovely!! And a beatiful 1900 era estate, perfect for us. It was just in the afternoon.

On our own, we took the RCI shuttle to town and walked to the Vasa museum. We wanted to take the HOHO boat but it started later than we were there. Vasa was amazing to see, free guided tour inside was instructive, the exhibits informative. The we walked to the Grand HOtel where we had reservations for smorgasmord lunch at the Verandan Restaurant. Amazing to see all the ways to eat herring, salmon, ligonberries, meats, potatoes in the Swedish style. The waitstaff recommended local beer and cleared our plates rapidly. The cheesecake was a hit with my kids. Then we walked to the Nordisk department store to buy some clothes we had forgotten to pack. Fun helpful staff "Hi-hi" from all, this store is a little pricey (200 dollars for kids levis jeans?) so we walked to H&M down the block and got some more reasonable priced jeans and socks. Shopping completed we headed back to the shuttle stop to return to the ship at the pier, which was farther away than I thought it was going to be.

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