Our February sailing on the Jewel of the Seas started with some dense fog which delayed her return to port, in turn delaying our sailing from Tampa until 10pm. We stood on line for 4 hours until we could board at 5:00pm. Unfortunately for some, they had to wait until 7:30-8:00pm to get on board. It was hot and many had to wait outside the terminal in the heat. I was a little disappointed in the fact that Royal Caribbean did not give enough updates to the people waiting in line. Each person was given a $20 credit on board.
The rest of our cruise went very smoothly. The ship itself was the most beautiful ship I have ever sailed on. She has glass and views of the ocean from every where you look. The service on board was truly amazing. Everyone was friendly and could not do enough for you. The cruise director was very involved and entertaining. His staff were fun and energetic. It really contributed to a really nice cruise experience. The shows we went to I enjoyed, but my husband is not a fan, so we only went to the first 3. The Captains party was lovely on formal night and the Hubby and I danced a little and had some free Champagne. the 70's night party is NOT to be missed. So much fun!!!
The kids activities were OK but I think my kids are beginning to outgrow the programs. The water slide on this ship is a little lame compared to Carnival slides, but my daughter loved the rock climbing wall. My son said the Arcade was better than Carnival's. They both played and enjoyed the mini golf.