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1,336 Royal Caribbean Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. My husband had never been to the Mediterranean and I thought a cruise would be a great introduction. We stayed in Barcelona for 4 days prior to the cruise to acclimatize. Beautiful city. ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. My husband had never been to the Mediterranean and I thought a cruise would be a great introduction. We stayed in Barcelona for 4 days prior to the cruise to acclimatize. Beautiful city. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was too easy. We used the app and were prioritized. Took one minute to get through to the duty free. Our bags were placed on the scanner, and since we only took hand luggage for a 12 day cruise (still overpacked), we were on our way. Grabbed two bottles of wine at Duty Free and were in the Solarium 5 minutes later bypassing all photo ops. Once we ensconced ourselves on chairs, we realized that no one checked our bags on board. No one asked about wine or anything. I took this as an opportunity and returned to the Duty Free no questions asked to purchase more wine. This was at noon. No one checked for wine/ booze until we saw tables being set up after we got to our cabin. Not sure how many times people could have returned to the Duty Free before having wine confiscated! Our cabin was the smallest cabin available on deck 4. Perfect for us, only there to sleep and shower, and literally steps from the Centrum for live entertainment daily. Did get tired of the salsa/ Latin music by about the third day, but everything else was great. Had my time dining. Used the app and booked 8:00 seating on the first day and then booked every night for the same time. Had the same server and window table for 2 nightly. Each meal was excellent as was the service. Entertainment was a little weak on the cruise for our tastes, but we volunteer at our local theatre and are spoiled by concerts and dancers there. Played trivia daily. Won several times! New for us was the option of entering our name into a raffle for a prize at the end of the cruise instead of little prizes. It worked!!! WE ACTUALLY WON THE RAFFLE! We were shocked when a basket of RCCL goodies were delivered to our cabin. Shared the wealth with our trivia teammates who were equally thrilled. Would we do it again, YES! Perhaps we would research a little more about the ship as there were times we just read on deck instead of participating. We are used to larger ships, but VISION is still high quality for the price. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Been on 2 previous cruises around the Med with Royal Caribbean,Brilliance of the Seas and Independence of the Seas in the last 3 years.Compared to the other the Rhapsody is a tired ship that was built in 1997 and it shows. The facilities ... Read More
Been on 2 previous cruises around the Med with Royal Caribbean,Brilliance of the Seas and Independence of the Seas in the last 3 years.Compared to the other the Rhapsody is a tired ship that was built in 1997 and it shows. The facilities are also lacking as there is no British type pub, every few outdoor activities even if its only crazy golf. The food was ok although the Chops Grill at additional cost was disappointing. Previously we have had paella and bbqs at poolside, not on this ship.Even the snacks like pies and crisps are no longer available. The entertainment in the theatre was poor with no proper shows,we spent every night in the karaoke bar which pretty much sums it up. The cruise director was excellent hosting the belly flop and mr and mrs competition. The best places we visited was Kotor and Katakolan but Santorini is a hell hole with the logistics of getting from Fira to the tenders with either 2 hour queues with no shade for the cable car or dodging the mules whilst descending 580 slippy steps. We set sail from Venice and I would recommend an overnight stay as we did to truly enjoy this beautiful city. The transfer by speed boat rather than water bus is also a great experience. This cruise will be the last one we will be going on as the cost of the cruise goes up every year and not at inflation rate and the same things mentioned earlier are disappearing. The Brilliance back in 2016 was great with entertainment including Darren Day and all the food parties,pub,snacks and outdoor activities which were sadly lacking on the Rhapsody. We also sailed to Ville France Sur Mur for Nice or Monoco on that cruise and have since been back for a week as it is beautiful and cheap compared to the cruise.The Independence sailed from Southampton which is effectively 4 additional days at sea which we weren't keen on but a modern big ship, Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We spent 4 days in Rome before the cruise- beautiful city easy to explore. Booked a shuttle to the port which is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Rome. Dropped us right at the tent for luggage drop off and the line for Royal Caribbean ... Read More
We spent 4 days in Rome before the cruise- beautiful city easy to explore. Booked a shuttle to the port which is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Rome. Dropped us right at the tent for luggage drop off and the line for Royal Caribbean embarkation. Quick and easy-we arrived about 11:30 and were at the pool by noon!! Make sure you either pack or wear your bathing suit in a carry on bag because you won’t get your luggage until later. We would lay by the main pool and pop into the solarium pool to cool off. Jewel of the Seas is a smaller ship and has a ton of space to spread out never felt crowded except on sea days around the pool which is expected. The ports are amazing! The boat is small enough to get to know people and the staff. The ship could use a few more activities during sea days and at night. Overall, it was a beautiful trip and we had an awesome time sailing past Italy and Greece. Go for a balcony the views are amazing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My daughter (35 y.o.), my granddaughter (13 y.o.) and I (66 y.o.) took a cruise to the Greek Islands; we started and ended the cruise in the port outside of Rome (July 16 -23, 2019). We shared a Junior Suite, #1584, on deck 10. Our ... Read More
My daughter (35 y.o.), my granddaughter (13 y.o.) and I (66 y.o.) took a cruise to the Greek Islands; we started and ended the cruise in the port outside of Rome (July 16 -23, 2019). We shared a Junior Suite, #1584, on deck 10. Our stateroom was clean and nicely appointed, had been updated. The whole ship was clean and must have been updated recently. The cabin attendant split the bed into twin beds. The couch pulled out into a bed which became basically a mattress on the floor for my granddaughter. The attendant never took up the mattress (to make a couch again) the whole trip...but he probably would have if I had requested it. The only odd thing about the cabin was daily/nightly noises overhead which varied in intensity and sounded anywhere in the range of a herd of kittens running to a plane landing! The buffet (deck 11) was above us, but still the noises were annoying. There was plenty of storage in the cabin for three females for 7 days. Dining was great; no complaints. We usually ate in the deck 5 Dining room. EXCURSIONS: My daughter and granddaughter enjoyed the Perivolos Beach on Santorini. I chose to avoid more sun, but was very disappointed with the excursion to Pyrgos Village with Mezes and Wine Tour. The guide was distant, there was no "tour" of the winery, and the mezes were very meager...avoid this excursion! And "Ulysses" from Royal Caribbean who was in charge of shopping was definitely working for the more expensive jewelry shops at each port. We discovered more moderately priced items at shops at each port. And be aware that if one gets their time to "Explore Athens and Ancient Acropolis" to the afternoon that it is very HOT and there is no time to shop in Athens (Piraeus). All things considered, I would recommend Jewel of the Seas as a very good ship. The itinerary to the Greek Islands however is somewhat lacking in excitement. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I think the captain said it best - he likes this class of ships best - the ship has the same propulsion as the largest ships with a smaller ship size. Thus making it the Maserati of the Sea. In February we took a larger ship and the ... Read More
I think the captain said it best - he likes this class of ships best - the ship has the same propulsion as the largest ships with a smaller ship size. Thus making it the Maserati of the Sea. In February we took a larger ship and the lines for food and challenge of finding pool seating made for a bad experience. There were still the typical chair saving people on board which never works out well but overall we found the ship experience a good one. We have been loyal Royal Caribbean travelers for some time now - about 6 cruises under our belts but I have to say this time we did experience some things which I think is a indicator of Royals future. I have noticed more and more retail shopping on board - buy purses, watches, paintings and constant sales pitches for fine dining even future cruises. However I find it interesting that when you try to talk to them about buying future travel excursions or upgrades on the next cruise they won't talk to you! Usually My Time Dining has worked out well for us. This time not so good. I think they sat us in the regular dining room because as we sat and ate our dessert the waiters were swarming all around us trying to swap out the dining room for the next seating. We felt very rushed and responsible for them not being able to complete their swap. It wasn't what we have experienced in the past. The next night they moved us to a better location, still on the same deck. The waiter assured us there would be no rush, he did a nice job of handling our requests and was very friendly. He asked us if we wanted to come back there and brought over the grumpy head waiter who said he would have to check. Never saw that waiter nor table ever again. In fact they too were having to turn over the dining room so we still felt rushed but the waiter stood with us and assured us we were ok. On our fourth night (we skipped the third due to these issues) we got a table on the My Time Dining floor and it was better but it should not of taken four days to do this. In Santonini they tendered us to shore. What a cluster! This was probably one of the most unorganized things I have seen on a Royal ship. Imagine the lines you see at the airport when waiting to board the plane. Same here. People very confused, people all jamming into small ship hallways to "be the first one off" - even though they had given out tender assignments at 7am that morning. The staff seems very confused and frustrated with the whole process. I just find the ignorance of people to each other irritating. People all thinking they should go first are clogging up the entrance area - no one paying attention to the rules being said via loudspeaker and just an overall rush. Thank God this wasn't some kind of emergency - I could see people just running each other over to be first. Royal needed security to get into these hallways and limit those near the steps to those who had tickets to be in the area. We had boarding tickets for tender 3 and watched these women with tickets for tender 18 trying to get their way in. There is just no way they should of even been in the area. The return to the ship from Santorini was just as complicated. The safest way down the cliff was the gondolas. There was a line throughout the town just waiting to get down. As the minutes clicked off until the ship left, the line never seemed to get shorter. The ONLY saving grace to this whole process was that an officer from the ship was sent up there to yell out to people "don't worry we are not going to leave you". Just a very poor start to our week tour and something we had in our heads each time we got ready to leave the ship on the next days tour. Overall I felt the smaller ship was much less crowded. We had nice seating for breakfast and lunch. I got into it with one woman about her saving multiple seats for her friends, even while she sat and looked at a sign which said no seat reserving. The ignorance is just rampant on cruise ships as everyone feels they are immune to the rules and respect for other passengers. That only seems to increase as you add more and more people to a ship. We now will look for smaller cruise lines where there isn't as much of this type of attitude and hopefully enjoy other passengers along the way. We like Royal but I really am seeing a change in their approach to cruising - it's all about making more money vs. the Royality of being a cruise passenger. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise to visit Dubrovnik as we had been denied the chance on a previous cruise due to very bad weather. We encountered a delay at Heathrow due to the baggage handling system breaking down but the flight to Venice was ok. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise to visit Dubrovnik as we had been denied the chance on a previous cruise due to very bad weather. We encountered a delay at Heathrow due to the baggage handling system breaking down but the flight to Venice was ok. We had a private transfer arranged to the ship but they were not there to greet us instead after some running around we were amalgamated with two other groups and taken to the ship. Check in was slow considering we had completed all the forms on line before leaving having to repeat the documents seem very inefficient. Our balcony cabin was ready and plenty big enough for the three of us, the decor was tired but clean. Muster was different in that we went out on deck under the lifeboats without life jackets and assembled in groups, the staff having checked everybody was there did the demonstrations. We chose my time dining and this work out well for us, the food and service in the main dinning room was good and we stuck to this for the whole cruise. One of my cruise pleasures is to be waited on at breakfast and have polite conversation, unfortunately this was denied by the buffet style in the main dining room which was poor compared to the windjammer self service offering. No in cabin kettles so coffee either from noisy pool side , busy cafe or a speciality in a paper cup with nowhere to sit. The shows in the evening were reasonable and varied. The weather was excellent and the ports we visited interesting but the over casualness of cruise and lack of basic dress sense detracted. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
When we decided we wanted to cruise the Med, the itinerary and price point were very important to us. We have cruised several times before on DCL and Celebrity, however, we wanted to save the money for excursions and extra time in Italy. ... Read More
When we decided we wanted to cruise the Med, the itinerary and price point were very important to us. We have cruised several times before on DCL and Celebrity, however, we wanted to save the money for excursions and extra time in Italy. We chose the 7 night Croatia and Greece cruise to celebrate high school graduations and birthdays. We cruised as a party of 15. Prior to embarkation, we spent 4 days exploring Florence and 1 night in Venice. Loved both of the cities. We arrived at the port around 11:30 am via water taxi and check in was easy. Soon after, we were on deck 4 with our embarkation drinks. We were able to secure our specialty dining reservations for the cruise (we purchased the 3-night dinner package but ended up going the 4th night since the dining room food was not very good) which was handled quickly for our large party. By 1:00, staterooms were ready. We met our cabin attendant, Marilyn, who was exceptional. We always like to give a tip to our attendants on day 1 to show our appreciation to their hard work- they are truly like ninjas- coming into the room, cleaning, and leaving before we get back from a meal. We asked for ice daily and she freshened it twice a day. Dining: The main dining room food was not very good. Sometimes it came out cold, the quality was just OK, and drinks took a very long time to come. We only ate at the main dining room twice for dinner and twice for breakfast. Entertainment and Activities: We loved trivia in Schooners Lounge! So much fun and the bartenders and servers there were fantastic. On sea days, we would have liked to have more activities for the kids and adults. We did participate in wine tasting, which was just OK. On this ship, the rock wall and a tiny arcade was the only thing our 13 yr. old kids enjoyed. The shows were nothing spectacular- reminded me of Las Vegas lounge entertainment. The only show we enjoyed was a "magician- comedian". The ports were great! We really loved seeing this part of the world and took advantage of our excursions. Overall, we had a great time. There were some disappointments along the way, (main dining room, older ship, lack of activities on a sea day) but nothing that would keep us from cruising RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise more for the itinerary than for the ship itself and based solely on the itinerary we had a great time. If this was a review just of the cruise ship I'd say it was below average for what we've had in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise more for the itinerary than for the ship itself and based solely on the itinerary we had a great time. If this was a review just of the cruise ship I'd say it was below average for what we've had in the past. I'm putting this recap out there mostly to help others with ideas for the ports of call and less for the ship itself. We left out of Venice on Saturday, June 8th, but were delayed leaving by several hours because of protesters in the water protesting all the cruise ships and tourists. (The previous Monday a cruise ship from a different cruise line hit a ferry and the dock in Venice causing multiple injuries so the local populace was upset about all the tourism) Because of our late departure the captain told us we would not be able to make our stop in Kotor, Montenegro. That was a real disappointment as we had read how beautiful that was. So, instead of that first stop Sunday became a day at sea. On Monday we made our first stop on the island of Corfu. it was a beautiful and green island. We chose to walk from the pier into the old part of town. I took us about 30 minutes walking to make it all the way into town where there we visited the old fortress and climbed all the way to the top of the lighthouse. The climb up was a bit steep, especially on the smooth stones so be careful going up and down. Entrance fee was around 6 Euros each. Right in that general area there is a shopping district where you can buy touristy items. After seeing the fortress we picked up a taxi and we had a beach in mind we were going to visit and the taxi driver, Giannis, talked us into a better beach that was about a 30 minute drive from the cruise ship. The beach we went to was Glyfada beach and it was spectacular. It was a long beach with beautiful sand and the best part was it was not crowded at all. We rented two beach loungers with an umbrella for 20 Euros and that also included a large bottle of water and free towel rentals. There were several bars and eating establishments to choose from if you were hungry and they would bring you drinks to your lounger. There were also restrooms and showers. The water was warm and you could walk out 50 yards and still only be in water up to your waist. Just a beautiful beach and experience. Giannis arranged to pick us up at a certain time and he was there right when he said he'd be. It took about 30 minutes to get back to the ship so if you go there plan your time accordingly. As for Giannis, if you are looking for a taxi driver in Corfu, he is your guy. He speaks perfect English, was entertaining, and got us to and from where were going just like he said he would. If you want to try and pre-arrange something you can email him at johnleivas83@yahoo.gr or call him at +30 693 484 3704. Tuesday we stopped in Athens and as you can imagine took a tour of the sites there. We booked a private tour through a company called Private Greece Tours and our tour was amazing. The initial booking with Nikos was very easy and he was very responsive to all of my questions. Our tour was arranged for a 6 hour tour and Nikos let us know ahead of time what sites were included or what we should visit as well as what tickets we should pre-buy so we could get into the Acropolis and other sites without issue. Once we got to the cruise port we were picked up right as we exited the terminal by Geórgios and Dorina. Geórgios drove the van and Dorina accompanied us to all of the sites. They were the best guides ever! Both spoke perfect English and were easy to understand. Geórgios would point out a lot of things as we were driving and then Dorina would get out with us at each site and explain what we were looking at and the history of each place. This is our 3rd time to Europe and we've done a lot of tours and without question Dorina was the best tour guide we've ever had. She knew everything about each site and presented the information in a fun and compelling way instead of just telling us dull information. Geórgios was also so good to us as we were driving and navigated us through the congested streets of Athens with ease. For the tour itself, even though we had a rough idea from Nikos what we would be seeing on our tour the first thing they asked us was what we wanted to do or if we had anything in particular in mind so they could shape the tour for what we wanted. That is great service! We really didn't have anything particular in mind so they shaped the tour for us and it ended up being amazing. We visited the Temple of Zeus, Ancient Olympia Stadium, the National Garden, the changing of the guard, the Acropolis and other sites around Athens. At the end of the tour we hit a little shopping area and then back to the cruise ship. Our 6 hour tour ended up being 7 hours and Geórgios had us back to the cruise ship with an hour to spare. There were 7 of us on the tour, 5 adults and 2 kids ages 14 and 10. It cost us 350 Euros for the van rental portion and 250 Euros to have Dorina come with us. Best 600 Euros we spent the whole trip and they were so good we tipped them both on top of that when we were done. If you're headed to Athens and want a great tour book through Private Greece Tours and ask for Dorina and Geórgios. Wednesday we stopped on the island of Mykonos. We took a tender into the city and they dropped us off right in a beautiful area with lots of shopping and near to the famous windmills. We walked around and enjoyed the windmills and the shops for a while and then decided to head to the beach. We found a taxi to take us to Ornos beach (20 Euros one way) which we had read was a nice beach to go to. This was a big disappointment after our beautiful beach in Corfu. The beach was jam packed with people and was very rocky as opposed to the sandy beach we were on. They had people there trying to sell you all types of trinkets and quite frankly wouldn't leave you alone until you had told them no about 20 times. The beach loungers here cost us 25 Euros. We ended up not staying very long and then instead of a taxi took the public bus back to the ship. For 5 of us that went in cost us 9 Euros for a one way bus fare and the bus took about 25 minutes to get back. (After it picks you up it actually takes you the opposite direction picking up more people before you head back to the port area) If I had to do it all over again I would have skipped the beach in Mykonos and just enjoyed the town and the shopping. We did find that the shopping in Mykonos was more expensive for the same item as in the other ports we stopped in. Perhaps there is a way better beach on the other side of the island but we don't know. On Thursday we stopped at Argostoli. Argostoli is known for having Loggerhead turtles in their waters so we got off the ship and walked along the harbor hoping to spot some turtles. We probably strolled for 30-45 minutes through the main street in the town and ended up spotting a turtle near the walking bridge that crosses to the other side of the island. On the other side of the bridge there was a little stand (I think they called themselves "Turtle Land" or something like that) where they rented little boats you could take out on the water to see if you could spot turtles. We rented a 4 person electric boat and took it out on the water. We cruised right down the middle of the water and probably ended up spotting 10 or 12 turtles. You could get pretty close and we got some great pictures. Once they spotted you they would jet away and you had no chance of catching them. It cost us 30 Euros to rent the boat for 45 minutes. After our turtle adventure we walked 30 minutes back towards the ship and there was a little shopping area we browsed around. After talking to a local about a nice beach to see she recommended Makris Gialos beach. We took a taxi over there (about 20 minutes from the cruise ship and 20 Euros) and came upon a beautiful beach. The Costa Costa beach club is on this beach and we rented 2 lounge chairs from them for 15 Euros. They have a full bar and restaurant option. The beach itself was a long sandy beach. The water was warm and blue and once again you could walk way out and still only be up to your waist. The downside to this one as compared to the beach on Corfu was that this beach was packed with people. You didn't feel too crowded in the water but on the beach in the loungers you were packed in. All in all it was a nice beach. Friday was a day at sea and Saturday we returned to Venice. The ship reached the outskirts of Venice around 5 am and took about an hour to make it through to the cruise terminal. We had a flight to catch so we asked for the earliest disembarkation time and that ended up being 7:30 am. We walked off the ship at 7:30, grabbed our bags, customs agent just waved us through (They were randomly stopping some people) and were ready to be picked up by taxi at 7:45. As for the cruise ship itself I'd say it was nice but a bit dated. The biggest negative for us is we traveled with our kids and aside from the swimming pool there really wasn't anything for them to do. The kids clubs were tiny, the arcade was tiny, there was no basketball or anything like that. They probably played ping pong the most and a little shuffleboard. They advertised a family bingo session one time so we went to that and they literally played to rounds of bingo and that was it. My 10 year old son went to their kids club once and they charged us 3.50 for that. Not sure why that was for but didn't bother arguing it. So, if you have kids, just know that there isn't a lot of options there. We had an outside cabin with a balcony which was nice for 3 of us and then an inside cabin for the other 2. Having that balcony let us see the beautiful ports as we pulled in and just gave a beautiful view when you wanted to relax. Our bed was a nice size and it seemed like there was plenty of room for all of our stuff. I like the cruise ships where you can actually fit your luggage under your bed but you couldn't here so we had to wedge them into the closet. Bathroom was typical cruise ship small but bigger in the balcony cabin than the inside cabin. The room stewards did a good job but our lady made the couch into a bed for our son to sleep on and then just left it like that the whole time. From past experience they would usually change the bed back to a couch during the day and then back to a bed at night but that didn't happen. It would have been nice but no such luck so we basically had to sit on the bed when we were in cabin. The rooms had a nice Samsung tv but the channel selection isn't great. They would run movies at random times instead of all day so basically the in room entertainment was non-existent. Dining was okay, nothing spectacular. The buffet on deck 9 was always stocked with familiar favorites and with new dishes each day. There was pretty much something for everyone. If you take this ship don't miss the coconut cookies. They were really good. The main dining option is all we chose since we had the kids. The servers were fine and I'd say the food was okay but it took way too long for dinner. Every night you were 2 hours at dinner. You'd eat your appetizer and have to wait 30 minutes for the main course, etc. They should have been a lot more efficient than that. Side note, the offer you pay options to upgrade your dinner to steak and lobster or other selections. On our cruise every day they'd offer a bigger discounted price on those options. It went from 25% off to 30% off to 45% off. So, if you want to get it one night maybe wait until later and get a bigger discount. They had a Ben & Jerry's ice cream station but you had to pay for that. The problem with that was it was the same flavors the whole time and they weren't flavors we liked. Had they changed it up instead of offering the same exact flavors all week long we might have gotten something. The entertainment after dinner in the big theater was hit and miss. They had Ukrainian ballroom dance champions and they were really good but overall the shows they put on were average. Average singing, average dancing. Had a few jugglers and comedians and they were funny but again, nothing too spectacular. The cruise director, Michele, was funny and did his best to liven the crowd. In our situation with our family though, it just didn't seem like there was that much for us if we didn't want to go to the casino or lounge outside by the pool. My daughters tried to go to a towel animal class and there were only about 10 people there and they turned them away and said they ran out of towels. One more thing about the weather. We had absolutely perfect weather the whole time. My wife tends to get seasick and wears seasick bands on cruises but on this cruise you could hardly tell you were moving. The seas were so calm and beautiful and there was little to no rocking of the ship. To recap, I would go on this cruise again, if only for the itinerary. I wouldn't choose this ship if I was basing it on ship activities alone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was my husbands first cruise and my 3rd. He was a reluctant cruiser so we choose this Greece-Croatia Mediterranean cruise as it had many port stops and was only 7 nights. Turns out he loved it. We chose a balcony cabin which gave ... Read More
This was my husbands first cruise and my 3rd. He was a reluctant cruiser so we choose this Greece-Croatia Mediterranean cruise as it had many port stops and was only 7 nights. Turns out he loved it. We chose a balcony cabin which gave us many opportunities to view the beautiful ports as we came and left. Breakfast became a must on our balcony as we soon found we did not enjoy Windjammers selections for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In saying that we used Windjammers for snacking-taking fresh fruit, cereal,milk,yoghurt and cheese back to the room. We tried izumis-Japanese-nice, Chops-good steaks and Giovannis-italian all were quite tasty. The mainlining room for main meals were also good-no complaints here. The service staff on the whole ship ere really marvellous, diligent, attentive and do now how to make you feel special. From our young assitant waiter Dmitrii to Oscar-our room attendant and Rowena and Joah our drink waiters we could not fault their service. We did enjoy The Schooner Bar and particularly liked the Pianist/singer in the late evenings. Entertainment onboard was a bit hit and miss-one show we walked out of because the female lead was so out of key we couldn't watch-whether or not that was sound or ear piece issues we were unsure-but many people were taking about it the next day. However there were many other options around the ship to enjoy oneself, particularly at sea days. The ship itself could definitely do with a revamp, outdated furnishings etc...but it was clean and comfortable. The ports- *Dubrovnik-cool-we hired a scooter on our own from Modena scooter hire and it proved to be a very fun day. *Kotor-Montenegro-boring,but the day went was raining and had lots of could coverage-we went on the Grand Montenegro Day excursion-I do not recommend it *Santorini-big let down because of thousand of tourists. w did the Oia Village tour which encompassed a winery tasting-worse wine I have ever tasted.I do not recommend this tour. Oia itself is stunning but you d nt get to enjoy any of it because of the crowds. *Katakalon- Loved it *Venice-Loved it Verdict we like cruising, and will definitely do it again Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I wanted to go to the Greek Islands, specifically Santorini and Rhodes, I did a 18 day cruise on RC Radiance of the Seas the year before and although it was old, the food and entertainment were good. On Jewel of the Seas, there were no ... Read More
I wanted to go to the Greek Islands, specifically Santorini and Rhodes, I did a 18 day cruise on RC Radiance of the Seas the year before and although it was old, the food and entertainment were good. On Jewel of the Seas, there were no dance lessons, the food was way below standard for a cruise ship and the staff and cabins left a lot to be desired. Even the Americans on board were complaining about the food and staff. The cover band was amazing though, really enjoyed the main band in the Atrium, a couple of the shows were also very entertaining. The fruit was all very poor quality and not even ripe, the desserts at the buffet were just mainly baked cakes, that everyone had to cut themselves and left them looking very unappetising, they were crumbled all over the plate. The cakes seemed to be the same most nights, no cheesecake or other alternatives. The service in the dining room was so slow that we opted to go to the buffet most nights, this is a first for me as I always enjoy dining in the Dining Rooms. This is the first time in my many cruises that I have not tipped the waiter and his attendant. I did speak to a couple of the officers, but they seemed less than interested in anything I had to say. If you want to do a cruise anywhere, I would suggest you give the Jewel of the Seas a wide Berth.2 weeks earlier, I did a MSC Cruise on the Bellissima for half the price and thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to going back on the Bellissima in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise as a family vacation, with daughters and their families. The days in ports were very good and only 2 days at sea, fit our agenda perfectly. We like sightseeing and are not beach folks. Dining options met all our needs. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a family vacation, with daughters and their families. The days in ports were very good and only 2 days at sea, fit our agenda perfectly. We like sightseeing and are not beach folks. Dining options met all our needs. Entertainment and activities on sea days were plentiful. All the crew members were “at our service” and were happy. The session with the ships captain was very nice and telling about why the crew was very happy. The Schooner bar was a comfortable place to meet before dinner. The Diamond Club is a nice place away from the crowds with a good view of the ship and surrounding areas when in ports. The Vortex could have been open more hours, even if just serving light refreshments. It’s a nice but unused space during the day. The movies on deck were great, as were the poolside activities. We would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Overall we had a great vacation. The ship appeared to be in great shape and had a wonderful crew that was very friendly and attentive. Food was a hit and miss on certain days in the main dining room, however the windjammer was a pleasant ... Read More
Overall we had a great vacation. The ship appeared to be in great shape and had a wonderful crew that was very friendly and attentive. Food was a hit and miss on certain days in the main dining room, however the windjammer was a pleasant surprise. We didn't go to all the shows, but made sure to see the magician multiple times. He performed a lot of older tricks, but his stage presence was great. We chose this ship for the destinations and majority of the ports did not disappoint. The kids had a fantastic time learning about the history and seeing the different sites, but probably loved the beach day in Mykonos more than any other day. Excursions Rome - Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor with The Roman Guy, a lot of walking but get a great overview of the Roman Forum and Colosseum Sicily - Taormina and Blue Grotto (through Royal Caribbean) Nice old city with a fantastic snack of Granita and Brioche. Blue Grotto was a bit disappointing, but the boat ride was great to see the coast line Malta - Walked the city and went to the upper Barrakka Gardens, good view of the port Mykonos - Walked to Agios Stefanos beach and rented a couple loungers Santorini - Tour with Santorini exports, drove around the island and visited a nice little vineyard Athens - Private tour with My Athens Tour, was able to see a lot of the city including Acropolis and also the changing of the guards Naples - Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii (through Royal Caribbean) This was a nice tour, but very disorganized. Only had about 1 hour for Pompeii which was a bit disappointing. Rome - Vatican tour with Walks of Italy. Long day, but great to see all the works of art inside the Vatican Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My friend chose the cruise, and I joined her when her cabin mate cancelled. The crew seemed happy even though they work really, really hard. Our servers were attentive, friendly and very focused on making us happy with our food. Chris, ... Read More
My friend chose the cruise, and I joined her when her cabin mate cancelled. The crew seemed happy even though they work really, really hard. Our servers were attentive, friendly and very focused on making us happy with our food. Chris, our cabin steward brought me distilled water and an extension cord for my CPAP machine, and tried everything possible to help me make it work, since it was missing a gasket in the reservoir. The food was up and down, with the apple pie being star of the show and the best prime rib I've had in ages. I tried the special meal of whole lobster one night, which was good but not delicious, and not worth the extra charge. As for the shore excursions, I wasn't up for so much walking, but it was good for me to do some of it. The storage in our cabin was great, and there was enough room for everything we brought. The string quartet/comedy group was absolutely one of the best I've seen anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary out of Venice. The ports were wonderful. The staff on the Rhapsody was excellent. However of all the cruises I have taken with RC, this ship rated poorly. The ship had worn out fabric on the ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary out of Venice. The ports were wonderful. The staff on the Rhapsody was excellent. However of all the cruises I have taken with RC, this ship rated poorly. The ship had worn out fabric on the chairs in the common areas, stains on ceiling in the women’s rest rooms, worn out furniture in our cabin, rust spots out our cabin window. The solarium was the worst. It consisted of plastic leaning topiary plants that were old and flaking mix with a semi Egyptian theme. It was bare looking and had an identity crisis. This was unlike the other solariums on other ships. They told us the ship was due for updating 11/20, but it needed to be updated now! Other passengers felt the same way. The RC singer & dancers were good, but not great. They had formula dancing. They were mainly all white singers & dancers. In an attempt to sing & dance to a show featuring famous soul singers, they failed. It was a 2 hour wait for the cable car to get down from the top in Santorini. This was a nightmare for many, the alternative was a 583 walk down steep, steps shared with donkeys. Several people from another ship sustained injuries. All other cruises with RC I have had a great experience with the ships I have been on. RC needs to take their worn out ships out of service and update them. The best thing about this cruise were the ports, except Santorini which was too crowded & there were only 4 cruise ships in that day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We truly enjoyed our time on the Vision of the Seas for our 12 day Mediterranean sailing. This was our 4th cruise, and first Mediterranean sailing, but definitely something we are considering doing again in the future. Above all else ... Read More
We truly enjoyed our time on the Vision of the Seas for our 12 day Mediterranean sailing. This was our 4th cruise, and first Mediterranean sailing, but definitely something we are considering doing again in the future. Above all else we were most impressed with the staff on this ship. I could sense the comradory between all of them. In the dining areas in particular I loved seeing how the upper level staff quickly, and happily, stepped in to clear tables, refill drinks, and dispense hand sanitizer; it says a lot about the level of team work within the crew. Room: This was our first trip with a non balcony room. We had a picture window, and the room was quite a bit smaller than we are used to. There is a good amount of storage, and many hangers, so all of our clothing fit well. There are not self service laundry service onboard the ship, however they offered wash and dry service for $25 many times throughout the trip which many took advantage of. The ship also could stand to be updated throughout, but overall serves its purpose. Itinerary: We chose this sailing for the ports of call. We sailed from Barcelona, then went to Cannes, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Valletta. We booked all of our excursions independently of the ship, except for Cannes, which we were not impressed with. Our biggest complaint was the length of time in port in Santorini and Valletta. I know this is because of time restrictions, but as was mentioned by the staff, Santorini was truly the crown jewel of itinerary this for many, and the day in port was less than 8 hours, which made it very difficult, especially with tenders and the long que (over an hour) to get down the lifts to the tenders at the end of the day. It simply didn’t leave enough time to truly take in Oia and Fira. Other than two days we did feel the ports of call were perfect in length and location. Food: I’ll preface this by saying we aren’t particularly picky eaters. We enjoyed all of our meals in the dining room, though some were more our style than others. Even with a dairy free eater and vegetarian in our party we were all able to find something off the menu each night, and it was different each evening as well. The dessert menu is my only complaint, and mainly because of the dairy free restriction, there just weren’t many options, but it’s also something we’ve come to expect in this area. Lunch we highly recommend the dining room. Their lunch menu is arguably better than the dinner menu and the salad and pasta bar are incredible. There is also sit down breakfast, or a breakfast buffet in the dining room, though we ended up in the windjammer most mornings for more options. The breakfast hours were quite limited, and there was no sea Day brunch as we have come to expect from Caribbean cruises. Entertainment: This was our biggest disappointment this trip BUT much of this comes from the fact that we are not the “typical” demographic for this sailing. As 25 year olds we did not have much interest in many of the music shows put on, though we did enjoy a few of the headliner shows. We also did not feel there was much entertainment on sea days- we’ve come to enjoy the group games and activities, and beyond trivia, music, bingo, and some art activities, there weren’t many of these. With such a port intensive- and intense ports (think walking 8 miles a day)- the 10:30pm game shows would be much better served earlier in the evening when more could enjoy them. We did stay up for a few and were unsurprised by the low turnout due to the time and days in port. There was always something going on in the centrum in the evenings and this did a great job of bringing people together and was a truly enjoyable time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were being visited and also we had never sailed with royal carribean before. The ship itself is quite tired in a lot of places and in need of re-fit. On the plus side quite small so easy to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports that were being visited and also we had never sailed with royal carribean before. The ship itself is quite tired in a lot of places and in need of re-fit. On the plus side quite small so easy to get around great feel a lot going on in the evenings and day the orchestra were excellent as were most of the shows. A very varied mix of people from many different countries which we enjoyed. Food was also on the whole very good and waiters excellent as were all the staff we encountered. We had cabin 3612 ocean view and have to say avoid if can. The smallest cabin we have had which would have been okay but very tired looking smelled a bit musty. Window was very rusty and furniture scraped and marked. I also found makeup from person before under bed when went to put cases underneath. Bathroom was decent and shower good. We found it fairly quiet too and near to lifts and convenient for restaurants and getting on and off at docks etc in its favour. However we soon found a smell of which I can only describe as when you clean a bath pipe out at home outside our main door and also inside the door and when opened wardrobe where clothes where stank on occasions. Sometimes was not there but most times was. We did tell main reception and they did try and sort think was coming from waste pipes next to room and also door opposite room for staff clearing cutlery from rooms etc. But only was better for a day or so the. Came back occasionally again. To be fair they have given us 20 % off next cruise with them to the value of this cruise but would rather have had money back or been moved rooms but that was not possible as ship full. I would not choose this room again or any near it. The cruise itself was great ports fantastic and staff very friendly and a good vibe on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The service on the ship was fabulous! We were traveling with another couple and had a great time. We chose this ship because of the itinerary. And it did not disappoint!! I almost wish there had been one more day at sea so we could have ... Read More
The service on the ship was fabulous! We were traveling with another couple and had a great time. We chose this ship because of the itinerary. And it did not disappoint!! I almost wish there had been one more day at sea so we could have had more time to enjoy the ship. We had a balcony and our cabin was very comfortable. The food was average. There is a nice selection and my favorite restaurants were the Steak House and Japanese Cuisine. We participated in the Chef's Dining Table and it was just OK. I think the most fun was we had at the dance parties that they had almost every night. They were a riot!! The entertainment was ok. There was a good mix but some of the acts weren't great. There is a lot to do on the ship so it's easy to find something you like. All in all we had a great time and definitely enjoyed our time on the Jewel! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Although we'd been looking to sail on Holland America after a good experience with our last cruise, we chose this cruise with Royal Caribbean because the itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: ports in Italy and Greece. ... Read More
Although we'd been looking to sail on Holland America after a good experience with our last cruise, we chose this cruise with Royal Caribbean because the itinerary was exactly what we were looking for: ports in Italy and Greece. We bookended our trip with several nights in Rome, staying at an outstanding, hidden gem of a boutique hotel, The Inn at the Roman Forum. Our hotel secured transport for us from the hotel to the port in Civitavecchia. We booked a Grand Suite on the ship, so had priority boarding. Both embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze, handled very efficiently, as was the security muster. There was a broader age range of passengers on this cruise than on our last cruise, which we enjoyed. Our suite, 1048, was very spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows weren't. They provided 6 (!) king size pillows, but they were all the same: too thick and firm. The food was acceptable, but nothing special. Most of it fell under my brother-in-law's description of cruise ship food: "abundantly adequate." Our steak at Chops Grill was quite good, though. Entertainment was uneven. They had one good headliner from the UK who put on a very good performance, singing Frank Sinatra songs and the like, and he actually got a standing ovation! (Think people were just grateful for a good quality entertainer!) The highlights of the cruise were the quality of the service and the shore excursions. All across the board, the crew was friendly, helpful, and eager to be of service. Rosen, our cabin steward, always greeted us cheerfully and was very efficient and helpful. Zo and Meng, our waiters in the Main Dining Room, were attentive, quick and efficient, and made sure we had whatever we needed. Aline, our concierge, answered our questions patiently, and was a great resource. We were impressed with all our shore excursions, which were very efficiently and effectively organized. One stood out: the Athens and Cape Sounion with Lunch tour. It was long but thorough, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional, we had ample free time, and saw the Parthenon before the crowds arrived. A nice surprise: the buffet lunch at the Intercontinental was exceptional! We would highly recommend this excursion. While we were disappointed at not getting to see Santorini due to weather issues, overall we were pleased with the cruise and would consider sailing with Royal Caribbean again in the future if there's an itinerary that looks appealing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The islands we visited were beautiful and the weather was fantastic even in April. We booked a Royal Caribbean Excursion for each port of call and everyone of them was well organised and very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The islands we visited were beautiful and the weather was fantastic even in April. We booked a Royal Caribbean Excursion for each port of call and everyone of them was well organised and very interesting. Embarkation was a breeze. We checked in online a few weeks before and from the time we arrived at the port we were given all the details of our drinks and internet packages and were on the ship within five minutes. Excellent organisation on Royal Caribbean's part. Sadly, our first impression of the ship is that it's looking very tired. The carpets are in very poor condition and the fixtures, fittings, bars, seating (pretty much everything) throughout the ship are very worn and in desperate need of replacing and refurbishment. All the public areas in the ship were pretty clean though and we always saw housekeeping staff working hard. The food was excellent everywhere we ate. We ate in the main dining room for most of our evening meals and the food was always hot, tasty and fresh. The buffet was extremely good and had excellent variety, even at breakfast. We ate in all three specialty dining venues and all were excellent except for Giovanni's which was just average. The entertainment was hit and miss. Most of the headliner shows were very average and, frankly, a bit old-fashioned compared to most other ships I've been on. The live bands who played in the bars/venues around the ship were rotated nightly so there was good variety. We didn't partake in many of the activities onboard but they looked just like your average cruise bingo/art auctions/trivia etc. Nothing much to write home about. The service is where this ship shines. All the bar staff and waiters are excellent. We had a good laugh with a few of the buffet servers and the bar staff were extremely attentive. They always did their best to fulfill any special requests and were friendly, funny and obviously enjoyed their jobs. I would not sail on this ship again unless it underwent a huge refurbishment. I will, however, sail with Royal Caribbean again due to the positive experience we had with the service on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This cruise began in Rome and went to various Greek Islands, then back to Italy at Naples and then concluded at Rome. It was nine days, two of which were sea days. We booked excursions at each port and prior to the cruise, we spent a week ... Read More
This cruise began in Rome and went to various Greek Islands, then back to Italy at Naples and then concluded at Rome. It was nine days, two of which were sea days. We booked excursions at each port and prior to the cruise, we spent a week in Rome. Greece was in ruins. Well, actually, there were a lot of other things, too. We thought the best two ports were Crete and Rhodes from a history standpoint and really enjoyed those. Santorini was also great. Athens is just another big city with a few interesting thing, but it is still very important historically and was worth the trip. Accessibility was an issue at times. Walking was, at times, rigorous so be careful of the excursions you book. The ship was clean and well maintained as was our cabin. We did, however, pay an additional amount to have a balcony cabin on Deck 9 on the very stern of the ship. Every morning, it was covered with soot from the engines, but the steward wiped it down on his clean-up of the cabin. It wasn't really a problem, just something to be aware of if you book those cabins in back. They were worth it for the view and additional balcony space, though. Food in the main dining room was disappointing. It seems that it has lost a lot of quality and it is not much different from the Windjammer. The advantage to the dining room though, is that you get table service and the very nature of the dining experience limits quantity. We had no beef that was done properly. We would have gone to Chops, but frankly, if they can't get prime rib right in the main dining room, they probably won't when you pay an additional 40 bucks for it. This is the first cruise we've taken (out of about a total of 10) where most of our meals were at the buffet, solely due to the lack of quality in the dining room. Overall, Jewel of the Seas is a good ship and we'd do this same cruise again and we recommend it to others, just be wary of the food quality and all of the walking on cobblestones. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean What a wonderful ship she is. We had a great mid ship balcony cabin # 9616. A cabin steward that was perfect. Food was great entertainment was good. We went to 2 shows and they were better than expected. ... Read More
Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean What a wonderful ship she is. We had a great mid ship balcony cabin # 9616. A cabin steward that was perfect. Food was great entertainment was good. We went to 2 shows and they were better than expected. They had music on the ship strings in the main area everyday so you could just listen and relax before and after dinner. We enjoyed this. There was also a band and singer some times. Piano bar and more. We did not go to any bars because we were too tired every night after the islands each day. She is a smaller ship with only a few shops. We only ate in the main dining room or Windjammer. We made an our time reservation for two 3 months ahead of time and when we got there we were at a table for 8 but they fixed it that day and everything was great. Our waiters were the best and we got to know each other quickly. - Wednesday April 24th – This was a day of rest on the ship. We ate and napped and ate again. There was a chocolate night in the windjammer one night so ask or you will miss it. They have wonderful tasty meals and great desserts. One night in the dining room they serve an individual size cake for the 50th anniversary of the cruise line so don’t miss that either. Very good. Public areas were full but not crazy busy ever. Elevators were prompt for the most part. Leaving the ship never seemed too crowded either. - Thursday April 25th- The Island of Crete was one of our favorites. We docked at Chania Souda. It was like old world with technology. Felt safe here. We hired a driver to take us out for the day about 5 hours. Lefteris Nikiforakis is the owner and was our Taxi driver and he was amazing. We went to see many things and experience things on this beautiful island. There were mountains here in which there was still snow visable on the top. Many flowers blooming here. Just beautiful. The things we went to see include Market Building at the Venetian Port, Lighthouse & Turkish Mask, Apera which is a 3500 Yr old Minoan town euro 2.5 to get in, drove through the Country side: Stilos, Neo, Choria Armeni, Kalives, Vamos. We tasted the local foods and drink like yogurt, honey olive oils and more. Crete was my favorite island. - Friday April 26th - Mykonos was our next stop and a nice port to walk around and see the sights, had lunch and people watch. Felt very safe here. We walked to find the windmills and chose to eat at a water front café. We did a tour from the ship for half the day to Delos which was incredible. The tour group was a large size as most of them are but if you stay close to the tour guide you will see and hear everything. We did have a head set which helped too. This is a 2500 BC Sanctuary with an Amphitheater, was the birth place of mythological Apollo and his sister and so much more. Take a guided tour here to learn all the stories. The spring time was beautiful weather a flowers blooming everywhere we went. Saturday April 27th – Rhodes was our next island. We hired a private tour for here and had a great experience. Nicholas was our driver/tour guide. Rhodesprivatetours.com He picked us up promptly from the pickup area dockside outside the ship in a Mercedes with our name on a card and drove us to many wonderful places. He explained everything and could answer any questions we had. You pay at the end of the tour. We started at 8:00 AM. We saw the most important monuments of the Medieval City (World Heritage Site) for pictures. He dropped us off here at the end of the tour for shopping and sightseeing of the village. Short walk to the ship from here. The drive continued out of the Medieval City to the “New Town” The Historical Buildings and the Old Harbor, where according to the tradition, the Colossus of Rhodes once stood - One of the seven wonders of the ancient world. (Stop Visit Pictures). The North point of the Island where the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea meet (Stop Pictures) . Monte Smith - Acropolis of Rhodes, Panoramic view of the City, also the Temple of Apollo, the Greek Stadium, and the Ancient Theater - with the car, no climb (Stop Visit Pictures). The drive continues south-east 50 kilometers / 32 miles to Lindos . On the way you visit the Anthony Quinn Bay – Which takes its name from the famous Hollywood actor, who owns a large property in this area. Since filming the Guns of Navarone in Rhodes Island - scenic (Stop Visit Pictures) and walked down to the waters edge. On the way to Lindos, we stopped at a pottery workshop where the traditional pottery of Rhodes is made. You can see the wonderful pieces of art, and watch the potter working at his wheel. You can even learn the mystery of the Pythagorean cup. We bought two. One mile before Lindos our Tour/Driver parked the car at a vantage point for a panoramic picture of the Acropolis, the village, and the port of Lindos (Stop Pictures). Then he drives us down to the Saint Paul's bay, incredible wild beauty - "Guns of Navarone" Movie (Stop Visit Pictures) He drives you to the main square of Lindos village, so you can: walk the alleys of Lindos which cost 12 euros and climb up the Acropolis or ride the donkeys which we did not (Stop Visit Pictures) Tourist-buses don’t drive down to the main square. /Driver will meet you at the main square of Lindos for the return trip. On the way back the last 14km / 8 miles he drives through the coast road of Faliraki marvelous beach and Kallithea Spa. Back to Rhodes Old City for independent browsing, or to the ship. The Medieval City (Old City) is a 10 min walk from the cruise port. You could extend the day and go out to lunch. We should have done this and enjoyed a local lunch with our guide. This was an amazing tour and will go back to this beautiful island someday. Our tour guide was the best. Of course we had some gelato too. - Sunday April 28th – Santorini had the picture perfect views of white and blue buildings and a beautiful harbor. We did a ship tour from here because it was Greek Easter and many things were closed. The tour was called “Island of Santorini and Oil Village tour” It took us from Oia to a Local winery to taste wine with a beautiful view of the Sea, to Fira for free time where we had a quick lunch and bought some souvenirs & took pictures. Had some gelato. Have some change if you want to use a bathroom here , then back to Athinios port where there was nothing but the boats to take you back to the ship. There were other tenders that went to Fira where you can take the donkeys up or ride the cable car. This would have been fun but we didn’t know about it. Monday April 29th – Athens. We used Michael's Amazing Tours and had an amazing 8 hour tour. The history here is incredible and not to be missed. Our driver Sotos had all the tickets we needed ahead of time so we just entered each site without much of a wait. We went to the Acropolis museum, The Acropolis , Temple of Zeus, site of the Olympic stadium, changing of the guard , Ancient agora and many more places. We were at each place before the tour groups and had a day with not many lines. We had a traditional Greek meal at a local restaurant. Food was great and the gelato. Our driver Sotos even stopped so I could pick up a few souvenirs before we got back on the ship. Michael the owner met up with us twice that day which was a nice surprise. They took great care of us on this day. Sotos was knowledgeable and informed us about all the sights but he couldn’t accompany us through them. This was the best day. Tuesday April 30th – Was a cruising day and we just relaxed and ate. Wednesday May 1st - We spent the day in Naples and did a self-guided tour. We walked past the Castel Nuovo and Our first stop was for Pastry Sfogliatella at the grand Café Gambrinus is 20 minute walk from ship. We followed our phone GPS during this day and had a few problems but figured it out. We walked to the train station to go up the mountain to where we walked to our destinations. They were right next to each other. First we walked to Castel Sant’ Elmo which is a medieval Fortress. The entrance was not well marked. The ticket widow is on the right but the entrance is to the left. Beautiful views of Naples from here as you walk up into this old castle. Then we walked to the right leaving the Castle and went to see Museo e la Certosa di San Martino. This was formally a monastery and now a museum. Has a beautiful church and many rooms to walk through. Then we walked back down to town and found a Pizza place. We then had gelato. This was a holiday and many places were closed but many were open too. If this was our first time in Naples we would have gone to Pompeii but we have been there before. – Thursday May 2nd – We are back in Rome after our 9 day cruise and prearranged a driver through CivitavecchiaPort.org to drive us to the hotel with pick up at 8AM. We used the same service to take us from our hotel to the airport. He was cautious and profession Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We picked this cruise for the Itinerary, time of year and our past successful cruises on RC. Unfortunately, this was our third straight cruise on this RC class ship and, perhaps, at no fault of RC, the cruise experience was fairly “just ... Read More
We picked this cruise for the Itinerary, time of year and our past successful cruises on RC. Unfortunately, this was our third straight cruise on this RC class ship and, perhaps, at no fault of RC, the cruise experience was fairly “just OK”. Everything going on on the ship including the ship layout just got way too familiar and, consequently, boring. So, I’ll try to fashion this review for those who have no to little experience either with RC or crusing. PROS. 1. RC provides a very good cruise experience per dollar. They are very competently run and, in my opinion, is as good as any of the mass market (or lower cost) cruises. 2. Service. Very good. No complaints. The cabin attendant was good and most all of the wait staff were also very good. Excursion staff at the desk were ok as well as the front desk. Check in, like pretty much all cruise lines, is smoothly run like clockwork. 3. Ship. The condition of the ship was very good as well. Although the ship is coming on 15 years old, everything looked in excellent or recently refurbished condition. Carpets looked newish and clean and all furniture was also in good condition. The cabin and bathroom were also in very good condition although there was a little rust and corrosion at the shower door. Cons. 1. Food. We took most of our meals in the buffet restaurant. So, perhaps it is unfair to say that the food was mediocre. The choice was wide and varied, but on this 11-night Cruise, I found it repetitive, sometimes cold, and meats hard and over cooked due to sitting there for a while. Coffee was often cold or like warm. The desserts were also pretty disappointing. Too many mousse’s which pretty much tasted like whipped sugar. We did go to the sit down restaurant twice and the Izumi specialty restaurant once. The problem I had with the sitdown restaurant is that the portions were really small. I’m no food hog, but four measly shrimp is poor in your “jumbo shrimp” dish is pretty poor. Sure you can ask for seconds, but who wants to come off as a food hog. As for Izumi, we ordered five sushi dishes and four were below mediocre. 2. Onboard shopping. The shop was small, limited merchandise. The jewelry shop was much larger, but the prices were outrageous. Example: my Citizens watch that I bought online last year for about $175 was being sold — same watch — on ship for about $500. Why is onboard shopping an issue? Well, it can get a little boring on a long cruise and a nice diversion is shopping. But, with extremely limited merchandise, it was a bust. Wake up RC, a captive audience and opportunity lost. 3. Onboard live shows. I suppose due to budget and cost, lost are the days of onboard performers and mini Broadway type shows. Rather, the live shows are made up of contract one night stand comedians, singers, etc. They come onboard at one port of call, do their show and get off at the next port. The performers were OK, but it would be nice to see some production type shows. Also, the lounge performers were really bad. 4. Shore excursions. These were fairly limited in selection. I suppose, as a modestly experienced cruiser — 8 cruises — I should know and expect that cruise sightseeing is all about in and out. Get into the port and off the ship by 8 or 9 am and back on board by 4:30 and on to the next port of call. That leaves virtually no time to do any in depth sight seeing. Is RC different or worse than any other cruiseline’s offerings? Likely no. But, new cruisers, be forewarned. 5. Port of call onboard information. This is the first cruise I’ve been on where the ship provided virtually no information on the various ports of call enroute to the destinations. Cruises in the past had the cruise director providing tips on what to see and do and shopping tips. Nothing. I’m not expecting cultural lectures on the history and culture of the destinations, although that would be nice. But a little something about what to expect. Even if it was pre-recorded. All we got was daily babbling about trivia — what minor celebrity had a birthday that day — or some inane joke of the day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My husband and I traveled with our family celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Sadly specialty restaurants are the way to go anymore as Tides food was less than average for dinner, and the service was hit & miss depending on the ... Read More
My husband and I traveled with our family celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Sadly specialty restaurants are the way to go anymore as Tides food was less than average for dinner, and the service was hit & miss depending on the table assignment. Thankfully we weren't at the originally assigned table throughout the cruise. Toward the end of our journey, we chose Giovannis (excellent) and Chops for superior filet mignon and service. Why is it necessary to pay extra for what's already paid for!? If onboard, lunch was best at the buffet. The non alcoholic package was worth it...although again paying extra for what should be included: fresh squeezed OJ and Lattetudes for cappuccinos, frappuccinos and lattes. The staff there was stellar. Our cabin, 9212, was a great location mid-ship and larger than average. Both staterooms were rundown, drapes torn/ dirty, & the refrigerators were never cold. The bed was comfortable and the stewards worked hard cleaning every minute they were on duty. All the ships window were filthy. Entertainment, beyond the midshop lobby, was zero in our opinion. The casino smoke carried over throughout that deck. Watch your folio for added charges you may want to challenge. Both our families did. Embarkation and debarkation was easy. Upon return to airport, we didn't pay more than €100 for two (taxis are waiting to add you to passenger vans). We pre-booked three exceptional tour guides online by reading reviews on Cruise Critic. PKTravel and Santoriniexperts is another. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose the itinerary - not the ship. The 11 night Greece and Croatia cruise leaving from Rome had all the places we wanted to visit, and this itinerary was only happening once! This was our fourth cruise, and 2nd time on Royal ... Read More
We chose the itinerary - not the ship. The 11 night Greece and Croatia cruise leaving from Rome had all the places we wanted to visit, and this itinerary was only happening once! This was our fourth cruise, and 2nd time on Royal Carribean. We didn't get the WOW! experience we were expecting... Firstly, the staff was very good and very attentive to details! Excellent staff everywhere. We had booked My Time Dining, but not always at the same time. The first night, they gave us the table right in the entrance of the dining room. We thought that we'd get another table the next evening so we didn't ask for a change, but we got the same table the next evening. We asked to be moved to another table, and that seemed to have created a lot of problems. They kept wanting to take us back to the first table. I'm not sure why this is important - I didn't mind getting different waiting staff every evening. Anyway, as stated earlier, the staff was excellent regardless of the table we had, but I'm not sure I understand the value of pre-booking My Time Dining. The food for dinner at the dining room was good to excellent, with a good selection every evening. In general, the waiter's recommendations were great choices. Breakfast in the dining room was not the best experience. After waiting in line to get seated, they hoarded us to a large table where we sat with other guests. Service was extremely slow (15-20 minutes before ordering, 30 minutes before getting our eggs benedict ). Room service breakfast was excellent on the first morning we tried it. The 2nd morning, the omelettes were chewy and rubbery. On the 3rd morning, some items were missing (eg: cereal without milk). Breakfast in the Windjammer was the same every morning, not many variations. Good in general, but the fried eggs and omelette station was not being replenished fast enough. Lunch at the Windjammer was generally good, with more variety, and fresh items. The salad bar had a good selection. One comment on the salad bar: when the bottle of olive oil was empty, they removed it but did not replace it - why? We had paid for the premium beverage package. Around the 3rd or 4th night, they started missing out on some of the brands our group was ordering (Botannist gin, Chivas, Stoli vodka, etc...) in Schooner's and the Safari Club. One evening, our waiter in Schooner's had to go get our drink at the Casino. After 3 evenings like this, I complained - why were only some of the bars stocked with only some of the brands? They eventually fixed the issue at Schooner's but they were still out of stock on some of the brands at the Casino and the Pit Stop. If I hadn't paid for the Premium beverage package, I would not have minded. But I expected RCCL to stock up on the brands advertized as being part of the package. To me, this is unacceptable. The entertainment was appropriate and varied. Over the course of our 11 night cruise, we didn't see/hear the same band play the same thing twice, which is good! The formal nights were just that - nights where people would dress up. Aside from a small speech from the Captain at the Captain's Welcome reception, I didn't really feel that the evenings were special. For example, on our prior cruise (not with RCCL), the central atrium was decorated with hundreds of balloons for the farewell evening ceremonies. After our last cruise, we were eager to book the next one. After this cruise on the Jewel, I'm not in a hurry to book the next one - I just didn't get the experience I was expecting. And if I book another cruise, it probably won't be with Royal Carribean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We picked this ship for the ports and because it was available in early April, before most European cruise ships have started. The ports were a great variety, but the ship itself is old and there is not much to do onboard. The shows were ... Read More
We picked this ship for the ports and because it was available in early April, before most European cruise ships have started. The ports were a great variety, but the ship itself is old and there is not much to do onboard. The shows were mediocre and the meals were okay but nothing special. In a lot of the ports, we had to dock a long way from the town and take taxis or tenders, while we saw other cruise ships pulled right up to the town docks. I'm not sure if this is a cost issue for Royal Caribbean or just the luck of the draw, but it was inconvient in a lot of the ports. We had a junior suite, which we thought was worth the price. It gave us a lot more room and a large closet and bathroom; nice since we were on the ship 11 nights. We did several RCCL excursions, but most were way too crowded and not worth the price. One excursion had 48 people with 1 tour guide and no headphones, so it was impossible to hear her. It would have been better to book through a private tour company like Viator with smaller groups. Also, there was only one indoor pool and because the weather was cool, everyone wanted to sit at this pool. So of course people left their towels early and rarely came back so there was no where to sit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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