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Sail Date: November 2017
Great to be back on the smaller ships after being on the Allure and the Harmony. The Jewel was in as good of shape as it was when I was on it when new. Yeah they have eliminated some things, but so have all the others. The food in ... Read More
Great to be back on the smaller ships after being on the Allure and the Harmony. The Jewel was in as good of shape as it was when I was on it when new. Yeah they have eliminated some things, but so have all the others. The food in Chops Grill was great. The waiter/server was the best in the business. The ports were really clean ad had lots of places to see. The excursion to Valencia, Spain was great. Didn't know any thing about this stop until we arrived there. Saw a great deal in the 3 and a half hours we toured. Pastry in Lisbon to dye for. We have been there a few times so we took the shuttle to town and walked around, took pictures and just enjoyed people watching. The Azores was LUSH, thought I was in Ireland, if you go there you have to tour, the landscape, the color , the people and quite a new cruise ship terminal that's not finished yet. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this cruies mainly for the ports that it was going stop and the reputation of RC. The ship was clean and well appointed. However I found the atmoshere of the ship very cold. It seemed that everywhere you turned they were ... Read More
I chose this cruies mainly for the ports that it was going stop and the reputation of RC. The ship was clean and well appointed. However I found the atmoshere of the ship very cold. It seemed that everywhere you turned they were selling their programs or services. It was an atmosphere which you felt captured to buy something. I spent 100 on just water! Only one customer service Rep. went out his way to make my concerns valid and went out of his way to make things right. I was also not impressed with their tous especially the flamingo show which was a disaster. We got a 25% discount because they agreed I took mostly viva tours and they were wonderful. All is all the cruise ship was lovely but the staff need better communication, you get a different answer depepnding on who you asked, and a more inviting atmosphere. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and price. The itinerary was great, it was our first Mediterranean experience and it was fantastic. The ship is very well kept and in very good condition. It's just a small ship without much to do ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and price. The itinerary was great, it was our first Mediterranean experience and it was fantastic. The ship is very well kept and in very good condition. It's just a small ship without much to do on it. The movie selection was terrible, and there were only a couple of shows that even appealed to us. We ate in the main dining room every night except one, and generally loved the food we got. The only problem was that we were convinced that My time dining was the way to go, and for us it wasn't. We were a party of 2, and preferred to be a a table for 2. Each night they would ask if we minded sharing the table, when we said we preferred a table for 2, they would indicate they didn't have any. We shared tables a couple of nights and met some very nice people. Some people enjoy this, and that's great, but we didn't. On such a port intensive cruise, we were tired in the evening and didn't enjoy making small talk with strangers. Also the meal takes 2+ hrs with such a large group, as opposed to 1 hr when it was just the 2 of us. We finally found that if we had a standing reservations at 5:45 pm each evening then we could have a table for 2, otherwise we had to wait until > 8 pm. We won't do My time dining again, it wasn't for us. The windjammer was awful. There is limited seating, and it is always packed. In 12 mornings we managed to sit indoors 1 time, every other time we had to go outside. Fortunately the weather wasn't too cold, but if it was then we would have been screwed. The food is mediocre, and it's pure chaos regardless of the time you went. They have stations rather than a line, and so it's just a mob of people randomly walking from station to station. It was like a real life game of pac-man trying to avoid running into someone. It's really a poor design and poorly thought out. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. The itinerary was fantastic, and the ship was basically a floating hotel. Two nights we had rough seas, and being on a small ship you really felt it. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
My husband and I sailed on the October 25 twelve day sailing throughout Europe. The ports we stopped at were outstanding. Having been on at least 15 cruises, I knew in advance to plan shore excursions through private companies not ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the October 25 twelve day sailing throughout Europe. The ports we stopped at were outstanding. Having been on at least 15 cruises, I knew in advance to plan shore excursions through private companies not associated with the cruise line and we did many things on our own. Also, we reserved specialty restaurants and my time dining well in advance. We were in cabin 9256, a large balcony cabin in the rear of the ship. While old and needing refurbishment, particularly the old coach that should have been replaced years ago, we loved our cabin. The balcony was over-sized and had a table, two regular chairs and two loungers. It was quiet all of the time, and very peaceful. There was more than enough room to completely unpack and be organized. Having read many reviews about the entertainment and food being poor, we did not find this to be true. While I agree that the food could have been more culturally inspired, it was good, especially the buffets in the Windjammer. The biggest surprise was the entertainment, which we thoroughly enjoyed, particularly when it was just a singer or musical performer. I guess the biggest disappointment was the lack of recognition being a frequent Royal Caribbean passenger. This cruise is an excellent way to see beautiful places in Europe without the hassle of packing and unpacking and taking trains all over. I highly recommend it! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Good: Embarkation was a breeze. No line. We were able to go straight to our rooms. Belina, head waiter in Tides was excellent. She always made sure I had options because of my food allergies. Chef's Table is awesome. The food ... Read More
Good: Embarkation was a breeze. No line. We were able to go straight to our rooms. Belina, head waiter in Tides was excellent. She always made sure I had options because of my food allergies. Chef's Table is awesome. The food and wine were delicious and worth the up charge. Itinerary was awesome.... Room steward was excellent. Meh: None of the shows interested our group of 4 adults. Other cruises we rushed to get to the shows after dinner. Bar service: slow, many drinks needed to be explained. and then reexplained the next day to the same bartender. drinks were weak for what you charged. Meet and Mingle was nice but you could have some allergy friendly food. Did not use Ship's shore excursions. I find them to be expensive and rushed. Bad: yourtime dining? we were instructed to make reservations. Well that isn't your time dining, is it? Belina was the only head waiter who took an interest in my allergies. One head waiter pulled aside the waiter, who took my order for the next day, and yelled at him. Yes near me and other guests. WRONG!!!!! He, the head waiter, came over to me and said the kitchen could not adapt my meal. He suggested steak, baked potato, steamed veggies. I informed him that they have adapted other meals for me, perhaps he should ask the kitchen? he said he knew it could not be done. I found Belina and asked her. I had my first request and sat in her section the rest of the cruise. Our cabin was on the 7th level and the noise from the clubs below us was vibrating everything in our room. The ship was full so I knew there was not anything the ship could do. I am an English speaker so I did not have an issue but I met a few people who had problems with the translation of port info and the navigator. For example for the French explanation of the temple in Malta, it stated the Temple was built around 2500 British Columbia! The English version said 250 BC. Someone needs to check these for accuracy. While the spa services were good, once they realized I was not going to buy any products, they were not quite as friendly. Everytime I went to the gym, the trainer was in a chair on his phone. he seemed put out if asked a question. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We choose this cruise for its itinerary and price. The ship was nice but the cabin was quite a bit smaller than one we had on the Celebrity Reflection. We had a balcony room and it was quite tight for two. The bathroom was very small ... Read More
We choose this cruise for its itinerary and price. The ship was nice but the cabin was quite a bit smaller than one we had on the Celebrity Reflection. We had a balcony room and it was quite tight for two. The bathroom was very small and you could barely move around in it. The food was good and the service in the Dining Room was excellent. We chose the late dining 8:30 PM and I don't think we would do that again as it was almost 10:00 PM by the time we had finished. We had room service bring coffee and fruit in the morning but sometimes they did not always work out as well as expected. The entertainment was quite good and the entertainers in the smaller bars were excellent. My only major complaint would be the tours that we took from the ship. They seemed very rushed and the "free" time allowed in each town that we visited was totally insufficient. In Valencia, we were given 20 minutes fto use the rest room and do any shopping in a large market. The line for the rest room took at least 15 minutes which left no time to even get a coffee. Valencia is a beautiful city but I felt that I ran through it. There was no reason for rushing as we got back to the ship in plenty of time before the allotted sailing time. I would not use the tours from the ship again. This was my first Royal Carribben cruise. I did like Celebrity better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise based on our previous RCCL experiences and the itinerary. Jewel of the Seas is a great size cruise ship - not one of those huge floating cities but certainly sufficient so that you had space on sea days. The ports we ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on our previous RCCL experiences and the itinerary. Jewel of the Seas is a great size cruise ship - not one of those huge floating cities but certainly sufficient so that you had space on sea days. The ports we visited provided plenty of sights to see. Majorca and Messina proved to be our favorites. Staff on board the "Jewel" were always friendly and attentive, and we were very appreciative of our cabin attendant and the dining room staff. Food was standard RCCL, certainly test and well varied. Wine list was certainly reasonable. I suggest that you take the "10 drinks for $85" package, which we used to have a glass of wine each evening. Entertainment was good, with three of the evening shows being outstanding. We mixed RCCL shore excursions with others that we arranged ourselves, both through Cruise Critic and directly. These proved to be better organized with smaller group sizes, and were, to us, more enjoyable. Summary: a really good cruise experience with i would highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I love Royal Caribbean's choice of itinerary and ship activities which caters to a younger crowd. We are frequent visitors of Europe and this cruise have many destinations we have not been to in previous visits like Sicily, Malta and ... Read More
I love Royal Caribbean's choice of itinerary and ship activities which caters to a younger crowd. We are frequent visitors of Europe and this cruise have many destinations we have not been to in previous visits like Sicily, Malta and Palma de Mallorca. The views of Malta from afar are amazing. It's like arriving in a whole new world. Jewel of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's older and smaller ships. It is comfortable and nice but smaller in all areas like shopping, casino, dining, gym, etc. as compared to the other newer mega ships. The entertainment is just average but the 70s party is really a blast. Wifi is very fast though compared to other cruises but just as pricey. (Others are pricey and slow) The food is good especially their specialty restaurants. We especially find Izumi great in food and service (Order their hot rock specialties) Service is excellent as always. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise as we were travelling with two Cruise first timers and the amount and quality of the ports of call was a big attraction. Our last two cruises were transatlantics, east to west on Celebrity Reflection and Independence ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we were travelling with two Cruise first timers and the amount and quality of the ports of call was a big attraction. Our last two cruises were transatlantics, east to west on Celebrity Reflection and Independence of the Seas. It was lovely to sail on the Jewel again, having done cruises on her back in 2007/2008. The ship is still in very good shape. We`are not really fans of the huge ships, preferring this size. We flew in from Dublin on the morning of the cruise, our privately booked transfer was waiting and we were dropped at the ship just before 12. There were 6 of us travelling. My wife and I are 'Diamond' and were literally all checked in within 2 minutes of arrival.. Excellent work by the shore staff. Our companions were in the main line, but were all processed within 10 minutes. By 1215, we were joining the feeding frenzy in the Windjammer. The`usual Muster Drill was enlightened by the antics of the Entertainment staff and then we were off. I;m not sure`of the distance from Civitavecchia to Villefrance, but the ship never seemed to go above 10 knots the whole way. It was probably the most leisurely 36 hours cruising have been on. VILLEFRANCHE. Lovely, idyllic French village. Took train into Monaco Monte Carlo for €6 return. The super yachts in the harbour and the Ferrarri dealerships speak volumes for the wealth in the area. Took the Hop on Hop Off bus, which was excellent. MARSEILLE Docked in what is a huge`industrial port. RCI were offering return shuttles to the centre of Marseille at €23 return. Tip. Walk to the security barrier and the port shuttle is free. Lovely town with a magnificent Cathedral. BARCELONA We landed here on the morning of a huge anti Independence march in the city so we waited till the afternoon to venture in. Everyone was in high spirits , good natured, and what a beautiful city. We`used the second`day to explore more intensely VALENCIA. Have to admit we stayed on the ship . Our companions went ashore and were impressed. PALMA. What a lovely town with a magnificent cathedral. It was a Public Holiday but most shops were open. VALLETTA The most magnificent sail in yet. The decks were crowded by fellow cruisers taking in the Old City Walls even though it was early morning. Malta has a deep history and is worth a longer visit. Highly recommended MESSINA. Godfather Country. The ship docks literally beside the Main Street. Very pushy tour sellers and taxi drivers. They descent on you like a swarm of bees. Took the Hop on Hop Off bus. NAPLES. Again, docked right in the centre of town. Pompeii and Capri big attractions here. Beautiful architecture and probably the best coffee in the Med !! A few random points in no particular order. DINING. We were first sitting in Tides. Great waiters in Sheldon and Alwin, who were very efficient and really good fun. Food quality was good. The selection in Windjammer for breakfast and lunch was excellent. We dont do speciality restaurants. ENTERTAINMENT. If there was anything like a weak spot, this was it. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt great either. Some Headline acts, like Ben Mills were really good, as was the illusionist, Sean Alexander and Celine Dion act Tracey Shield. Tenors Unlimited brought some excellent vocals, but the other acts throughout were less than awesome. Have to compliment the Ships Orchestra, who were awesome every night. The music around the ship was background music, middle of the road. We would have loved a rock and roll band to really liven things up, but maybe next time?. The Cruise Director, Simona, worked hard but she wouldnt be near the Top 10 Cruise directors we have sailed with. BAR. Good apart from the night when we were told that someone had already taken our 3 free drinks between 5 and 830pm.. Never got to the bottom of that one.. The Diamond Lounge was well run, never THAT busy and we enjoyed the time there. EXCURSIONS We do our own. Though feel that RCI might provide more free shuttles into the towns. As I already said, €23 into Marseille was a bit heavy. OVERALL. Excellent 12 nights. Would do it again in a heartbeat and probably will Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our third time on the Jewel - we had done a 7 night Southern Caribbean and the 15 night Panama Canal on her. We knew what we were getting - a nice mid size ship that is easy to get around. Sure, she doesn't have all the latest ... Read More
This was our third time on the Jewel - we had done a 7 night Southern Caribbean and the 15 night Panama Canal on her. We knew what we were getting - a nice mid size ship that is easy to get around. Sure, she doesn't have all the latest and greatest and isn't super big, but very nice. And, we were going for the itinerary this time - our first Mediterranean cruise. We arrived in Rome a day early and had a car from Rome Limousine meet us at the airport. No problem finding him. We did a 2 hour tour of the city and then went to the port where we stayed at Hotel Traghetto. A small room, the bed was really close to the floor! For one night before the cruise, it was fine. Walked to the shuttle area for the bus to the ship. It was a little different dropping off your luggage than we were used to at the Florida ports. Everyone kind of crammed in together and waited for the workers to take the luggage. In the US, you would tip them, but not it Rome. It was a breeze getting through the terminal and onto the ship (we were fairly early - I think we left the hotel around 11 am). Once on board, we hit the Windjammer for lunch, and then went to the cabin. We had an interior on deck 9, a few doors down from the Centrum. No issues with the room. We did Main Dining Room every night but one. For us, it was typical Main Dining Room Service. Most breakfasts/lunches were in the WindJammer - again - it was what we have experienced on previous cruises. I won't do a detailed review of all the ports - we hit a lot! For our first time over, there was a lot to see and do. We definitely had some ports we want to go back and see again. We did a shore excursion through the ship at every port. Mostly because not being there before, we did not know what to expect. If we would hit the ports again on a cruise, would probably find transportation on our own. Note - for those who may go in the future - be prepared and get Euro's before you leave. And when you go into ports, be sure to have some with you because almost all the public restroom you have to pay .50 Euro to use! We find this surprising. Of course, if you go to a restaurant and order something, you can use their facilities at no charge. No problems with any of the excursions or the cruise in general. I am sure we could nit pick and find something that wasn't 100% perfect, but it is vacation, and your on a cruise! Much better than being at work. The Jewel had some of the same shows that we had already seen. Some of the entertainment was OK, some So-So. At least it was something to do in the evening. Most days were back in the cabin by 930 or 10 as we had to get up early the next day. Debarking was very easy. Did the early walk off. Elevators were jammed packed and had to take the stairs - but I had expected that. Walked off and out and our car from Rome Limousine's was there to pick us up. The time went by quick because there so was so much new to see and do. We did not fell like it was too long at all. The two days in Barcelona was nice. Would not hesitate to go on the Jewel again. Read Less
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