We left New Zealand a fortnight before the cruise as we have family in Vancouver and had a week there before we did some touring on Vancouver Island (highly recommend the West Coast; Tofino & Ucleulet) In Vancouver, the family ... Read More
We left New Zealand a fortnight before the cruise as we have family in Vancouver and had a week there before we did some touring on Vancouver Island (highly recommend the West Coast; Tofino & Ucleulet) In Vancouver, the family don't have room for us so we use la Quinta and Best Western.
We were horrified to find that the Jewel was berthed at Ballantyne, we have been told since that is no longer in use. It meant a far more difficult and costly journey from our hotel. The actual embarking wasn't the best either, ask those who were "In Transit" about that!!
When we got on the ship everything went 'swimmingly' till we got to Miami.
We enjoyed the service especially in the MDRs as we got to know a number of the crew very well and were treated exceptionally. The food was great, except for half a meal!! Two pieces of veal, one beautiful, the other inedible.
We also had great service from the Shorex staff and the Latitudes staff on board so we really enjoyed everything, even the Inside stateroom was just as we expected.
We took a shore excursion at every port and enjoyed most of them; not were bad just not up to some of higher standards.
We didn't do a lot of activities really just picked and chose, we did enjoy the get togethers and my wife did a few more than me, she found the ones she did to be generally good. We did enjoy the passage through the Panama but the saving of seats in the lounge was a little annoying. She enjoyed the evening entertainment, and I did a lot of walking and swimming so we were both busy in our own way.
All in all we really enjoyed the peace and quiet of the first 18 days and would recommend that cruise to anyone.
Being "old and set in our ways" we didn't enjoy the three night cruise to the Bahamas and back. The clientele had changed and the atmosphere was totally different!! Read Less