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Jewel of the Seas

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What people said about this ship:

"The food in the dining room was o.k." in 80 reviews.

"We can not say enough good things about the crew from the Cruise Director to the room steward." in 21 reviews.

"We throughly enjoyed the Specialty restaurants, Chopped and Portofinos and their 1st class service." in 5 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Fantastic Cruise!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 07, 2014

This was our second cruise and we reserved a balcony stateroom.  For this type of island hopping cruise the balcony room is a must ,as you can view all of the sights from the confort of your own stateroom. We did not feel the need to eat at the specialty restaurants as the food at the Windjammer and Tides  was delicious and varied. The crew was helpful and friendly and the service was outstanding.  We also enjoyed the nightly shows and trivia/quest games.  The piano player in the Schooner bar was great. The only negative comment that we have is that there was no ironing board and iron available to guests so that we can iron our wrinkled clothes.  I understand the concern about the danger of fires, but they could have a checkout program, where you are allowed to use the iron for say 1 hour and then you must return it.  The highlight of the excursions was the swim with the sting rays in Antigua, truly a close encounter of the third kind!!!

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Group of Young Travelers lost in a Sea of Older people..

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: May 17, 2014

Let me first start out by saying that this cruise has amazing ports and I would take it again in a heart beat just to go back to those islands. The ship is more upscale than we have ever cruised and was always clean. The Staterooms on the Jewel of the Seas were the nicest we have stayed in and the staff were very nice and accomodating as a whole. Carly B and her cruise director staff were very fun and we enjoyed the events they put on. The shows were also very good! We were impressed with the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers. Our dining room waiter was very nice and even kept us entertained with napkin tricks and brain teasers.  The specialty restuarants are amazing and if money was not an issue we would have eaten at them nightly. Also Maria at the Champagne Bar was the best! We went to see her nightly and she always had my Moscotto ready and waiting for me.

 

Now for the negatives. Besides the specialty restuarants on the ship, the food was just okay. Most dinners in the dining room were decent but nothing spectacular and the selection at lunch and in between meals at Windjamer was alright. There was no 24/7 soft serve which was a huge let down for a few of us. We tried the Seaview Cafe a few times and it was pretty good but mostly fried foods.

 

The entertainment that there was we enjoyed. Our only complaint was that there was not enough things going on later in the evening. This cruise was filled with older people who went to bed at 10PM and most of the night time activites ended around midnight. The Vortex nightclub was open until about 1 or 2 in the morning but unless it was a themed party there werent that many people in there on a nightly basis. This was a huge contrast to the other cruises we have taken in the past. Most of our group is between 20-25 and the fact that the ship became a ghost town after midnight was a bit disapponting. There were almost 3,000 people on the ship and the first night we were wandering around completely alone it was a bit freaky.

 

As I said earlier, I would take this cruise again. The ports are amazing! If you are going on shore excursions I highly reccomend the discover scuba in St Croix and St Maarten. The St Lucian costal Cruise to the Pitons was also a very nice day and lastly DO NOT MISS the Tiami 5 star Catamaran cruise in Barbados!

 

 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Jewel is a true "jewel"!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 05, 2014

My husband and I just recently returned from our 5th cruise, our first with Royal Caribben aboard Jewel of the Seas, and we would highly, highly recommend the Jewel and the Southern Caribbean cruise! The boat is smaller but you would never know it!  This was the smallest boat we had ever been on but we loved the more intimate experience - there were no lines and you still felt as though you had plenty of room - it did not feel crowded.  Our balcony stateroom was immaculate and we had a wonderful room steward.  The dining room offered quality food choices and a diverse menu.  The spa was also very refreshing!  All crew members we encountered were very friendly and helpful.  All the features of the boat were great but we have to say that the port intensive itinerary was what really made the trip spectacular!  5 ports in 5 days with huge time windows at each island made for an active yet relaxing trip.  We don't prefer too many "at sea" days so this cruise was perfect for us, with only one "at sea" day on the way back.  Overall out of all 5 cruises we've been on over the past few years, this is the only one that we've both agreed we would sign up to do again tomorrow!  Highly recommended for young couples looking for active days and relaxing evenings!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Not what I expected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: May 17, 2014

I have cruised seven times before on RC and other cruise lines.  This trip appealed to an older, slower paced crowd.  It lacked public entertainment and some stateroom and ship amenities I have experienced in the past.

The best part was the crew, especially in the dining rooms.  EXCEPTIONAL.  Especially Cristina and Vukasin in the dinning room.

I made the mistake to book a passage that included one whole day at sea...never again.  It's boring and it's hard to find a deck chair at any point on that day.

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Family w/older children

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Inside

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Beautiful islands!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2014

I really enjoyed the ports of call and the snorkeling!  My granddaughter actually touched a turtle that was swimming with us.  The jungle walk in St. Kitts I'd a worthwhile experience for anyone who has not been in the rIn forest.  Not too strenuous.  The staff aboard the ship was helpful and provided good service.  I did think there were some areas on board that showed some cost cutting efforts, but not to the point that it affected our experience.

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Popular Tips for Jewel of the Seas


The Seaview Cafe has the best chili ever!!!

the omelet station was fabulous - lobster night was great - large lobster tails

The best place to sit in the Windjammer restaurant is outside on the very back of the ship. It was always breezy and not crowded.



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Jewel of the Seas
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Members on Cruise

15 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (Los Angeles To San Juan)

Sail Date: Oct 10, 2015
Ship Name: Jewel of the Seas
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7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 04, 2014
Ship Name: Jewel of the Seas
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Members on Cruise

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 11, 2014
Ship Name: Jewel of the Seas
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