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What people said about this ship:

"Our Dining Room Staff, Pavel and Monicia, were incredible as well." in 117 reviews.

"The cruise director on this ship was exceptional." in 37 reviews.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 17, 2015

Everything was excellent. Food, service, excursions and room attendant were excellent. Highly recommend this cruise. Entertainment was great. We met a lot of great people.

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Alaska cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

Very pleasant cruise.  Royal Caribbean lines are well organized and competent.  The Stateroom attendant we had was excellent.  She was very friendly, helpful and very efficient.  The wait staff we had at dinner time were the best.  We had 3 young men that were just great.  Where ever we went on the ship we were treated respectfully and they were willing to help in any way they could.  Food for the most part was very good.  The only problem we had was with the fish.  No matter what night or who in our party ordered any type of fish, it always came out dry.  All other food were done very well and very tasty.  Overall very pleased with trip.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

Good experience for a first cruise. Good experience first cruise. Good experience for a first cruise. Good experience for a first cruise. Good experience for a first cruise.

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Blue Skies and Sunshine On Jewel of the Seas Makes Perfection

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 03, 2015

This was our first cruise so our expectations were not too high. However, Royal Caribbean International and the crew/staff onboard the Jewel of the Seas made this trip a fantastic one.

Our stateroom number was 9204 and had the balcony on the Port (left) side of the ship. The room was clean and larger than we expected. Closet space was ample and we were able to store all our clothes in it, plus some smaller items in the six drawers in the table/mirror area. Storage under the bed also made for ample room.  Our room had a small flat screen television as well.

Our Stateroom attendant Garnett was polite and more than willing to assist with anything we needed, although we needed little as he kept the room made up each day and made the obligatory animal figures with the towels we had read about.

The Ship was in great shape considering it has not been updated in a decade.  I didn't see anything out of sorts with the ship. The Windjammer Cafe served a great variety of food items, all hot and fresh. Servers were quick and attentive.  Dinner in the Tides main dining room was great. Our Head Waiter Felix and his assistant Vikram made sure we had everything we needed. They took time to remember hour drink orders and even took time to chat and have some fun. They also sang as a group with the other waiters and assistants each evening. Steak and Lobster the 6th night. Of course this was the night we had a special five course with wine dinner at Chops Grille where Marinette served us a wonderful meal with just the right wines to compliment each course. Nobody missed the steak and lobster. 

We spent time playing bingo each day and one of our friends won a thousand dollars. The others in our group also won smaller amounts. The highlight was one of our couple friend entered the slot tournament and won a free cruise next year on Oasis of the Seas out of Cape Canaveral.

The weather was gorgeous each day with blue skies and sunshine. In Juneau we took the "Best of Juneau" shore excursion and went to see the Mendenhall Glacier as well as took a whale watching tour where we saw Orca Whales and Humpback whales!  The day was finished up when we attended the salmon bake and had a great meal while being able to take photos of a very large and majestic Bald Eagle at the water falls.

There were two formal nights on Day 2 and Day 6.

In Skagway we arrived to blue skies and sunshine. We opted for the White Pass Summit trip and then spent the day walking around Skagway. I will say this. Royal Caribbean talks up the shopping and highlights Diamonds and what not. Many of the gift stores are owned by RCI is what I was told so that made sense why all the expensive jewelry. We managed to find other gifts, but I would have preferred more actually native handcrafted stores. There were a few but not many.

Victoria, British Columbia was impressive. The "Garden City" was beautiful and we spent the morning riding the double decker open top bus tour of Victoria for an hour and a half. We opted out of visiting Buchart Gardens as it was 45 minute ride out of town and would not allow for much time in Victoria. We walked around town for the afternoon, having lunch at the Irish Times Pub and purchasing gifts in several stores.

The last night before returning there was a "Disco Night" in the main atrium. It was a hoot with the staff dressed up in their Disco outfits and everyone having a great time.

All in all it was a great trip and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. There were a lot of children as well as older folks on this trip. I was surprised at the number of small children, but it did not make the trip any less enjoyable except when they were in the adult pool which made it quite loud and not easy for folks to just relax. That was only one day though and the rest of the time it was fine.

In closing, I recommmend RCI and an Alaska cruise if you want a limited stop trip with a few days at sea. This is not a party cruise. Views of Sawyer Glacier were awesome with no clouds at all.

 

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Shooting Pool in the Safari Lounge on the gyro stabilized table. No bears sighted on our cruise. Victoria, BC

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Peaceful Relaxation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 19, 2015

For those of you who like the not so hot weather and a peaceful relaxing vacation the Alaska cruise is perfect. The Alaskan sights are amazing. I highly recommend the White Pass & Yukon Route railway tour in Skagway. You must get a room with a balcony for the perfect experience through the Tracy Arms Fjorg. If you like to gamble then since on this cruise the ship is at sea for half of the cruise the casino is open most of the time. We have taken 10-12 Royal Caribbean cruises and this was our favorite.

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absolutely beautiful

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 19, 2015

Never seen natural beauty like that in my life. I would recommend this cruise to everybody! Everyone says they want to go on this cruise but never do THIS IS ONE CRUISE THAT IS A MUST!

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Royal Caribbean Set the Bar High!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 12, 2015

Wow! This cruise was our first-and it set the bar high for any expectations on future cruises.  Alaska is beautiful and we were able to have a variety of experiences on this cruise.  The scenery was beautiful every step of the way, the ports were great places to visit and the wildlife was amazing. The staff and crew went out of their way to make sure we were pampered and had a wonderful time.    We would absolutely recommend this cruise to both first-timers and experienced cruisers, and will definately be booking our next cruise with Royal Caribbean!

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Alaska 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 12, 2015

Everything was top notch onboard the Jewel of the Seas. The ship was lovely, the staff was friendly and helpful. Our stops were great and the excursions fun! we will definitely sail again on Royal Carribean.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 12, 2015

Every thing was perfect. We hope to do another cruise in the near future .Resturants were perfect. Staff very efficient. Ship kept clean. Entertainment good .

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The Solarium pool area was less crowded than the main pool on most days. The Sea View Cafe was a little hidden gym up on the 12th deck that served made to order diner food - great for a quick snack, especially when the Windjammer was closed between meals!

The Seaview Cafe has the best chili ever!!!

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Before you book a certain room number, make sure you are not over a lounge area. They play music until about midnight. We didn't find the Sea View café until the 6th day of the cruise. They had the best sandwiches and snacks.

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