Advice

Jewel of the Seas

5 1
4.0
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 7 yrs ago    

Recent Review

More reviews

What people said about this ship:

"Our dining rooms experiences with Farhad and Putu waiting on us hand and foot!" in 90 reviews.

"...officers of the ship was excellent, except for the cruise director ." in 23 reviews.

"We have sailed 5 times this year and this is the first time we sailed Royal Carribean." in 19 reviews.




771 reviews from our community




3 out of 5
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

An OK Cruise

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

This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean and I would rate it just OK.  The sailing itinerary could have been better and the ship is in need of a refurbishment.  Dinner in the main dining room was just OK.  The food was at times was mediocre and lukewarm.  The staff was accomodating but stretched between too many tables.   The sushi served was totally  inedible but the preparer seemed very knowledge but was preparing what she was told to prepare.  With just a varied staff, I feel that the food could have been much better.  The embarkation/disembarkation process is much better than when I sailed in December of 2011.  After a miserable first cruise with Royal Caribbean, I had made a oath to never sail with RC again but this cruise was a massive improvement and I might consider sailing again with RC.  My favorite cruise line is still Celebrity.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 2


5 out of 5
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

great cruise

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

We had a great time on the royal Caribbean Cruise. We loved all of the ports of call. The food was excellent. The shows were great. The stateroom staff were exceptional and the rooms and the ship in general were very clean. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The only thing that we weren't happy with was that our dining table got changed after the first night due to a group of people who were with the"Dark Shadows ". We did enjoy the company of both the tables and the wait staff of both tables were excellent.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?


sluther3
Purser

4 out of 5
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star

Great Cruise

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

Food was great and well presented.  The serving staff was wonderful and housekeeping staff was great as well.  Great  variety of activities for all.  Couldn't have asked for more.  Excursions were great with only one exception, the helicopter excursion in Antigua was expensive however it was a once in a lifetime event.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?


ddbent59
Purser

3 out of 5
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

Quality of food lacking

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

Last cruise on RC was 2002.  Food amazing.  One night the dinner was so bad that I had to return 2 dinners before I had one that was delicious.  They also cut out the midnight buffet.  Which I did not care about.  One of the nights their was a miniature buffet with delicious desserts and appetizers and had the feeling of the buffet they used to have.  The pastry chef was amazing.  Never had a dessert that was not amazing.  One of the desserts was like a symphony in your mouth.  I brought this to the attention of guest services.  I was advised that RC is building larger ships and that they needed to cut back somewhere.  Food was the place.  They also charged for soda.  You could get a drink package for $20 a day.  The organization for the excursions was not organized. When we were leaving the ship no one was their to direct us to where we should go.  We just asked people and followed others off of the ship.  We eventually found our way. Took a boat to St. John from st Thomas.  The tour was for 61/2 hours.  It took 1 hour each direction was not advised of this so that was an issue for use.  So we thought the decription of the details was lacking.  One thing that is good about booking an excursion with RC is that if you are late from your excursion they will not leave you behind.  So if you go to the island book a tour yourself and you are late RC will leave you behind. The charge  for taxis were outrages on the island of rouseau.  We were charged $50 for the taxis for both ways.  One thing that was good the driver waited for us

we did not feel safe on this island, that was also the feeling of a lot of the travelers.  We traveled to the volcanic island with a taxi driver Audrey she was nice.  Told us about the romance cafe and the chicken with cream sauce and island vegetables was delicious.  $12.00 for this lunch.  Worth it. Everything grown here is organic.  Also we did not have the option to have an early or late seating.  When we booked our cruise we were advised that we had my time dining, with that you are automatically charge the gradutity.  We had a waiter named Marvin and he always recommended what we should have for dinner.  He was almost always right.  Great service from him and his assistant.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 2


2 out of 5
2 star
2 star
empty star
empty star
empty star

Perhaps I should lower my expectations

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

This is my first Royal Caribbean Cruise.  I'd always thought it was kind of the Cadillac of the cruise industry but I no longer believe that.  Food was average when compared to other Cruise lines.  Also we had some bad cottage cheese and ended up sick for a couple of days.  We had a balcony suite and there was a speaker outside of it but it didn't work, so we didn't hear any updates from the captain or anybody else the whole cruise..so, we didn't know anything that he was saying........glad there was no emergency......Also do NOT book cabin 1590.....I don't know what was going on above this room, but it sounded like a bowling alley ALL NIGHT LONG......We didn't get a decent nights sleep the entire time......It was ridiculous......I would suggest not even booking anything on the 10th level(the highest suite level) because of the possibility that all these were as noisy but there's no way the other rooms were as loud as ours......really, sounded like somebody was moving furniture right above us constantly.......all night........every night.......Also Dont rent a scooter on St. Kitts......roads are stunningly bad and, if not dangerous, you will be SORE from bouncing down the mountain on the potholes, which are unavoidable...pretty cool beach bar called The Reggae beach bar would probably be worth a cab ride, but it is a small beach with only one restaurant.  I think there's another larger beach that we didn't go to with a lot of shops, but I cant speak for that beach....DO rent a scooter at St. Thomas.......awesome rental place just off the ship at the port by the Harley shop......amazing scenery and the guy at the shop was very helpful letting you know where to go and not to go.  Also, Barbados is a great place to rent a scooter, though there are few places to rent them on the  island.  The one we found was on Mason Hall Road, just a few blocks from the cruise ship and they only had a few for rent. The name we found on line was Paradise Scooter Rental, but it is under a different name now, I can't recall the new name.... I suspect the reason there are few scooters to rent  is because you are supposed to have a valid MOTORCYCLE license in order to rent one there, not just a regular driver's license.  Regardless, amazing scenery and the best roads int he Caribbean I've seen.  The cheapest car on the island was $120 per day and the scooter was $60.....Out in the country, you will encounter locals eager to help with directions and they are really nice......but they do want tips......however in comparison, I'd say Barbados is the least intimidating of the islands from a harassment perspective...Miller's Beach was awesome......very friendly and will hook you up.........Dominica on the other hand, not for the easily intimidated.......we got off the ship and walked around, but this was the only port we didn't venture out .......would not recommend doing that......heard a lot of fellow cruisers who got scammed on the one day we were there......very cool bar right at the port though......I'd recommend lunch and a couple drinks there......St. Martin's........ 6 cruise ships in port the day we were there....traffic was CRAZY.......we rented a jeep that day.......waste of time......creeped around trying to do the things we wanted to on the island but finally gave up and went to Orient Beach......which was interesting......I'm sure I'd have loved the island if not for the traffic.  I'd suggest checking ahead to see how many ships are in port there when you arrive before renting a vehicle.  I'd also suggest not booking excursions through the cruise ship......shoreexcursions.com is good or you can generally get what you want just walking off the ship......expect to be pursued though and be prepared to say no......or, we have something booked already....(that seemed to work best)....and say no again........but you can generally always get your excursion for much less if you are not easily intimidated.....

Seas were really rough and seasickness was an issue except the last couple of days..So I'd prepare for that...

I come back a changed person everytime I go to the caribbean and it was once again amazing, but I'd be lying if I said I was not disappointed in royal caribbean.....

 

so......can i get a free cruise outta the deal.......:))

 

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?


kathy180
Purser

5 out of 5
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

7 Nights on the Jewel of The Seas

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

Wonderful cruise! Boat and staff were great. The Jewel of The Seas is a smaller boat in comparison to others (outside of RC) and to The Oasis of The Seas...a boat I was on. However, I loved the intimacy in getting to know other passengers and staff on the Jewel.  The selection of fresh fruit (more exotic) would have been nice, but no other complaints...Would highly recommend.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?


5 out of 5
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Family Cruise!

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

Service on this cruise was excellent.  Was not that crazy about the Mystery dinner Theater, although the service in Portifino's was excellent, we expected a more Italian meal from the Italian restaurant.  This was our first Mystery Dinner Theater, so maybe our expectations were a little high.  If you enjoy shore days, this is a good cruise for you only one sea day on this cruise.  

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?


drewfree
Purser

4 out of 5
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star

First time on a cruise and loved it.

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

This was the first cruise for my wife and I.  We really enjoyed our vacation on the Jewell.

We had great service from all of the employees and enjoyed the food at the Tides dinning room 

the Windjammer buffet.  The entertainment was good and there were plenty of things to do 

on the ship and on shore excursions.  

Overall, it was a very good experience and we would recommend the Jewell for those looking

for a nice vacation.  

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?


4 out of 5
4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star

Cruise Great for Island Visits

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 27, 2014

RCL did a good job with the 'things to do' but overall was short of service in some areas.  Although, cabin Stuarts, and consistent waiters and bar tenders were exceptional (given they knew you and were assigned to you).  Cruise food was average at best.  It appears that RCL is now cutting corners with 'high end' dinner food plates and only offering these in the unique restaurants that require additional fees/charges.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 2


adow2
Purser

3 out of 5
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

Good itinerary, great service, good food but not as great as I expected.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 20, 2014

Outside cabins were a good size with a couch but old TV's and just felt old. It is getting refurbished in 2015 so I'm sure will be done well. Our attendant Warren was excellent. He always had ice for us 2-3 times daily and made the cutest towel animals for us. We have taken Carnival cruises prior and was told the food was a step up on Royal Caribbean however with the exception of the lamb chops and the lobster nights we did not notice a big difference for the $$ difference. We were traveling with our 24 yr old daughter and had fun dancing with the DJ in the Vortex lounge after dinner. We ate at the second seating which was at 8:30 so could go to the shows at 7pm before dinner. We did not due to the quality of the shows were not worth seeing. My husband fell asleep in the couple we did go to. Our fellow travelers seemed to be less kids and more older than on Carnival. We have also taken Avalon and Viking riverboat cruises and think we prefer the small ship experience however the ports in the Caribbean cannot be reached. We loved St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts & Barbados but were not impressed with Martinique. The people were rude and everything was super expensive. We were in Barbados on Christmas day so everything was closed. We do not book tours on the ship and usually find a driver to take us where we want, usually around the island as you are only there for a few hours ending up at a beach or a local food spot. This worked everywhere except Martinique where the taxis would not even try to communicate with us and no one spoke English...All in all a fun time was had and we would take Royal Caribbean again but would want the newer bigger version.

 

Cruise Photos

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful?



1 - 10 of 771 reviews

More about Jewel of the Seas


Cabins

Jewel of the Seas has 1055 cabins and 20 categories. Explore each cabin type and read cabin reviews from the community.

Explore Cabins


Deck Plans

Explore the 12 decks including cabins and venues for each deck.

Explore Deck Plans


Dining

Explore the 12 dining options including complimentary and up charge restaurants.

Explore Dining

Popular tips for Jewel of the Seas.


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!!!

If you like to drink a lot, a beverage package may be something to consider. The cost of a beer is around $6.00, a mixed drink $7.00, and a glass of wine $7.00. FYI: gratuity's are added on for any purchases you make at the bar.

Roll Calls


Jewel of the Seas

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

Sail Date: Oct 10, 2015

Ship Name: Jewel of the Seas


23 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call

Jewel of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Feb 21, 2015

Ship Name: Jewel of the Seas


19 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call

Jewel of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015

Ship Name: Jewel of the Seas


15 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call





*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.