Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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3 out of 5

Family Cruise

Sail Date: December 26, 2016

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

We really enjoyed a couple of the island excursions, particularly snorkling on Dominica and Barbados, and the Jeep excursion on Antigua!  The Whale watching excursion on Grenada was too long and should only be billed as dolphin spotting, as there are no whales that time of year to spot. The Jewel of The Seas was smaller than I expected and not quite as nice as our Carnival ship last year (The Valor).  Our staterooms were much smaller even on a similar level as the Valor and the dining rooms and amenities were not as plentiful or as nice as on The Valor.  We also experienced rude staff, poorly trained staff, long waits due to understaffing, many staff who did not have answers to simple questions, etc., making our overall experience not what we would expect for paying more this year with Royal than we did last year with Carnival.  I will probably not try Royal Caribbean again and will not recommend it to others as well.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Clean but smaller than similar level on Carnival. Had to ask for several items repeatedly, like tissues and toilet paper.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
smaller staterooms than what I was expecting based on cruising with Carnival. I also did not like the layout of the ship and only one set of elevators and only 1 dining room which was not very pretty or elegant.
Destinations and Excursions
We loved snorkling at Champagne Bay on Dominica and the turtle snorklling on Barbados. We also really loved our Jeep tour of Antigua. Our jeep guide TRavis was excellent! The Whale and Dolphin spotting on Grenada was disappointing as we learned that they don't ever see whales! Very misleading!!
Onboard Activities
Not enough time options for many activities - many things we wanted to do fell during our dining hour and there were no earlier or later night options.
Entertainment
Extremely poor variety show singing and dancing. comedians were good though.
Service and Staff
Many of the bars were understaffed manking wait times reidiculous and many staff were unfriendly and poorly trained. We also experienced staff who did not have answers to easy questions. Overall most of the staff just did not look or act like they were there to help us have fun...they looked and acted like they didn;'t like their jobs!
Food and Dining

Tip


don't do the Whale and Dolphin spotting on Grenada!



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