December 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas
November 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas
The Best of Big Ship Cruising - Outstanding Selection of Dining and Entertainment, with Great Service
October 2016 - 9 Night Greek Isles (Rome Roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas
Outstanding Service, Food, and Entertainment on a real Jewel
Great service from staff from the on-boarding process to the end. Chefs and Main Dining Room management came to our table in the MDR to inquire about the experience and satisfaction. Captain's welcome event in the Safari Room was very special, good music, good communication with passengers, good libation, champagne. We wanted to get a photograph with the Captain, but the line was very long. He is a good successor to the long time RCCL Captain Thor who recently retired. We enjoyed MDR and Windjammer food, but of course the individual preparation of food in Chops and in Giovanni's was well worth the extra fee. Our Giovanni's experience was for the Mystery Dinner theater, and with the wonderful performance and social activity kept up with our very high expectation of this event. We saw management observing and interacting in a helpful way in Windjammer frequently - excellent leadership, not just management from afar - we loved this! We took advantage of the on board movie theater, but it did not have the selections that were available in the Caribbean; not a negative, but we did not catch up on as many new releases as in our previous Jewel of the Seas Cruise. Our room steward Oscar was thorough and once we explained our preferences on embarkation day, he met these with amazing consistency. The Bar staff, Louis, Pedro, and more that we cant remember were friendly, efficient and willing to make each transaction memorable. Finally staff in the Windjammer and MDR; Vincent Verpo, Samvil and Galvin made our meals a reminder of why we enjoy the dining experience on well run cruise ships. The food quality is important, but the service makes the entire experience a lasting good memory.
December 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas
November 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas
January 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic
Great Fun, very good Service and Food, annoying Snags
November 2014 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Jewel of the Seas
February 2014 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream
Carnival Fun: It's Midnight - Do you know where your parents are? :-)
December 2013 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas
July 2011 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory
August 2009 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory
August 2005 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination
August 2000 - 14 days on Grand Princess
August 1998 - August 15, 1998 Cruise on Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)
April 1997 - 4 days on Leeward
No excursions, but impressive capacity for several large ships, and the many options for passengers for pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel and transportation.
No excursions, but we did do quite a bit of walking on our own. There were many closed shops, perhaps due to the hurricanes interrupting supply, but we will do the same again on our next cruise visit to the Bahamas.
It is sad to say that St. Thomas is still a mere shadow of what it was. We expected this, and were still dismayed ad the lack of items for purchase. We wanted to contribute by patronizing the local merchants but could not find places with inventory for sale. We normally dock at the Havensite pier where there are more ships and more shops, but we noticed passengers coming back from Havensite without bags of souvenirs, electronics, and liquor.
Allure of the Seas
Unfortunately, the Windjammer is no longer the go to location for casual dining. Announcements by the Captain and signs during on-boarding point out your other choices. We would add that you should turn around, from the Windjammer if you see a line coming in. Also, if you enter the Windjammer and see that the food islands are crowded then also leave. The other choices are great and you will not miss the Windjammer once you break the habit of ONLY going to the Windjammer.
Jewel of the Seas
Even though a smaller less frenetic cruise ship, you still need to get to the shows 15 minutes early. For some shows this is to get a better seat, but for some of the shows, just to get in. So when they really hype a show as the 'best', try to be there at least 20 minutes early.
Always my favorite Western Caribbean port. As much or as little to do as you want from shopping, live entertainment, to exploring ruins that match the great ruins in Egypt and Pompeii, in our backyard.
The facility and procedures are the worst we have experienced. Especially bad for mobility impaire, almost two hours from Port to ship with completed paperwork.
Get to the Lido before 3:00 pm on embarkation day and read the Fun Times for activities AND dining hours the night before. Of course get to shows 30 minutes early and don't miss adults comedy shows if your humor is broad.
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