March 2015 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern
Excellent itinerary- we really liked the idea of visiting different ports nearly every day. The food and service was excellent in the Tides Dining Room. We used "My Time" dining and really liked the flexibility, but would have enjoyed sitting with other people at a table as we did at breakfast. We ate in the Wind Jammer Cafe for lunch most days and once for breakfast. Nice to have the buffet, however some of the food looks like it has been sitting around too long there. We didn't feel the need to pay extra for specialty restaurants with excellent food and service in the Tides Dining Room.
Shows on board were mixed, some shows such as the Broadway style shows weren't great, but the other nights were much better. It seems there should be more activities in the evenings before and after shows. The Casino had a "dead atmosphere". We spent no time there as it was smoky and it never seemed to have anyone playing at the tables when we went in.
We enjoyed shore excursions on St Kitts - guided ATV tour, and on Dominica - kayaking down a river to the ocean. Both were great, and very well run tours. We went to the beautiful beaches and shopped in the local shops on the other islands.
Our day at sea was very relaxing, but it is frustrating trying to find deck chairs near the pool when everyone is on board. Too many people saving chairs, makes it difficult to sit where you want.
Overall a great vacation, I would definitely recommend getting to San Juan the day before, as our flights were delayed causing us to barely make it to the ship before it sailed. It all worked out for us, but some other travelers were not as fortunate and had to catch the ship the next day at St Thomas.