December 2014 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern
My family (wife and two daughters 15 and 17) had a great cruise and a wonderful experience aboard the Jewel of the Seas. We had an inside stateroom and found it to be quite roomy in comparison to some of the other popular cruise lines we have traveled with. The food was outstanding, the service was exceptional, and the attitude of the crew was always positive and upbeat. We found the ship to be very well maintained and the rooms in excellent condition. There were only two negatives: (1) my daughters found the teen center to be to restrictive (listened to older music and would not change to newer music) and thought the staff was mean (yelled at a child) and unaccommodating. The staff admitted to them that teens typically did not use it which contrasted with my kids experience on other cruise lines; (2) luggage tags provided by Royal Caribbean did not stick so well and one came off my bag at the end of the cruise and was misplaced.
Otherwise, we had an exceptional cruise experience and found CAPT Thore and his staff to be exceptional and highly visible. In my six cruises, I have never experienced getting on and off the ship as easily as I did on this ship - they did not have long lines and back-ups which we really appreciated.