Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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5 out of 5

Super Bowl Cruise

Sail Date: February 04, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We recently sailed on the Jewel of the Seas on Super Bowl Sunday, February, 2007, to the Western Caribbean. As you will remember, the weather was foul, really foul. It was pouring in Ft. Lauderdale as we prepared to depart at 5PM, so there wasn't anything happening on deck. It didn't matter anyway. Every lounge on board had a Super Bowl party. They had big TV's and tons of excellent finger foods. Virtually everyone on board did a party. The rest of the ship was empty. We used that time to check out the ship. We hardly saw anyone except for the staff. It was great.
The ship was clean, neat, and very well maintained. It was fabulous. We had a balcony stateroom on deck ten. It was perfect for the two of us. Big closets, nice bathroom, plenty of room throughout. The balcony makes the room a winner.
We had two small children with us. An eight year old boy, and a five year old girl. Their parents enrolled them in the Adventure Ocean program on board. We hardly saw the kids. The programs set forth to them were amazing. Whenever we were with the kids, they always hurried us or whined, so they could go back the Adventure. It was great for the adults. It cut them loose. Everyone who brought their kids, were blown away by the ship's attention to children.
Or first port was Key West. We ate breakfast on board at the Tides dining room. Everything was delicious. The weather was still being unkind in the morning, but the sun came out around noon, and everything was good. Key West has lots to do, and it was great. We ate dinner at the Windjammer. It's really cool how the place is laid out. Very spacious for a buffet. There are carving stations and stir fry chefs making chinese food to order. I would call it more than a buffet. They had everything, and it was very good. Tons of deserts. All winners. We headed for the casino on board, played a little, and left a small donation.
Next stop was Cozumel. The guys had a fishing charter waiting, and although we didn't book it through RC, they tendered us off in the first wave. It was raining, windy, rough water, but it was warm. Nothing happened for the first hour, but then the sun came out. We were hooked up all over the place. The fish were ravenous. The fish gods were good to us. The sun stayed with us for the rest of the cruise.
We met up with the girls back on board, and went up to the seaniew Cafe. It's tucked away at the top and rear of the ship. They have the most fantastic onion rings, anywhere. Cuban sandwiches, Rueben's, wings, fries, milk shakes, all the good stuff at a very high level of excellence.
We caught the end of the buffet at the Windjammer, and it was sill good.
Next stop was Costa Maya. It was lots of fun. We rented a gas engine golf cart, and drove to town and beyond. It was a trip. Secluded beaches, high pressure, but respectful street vendors, some nice stuff, thatched roof open air bars, lots of stuff going on.
We ate at the Chops Grill that night, which was a dining experience. Absolutely perfect in every way, and the deserts are killer. We were stuffed beyond reason.
Next stop was Grand Cayman. This place is high end shopping, and has all the good stuff. We shopped and went on the semi-submarine trip. It was a very cool way to kill an hour. We ate at a seafood restaurant on the Island, and it was great. We ate onboard at the Tides. It was very good.
We cruised for about thirty six hours back to Ft. Lauderdale. Everyone was on deck enjoying the ride and the weather. There was plenty of room on the decks and at the bars and pools. It was a great last day.
From the time we entered Port Everglades, to the time we disembarked, everything went smooth. The ship was beautiful, the service was fantastic, the food was great, the drinks were delicious, the entertainment is high quality, and I would rate this as a fabulous cruise.

Pros: The ship never seemed crowded.

Cons: The trip wasn't long enough.

Recommends Jewel of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship is huge, easy to get around, and very comfortable.
Food and Dining
The food was beautiful everywhere on board.
Cabin / Stateroom
We thought our room with the balcony was perfect for two. We had lots of room, and the closet space was surprisingly large.
Service and Staff
Everyone has a smile, and is there just for you.
Entertainment is super.
Children's Programs
If you have children and want to bring them, it will be a toss up of who had a better time.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Costa Maya has lots to do. There is shopping as soon as you get off the boat. The whole place is set up strictly for the cruise lines. It's actually quite nice, and if you rent a jeep or some other vehicle, the ride into town is worth it.
Don't Miss: The yard high Tequila Sunrise drinks at the upstairs bar.
Cozumel, Mexico
We fished, so we didn't have a chance to see Cozumel, however the girls went shopping and spent money, so it was good, and of course, the fishing was fantastic, so Cozumel was great.
Don't Miss: Fishing
George Town, Grand Cayman
We had a real good time in Grand Cayman. The time flew by there. Good food, lots to shop for, and lots to do in general.
Don't Miss: Go on one of the sub rides. The underwater reef stuff in amazing.
Key West, Florida
We had a great time in Key West. We walked, we shopped, we looked, we ate conch fritters, we had a blast.

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