Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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4 out of 5

Spectacular Cruise and Scenery

Sail Date: September 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Jewel of the Seas is just that....a "jewel". Sister ship to the Radiance, which we sailed on several times, it is well organized, beautifully appointed, and always immaculate. Staff was outstanding, especially our cabin attendant and our waiter/asst. waiter in the dining room.

Pros: Ports visited were outstanding--Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Bruges (Belgium), Le Harve (Paris), and Dublin and Cork in Ireland

Cons: Food was a bit disappointing

Recommends Jewel of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
In the "old" days of sailing, back in the 1980s, when the ships and their capacities were much smaller, the food was much better. Due to new laws and rules of presentation of food, we missed the tableside preparations of cherries jubilee, etc. The restaurant was lovely, though, and we still enjoyed our meals there. We didn't care for the selections on the recent change in menu, though. We ate at Chops one night and everything from ambiance to wait staff to the delicious food was outstanding.....a bargain at just $20 a person. Highly recommend it.
Ship Quality
As mentioned above, the ship is absolutely beautiful throughout, and is continuously kept well maintained.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a balcony cabin on deck 8. Although a bit small, it was extremely well laid out and easily fit all our clothes for a 2 week cruise. New enclosure door on the shower a very welcome change from the former shower curtains that allowed all the water out and kept sticking to you. Had a great location center-ship on the curve. Balconies are a must on a cruise, in our have privacy and a front-row seat to entering the ports and while at sea.
Service and Staff
Almost without exception, all the staff was very friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be making your cruise a great one. Our cabin attendant, Leah, always had a smile on her face, and every request was met. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Nigel and Dwayne, were delightful. By the end of the 2 weeks, we considered them dear friends. The Loyalty Ambassador, Alex, who assists with making future cruise reservations, was very friendly and attentive and kind when my husband had chest pains while on a canal cruise in Amsterdam. She quickly got us a taxi to return to the ship, insisted on staying with us, and took us to the medical clinic upon our return. The doctor and nurse there, both from South Africa, were very thorough, attentive and calming at a time when we were anything but. We heard very little from the captain or any senior staff.
Activites were varied and frequent. Many activities are probably enjoyed more by a younger crowd. The entertainment, though, was the best we've seen on our 10 cruises....some shows/performers were absolutely outstanding, and which we would gladly pay to see anywhere. The ship's orchestra and singers/dancers were the best we've seen, also. The cruise director was always there, and again, always a smile on her face. She had a dry wit that continually caused smiles and laughter in the audience.

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