Fantastic cruise on Jewel of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
Verified Review
10 Night Caribbean (Boston To Miami)
Sail Date: October 28, 2008
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our 8th cruise on Royal Caribbean and one of our best. From the check in process to the amenities on the ship the cruise everything was fantastic. Since we had 4 sea days we really appreciated the new activities from jewlery making, dodge ball, tournaments, fitness programs, murder mystery, and spa treatments.

In addition the casino had some evenings that were smoke free. I'd love if it the entire ship had been, but there were several areas that were designated smoke free from one part of the deck by the pool, to areas in the lounges.

This was also our first year with a balcony and we loved waking up to the sound of the waves in the mornings. The rooms aren't any bigger, but the balcony definitely gives you an extra area to stretch out and relax.

My only complaint would be that they no longer have internet service available in the cabins, and the internet service in the cafe is slow, unpredictable, and very costly. I had to use the internet daily for my business and ran up charges of almost $200 dollars over the 10 days. The internet cafe is also located near the centrum and was virtually never quiet to work in. I reallly preferred it when we could use the internet in our cabins.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great service in the dining room, and the food at Portofinos was exceptional.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We loved the new additional activities that were offered on the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Extremely friendly staff on the ship. Karen the cruise director was exceptional as were the employees in the Fitness center.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Jewel, although not one of the newer ships was clean, bright, and the decor was beautiful.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Came in the evening and didn't really have time to look around much.
3 out of 5
Came in the evening and didn't really have time to look around much.
5 out of 5
Beautiful beaches, good shopping. We did a tour that was a race in one of the Americas Cup Boats. Lots of fun, great workout and definitely a recommended tour.
5 out of 5
We had a great scuba trip in Aruba and really enjoyed the shopping. Definitely the best port that we visited.
5 out of 5
Beautiful beaches, good shopping. We did a tour that was a race in one of the Americas Cup Boats. Lots of fun, great workout and definitely a recommended tour.
5 out of 5
Beautiful beaches, great shopping, good place to snorkle.
5 out of 5
We had a great scuba trip in Aruba and really enjoyed the shopping. Definitely the best port that we visited.
5 out of 5
Beautiful beaches, great shopping, good place to snorkle.

Pros: Entertainment, activities, food, spa treatments

Cons: Slow and costly internet service

Recommends Jewel of the Seas? Yes!

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