Unexpected pleasures

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: September 01, 2009
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

Having just come off a World Cruise Princess ship a week earlier on an ocean crossing for this ocean crossing back across the pond, we unexpectedly found that Royal Cruises had gotten many things right where Princess did not! Unlike Princess where food was served unseasoned and in masses, RC food was far superior in quality, daily choice and presentation. Perhaps with the exception of desserts (where Princess did desserts well but almost to the point of excess).

Daily evening cocktail hour in the top most lounges for consistent cruisers was a very nice touch and provided much greater opportunity for one set of cruisers to come to know other cruisers - far superior to the one night, one hour party that most cruise lines throw for repeat, frequent cruisers.

The ability to climb a rock wall, play miniature golf, smoke a cigar INSIDE and comfortably, and do many other things one typically finds on most ships provided a far superior environment to enjoy good weather or bad. The gym was much better equipped than Princess and the pool solarium provided a great environment in both good weather and bad with the area very well maintained.

RC surprised us and they deserve significant consideration, especially by frequent cruises who can expect the line to show their loyalty to past cruises in a real way.

Pros: Superior food quality, excellent facilities, treatment of repeat guests outstanding

Cons: Description of ports for those not intending to use outings

Recommends Jewel of the Seas? Yes!

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