Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


Helpful Vote

3 out of 5

Nice, Short Cruise

Sail Date: March 01, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, the ship was very nice, clean, but much smaller than the 7 day cruises; but the food was better on this ship: Windjammer and the main dining room was very good. Unfortunately, there were not a lot of places to eat after 9pm on the ship; no cafes that served pizza and pastries; had to order room service. Kids club was not as good as the other ships. They did not have an O2 club for the older kids (15y-17). They group the older kids 12-17yr, which my older kids did not like, There is a huge difference in maturity from 12yr to 15 yrs. It was also harder to find deck chairs after 10am. If you did not put your towel down, you did not get a sunny spot. 2 ports in Mexico: Cozumel - which is always great for snorkeling or a variety of adventures; Costa Maya - we did the zipline, which was really good. I will say the embarkation and disembarkment from Tampa was the best we've had for crusing. Very short line for getting onto the boat (the lines moved well); and we literally walked off the boat, our bags were already off, and no line for customs. Really nice (compared to Galveston, TX, which is really, really bad; never cruise out of Galveston).

Pros: Ports, Food, Embark, Debark

Cons: Smaller ship; Harder to find Deck chairs; Not as much to do as the bigger ships

Recommends Jewel of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Our balcony suite was smaller than the other ships, which really surprised us. The couch was really small.
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Food and Dining

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