My sailing on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: December 27, 2012
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 5 years ago
For my 11th cruise I sailed on the Jewel of the Seas this past December.
We arrived at the port around 11:30. We gave our bags to the porters and then headed into the terminal, check-in was a breeze!
With our passports and Set Sail Pass in hand we proceeded to the priority check-in line, received our Sea Pass cards, and were immediately able to have our pictures taken and board the ship before noon … a very quick and smooth process.
Our cabins, were not available so we headed to the Windjammer for lunch and then explored the ship.
The Jewel is one of Royal Caribbean’s more traditional ships. She has very classic and nautical décor with lots of natural light. She features a 10 story glass centrum with panoramic elevators that span 10 decks along the ships’ exteriors and face the sea.There’s a rock-climbing wall, as well as an amazing indoor Solarium that is only available to adults. You also have the option of an outdoor pool, spa and a fitness center. There is a sports court that has both basketball and volleyball court, an indoor and outdoor country club that has a great golf simulator and for the kids…mini golf! There’s even a lounge with pool tables that level themselves to match the motion of the ocean!
Besides all that there are many intimate “nooks and crannies” that really give the ship a different feel. The centrum, is topped by the Crown and Anchor Lounge on Deck 12. Off of the centrum are many of the major venues such as the Windjammer, Schooner Bar, and the dining rooms. The only major venues at the front of the ship are the Coral Theater, spa, and the Solarium. The Solarium is beautiful and very peaceful.Our cabin was on Deck 4 right off the centrum, making it the most convenient cabin I have ever occupied. I’m trying not to compare but try to imagine how nice it is to be so close to everything, breakfast, theatre, shopping and the casino! It’s all right there! I will be the first to admit I personally love the HUGE ships. My last 3 sailings were on the Disney Dream, Norwegian Epic and the Allure of the Seas.
(All of these hold over 4000 passengers) yes, I like to have the WOW factor!
You can imagine what a major difference this was! I do see where it would be better and more convenient for certain people with mobility issues or those wanting more of a relaxing experience.
One thing I did dislike about this ship is the walking decks. On the pool deck, the jogging track has many little turns and bends which makes it a pain to use once you throw in other walkers/joggers and people who move their chairs into the track. You also don’t realize they are there until you are about to get run down! Overall I left with a very positive impression of the Jewel, especially some of the gorgeous artwork on in the stairwells.
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