Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Group of Young Travelers lost in a Sea of Older people..

Sail Date: May 17, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Let me first start out by saying that this cruise has amazing ports and I would take it again in a heart beat just to go back to those islands. The ship is more upscale than we have ever cruised and was always clean. The Staterooms on the Jewel of the Seas were the nicest we have stayed in and the staff were very nice and accomodating as a whole. Carly B and her cruise director staff were very fun and we enjoyed the events they put on. The shows were also very good! We were impressed with the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers. Our dining room waiter was very nice and even kept us entertained with napkin tricks and brain teasers.  The specialty restuarants are amazing and if money was not an issue we would have eaten at them nightly. Also Maria at the Champagne Bar was the best! We went to see her nightly and she always had my Moscotto ready and waiting for me.


Now for the negatives. Besides the specialty restuarants on the ship, the food was just okay. Most dinners in the dining room were decent but nothing spectacular and the selection at lunch and in between meals at Windjamer was alright. There was no 24/7 soft serve which was a huge let down for a few of us. We tried the Seaview Cafe a few times and it was pretty good but mostly fried foods.


The entertainment that there was we enjoyed. Our only complaint was that there was not enough things going on later in the evening. This cruise was filled with older people who went to bed at 10PM and most of the night time activites ended around midnight. The Vortex nightclub was open until about 1 or 2 in the morning but unless it was a themed party there werent that many people in there on a nightly basis. This was a huge contrast to the other cruises we have taken in the past. Most of our group is between 20-25 and the fact that the ship became a ghost town after midnight was a bit disapponting. There were almost 3,000 people on the ship and the first night we were wandering around completely alone it was a bit freaky.


As I said earlier, I would take this cruise again. The ports are amazing! If you are going on shore excursions I highly reccomend the discover scuba in St Croix and St Maarten. The St Lucian costal Cruise to the Pitons was also a very nice day and lastly DO NOT MISS the Tiami 5 star Catamaran cruise in Barbados!



Ship Quality
Overall the ship was very nice and very clean!
Food and Dining
Specialty restuarants are amazing-- otherwise food is just okay
Service and Staff
Carly B, Elvis, and Mike were great as cruise director and staff!
What there was was fantastic!
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan was very nice to spend the afternoon.
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
Discover Scuba was fantastic!
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Very beautiful Island! Discover Scuba at Scuba Fun Diver center was amazing! Shout out to the amazing crew!
St. John's, Antigua
We did the zipline and challange course which was really fun. The only sad part was the number of stray dogs we saw on the drive to our excurision. It was a real life ASPCA comercial and was sad.
Castries, St. Lucia
Costal Cruise to the Pitions was a great way to spend the day! Lunch was provided and drinks too! We had fun dancing and singing like fools on the way back to our ship!
Bridgetown, Barbados
We took the 5 star catamaran cruise and it was fantastic! Definately do not miss this excursion! The crew was absolutely fantastic! They provided a full service hot lunch and really great drinks! We stopped to snorkel with the sea turtles and then again at a reef and then concluded the trip with a stop at a local beach where we could swim and explore as we wished. The crew provided us with noodles so we could relax in the water and came out to refill our drinks as we needed. Was an abolutely fabulous day!

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