Service was impeccable!

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
Verified Review
Southern Caribbean Holiday
Sail Date: August 09, 2014
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9028
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

This was my 4th cruise and I have to say, my favorite.  Not only did Royal Caribbean serve delicious dishes for lunch at the Windjammer buffet, the main dining room dinners were varied.  Previous Carnival cruises had average and plentiful food, but I looked forward to Royal Caribbean's cuisine for every meal. The fresh fruits and vegetables were plentiful, a plus!

 

Our biggest raves; however, is for our waiter - kudos to him.  Lincoln, our dinner waiter, went out of his way to accommodate our 10 year old daughter who is a  picky eater.  He anticipated her order to provide her with fresh berries and raw carrots that were not on the menu.  Often, he brought them to her within 60 seconds of her being seated.  This made a huge difference because our dining time was late, 8:30pm, and she was famished.  Lincoln entertained our table with simple magic tricks and toothpick puzzles, stumping the adults as well as the teens.   He shared with us his life in the Phillipeans and encouraged us to join him on a new state-of-the-art cruise ship that will be sailing, soon.  Lincoln truly knows how to please his customers. 

 

We we truly enjoyed the island ports on this Southern Caribbean cruise.  Some of the beaches were walking distance from the ports (St Croix, Sint Maartin) so an excursion was not necessary saving our family of five some money.  Snorkeling was fabulous!  Antigua had a inexpensive shopping area outside the port to spend the morning.  

 

Our family went to a show every evening seeing plenty of live music, dancing, etc...  The lounges had lively dancers who encouraged everyone to dance.  The cruise director, Denny, was entertaining - truly hilarious!  Don't miss his "Adult games" on the last night of the cruise as it was  tasteful and left us with great memories do fun, silly, crazy times.  I expected it to be raunchy but it was titilating enough to leave us smiling!

 

 

 

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Nice variety of live entertainment but the movies that were shown in the cinema did not appeal to large audiences. Also, they replayed the same movie 5-6 times a day.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Our Teens were very excited about the dodge ball activity listed on the Teen Agenda the first night but when they showed up at the sports court, a bunch of kids were playing basketball so there was no dodgeball - no one showed up to organize a game of dodgeball.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Balcony was worth every penny. Enjoyed two bottles of wine that we brought from home. Eric was wonderful. He always had our room clean and was able to help us find a corkscrew:)

Ship Tip

The best place to sit in the Windjammer restaurant is outside on the very back of the ship. It was always breezy and not crowded.

5 out of 5
Good food, our Internet from USA worked here without international charges. Forts very interesting.
5 out of 5
Five minute walk to beach, nice reef to snorkel. Beach not crowded.
5 out of 5
Quick 10 minute walk to very nice beach with lots of restaurants and shops.
5 out of 5
Inexpensive shopping. Can bargain.
3 out of 5
The locals are aggressive with selling their taxis, beach chairs, etc... Cannot walk to beach. Locals were not charming like the other islands.
5 out of 5
Jolly Roger snorkeling excursion was breathtaking as the ship wrecks were shallow enough to swim through.
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