Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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3 out of 5

Jewel of the Seas...less impressive than newer ships...but worth seeing all the ports of call!!

Sail Date: November 22, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The itinerary for this cruise was least 5 stops on a 7 night cruise.  St Thomas, St Martaan & Barbados were our favorites because their beaches are awesome.  I don't think St Kitts or Martinique are worth the trip except the shopping area at the port of St Kitts was nice.

Jewels is a much older ship and it shows.  We expected fewer amenities but overall it's not too impressive.  The main dining each night was okay, and our favorite meal was at a specialty restaurant that we needed to pay extra for. The entertainment was good, but one night there wasn't even a show.

The night club didn't start music until 11:00...which seems late for most people.  There was a small main swimming pool that we hoped would have some type of music playing to promote a vacation atmosphere, but they only played music, no dancing, around the pool for about an hour after everyone boarded. 

Overall, the employees were friendly and helpful.  The cruise is worth it for the ports of call, but understand that the cruise ship is much older and therefore much smaller than many of the newer ships.  We still recommend Royal Caribbean cruise ships over any others.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice room...loved the balcony.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Didn't get to old San Juan on this trip, but love the shopping & resturants there.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Megans Bay was beautiful.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Beach was far away and very small.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Little Divi Bay beach was relaxing and clean.
Fort-De-France, Martinique
Wouldn't bother to go here again. People very unfriendly & beach was gross, dirty and unpleasant.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Can't remember name of beach...but beautiful. People selling chairs were very kind and accommodating.


Taking taxis to your favorite beaches is probably the most efficient and cost effective way to get to any beach.

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