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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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Southern Caribbean Holiday
Sail Date: December 20, 2014
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 7581
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

My family (wife and two daughters 15 and 17) had a great cruise and a wonderful experience aboard the Jewel of the Seas.  We had an inside stateroom and found it to be quite roomy in comparison to some of the other popular cruise lines we have traveled with.  The food was outstanding, the service was exceptional, and the attitude of the crew was always positive and upbeat.  We found the ship to be very well maintained and the rooms in excellent condition.  There were only two negatives: (1) my daughters found the teen center to be to restrictive (listened to older music and would not change to newer music) and thought the staff was mean (yelled at a child) and unaccommodating.  The staff admitted to them that teens typically did not use it which contrasted with my kids experience on other cruise lines; (2) luggage tags provided by Royal Caribbean did not stick so well and one came off my bag at the end of the cruise and was misplaced.

Otherwise, we had an exceptional cruise experience and found CAPT Thore and his staff to be exceptional and highly visible.  In my six cruises, I have never experienced getting on and off the ship as easily as I did on this ship - they did not have long lines and back-ups which we really appreciated.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent food

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of live music and games

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Excellent entertainment with live musicians throughout the ship

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
My kids were not impressed with the staff in the teen center (15-17) and found them to be unaccomodating.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Eder Farro Diaz from Peru was our assistant waiter and was exceptional; Melvin Banez from the Philippines did a great job, and our stateroom attendant, Percivial "Pekok" Valeriano did a wonderful job to meet and exceed our expectations.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
very clean and exceptionally maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We found our stateroom to be very roomy in comparison to other cruise ships and for the first time decided to get an ajoining stateroom for our older teenagers which will be the new standard.
5 out of 5
Old San Juan is a great place to explore. We had a hotel in Condado and took the bus for 75 cents to old San Juan - it was very easy.
5 out of 5
Took a sailing and snorkeling excursion and had a great time.
5 out of 5
Hiked the volcano - it is a serious workout.
5 out of 5
Great place for shopping - we went to Sunset Beach where the airplanes fly right over the beach and it was amazing.
3 out of 5
It is a new port and they have a lot of infrastructure to establish. Public transportation outside of taxi service is very difficult inless you speak French as very few speak any English.
5 out of 5
All beaches are public and were outstanding with very friendly locals - we will definetely go back.to Barbados!
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