Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
3

5 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise

Sail Date: December 20, 2014

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

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.

Ship Quality
very clean and exceptionally maintained
Food and Dining
Excellent food
Service and Staff
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.
Entertainment
Excellent entertainment with live musicians throughout the ship
Children's Programs
My kids were not impressed with the staff in the teen center (15-17) and found them to be unaccomodating.
Onboard Activities
Lots of live music and games
Destinations and Excursions
THis cruise offers many ports of calls; Martinque was a disappointment as it is a new port and they are not so accommodating to tourist and there is a large language barrier as they speak French and very few speak English.
Cabin / Stateroom
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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Took a sailing and snorkeling excursion and had a great time.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Hiked the volcano - it is a serious workout.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Great place for shopping - we went to Sunset Beach where the airplanes fly right over the beach and it was amazing.
Fort-De-France, Martinique
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.
Bridgetown, Barbados
All beaches are public and were outstanding with very friendly locals - we will definetely go back.to Barbados!


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