Good itinerary, great service, good food but not as great as I expected.

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
Southern Caribbean Holiday
Sail Date: December 20, 2014
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 3596
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Outside cabins were a good size with a couch but old TV's and just felt old. It is getting refurbished in 2015 so I'm sure will be done well. Our attendant Warren was excellent. He always had ice for us 2-3 times daily and made the cutest towel animals for us. We have taken Carnival cruises prior and was told the food was a step up on Royal Caribbean however with the exception of the lamb chops and the lobster nights we did not notice a big difference for the $$ difference. We were traveling with our 24 yr old daughter and had fun dancing with the DJ in the Vortex lounge after dinner. We ate at the second seating which was at 8:30 so could go to the shows at 7pm before dinner. We did not due to the quality of the shows were not worth seeing. My husband fell asleep in the couple we did go to. Our fellow travelers seemed to be less kids and more older than on Carnival. We have also taken Avalon and Viking riverboat cruises and think we prefer the small ship experience however the ports in the Caribbean cannot be reached. We loved St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts & Barbados but were not impressed with Martinique. The people were rude and everything was super expensive. We were in Barbados on Christmas day so everything was closed. We do not book tours on the ship and usually find a driver to take us where we want, usually around the island as you are only there for a few hours ending up at a beach or a local food spot. This worked everywhere except Martinique where the taxis would not even try to communicate with us and no one spoke English...All in all a fun time was had and we would take Royal Caribbean again but would want the newer bigger version.


Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Warren our cabin steward & Thomas our waiter

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Never found the sea View café but heard about it on the last day. Lee had a meeting on the first day we thought it was going to familiarize us with the ship and things to do on and off the ship. All he talked about was jewelry and where to buy it. Skip it unless you are in the market to buy jewels.

1 out of 5
Rude people, no good beach near port, taxis would not try to communicate. Took a ferry over to a beach that was two small coves with $25 pp to rent a chair & umbrella. Ate lunch and it was poor and expensive. Should have stayed on the ship!
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