Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
2

1 out of 5

Ship dated and poor food quality

Sail Date: April 18, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was extremely dated (it was as though it was stuck in the 1980's) and over priced for what was available on the vessel.  The quality of the food was marginal at best and was in very limited quantities. Same things every day with no variance in the buffets and they were frequently out of stock.  Beverage stations for the paid beverage packages were only available for a portion of the day and were not full.  Food/snacks could not be found on the ship after 10 pm unless you wanted to pay an additional fee for a specialty hamburger or were interested in a stale piece of pizza that was obviously leftover from the buffet and sitting under a warmer.  The ports of call were amazing.

Ship Quality
Stuck in the 1980's and in desperate need of a renovation.
Food and Dining
Main dining room was okay. Buffet left much to be desired as did availability of food options after 10 pm.
Service and Staff
Restaurant staff in the main dining room were fantastic.
Entertainment
The band was amazing as were the dancers and singers.
Children's Programs
Teen programs were severely lacking, were not age appropriate or geared to all genders. The Wii games were outdated and the Xbox did not work.
Onboard Activities
Very limited and were not publicized very well.
Destinations and Excursions
Great ports of call. Only complaint is that all excursions offered started early every morning.
Cabin / Stateroom
Poor setup for a family of 3 with the bunk above 1/2 the king bed. Not conducive for a teen child with long legs to climb a small ladder positioned next to the TV and try to access the bunk or to access by standing on king bed. The stateroom was smaller than other cabins that we had had on other ships. There was air ducting in the closet making storage even more limited than normal and forcing the life jackets to also take up valuable shelf or floor space needed to store belongings due to the smaller wardrobe size.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Magen's Bay is beautiful
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
Cruzan Rum Distillery, Botanical Gardens and Whim Plantation were very educational but took longer at each site than was anticipated so was very rushed by the end.
St. John's, Antigua
Sandhaven beach is beautiful! We would go back in a heartbeat!
Castries, St. Lucia
The crew on the Carnival III Catamaran to the Pitons was amazing! One of the best excursions we have had to date.
St. George's, Grenada
The driver was called in last minute to take the tour and tried to make the best of it by sharing his knowledge but it was evident he had other plans.

Tip

There is very limited seating on the pool deck; especially on sea days and most of it is in the smoking areas on the upper deck. If you want to sit out, you need to go early and make sure someone stays by your chairs or your items will be removed if it appears you are not actively using the chair.



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