Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

4 out of 5

Excellent Cruising Experience

Sail Date: April 25, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

After traveling on several cruises and among several different cruise lines, I was very pleased with the Royal Caribbean experience.  The service was outstanding at dinner and in the staterooms.  There was no pressure on the cruise to purchase alcohol, although there was a lack in the number of servers asking for alcohol during the daytime/poolside hours.  In contrast, the cruise was at a new island every day.  Being at different islands takes away the feeling of being "trapped" on a cruise.  Great itinerary.  Great meals.  The shows after dinner were weak at the start, but greatly improved by the last 3 days.  Although there were plenty of spaces for entertainment, there was a lack of late night dancing, likely from layout of a few of the bars (all were in a row and only about 10-15 people there when they could hold 100s).  

Ship Quality
The ship was a bit dated, but well kept.
Food and Dining
Excellent meals, prepared to perfection.
Service and Staff
The waitress and assistant waiter were by far the best working pair I have had on a cruise. The Waitress (Daniella?) was outstanding. She spoiled us with dinner selections and every evening would give us tips for the day about the next island. She went above and beyond compared to other cruises I have been on. Both her and the assistant waiter knew our drink orders before even sitting down. Exceptional Service. Stateroom attendant was also perfect. Never a moment that the room and bathroom were not spotless.
Entertainment
Beginning of the cruise had entertainment that was very weak. But by the end of the cruise, the entertainment was outstanding. Would consider having a different Beatles impersonating group.
Onboard Activities
Cannot really comment as most of the days were at an island.
Destinations and Excursions
Good locations. Dominica was a great island for its nature experience. Most of the other ports were designed around tourism, but you can see the beauty of the island once outside of the port. Did feel hounded at the St. Kitt's port by taxi drivers which completely ruined the St. Kitts Experience.
Cabin / Stateroom
Well kept, clean. TV was a bit outdated.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nothing within walking distance to do. Must take a taxi. Americanized, like being in the states.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Good Island, 20 min walk to the main shopping area. Carnival was a fun time!
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Did not like the port at all given we were hounded by Taxi drivers. The area was not very lively.
Roseau, Dominica
Great natural island. Sulfa Springs (Screws) is highly recommended, although expensive for the island (20USD/person).
Bridgetown, Barbados
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Had a great experience with the locals and local bars. Carnival was during this time, making the experience even better!

Tip

Many of the restaurants and bars appear hidden on this ship. Did take some investigating and eventually found some interesting seating locations.



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