Blue Skies and Sunshine On Jewel of the Seas Makes Perfection

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

7 Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail Date: July 03, 2015

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 9204

Traveled As: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

This was our first cruise so our expectations were not too high. However, Royal Caribbean International and the crew/staff onboard the Jewel of the Seas made this trip a fantastic one.

Our stateroom number was 9204 and had the balcony on the Port (left) side of the ship. The room was clean and larger than we expected. Closet space was ample and we were able to store all our clothes in it, plus some smaller items in the six drawers in the table/mirror area. Storage under the bed also made for ample room.  Our room had a small flat screen television as well.

Our Stateroom attendant Garnett was polite and more than willing to assist with anything we needed, although we needed little as he kept the room made up each day and made the obligatory animal figures with the towels we had read about.

The Ship was in great shape considering it has not been updated in a decade.  I didn't see anything out of sorts with the ship. The Windjammer Cafe served a great variety of food items, all hot and fresh. Servers were quick and attentive.  Dinner in the Tides main dining room was great. Our Head Waiter Felix and his assistant Vikram made sure we had everything we needed. They took time to remember hour drink orders and even took time to chat and have some fun. They also sang as a group with the other waiters and assistants each evening. Steak and Lobster the 6th night. Of course this was the night we had a special five course with wine dinner at Chops Grille where Marinette served us a wonderful meal with just the right wines to compliment each course. Nobody missed the steak and lobster. 

We spent time playing bingo each day and one of our friends won a thousand dollars. The others in our group also won smaller amounts. The highlight was one of our couple friend entered the slot tournament and won a free cruise next year on Oasis of the Seas out of Cape Canaveral.

The weather was gorgeous each day with blue skies and sunshine. In Juneau we took the "Best of Juneau" shore excursion and went to see the Mendenhall Glacier as well as took a whale watching tour where we saw Orca Whales and Humpback whales!  The day was finished up when we attended the salmon bake and had a great meal while being able to take photos of a very large and majestic Bald Eagle at the water falls.

There were two formal nights on Day 2 and Day 6.

In Skagway we arrived to blue skies and sunshine. We opted for the White Pass Summit trip and then spent the day walking around Skagway. I will say this. Royal Caribbean talks up the shopping and highlights Diamonds and what not. Many of the gift stores are owned by RCI is what I was told so that made sense why all the expensive jewelry. We managed to find other gifts, but I would have preferred more actually native handcrafted stores. There were a few but not many.

Victoria, British Columbia was impressive. The "Garden City" was beautiful and we spent the morning riding the double decker open top bus tour of Victoria for an hour and a half. We opted out of visiting Buchart Gardens as it was 45 minute ride out of town and would not allow for much time in Victoria. We walked around town for the afternoon, having lunch at the Irish Times Pub and purchasing gifts in several stores.

The last night before returning there was a "Disco Night" in the main atrium. It was a hoot with the staff dressed up in their Disco outfits and everyone having a great time.

All in all it was a great trip and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. There were a lot of children as well as older folks on this trip. I was surprised at the number of small children, but it did not make the trip any less enjoyable except when they were in the adult pool which made it quite loud and not easy for folks to just relax. That was only one day though and the rest of the time it was fine.

In closing, I recommmend RCI and an Alaska cruise if you want a limited stop trip with a few days at sea. This is not a party cruise. Views of Sawyer Glacier were awesome with no clouds at all.


Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Larger than expected. Shower is small but worked just fine and had plenty of hot water. Toilet flushed well and never plugged up. Cabin was well attended by our stateroom attendant.

Ship Tip

The Solarium pool was the first stop each morning for a short time in hot tub. The Windjammer was where we ate our lunch every day as they served great meals, always hot and fresh. Roast beef, ham, turkey, along with fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs to order, and lots of pastries and fresh baked rolls.

Ports Of Call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5

Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

5 out of 5

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Mendenhall Glacier Lots of great food in the Tides Dining Room Chicken Marsalla in the Tides Dining Room Skagway, Alaska Atrium at night on Jewel of the Seas Sawyer Glacier Special Dinner at Chops Grille Humpback Whale in Juneau Orca Killer whales next to boat Bald Eagle in Juneau Seals in Juneau Disembarking ship in Skagway Downtown Skagway Jewel of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in port Skagway Day One San Juan Islands Looking back into Tracy Arm Fjord from Ship in front of Sawyer Glacier White Pass Summit Bald Eagle in Juneau Victoria, BC Ice floating off of Mendehall Glacier View of Puget Sound from Saltys Restaurant Big Bus Open Top Deck in Victoria Pikes Place Market "Pure Seafood" See the giant lobster tails! On the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle Victoria, BC No bears sighted on our cruise. Shooting Pool in the Safari Lounge on the gyro stabilized table.
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