Old ship, OK food, Old crowd

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5
Verified Review
Southern Caribbean Holiday
Sail Date: November 15, 2015
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8580
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The itinerary sounded exciting, and we definitely got some cool dives in, but overall I would never recommend a cruise to any of my friends. I have cruised RC before - Radiance ship - when I was 20 and in college. That was a fun trip! This one was just not up to par. The islands are all the same - we didn't book any excursions through RC because they were all pretty...lame....but we did Barbados Blue dives, those were awesome. I also recommend just walking to a beach in Antigua (they have the most beaches). We didn't even get off the ship at St. Croix - stayed on board to get tan - overall we limited our on board spending. I just don't think this was the kind of thing 20 somethings should be doing yet. Maybe when I'm 70, like the rest of the people on board.  OH & activities on the ship were horrible. We love Las Vegas shows and entertainment but this was just incredibly different. Not good at all. I recommend Portofino and Chops if you want good food. The Windjammer made my insides hurt. Like high school cafeteria all over again.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Casino and movies - and of course the pool. We made our own corn hole tournament, which was fun!


1 out of 5
SO BAD. not funny, not entertaining. Painful.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Old and dirrrty!

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The stateroom attendant was very nice.

Ship Tip

The spa staff won't tell you, but you can totally go into the spa steam and sauna rooms any time during open hours. It is NEVER busy - always calm and peaceful - and their 'relaxation' area never has anyone in it. I take a book and enjoy hot tea and lemon water down there. Afternoon nap anyone?!

5 out of 5
GO TO CAFECULTURA - irish coffee rocks here
5 out of 5
Do a 2 tank dive with Barbados Blue at the Hilton!
3 out of 5
If you walk to the beach, bring a bodyguard. Or just be brave and follow the map, it's about 2 miles.
5 out of 5
Just stay in the port area! Or plan to take a trip to St. Barths - I definitely want to go back and dive here.
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