Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

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5 out of 5

Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean from San Juan

Sail Date: December 13, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We had a great experience on the Jewel of the Seas.  This itinerary put us in a different port nearly every day.  The islands were beautiful.  Each one had its own charm.  Port days were a little short, but we had plenty of time to get a flavor of each island.  There was a delay docking in Barbados, but the Captain extended our stay to give us more time there.

The service on the Jewel of the Seas was exceptional.  We were spoiled by the good care we received from our waiter, Sucorro.  The staff accommodated my wife's need to eat gluten free. They all understood what is required to prepare gluten free meals.

The embarkation was the best we have experienced of any cruise line.  There were no long lines to check-in.  Our cabin was ready and our luggage delivered quickly after we boarded.  The cab dropped us off at the terminal at noon and by 2 p.m. we were settled in our cabin and exploring the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom
This cabin has an L shaped balcony that gives you a wider angle of view. It is on the starboard side facing East toward the islands as the ship sailed from Barbados to the north and west. We had good views along the way.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Of the three cruise lines we have sailed with, this was the best experience we have had with embarkation and disembarkation. Boarding was a breeze, hardly any wait. We were in our cabin with our luggage within 90 minutes of arriving at the port.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We only had one sea day. So we were in a different port for five of the days. All were beautiful. We only booked two excursions through Royal Caribbean. We found the Shore Excursions Group had more options at a better price. We booked three excursions with them and were very satisfied.
Onboard Activities
There were two good dance bands on the cruise, Remedy and Coco Loco. But all the dancing was scheduled in the Centrum. It was too crowded and the floor was uneven. We were surprised the Safari Club was not used for dancing. It had plenty of seating and a real dance floor.
Children's Programs
Entertainment
Most of the show times conflicted with other activities or were scheduled too late. The cruise director, John Blair performed a tribute to Neil Diamond that was very good. There were two different comedians booked, but we were not interested.
Service and Staff
We had the same waiter every night at the Tides dining room, Sucorro. He provided exceptional service along with Anna and Alicia. They really spoiled us. One night we were too full for dessert, so he offered to send it to our cabin for later.
Food and Dining
My wife is a celiac and must eat gluten free. The staff understood her needs. The chefs provided lots of good gluten free options and also prepared special meals for her.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bridgetown, Barbados
Castries, St. Lucia
The vendors here were very aggressive. Even on our catamaran sail to the Pitons, vendors in small boats clung to the side of our boat. The tour guide warned us not to buy conch shells. They are not allowed on the ship.
St. John's, Antigua
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.


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