Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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2-3 cruises


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2 out of 5

Go Carnival

Sail Date: January 31, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Honestly was very disappointed with the ship. Locations were perfect. Have been on all three brands of Celebrity, Carnival, and Royal Carib in the last three years. Carnival truly and honestly is better in every category.   List of issues that need to be addressed.

1. Higher quality food- Eggs were very watery and had not been fully cooked more than 5 of the 7 days. The steaks at dinner were of far lower quality than Carnival. No cafes on the pool deck? Pathetic. Carnival has pizza burgers, taco stations all readily available WITHOUT shoes and shirt. Plus burgers have sautéed mushroom and onions and bacon to go with them. Can’t even begin to describe how poor the food quality and quantity is compared to Carnival.

2. Lack of entertainment. 3 Comedy shows total? Carnival did 14 comedy shows for the ship. 1 good comedian. Lack of entertainment on deck for sea days. Had no more than 1-2 small boring things going on. If you want a really boring slow cruise with very little entertainment book RC. If you have plenty of money to spend on worthless watches and perfumes this is the cruise for you!

3. Poor timing of events and activities. The infamous rock wall is open for very few hours of the day and closes for wind greater than 1 MPH. Entertainment right in the middle of late seating time. Just not a well put together schedule. Very inconsiderate.

4. Always the earliest ship to leave the port when there is no reason to. Aruba to Curacao not a far distance. St Thomas to St Kitts is also one we could have stayed later, yet again we were first to leave amongst the other ships.

5. Extra charges no other ships have- Room service charge after midnight, Asian stand $10 for a meal(It would be free on other ships) It’s the little things but they all end up adding up.

In conclusion I hate to sound like a whining guest but the honest truth is Carnival is just far better than RC. I hope that RC can improve and wish them and their organization nothing but the best. Hope this helps some people.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Bed hard as a rock.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Earliest to leave.
Ship Quality
Poorly designed.
Destinations and Excursions
Destinations were great but the ship did nothing to help us.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Very little entertainment.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Avoid Magens beach go Coki beach!! Much nicer people at coki.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Avoid the guys with Monkeys.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Rent your own quad from Goerges and ride the Coast it was beautiful! No need to do an expensive tour!
Willemstad, Curacao

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