Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Royal Caribbean is Great, but the locations were subpar

Sail Date: July 10, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

My husband and I have been on 5 cruises now with Royal Caribbean because they are truly very good at what they do, however this cruise was just ok.  The food was bland, the service especially at dinner was slow, and there wasn't much to do on the ship in comparison to their larger more active oriented ships.  Also, we learned that every destination always required the customer to spend more money and more time getting to the actual places to visit.  If you want to be able to get off the boat and easily walk around to places of interest, then don't choose this cruise itinerary.  We'll still go with Royal again and go on one of the larger ships, but the Jewel of the Seas was an ok experience.  

Cabin / Stateroom Cabin was excellent in size. The bed is ok in comfort. We could definitely feel that it was really 2 single mattresses pushed together, and the pillows were very flat.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Every destination the customer had to spend more money to get to where the tourists generally want to go. Nothing was close by so we weren't the happiest to travel an extra 30 - 45 minutes and spend extra money to our true destination.
Ship Quality
The ship was very clean, and the design was descent.
Destinations and Excursions
Santorini & Ephesus were excellent, but Athens was such a waste of money. If you really want to go to Athens, pay for your own taxi to the Acropolis or book a private tour. But there were thousands of people, so being in a tour group of 40 was a waste of money.
Onboard Activities
Not enough diversity when on a 7 night cruise. We've been on the ship before where it even had a golf simulator, and it was gone when we were on this cruise.
Service and Staff
Joel our attendant was excellent, and always had a great smile on his face. We love that he memorized our names right away, and always addressed us respectfully.
Food and Dining
Food was bland, and the first 3 nights at dinner we waited between 10 - 15 minutes before someone asked for our drinks & gave us bread. So the service was much slower than we remember from our previous cruises.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Santorini, Greece
Just gorgeous and clean. No one hustles you to buy anything, and the greeks are friendly!
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
What an incredible place to visit!
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Overcrowded, overpopulated, not worth the time and money. As I heard from others prior to the trip, it's nicknamed the "A-Crap-olis"
Souda (Chania), Crete


So there is a beverage package on board for $75 for 12 drinks which is a pretty awesome deal. Too bad no one mentioned it until the 2nd to last day. But if you like to drink, but don't want to spend money on the expensive beverage package, the $75 deal is a nice alternative.

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