Great trip over the holidays

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 26, 2016
Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8612
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

It was great to stop on different islands each day.  Some islands were great for snorkeling, some for souvenir shopping and some for exploring the area. Each day was always a surprise.  We booked only Spice tour thru United and that was great.  For other excursions, we took a taxi. 


New Year celebration was great.  They provided some props and had balloon drop. Music and dancing at different areas of the ship.  Buffet was open late, so you could eat and celebrate.  Weather always 82-84F during our trip.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Bingo night had a boring host, even though the theater was full of players, most of the people wanted it to be over since the host was trying to make jokes but very few people laughed at them.
Art auction was fun, even for people clueless about art.

Towel folding was great. Flag parade was great.


3 out of 5
Evening shows weren't the best. Wish there was more done for the first formal night, because we all dressed up, took photos and that's was it. The second formal night, the waiters were singing and parading thru the restaurants, so it was fun.

For New Year dinner, we got some New Year props, which was great.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was small but very clean. When we first walked in we couldn't imagine how 4 people can fit plus luggage, but it all worked out. One child slept on the extendable bed over the queen size bed and the other slept on unfold-able couch. All beds were very comfortable and sheets were spotless clean. Having Balcony was a huge plus not only because one could sit and relax with the view but also for drying clothes (swimming suits, towels, etc).
3 out of 5
We came 2 days prior to the cruise, rented a car and went to see rainforest (on our own) and biobay (thru Bio Island tour). Bring hiking shoes and ponchos for rainforest.
3 out of 5
Sand Castle resort had great beach and for $25 you get 2 chairs, umbrella and 2 rum punch drinks. Totally worth it, has all the amenities you need. Great view of our cruise ship too.
3 out of 5
Darkwood Beach
3 out of 5
He hired Fredos tours guide and he drove us to see Trafalgar Falls and Champagne reef for snorkeling (that was amazing). Make sure you wear water shoes since it's rocky (you won't be able to walk barefoot).
3 out of 5
This was our favorite island. We did Harrison's cave tour (book ahead) and that was great. Walked thru Welchman Hall Gully, nice and shady walk (didn't see any monkey's at noon). At Carlisle Bay beach, we booked one hour shipwreck/turtle snorkeling trip and that was great.
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