Dated but Nice
Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
I have been on two RC cruises. They both had there good moments. The ship had gone thru some updates I read, but it still seemed dated. The last cruise I was on took forever to check in as we stood in the rain. This cruise was as fast as checking into a hotel. Same with checking out. Took forever on the last one and just as we were heading to the designated spot they told us we were free to leave the boat. The last cruise the employees really moved, worked hard, and really seemed to love their jobs. However, this cruise, just seemed like we were bothering the employees. Until we tipped the bartenders, our service was really bad. I went to the gift shop and was going thru the shirts and the sales lady wooshed me away cuz she felt I was making a mess. The shirts weren't all displayed and the sizes seemed smaller then the tags suggested. I bought two but stopped shopping after that. The only person that was nice, knew our names and was helpful was our room attendant. We ended up tipping him 20 and I had prepaid all the tips. The dinning room, we only went once towards the end of the cruise. I heard the host tell, apparently people who went every night, I'm sorry, I don't know where all these people coming from. I felt like we were like the bottom of the ship like on the titanic. Like we shouldn't be there cuz we didn't go every night. The Filet and the Lobster were very delicious though. The buffet was good in the beginning, but towards the end it was just the same ole food, and they had a pig roast that would make me go vegan if I had to see that poor pig every day.
We did three excursions. St Thomas, we did snorkeling. These are not cheap excursions, but the conversation on tips is out of control. The snorkeling crew however, was fun, cheery, careful, safe, knowledgeable, and really gave you a good time. I felt I really got my moneys worth. We did the Four Wheelers on St Kitts. That was really fun, a small mention of tips, again. The guides were great and they were about safety and fun. There was a tail gunner who sped up to sit and warn you about ditches and things unsafe so you wouldn't hit them, and would speed you up at places that were safe and slowed you down when it was safer to go slow. After that they took us to what I consider a dump beach for 45 minutes. We decided to eat lunch there but was told that lunch wasn't served til noon. Theres not much you can do on a beach, with long pants and closed towed shoes. They could omit that and just give you more time on the four wheelers. It was a waste of time. We also did the beach day in St John. That was really nice. I'm not a huge Jerk person, but it did include a lunch. The last excursion was on St Lucia. We zip lined. It seemed like they were very disorganized, until we got to the facility. Those guys rocked. They got us up and running very quickly and knew what they were doing. At no time did we ever hear a word about tips....finally. There was a tip box right in the front and you could see it but no one cried the tip game. It was just the facilitators that were unorganized. We were late for the ship which is why I always do the excursions thru the cruise line and not privately.
The last day it was a full cruise day. It states you cant save seats, and they will remove articles after 30 mins but they don't. good luck at finding a seat.
All in all, I had a great time. My husband was a first time sailing and he liked it. He just didn't like how rude people were in what we called the trough. Its like people have never eaten before. He would be heading to an item and a women wooshed infront of him saying I was here first. We aren't that foody. He just stood back and let her in. Then she did it a second time on the same day.
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definatley get the drink package. 8-12 bucks a drink. I think they went poor on us..