great destinations, nice boat

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 01, 2018

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 3080

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, a nice cruise with great destinations for the most part and wonderful staff. Boat itself is dated and needs updating. Felt like a shopping mall from the 1980s.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
smooth and quick but additional signage would be nice. Adequate staffing of attendants to answer questions.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food is of decent enough quality at Windjammer but very few healthy options except on last two days. Tides dining room menu is from the 1960s and could use some updates. Very heavy on the beef options and few other choices. No vegetarian choices typically.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
pools, fitness center are both good. No issue finding free chairs even though boat was full.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5
Kids loved the club but some of the caregivers were new and not pleasant to parents. Pick up process irritating-finish checking out one kid before starting new check out or I will continue to let my child out myself.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Igor in Tides dining was phenomenal. Reski and Rohit were awesome as well.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Felt very dated. It resembles an upscale shopping mall from the 1980s.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Excellent.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
Final day drop off excursion was annoying in that they drove us around first before dropping us off which we did not want.

Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

3 out of 5
very little to do or see. Did excursion which was great but the taxi ride to and from cost more than the excursion itself.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
very nice port

Fort-De-France, Martinique

4 out of 5
very nice port

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
loved the beach and public transportation system. People were amazingly nice and helpful.

St. George's, Grenada

4 out of 5
Loved the water taxi and beach!

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Carrying suitcases down the stairs was difficult.
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