Fun First Cruise
Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Review summaryI enjoyed the cruise as a way to see a series of interesting ports, and the ship made all the logistics easy. I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of my fellow travelers (nationality, stage of life, and purpose for cruising) and the overall lack of feeling crowded or waiting. It was also more peaceful than I expected with few children. My perfect cruise would have more adventurous excursions and free internet. I had no interest in shopping, fine dining, partying, or gambling, so I can't speak to those.
Food and Dining
Wow -- the gem of the ship. good pizza, great beef, and a quick snack when I needed it.
Just passed through and tried to avoid the piano guy...
Visited them every day -- great coffee and little sandwiches, and terrific staff
Lots of interesting things to do
Volleyball was so fun -- on a perfect cruise, the times for volleyball would be expanded since it was clearly more popular than the other uses.
The desk was very helpful -- though I did get frustrated a few times when they didn't seem to have as much knowledge of the excursions as I expected.
Shops of Centrum
Wow...overpriced junk and luxury items...I must've missed the memo on this one. Do people really take cruises to shop for luxuries? Where was the convenience store to buy toothpaste or a bottle of soda?
Used it every day.
Rock Climbing Wall
Needed longer hours -- always a line.
Very helpful every time I asked a question.
Fairways of Jewel
9 basic holes.
It wasn't free! That's just stupid -- give travelers a chance to do a quick email check and print a boarding pass. No hotel would charge for that.
Cheap and chintzy arcade -
Nice because it was easy to sneak in and out of shows if you didn't end up liking them. Fine sound and lights.
The Safari Club
I heard a good singer there one night
The Pit Shop
Stopped here a couple times -- nice touch of home.
The Game Reserves
Variety of games, enjoyed the pool tables and the concert I heard there.
Fine -- quiet, hottub was SUPER chlorinated though.
Unexpected surprise -- watched 3 movies there.
Art & Photo Gallery
Mystifying why this was on the ship
Why was this on the ship?
No big deal
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Brush up on your Spanish -- I was surprised how few native English speakers there were on the crew and even among the guests.