Great trip, great ship and we would do it again ASAP!

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

9 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 18, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4004

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This was a fantastic ship, great ports, and we loved everything about it! The negatives were not under the control of the ship. We would do this again in a heartbeat!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy embarcation.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We have been on a lot of ships and this was by far the best food we have ever had on a cruise. We ate in the Tides Dining room as well as Chops and Giovanni's TWICE (!) and we did the Chef's Table for the first time. All were amazing experiences! And the buffets were great too. Loved the outside area for dining at the Windjammer.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We used the Solarium and the outdoor track and they were great.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
All of the shows that we saw were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our waitress Catherine, the room steward Howard, the shopping guide Bernie, Tatiana in Giovanni's and John in the Starbucks were all FANTASTIC!!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship is just the right size and was always clean and well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Quiet location, close to a staircase, good size and always clean and comfy.

Ship tip

Try the specialty restaurants and get up early to watch the sunrises!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
Getting in to Miami was fine but getting out was a mess since they were having a marathon that day. Check to see if there are any activities going on that could mess up departures.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
We did an off the ship scuba diving excursion. The ship stayed on ship time instead of local time so our excursion left us for the morning dives but we got to do an afternoon dive.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
We did an off the ship scuba diving excursion.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
We did an off the ship scuba diving excursion. VIP Diving was EXCELLENT!

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5
We did an off the ship scuba diving excursion and some shopping.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
There were only 2 Border and Customs agents for the ship due to the government shutdown so disembarkation was delayed for everyone. Also, the Miami Marathon made traffic around the pier a mess.
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