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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4.5 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

9 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 01, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4016

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

It was like most cruises - better since we went with 3 other couples.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We didn't board until 2pm so no lines and went very smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The main dining room was FREEZING! Mentioned it to the guy over the wait staff, but no change. NA on specialty restaurants; buffet was the usual.

Tides Dining Room

1 out of 5

Froze every night. Not a good variety of desserts, but wait staff was great.

Windjammer Café

3 out of 5

Food was pretty good, just needed more variety - along with sandwiches and better desserts.

Café Latte-Tudes

5 out of 5

Had scrumptuous shrimp sandwiches as well as great desserts that Windjammer or Tides did not have (didn't like desserts anyplace else). They also had delicious ham and cheese on croissants and salmon roll-ups (didn't try).

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pools were fine, except for the fact they were deep ALL over - no shallow end on either pool. My husband climbed the wall and liked it; he wished there had been a ping pong tournament and more trivia in mid-day and not near dining time. He does like karaoke.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

Ummmm....because we have grandkids and they don't come with us.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our room steward was not all that friendly as stewards go, but she did a good enough job. Our Head waiter was a go getter and very friendly - wonderful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
This was our first time on Royal Caribbean and our room was the size was what we expected. Only wish the bed had not been in front of window so we could stand by window and look out.

Ship tip

This is about the size we always sail on, but if you like the big ships, this is small.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

Didn't need to tour Miami

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

4 out of 5
My husband did the zipline over the ocean and loved it.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
We've been here before and toured the island so didn't do an excursion. We did take a bus to a beach, but it was kind of boring.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
Did a tour that was great (salt flats, slave huts) and then to Cocoa Beach which was fantastic for snorkeling! Lots of all kinds of fish, etc. And we didn't have to pay for beach chairs. Shopped a little, but Bonaire is pricey on souvenirs.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
It was quite a trek to town (although tents near port). We did take a tour that took us to see city & the homes of the rich (not that exciting to us). Our tour guide was great, but wouldn't do it again. Ended at Mambo Beach where we had to pay for beach chairs and everything but pay to get in. We weren't told that this beach was a topless beach. What a surprise.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Went very fast. Finding our luggage was very different than any other ship line.
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