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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

16 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Miami To San Diego)

Sail date: February 25, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 8000

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Loved the cruise, loved that the Captain was visible, how friendly and professional the crew was. Just wish they would have better entertainment and activities.


5 out of 5
Fast and Easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food was just ok, a lot of repeats on the menu in the dining room and Windgammer. Chops was excellent. Windgammer breakfasts were the best. Tutti salad in dining room was also good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The only really good activities was the Progressive Trivia and other trivias. Found it very lacking on other things to do.


2 out of 5
Very disappointed with the entertainment on the ship. The piano guy in Schooner Bar was horrible, as were the comedians. The two gentlemen that played up by the pool were very good but did not care for the band in Centrum. The 70s night and the dancing under the stars pool party was fun, but most nights there was no entertainment going on after 9:30 which I don't understand because 70s and pool party there were so many people out dancing and having fun. Just because it is an older crowd doesn't mean they don't want to stay up and have fun.

Children's Programs

No children with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Are room service Orson was very good and had us laughing a lot. Our waitress ans assisant waiter were excellent. Very courteous and friendly and lots of laughs. The bartenders, wait staff in pool area and those that clean up were so friendly and helpful. I can actually not say enough good things about the staff and service of Royals Staff. Outstanding

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very easy to get around. Common areas were always cleaned and when there was a problem in the ladies room, I called and told them and it was immediately taken care of.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved the size of this room. It was the perfect room for viewing the Panama Canal. The bed was very comfortable and so much floor space. The room was spotless and well taken care of by our room server. Only thing I have a problem with was the lighting by the desk, way too dark.

Ship tip

Try Chops Restaurant

Ports of call

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
No toured ourself. Not a fan of Cartagena

Colon, Panama

2 out of 5
Horrible Port in area of ship terminal. Took a off ship tour which was very good, took us to Panama City but traffic was horrendeous in Colon

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Loved this port. Took an off ship tour with Go With Gus right at cruise terminal, excellent tour and price.

Manzanillo, Mexico

3 out of 5
Not really much to do but visit little shops

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Loved this port. Took a private tour

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

3 out of 5

San Diego, California Did not visit port

End of cruise did not tour


5 out of 5
Fast and easy once we were allowed off ship
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