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

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.2 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: Balcony

Cabin number: 1510

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Met some enjoyable cruisers. Overall experience was OK. Probably won't do Royal Caribbean again. The Any Time Dining was fine unless we wanted to share a table with another couple. We were always seated with additional folks we didn't know. Service most nights was excellent. 2 nights were spotty at best. Music at pool was boring. Alcohol prices higher than most with fewer discount options than other cruise lines. The cruise line seems to prefer to handle Key Club and Elite guests, who appear to be a significant percentage of cruisers. Stage shows were very good. Had to hunt for lively music at night.


5 out of 5
Fast service and boarding. Luggage arrived quickly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining room offerings were fine. Small portions on appetizers, main course and deserts. Buffets offered better options most nights. Sushi Bar was very good.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
superior fitness center. Pool side music boring. Not a fan of video at poolside. In-door pool better option.


4 out of 5
Music offerings improved with more jazz, big band and rock. Limited number of music venues compared to Princess and Norwegian.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room steward excellent. Bar tenders good. Excursion personnel not cooperative in solving problems with booked excursions.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship seating focused on passengers who desire to sit in A/C comfort and play cards, board games and card games.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
clean, big enough. good location cuz of access to fitness center.

Ship tip

If you want to sit by the pool and listen to good music, rather than watch videos all day, pick a different ship.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

2 out of 5
Did not leave terminal. Not a tourist friendly location.

Colon, Panama

2 out of 5
Did not leave terminal again.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Educational day. Good fun.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Went of river cruise to see crocodiles. The excursion changed itinerary and resulted in having us over pay for the reduced itinerary. Cruise personnel were not helpful in repricing trip.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

3 out of 5
Again stayed in the terminal area. Great shopping in that park area. Long bus ride for those who went in to old Capital City.

Manzanillo, Mexico

4 out of 5
Went to an all inclusive resort for the day. Food and drink were quite good. pools were fun.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Went to Las Calitas for a 2nd time. Fun day. wild ride on catamaran

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Lots to do. Snorkeling was tough cuz water was quite cold. Saw whales on trip to snorkel bay.

San Diego, California

5 out of 5
stayed in Old Town for a night. Good side trip to visit that site.


5 out of 5
We had a smooth departure.
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