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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Jewel of the Seas

9 Night Greek Isles (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 23, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We loved this cruise. This was probably the best cruise we have been on. We spent 3 days before the cruise in Florence Italy and one day at the end in Rome because we have been there before. I can’t complain about any island we went to or the ship. Just do research before this cruise so you know what to expect. Hire a good tour guide with great ratings.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy, we took a bus from the pier to the ship which was free

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We ate at the ships main dining room and the buffet a few times. Both were great

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
There were many activities on board but we did none. There was a pool and hot tubs. One for adults only. There was mini golf, rock climbing wall, fitness center, running track and music everywhere.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The 2 shows were good. I’d say a little better than average, but not as good as the mega ships. There were string players every night in the ships center which were very good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was great. Our room Steward was professional and detail oriented. Our dining room team were friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We loved this older ship. It had character and seemed like the cabin was a little bigger, with lots of storage.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was well laid out. Lots of storage, refrigerator, couch, bed next to the balcony, two chairs outside and a large table. Small tv, two night tables, shower with doors, one sink and a medicine cabinet.

Ship tip

Sign up for anytime dining but choose a time like 6:30 on line early after booking. This way you get the same wait staff for the whole cruise.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
We left our luggage at the Kolbe Hotel in Rome. Then we set out for a walking tour of Rome. We were her 12 years ago so didn’t need to see the big places on the inside. We walked to the Pantheon first. This is free to get in so we walked in and loved the history here. Then we got gelato. We walked to the Colosseum next and around the streets looking at all the ancient ruins. We then had lunch at the most amazing Pizza and more restaurant. Called. Massenzio AI Forti Ristorante from 1985. We actually ate there 12 years ago on our last visit. It is close to the Colosseum. We did some more walking and then returned to check into our hotel. Kolbe Hotel was a nice hotel with friendly employees and not very busy. We ate dinner here which was very good. We sat outside and enjoyed the atmosphere. The Breakfast was very good. It had many things to choose from. The grounds are well kept and the view out the front is of the ruins but a little noisy. So if you want quiet take a garden view. We went out for an evening stroll along the river.

Souda (Chania), Crete

5 out of 5
The Island of Crete was one of our favorites. We docked at Chania Souda. It was like old world with technology. Felt safe here. We hired a driver to take us out for the day about 5 hours. Lefteris Nikiforakis is the owner and was our Taxi driver and he was amazing. We went to see many things and experience things on this beautiful island. There were mountains here in which there was still snow visable on the top. Many flowers blooming here. Just beautiful. The things we went to see include Market Building at the Venetian Port, Lighthouse & Turkish Mask, Apera which is a 3500 Yr old Minoan town euro 2.5 to get in, drove through the Country side: Stilos, Neo, Choria Armeni, Kalives, Vamos. We tasted the local foods and drink like yogurt, honey olive oils and more. Crete was my favorite island.

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5
Mykonos was a nice port to walk around and see the sights, had lunch and people watch. Felt very safe here. We walked to find the windmills and chose to eat at a water front café. We did a tour from the ship for half the day to Delos which was incredible. The tour group was a large size as most of them are but if you stay close to the tour guide you will see and hear everything. We did have a head set which helped too. This is a 2500 BC Sanctuary with an Amphitheater, was the birth place of mythological Apollo and his sister and so much more. Take a guided tour here to learn all the stories. The spring time was beautiful weather a flowers blooming everywhere we went.

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
Rhodes was an amazing island. We hired a private tour for here and had a great experience. Nicholas was our driver/tour guide. Rhodesprivatetours.com He picked us up promptly from the pickup area dockside outside the ship in a Mercedes with our name on a card and drove us to many wonderful places. He explained everything and could answer any questions we had. You pay at the end of the tour. We started at 8:00 AM. We saw the most important monuments of the Medieval City (World Heritage Site) for pictures. He dropped us off here at the end of the tour for shopping and sightseeing of the village. Short walk to the ship from here. The drive continued out of the Medieval City to the “New Town” The Historical Buildings and the Old Harbor, where according to the tradition, the Colossus of Rhodes once stood - One of the seven wonders of the ancient world. (Stop Visit Pictures). The North point of the Island where the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea meet (Stop Pictures) . Monte Smith - Acropolis of Rhodes, Panoramic view of the City, also the Temple of Apollo, the Greek Stadium, and the Ancient Theater - with the car, no climb (Stop Visit Pictures). The drive continues south-east 50 kilometers / 32 miles to Lindos . On the way you visit the Anthony Quinn Bay – Which takes its name from the famous Hollywood actor, who owns a large property in this area. Since filming the Guns of Navarone in Rhodes Island - scenic (Stop Visit Pictures) and walked down to the waters edge. On the way to Lindos, we stopped at a pottery workshop where the traditional pottery of Rhodes is made. You can see the wonderful pieces of art, and watch the potter working at his wheel. You can even learn the mystery of the Pythagorean cup. We bought two. One mile before Lindos our Tour/Driver parked the car at a vantage point for a panoramic picture of the Acropolis, the village, and the port of Lindos (Stop Pictures). Then he drives us down to the Saint Paul's bay, incredible wild beauty - "Guns of Navarone" Movie (Stop Visit Pictures) He drives you to the main square of Lindos village, so you can: walk the alleys of Lindos which cost 12 euros and climb up the Acropolis or ride the donkeys which we did not (Stop Visit Pictures) Tourist-buses don’t drive down to the main square. /Driver will meet you at the main square of Lindos for the return trip. On the way back the last 14km / 8 miles he drives through the coast road of Faliraki marvelous beach and Kallithea Spa. Back to Rhodes Old City for independent browsing, or to the ship. The Medieval City (Old City) is a 10 min walk from the cruise port. You could extend the day and go out to lunch. We should have done this and enjoyed a local lunch with our guide. This was an amazing tour and will go back to this beautiful island someday. Our tour guide was the best. Of course we had some gelato too.

Santorini, Greece

5 out of 5
Santorini had the picture perfect views of white and blue buildings and a beautiful harbor. We did a ship tour from here because it was Greek Easter and many things were closed. The tour was called “Island of Santorini and Oil Village tour” It took us from Oia to a Local winery to taste wine with a beautiful view of the Sea, to Fira for free time where we had a quick lunch and bought some souvenirs & took pictures. Had some gelato. Have some change if you want to use a bathroom here , then back to Athinios port where there was nothing but the boats to take you back to the ship. There were other tenders that went to Fira where you can take the donkeys up or ride the cable car. This would have been fun but we didn’t know about it.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
Athens. We used Michael's Amazing Tours and had an amazing 8 hour tour. The history here is incredible and not to be missed. Our driver Sotos had all the tickets we needed ahead of time so we just entered each site without much of a wait. We went to the Acropolis museum, The Acropolis , Temple of Zeus, site of the Olympic stadium, changing of the guard , Ancient agora and many more places. We were at each place before the tour groups and had a day with not many lines. We had a traditional Greek meal at a local restaurant. Food was great and the gelato. Our driver Sotos even stopped so I could pick up a few souvenirs before we got back on the ship. Michael the owner met up with us twice that day which was a nice surprise. They took great care of us on this day. Sotos was knowledgeable and informed us about all the sights but he couldn’t accompany us through them. This was the best day.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
We spent the day in Naples and did a self-guided tour. We walked past the Castel Nuovo and Our first stop was for Pastry Sfogliatella at the grand Café Gambrinus is 20 minute walk from ship. We followed our phone GPS during this day and had a few problems but figured it out. We walked to the train station to go up the mountain to where we walked to our destinations. They were right next to each other. First we walked to Castel Sant’ Elmo which is a medieval Fortress. The entrance was not well marked. The ticket widow is on the right but the entrance is to the left. Beautiful views of Naples from here as you walk up into this old castle. Then we walked to the right leaving the Castle and went to see Museo e la Certosa di San Martino. This was formally a monastery and now a museum. Has a beautiful church and many rooms to walk through. Then we walked back down to town and found a Pizza place. We then had gelato. This was a holiday and many places were closed but many were open too. If this was our first time in Naples we would have gone to Pompeii but we have been there before.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We walked ourselves off and it was smooth and easy. Our hired car picked us up at 8:00 right at the pier. through CivitavecchiaPort.org to drive us to the hotel with pick up at 8AM. We used the same service to take us from our hotel to the airport. He was cautious and professional.
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