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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4.6 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

12 Night Holy Land (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 30, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9020

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This cruise raises the bar for cruises--of all the cruises we've taken, this 12-day Holy Land cruise was our favorite! The ship, the staff, the food, the excursions--what a way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, thank you, Royal Caribbean!


5 out of 5
Quick & easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We enjoyed the dining room, but our favorite was the Windjammer buffet--we could get anything we wanted for our low-carb diet.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We utilized the fitness center, showers, steam & sauna.


5 out of 5
The variety shows were phenomenal! We especially enjoyed the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was excellent in every area. We'd like to recognize our steward, Agnelo Oliviera, a dining attendant, Leimay, and a bar attendant in the Solarium, Sierjan.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The layout was wonderful and easy to navigate.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was cozy and comfortable, and we enjoyed the views of the ocean.

Ship tip

We highly recommend the coffee package for all specialty coffee lovers--well worth the money & great savings!

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5
We embarked here, so didn't get a lot of time for an excursion, just a "drive by".

Messina, Sicily

5 out of 5
Messina was one of our favorite ports--we took the Taormina tour on our own, LOVED it!

Ashdod, Israel

2 out of 5
We did an excursion on our own to Old Jaffa, but the museum and visitor's center were closed on that day; we were very disappointed.

Haifa, Israel

3 out of 5
We didn't take a formal excursion, but walked to the Bahai Gardens; when we arrived, we were told the gardens were closed, that we must take a taxi to the top of the entrance. We were disappointed.

Limassol, Cyprus

3 out of 5
We took an excursion to Paphos; it was interesting, but not exceptional; I would not recommend this tour.

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
We took an excursion to the acropolis at Lindos (on our own), loved it! Highly recommend this tour.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
This was one of our favorite excursions--our tour company took us to Melitus, Didymus, and Ephesus, as well as lunch at a five-star restaurant at Pine Bay Resort; we highly, highly, recommend this tour.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
We enjoyed the visit to the Acropolis and Parthenon; the tour guide was rather difficult to understand; but we enjoyed the sights on our own.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
One of our favorite excursions--Positano, Sorrento, a delicious lunch at a 5-star resort on the med, then Pompeii. Our tour guide was excellent! Highly, highly, recommend this tour!


5 out of 5
Smooth, organized, quick disembarkation!
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