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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
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Jewel of the Seas

12 Night Holy Land (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 11, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8078

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Main purpose for us was to visit the Holy Land, which we did. But this time of the year was not convenient for this. Ship is good and clean, staff very nice but food and entertainment are lacking.


5 out of 5
Quick and easy.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Always the same, very limited menu and tiny rations at MDR. Buffet food too spicy and not varied, challenging to find a place to sit down.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Weather interfered with outdoor activities most of the time.


2 out of 5
Performers and groups very limited, became redundant. Some groups were too monotonous.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very well maintained and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was good, with enough storage facility. Bed a little bit hard. Shower stall was very small and inconvenient.

Ship tip

Not for longer cruises, 3-5 days are OK.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5

Messina, Sicily Did not visit port

Ship had to skip this port due to bad weather. Instead visited Crete, which was very nice.

Ashdod, Israel Did not visit port

Port was skipped due to rocket attacks in the area.

Haifa, Israel

4 out of 5
Took 2 ship excursions, the one originally to be from Ashdod to Jerusalem was too rushed and left out several important sites. Request for Spanish language was ignored both times.

Limassol, Cyprus

1 out of 5
Worst Shore excursion we have ever taken. Request for Spanish ignored again.

Rhodes, Greece

2 out of 5
Shore excursion visited nice town, but 95% of establishments were closed. Spanish language request again ignored. Should make passengers aware of this when selecting.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

4 out of 5
No excursion, as we had visited here before. Dock very convenient and most places open for business.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

3 out of 5
No excursion, as we had visited here before. Dock and port not very convenient, as is away from transit options into Athens.

Naples, Italy

3 out of 5
Shore excursion to Capri, but most places closed for the winter. Should make passengers aware of this when selecting.


1 out of 5
Kicked passengers out of terminal onto a tent to wait for transfers under very bad weather. I got sick as a result.
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