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4.0

Califonia Coastal to Vancouver Canada on the Jewel of the Seas by GTVCRUISER

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Coastal - West Coast

I cruised out of San Diego on the Jewel of the Seas ,stopped at Catalina Island for the day. Next stop San Francisco stayed over night ,then a day at sea and stopped in Victoria B C . The next day Vancouver Canada got off the ship

 

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Blue Skies and Sunshine On Jewel of the Seas Makes Perfection by hubbardjon

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

This was our first cruise so our expectations were not too high. However, Royal Caribbean International and the crew/staff onboard the Jewel of the Seas made this trip a fantastic one.

Our stateroom number was 9204 and had the balcony on the Port (left) side of the ship. The room was clean and larger than we expected. Closet space was ample and we were able to store all our clothes in it, plus some smaller items in the six drawers in the table/mirror area. Storage under the bed also made for ample room.  Our room had a small flat screen television as well.

Our Stateroom attendant Garnett was polite and more than willing to assist with anything we needed, although we needed little as he kept the room made up each day and made the obligatory animal figures with the towels we had read about.

The Ship was in great shape considering it has not been updated in a decade.  I didn't see anything out of sorts with the ship. The Windjammer Cafe served a great variety of food items, all hot and fresh. Servers were quick and attentive.  Dinner in the Tides main dining room was great. Our Head Waiter Felix and his assistant Vikram made sure we had everything we needed. They took time to remember hour drink orders and even took time to chat and have some fun. They also sang as a group with the other waiters and assistants each evening. Steak and Lobster the 6th night. Of course this was the night we had a special five course with wine dinner at Chops Grille where Marinette served us a wonderful meal with just the right wines to compliment each course. Nobody missed the steak and lobster. 

We spent time playing bingo each day and one of our friends won a thousand dollars. The others in our group also won smaller amounts. The highlight was one of our couple friend entered the slot tournament and won a free cruise next year on Oasis of the Seas out of Cape Canaveral.

The weather was gorgeous each day with blue skies and sunshine. In Juneau we took the "Best of Juneau" shore excursion and went to see the Mendenhall Glacier as well as took a whale watching tour where we saw Orca Whales and Humpback whales!  The day was finished up when we attended the salmon bake and had a great meal while being able to take photos of a very large and majestic Bald Eagle at the water falls.

There were two formal nights on Day 2 and Day 6.

In Skagway we arrived to blue skies and sunshine. We opted for the White Pass Summit trip and then spent the day walking around Skagway. I will say this. Royal Caribbean talks up the shopping and highlights Diamonds and what not. Many of the gift stores are owned by RCI is what I was told so that made sense why all the expensive jewelry. We managed to find other gifts, but I would have preferred more actually native handcrafted stores. There were a few but not many.

Victoria, British Columbia was impressive. The "Garden City" was beautiful and we spent the morning riding the double decker open top bus tour of Victoria for an hour and a half. We opted out of visiting Buchart Gardens as it was 45 minute ride out of town and would not allow for much time in Victoria. We walked around town for the afternoon, having lunch at the Irish Times Pub and purchasing gifts in several stores.

The last night before returning there was a "Disco Night" in the main atrium. It was a hoot with the staff dressed up in their Disco outfits and everyone having a great time.

All in all it was a great trip and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. There were a lot of children as well as older folks on this trip. I was surprised at the number of small children, but it did not make the trip any less enjoyable except when they were in the adult pool which made it quite loud and not easy for folks to just relax. That was only one day though and the rest of the time it was fine.

In closing, I recommmend RCI and an Alaska cruise if you want a limited stop trip with a few days at sea. This is not a party cruise. Views of Sawyer Glacier were awesome with no clouds at all.

 

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4.2

First Transatlantic Cruise by markstayborn

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Transatlantic

Enjoyed my first transatlantic cruise. Enjoyed the ports. I was a solo traveler but was able to join in the activities and have fun. My Time Dining makes it easy to meet new people every day.

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Outstanding Service, Food, and Entertainment on a real Jewel by JohnsonL

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Great service from staff from the on-boarding process to the end.  Chefs and Main Dining Room management came to our table in the MDR to inquire about the experience and satisfaction. Captain's welcome event in the Safari Room was very special, good music, good communication with passengers, good libation, champagne.  We wanted to get a photograph with the Captain, but the line was very long.  He is a good successor to the long time RCCL Captain Thor who recently retired.  We enjoyed MDR and Windjammer food, but of course the individual preparation of food in Chops and in Giovanni's was well worth the extra fee.  Our Giovanni's experience was for the Mystery Dinner theater, and with the wonderful performance and social activity kept up with our very high expectation of this event.  We saw management observing and interacting in a helpful way in Windjammer frequently - excellent leadership, not just management from afar - we loved this!  We took advantage of the on board movie theater, but it did not have the selections that were available in the Caribbean; not a negative, but we did not catch up on as many new releases as in our previous Jewel of the Seas Cruise.  Our room steward Oscar was thorough and once we explained our preferences on embarkation day, he met these with amazing consistency. The Bar staff, Louis, Pedro, and more that we cant remember were friendly, efficient and willing to make each transaction memorable.  Finally staff in the Windjammer and MDR; Vincent Verpo, Samvil and Galvin made our meals a reminder of why we enjoy the dining experience on well run cruise ships.  The food quality is important, but the service makes the entire experience a lasting good memory.

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5.0

Great Greek Isles Cruise! by shannondz

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Overall fantastic cruise. Port stops were incredible and cruise days were filled with fun onboard activities. Booked a sea kayaking excursion in Santorini through Royal Caribbean and it was amazing. Didn’t do an excursion in Mykonos and chose to explore the city and spend some time swimming at a local beach. Took a private tour of Athens and Katakolon with a company called Elite Tours. HIGHLY recommend going this route. The only downfall of this entire cruise was the onboard spa scheduling. Massages were rescheduled last minute and massage and nail appointments started 15-30 minutes late.

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4.2

Amazing ports of call by mexadv

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

We loved the ports of calls and the times they gave us to explore. It was great as we had plenty of time to explore the islands. Food was meh! The service is slow in the speciality restaurants but the food is amazing. If you can at least try them once during your cruise. The food in the buffet was not great, it lacked flavor and it was always packed, difficult to find a table, the floor was sticky and there were dirty plates everywhere. Disembarking was a nightmare! They made us line up (with suitcases as we were “express” departure) and go in and out of the theater, to then go on some elevators, to then disembark! Once out there were no signs or anything that we had to hop on some buses to be sent to the entrance of the port. Crazy if you need to get to the train or an early flight!

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3.6

Retirement trip 2018 by Corvettegirl7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

This is a great way to see a lot of ports in a short time. Although, I’ve only cruised 3 times I’m not that impressed with Royal Caribbean. I was expecting more especially in the quality and choice in food. Expecting people to pay for finer dining is ridiculous. That is part of cruising. Also, after charging $14.50 per person per day for tips don’t ask for more.

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5.0

Great Greek Isle Cruise by Maxfun28

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

This was our first cruise as adults. Overall, it was such a fun experience and a great way to celebrate our twentieth anniversary. Looking froward to the next cruise!

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Jewel of the Seas by dallashunts

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

The Jewel of the Seas was a wonderful ship. We had an owners suite that was beautiful and had a great floor plan. Bathroom had double sinks, tub, and separate shower. Lots of storage and two closets. Food was very good and the specialty restaurants were excellent. Itinerary was wonderful. Took one excursion through the ship on a catamaran in Aruba. Very fun and saw lots of fish. We have already booked same ship and room for next year!

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4.7

Astounding service on an older ship by Rosalove7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Chose this cruise based on iternary supposed to be sir yas island, Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and dubai. Because of safety issues a month before Bahrain was canceled and a double day in Abu dhabi was added. This was a bit disappointing but worked out just fine as we were able to explore more of Abu Dhabi. We arrived in Dubai 4 nights pre cruise as we live in Chicago where weather could be unpredictable. We arranged this on our own. Check in at the port was super organized but seemed to go very slow because of the health questionnaires . Also be aware they take your Passports away at check in and you pick them up the day before you port in Abu Dhabi which was a terrible feeling . We checked in at 11am and we did get out cards at check in which was nice. We went stright to windjammer and ate. The windjamner has lots of food options. We then walked around. I love smaller ships it easier to learn where your going. What was amazing on this ship that I'm not used to is getting to be able to go to our stateroom at 1pm. We went to our room interior 2v room 9611. It was a great size for us both plenty of storage. What we didnt like was we had a tea pot in our room took up space. Our room attendant was in the hallway Adriana she introduced herself and was superhepful and amazing during our entire cruise stay. She made animals out of towels on some days as well as a birthday cake towel on my birthday. We spent most of our time in the smoking area by the pool bar. Timothy and Jude in the pool bar area are fantastic. They got our drink order right away made us feel extremely special. In the evening we had dinner at 8:30 pm in the dining area our server Davor and his assistant Mo were beyond exceptional. Our dinner always came out quick and on point. Mo after day 2 knew what wine to always bring. This type of dining sevice was the best I've ever had on RC. The first night we had terrible wind causing the ship to be very wobble that night entertainment was a hand balancing act that was superb. The next day going to sir Bani yas island the tender was bouncey and took 15 mins to get over. We booked the safari through RC and really enjoyed it we saw giraffe, cheetahs, gazelle, lots of different birds and animals. It was worth it to us. After we layed on the beach on the free wooden lounge chairs be careful I flipped over. Also what's nice is drink from our drink package could be used here and they provided a buffet lunch. Doha, Qatar, was the next day and RC charges 10 a person to drop you off at a mall in the city center. This was terrible as I needed to be at the Islamic art museum for a tour I booked separately with Falcon Tours. After 35 mins on the bus they finally left after I argued that I didnt pay to sit on a bus but go into town and realized we should have taken a taxi. Also to exchange money we needed a passport and thank god one place accepted the copy we had on our phone. Our tour with falcon tours was amazing. The next day was a sea day which the sun chairs were quickly taken. I'm not sure how they do with a full ship as we had a hard time find lounge chairs and we were half full. The next 2 days were Abu Dhabi we did Ferrari world one day and the hop off and hop on bus the next with the grand mosque definitely visit the mosque. The last 2 days were in dubai. We did some more exploring the free bus takes you to mercato jumeriah shopping mall it's a 30 min ride. It a bus with yellow on top and red on the bottom. We ubered back. Check out was super quick. But a bit disappointing first time we had to leave by 8:30am normally we leave about 10ish. This ship was definitely our favorite with the astounding service we received in every area. Workers here seemed to really enjoy being here. In the windjammer every morning Liu hand sanitizing and Jorge servicing bring our friend a bagel when she couldnt find them. Yes this ship doesnt need renovations badly but I love that its small and easy to get to know people and be serviced like a king and queen

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4.6

Good Before Christmas Vacation by Yedwardsv

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

I liked this cruise because everyday you were at a different Caribbean port that I would not see with larger ships. The excursion were good because I had not been to any of the islands. They gave us good historical background for each island with a little taste of the island.

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my 1st cruise and the best time i ever had on vaction by rwelzijn

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

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the freedom to do what I want when I want. I enjoyed my time on the ship, daily GYM run getting my exercise and then have a wonderful breakfast and then hit the shores daily, the ship is always on schedule and always stable and smooth cruise.

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4.7

14 days of Bliss by debp78

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Transatlantic

Transatlantic cruises are the best,if you enjoy sea days! Loved The Jewel of the Sea,love the size,love the crew and loved the cruise! Great ports and ship!

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4.9

Amazing Caribbean cruise! by bobosmom

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean

Amazing cruise - staff was friendly and very accommodating. Main dining room waiters handled a lot of tables so service was a little slow. Can’t wait for our next cruise on Royal Caribbean!!!

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Girls Trip by johannaabridges

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Looking forward to booking another Cruise in the Future! Looking at Australia next! As a group of girls we felt very safe at all times with any of the excursions and on the ship!

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4.7

Very Nice Caribbean Cruise by m4nu31

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Second time on this beautiful ship. Excellent personnel.

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Exceptional Southern Caribbean Cruise by Cruiser17524059

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

It was exceptional. Well-planned and executed. FUN!

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Fabulous Cruise Aboard the Jewel of the Seas - Transatlantic Crossing - November 6 - Highly Recommend it! by 907Woman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Transatlantic

My husband and I have sailed with Celebrity, MSC Cruises and now Royal Caribbean. We are now sold on Royal Caribbean and it is our first choice in cruise line. I would recommend the transatlantic crossing cruise for anyone who is looking for great value, food, service and a relaxing holiday. I would take this cruise again. I think I would like to try the spring crossing in 2018 too. I highly recommend this cruise!

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4.9

Gr8 Cruise Ship and Tour by SuperMario74

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

Jewel is a very nice smaller ship of RC! I enjoyed it very much. Service and staff are outstanding. Food (main and speciality) is very good. Stateroom was an aft balcony room. Very comfortable, nice furniture and enough space for clothing and personal belongings. The balcony is huge with seating area and chairsbeds to relax and unwind youself. You can escape the crowed pool area and enjoy your time. Music, entertainment and shows are high professional.

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4.0

My sailing on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas by CruisinDiva

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Jewel of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Western

For my 11th cruise I sailed on the Jewel of the Seas this past December. We arrived at the port around 11:30. We gave our bags to the porters and then headed into the terminal, check-in was a breeze! With our passports and Set Sail Pass in hand we proceeded to the priority check-in line, received our Sea Pass cards, and were immediately able to have our pictures taken and board the ship before noon … a very quick and smooth process. Our cabins, were not available so we headed to the Windjammer for lunch and then explored the ship. The Jewel is one of Royal Caribbean’s more traditional ships. She has very classic and nautical décor with lots of natural light. She features a 10 story glass centrum with panoramic elevators that span 10 decks along the ships’ exteriors and face the sea.There’s a rock-climbing wall, as well as an amazing indoor Solarium that is only available to adults. You also have the option of an outdoor pool, spa and a fitness center. There is a sports court that has both basketball and volleyball court, an indoor and outdoor country club that has a great golf simulator and for the kids…mini golf! There’s even a lounge with pool tables that level themselves to match the motion of the ocean! Besides all that there are many intimate “nooks and crannies” that really give the ship a different feel. The centrum, is topped by the Crown and Anchor Lounge on Deck 12. Off of the centrum are many of the major venues such as the Windjammer, Schooner Bar, and the dining rooms. The only major venues at the front of the ship are the Coral Theater, spa, and the Solarium. The Solarium is beautiful and very peaceful.Our cabin was on Deck 4 right off the centrum, making it the most convenient cabin I have ever occupied. I’m trying not to compare but try to imagine how nice it is to be so close to everything, breakfast, theatre, shopping and the casino! It’s all right there! I will be the first to admit I personally love the HUGE ships. My last 3 sailings were on the Disney Dream, Norwegian Epic and the Allure of the Seas. (All of these hold over 4000 passengers) yes, I like to have the WOW factor! You can imagine what a major difference this was! I do see where it would be better and more convenient for certain people with mobility issues or those wanting more of a relaxing experience. One thing I did dislike about this ship is the walking decks. On the pool deck, the jogging track has many little turns and bends which makes it a pain to use once you throw in other walkers/joggers and people who move their chairs into the track. You also don’t realize they are there until you are about to get run down! Overall I left with a very positive impression of the Jewel, especially some of the gorgeous artwork on in the stairwells. Check out all my pics.. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151288367793853.475822.142061353852&type=1&l=2515da7706

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