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Joined: 10/28/2015
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Jewel of the Seas

August 2016 - Jewel of the Seas to Europe - Mediterranean

This is the way to see the Mediterranean!

Jewel of the Seas was clean, spacious and the crew was top-notch.  Boarding was a breeze and we were in our stateroom in just minutes.  We were immediately invited by our stateroom attendant to have lunch at the Windjammer Cafe - he saw we were tired, hungry and jet-lagged from our flight from Boston.  While we were out, Sandy made-up the bunk-bed so our children would not have share a bed.


Dinners in the main dining room were top-notch.  We loved the local flair of each port in addition to alternatives in case not everyone in the group wanted to try ratatouille (I did and it was good!).  Our servers Francisco and Pavlo took great care of us - we loved their stories of visiting the ports and cool things we should look for. 


Main pool area was extremely crowded on cruise dates (as is the case with most cruises) but we found other areas to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine - just a short walk fro the pool.  Outdoor bartenders were fantastic.  When I told Tonica that this was the first time I splurged on a drink package, she made us the most delicious fruit drinks - always asking our likes and knowing what to put in.


Evening shows were fun - comedy/magician headliner was great.  Theater was very modern feeling and spacious.  Enough bar space not to have drinks get in the way of the show.


Ports were all fun on the ship - a real variety of options allowed us to get out early for some and see everything, or just leisurely wander around the port city in others.  It was nice to mix it all up.


Kudos to the Jewel Of The Seas Staff.  This was our 2nd time with RCI - and they have set the standard very highHappy

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Independence of the Seas

December 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

siefkenfamily's Tips

Santorini, Greece - After tender, consider taking the boat around the island that meets-up with a coach that takes you to the exact spot as the cable-car. Cable car lines are 1 to 1-1/2 hours which leaves little time at the top. The coach option not only get you there quicker, but you get to see the other part of the island. I think boat/coach option is 20 Euros.
Jewel of the Seas Jewel of the Seas - We love oceanside seating at dinner. We found out that an earlier My-Time dining seating makes that possible. 6:30 was earlier than we normally eat dinner, but we got an ocean window table the entire cruise and were done in time to catch the entertainment and take and evening stroll on deck.
Independence of the Seas Independence of the Seas - Be open to doing things at off times. Go to the pool early (9a-11a), go to afternoon shows, eat late (8pm) - and the full ship doesn't feel so full.

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