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Jewel of the Seas

June 2014 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Why I will probably not cruise Royal Caribbean again.

(1)  We reserved our hotel near the "normal" cruise ship docks, but RC docked on the other side of the city, costing us excessive taxi fares.  (2) There were virtually no water fountains on the ship.  There was one in the fitness center, but after the first day, it carried an inop sign.  When we purchased bottles of water to quench our thirst, they charged an additional gratuity fee in addition to the one we paid in our original contract.  (3)  In the daily bulletin, they stated that no shorts, tank tops, etc. could be worn at the evening meal in the Windjammer, (the buffet).  Fortunately most passengers ignored this.  (4)  The ballroom dancing was very inadequate or undesireable.  They had two good bands, but always relegated them to the Centrum which had very inadequate seating as well as being a heavily trafficked area  of the ship, which made dancing almost impossible because of auxillary traffic through that area.  They had several night club type venues that would have been very good for this, but they had less important functions going on in these or they were idle.  (5)  Some of the fitness machines needed some maintenance.  (6) The meeting with the captain and other officers of the ship was excellent, except for the cruise director.  When registering our complaints with her, she just responded with, "I'm sorry".  (7)  Some of the auditorium performances were good, others were not.  Also the timing of the stage performances seemed to be such that we had to miss other functions or dinner. (8)  Our room attendant was very good, but we have never had a bad room attendant on any of our other cruises.  We normally cruise on Norwegian.

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Bridgetown, Barbados - We just went ashore on our own, and just exlored Bridgetown . We did some shopping here.
Castries, St. Lucia - St Lucia was great. Our tour took us to various parts of the island, and particularly to the Pitons, that are almost always pictured of St. Lucia. We endured a little bit strenous hike up to heaven (as they said), but it was good exercise.
St. John's, Antigua - This was an interesting tour, but we did not receive our free drink that was promised!
Basseterre, St. Kitts - We bought the narrow gauge train tour that circled the island. This was excellent, except we had to endure a lot of exhaust odors from the engine.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We enjoyed San Juan a lot except for Royal Caribbean being at the other (Pan American) port which cost us excessive taxi fare.
Jewel of the Seas Jewel of the Seas - There was a nice circular bar near the pool, that served only drinks. On Norwegian, that same venue was a "standup or takeaway eatery". On a particular evening what they were serving in one of the cover charge restaurants was the same as in the buffet. I'll take the buffett any day!

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