June 2014 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern
(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.