Sail Date: March 2018
Poor food and not enough staff within the evening dining. Awful entertainment (with the exception of Tango in Buenos Aires and the ship orchestra). Food within the Windjammer (buffet) was OK. Nothing to rave about. Staff on the cruise, ... Read More
Poor food and not enough staff within the evening dining. Awful entertainment (with the exception of Tango in Buenos Aires and the ship orchestra). Food within the Windjammer (buffet) was OK. Nothing to rave about. Staff on the cruise, for the most part, were definitely not motivated and were observed to be berated by management when doing something wrong. I mentioned to my spouse that RC was the cruise line of "no". Instead of bending over backwards in order to satisfy a request, their immediate response was always "no" instead of "let me see what we can do for you". Overall, I would gauge this cruise line as a small step above Carnival. Not a luxury cruise line...not even close. If you desire a cruise line just to get drunk on, this will do for you. If you want a more luxurious cruise line, then skip RC. Thank you for listening. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Traveled on the Jewel of the Seas which is a smaller vessel with approximately 2900 passengers. The crew was amazing in every department, always having a smile. You could really tell they wanted to provide an amazing level of service. ... Read More
Traveled on the Jewel of the Seas which is a smaller vessel with approximately 2900 passengers. The crew was amazing in every department, always having a smile. You could really tell they wanted to provide an amazing level of service. The overall food experience in the main dining was superb even for a cruise. I was pleasantly surprised by the presentation and taste mostly in the evening. The shows were of very high quality. The energy in the Centrum was upbeat. We had one particular team member in the dining room that managed to remember everyone's name from the very first day - Amal. Overall the staff was incredible. The only experience I would change was the Cruise shopping Director. Of all the stops, St Lucia was the one I would not repeat. We went to the beach and were bombarded by people selling constantly and it was very hard to truly enjoy the experience. They will charge you in the public beach for using chairs and umbrellas and overall their demeanor is not pleasant. If you stop there take an excursion. The room was a balcony and it was great. Drinking coffee in the mornings or having a moonlit drink in the balcony is a fantastic experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We are a family of 6 (4 boys ages 8-14), traveling with friends and their son. Chose this cruise for the great itinerary. Sailed out of San Juan. on 3/25. Flight landed at around 11am - Transfers and Embarkation were very easy and we ... Read More
We are a family of 6 (4 boys ages 8-14), traveling with friends and their son. Chose this cruise for the great itinerary. Sailed out of San Juan. on 3/25. Flight landed at around 11am - Transfers and Embarkation were very easy and we were on the ship by 12:30. I've only been on one other cruise (Celebrity Constellation) - so my judgements about Jewel were in comparison the Constellation. The ship overall was beautiful - very open with great views everywhere. Just the right size for us as I knew that my kids could never be too far. I also love the open centrum area and the fact that in many parts of the ship you could look in both directions and see out the windows on both sides. We were in cabins 7144 and 7146 (adjoining) - Balcony rooms. They are supposed to be for 3-4 people, but I can't imagine stuffing more than 3 in these rooms. I shared a room with my 12 year old and 8 year old and it was pretty tight (seemed smaller than our equivilant room on the Constellation). One of the reason that I can't give 5 stars overall is because of the bathroom. Besides being VERY cramped (also smaller than constellation), there was a sewage odor (in cabin 7144) from the first minute that we stepped in the room. I told our stateroom attendendant - and maintenance did come down the next day to address the issue, but there was little to no improvement. The bathroom was very clean - so obviously the smell was coming from somewhere withing. It really smelled like a port-a-potty - and if the bathroom door was open, the smell seeped into the room. Our other cabin 7166 didn't seem to have as much of an odor. The size of the balcony was standard - enough to fit 2 chairs and a table. Our stateroom attendant, Kisna was outstanding. She always got us everything we needed, attended to the room every morning and night (always got me ice when I asked) and towel animals every night - which my 8 year old looked forward to every day. She knew all of our names instantly and was always very friendly with all of us - especially our kids! Our friends were in room 7162 - same type of room, but their balcony was 2x the size becuase of the way the ship extended on their end). Their stateroom attendant, Dalton, was also so nice - knew all of our names, was helpful when we had questions and was very friendly with all of our boys. Dining - we ate in the MDR 4 nights. Our waiter, Norberto and assistant Ngurah were both top notch. Very professional and attentive. I brought by own wine into the dining room and Ngurah always made sure my glass was filled -and since I didn't finish the bottle the first night, he offered to keep it for the next nights dinner. We can't say enough great things about them. The food in the MDR was ok - some things were great, others a bit disappointing. Lobster was offered on night 6 and it was very good. Other items that stand out as being really good were the mushroom soup and crab cakes. Desserts were nothing special. Windjammer: surprisingly very good. I am not usually big on buffets, but there was a ton of variety (many things in the buffet that were also offered in the MDR). We ate there for breakfast every day - the omlette station is awesome - you order what you want and they give you a pager to pick it up when it's ready (only about 5 min), so no standing around waiting for it to be done. Lots of variety - I can't think of anything that they DIDN'T have! Only had lunch there 2 days (1st and last) - but both were great as were the 3 dinners that we ate there. Like the MDR, the desserts weren't great (a lot of pies - all with the same base and different toppings). There is an ice cream machine which my group definitely got their money out of! Entertainment: We saw the love and marriage show - kind of awkward as 2 of the 3 couples seemed very dysfunctional (sorry if they are reading this!). And it was way too long. We left halfway throught. We didn't bother with any of the other headliner shows b/c of the bad reviews. We did however go to the centrum on the 80's and 70's theme nights - which were VERY fun. Great music, full dance floor. Don't miss the 70's night - Andreas and his entertainers were extra entertaining that night. All of the members of entertainment team were excellent and extremely hard working. We did trivia in the Schooner (7 -7:30) about 4 times - good place for the groups to gather before dinner. The family feud show wasn't very good, but the Quest was very funny - would definitely recommend that. I was also happy to be able to cheer on my Villanova Wildcats in the NCAA tournament (final 4!) in the sports bar My 12 and 8 year olds loved the rock wall and they all enjoyed the pool and ping pong tables - and the movie theatre was cool too! They Didn't do anything with the kids club. This was a sold out cruise with 600 kids on board but I wouldn't have known it if someone didn't tell me. I was more bothered by some of the rude adults (usually in the buffet) than any kids. Oh - and on day 6 I saw a dog- unleashed running around the windjammer buffet area - ugh - also annoying. Service througout the ship was mostly very good. The female bartender in the Schooner always knew what my husband wanted and made great drinks (the male at the same bar was not very good - didn't know how to make the drinks even after consulting the menu for the recipes!) I did not get the drink plan but brought my alotted bottles of wine on board and bought a few drinks (which were extremely expensive!). There offered a beer package - early - either on day 2 or 3, but the 10 drinks package wasn't offered until day 5 so I didn't get it. PORTS: St Thomas: We took a cab to Magan's Bay and it was great. Bar/restaurant up and running and the bathrooms were gorgeous! I'm pretty sure they were JUST opened b/c I read just a few weeks ago that there were still only port-a-potty's there. Beautiful calm beach, blue water, white sand and our cab driver stopped a couple times along the way for photos. St. KItts: We took a cab to Cockleshell Beach which was also beautiful with plenty of places for drink/food. Tip: the beach in front of Reggae isnt that nice. Walk down a little to the right to Mundo's for a nicer beach area (cheaper chairs/umbrellas too). Antigua: We went to Dickenson Bay and it was our favorite beach. The bluest, calmest water and whitest sand - just serene! Tip: if the cab drops you at Ana's and you don't want to pay that much, walk farther right past sandles, down to Sneaky Petes - reasonable chairs/umbrellas, nice little bar, good friendly service. St Lucia: we booked our own excursion with Cosol tours - and it was as great as the reviews said it would be. Unfortunately it rained much of the day, but our driver, Yellowbird, made it fun nonetheless and we always felt SAFE with him! Barbados: We booked our own excursion with Action Charters (Stiletto Catamaran) - snorkeled with turtles and had a great lunch. Again - some rain, but still a great day. Personally I don't think it really matters who you book the snorkel tour with b/c they all take you to the spot where the turtles are and you are are snorkeling together - there must have been over 100 people snorkeling in the same area. Our guides did a very good job of keeping track of us though. My only complaint about this cruise (besides the bathroom smell) would probably be the nickel and diming (I felt like there a lot of extra charges) - but despite those things, I would still recommend this cruise and itinerary - and especially the beautiful ship!! Happy to answer any questions... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Don't understand the many "ship is showing its age" comments-- it is beautiful & well-maintained. We have cruised RCI 6 times, 2x on Jewel, 3x on this class--this is our favorite ship--not too big, elegantly ... Read More
Don't understand the many "ship is showing its age" comments-- it is beautiful & well-maintained. We have cruised RCI 6 times, 2x on Jewel, 3x on this class--this is our favorite ship--not too big, elegantly "nautical" in style, bright & sunny, love the outdoor dining at the Windjammer. If you want a floating shopping mall and amusement park, & a 15 minute hike to dinner with 4K of your BFFs, then choose Oasis class; if you want to know you're actually on a ship--this is perfect. Similarly, the complaints about food are unfounded. The Windjammer is a buffet--no buffet is a 5 (or 4) star dining experience. Some of the salads were monotonous, but generally, it's good food, varied & well presented. The MDR consistently turns out excellent food, superbly served. RCI does this for thousands, daily, at an amazing price-point. Bartenders are excellent-- but note, and here I'll lodge a few complaints-- it seems RCI has abandoned specialty drinks at different bars and adopted a ship-wide bar menu, which gets boring. If you get a drinks package, always check in the MDR to see you receive the discount on wine bottles--for 3 cruises now, this is mysteriously "forgotten," at about half the dinners . . . interesting. MDR also charges for a large bottle of sparkling water, whereas little ones are in the package, and they won't give you little ones in the MDR: nit-picky, cheap, irritating. Lastly, we don't do specialty dining, as we see no point in paying extra for something we can get better ashore. With each succeeding cruise, we have noticed RCI flogging the daylights out of these "experiences" more. Must we say "No" every single day? Yes. As on every RCI cruise, the ship's orchestra is excellent, the shows are decently entertaining if occasionally cheesy. Staff service everywhere is excellent. Simply put, we love the Jewel --and in general RCI, although there has certainly been a rather annoying increase in the upselling and surcharging over the years. San Juan--always a wonderful place. St. Thomas--still much hurricane damage. St. Kitts--lovely, but so poor. Antigua--a bit dull, but watching the ship turn around in that tiny harbor was amazing. St. Lucia--what a magnificent, lush, fun, happy island--our favorite! Barbados--fantastic beaches. And rum . . . from what I can remember . . . Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We wanted to try Royal Caribbean because we have heard good things. Every experience was excellent. The staff was amazing and the food was very good. The beds were a little uncomfortable but no bed is like your own. We loved snorkeling in ... Read More
We wanted to try Royal Caribbean because we have heard good things. Every experience was excellent. The staff was amazing and the food was very good. The beds were a little uncomfortable but no bed is like your own. We loved snorkeling in Antigua. We went out to the 3 mile long reef and saw a large variety of colorful fish. We shopped for our wedding and engagement rings in St. Kitts. Their prices were very good and they allowed me to size my ring and design it that day. I really enjoyed the dining experiences. Beautiful atmosphere in every restaurant. Every thing went very smoothly and quickly. We will definitely go on a Royal Caribbean ship for our future cruise. All of the excursions were good, We snorkeled at a few different locations and Antigua was our favorite. The locals were very nice and we never had any trust issues. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
To start with a perspective, this was my first cruise. So I can’t compare this ship to others. We had a balcony cabin: D2 (9552). I found it more spacious than I was expecting, with a couch that was perfect for chilling on. The ... Read More
To start with a perspective, this was my first cruise. So I can’t compare this ship to others. We had a balcony cabin: D2 (9552). I found it more spacious than I was expecting, with a couch that was perfect for chilling on. The balcony had two chairs, but no lounger. But it wasn’t tiny. I was surprised how much storage there was, including under the bed for your luggage assuming the bag is a small check-in size. The shower had great water pressure and the shower stall was a little larger than I was expecting too, though I’m on the short side. Really big/tall people might elbow the sides a bit. Again, good storage in there too with decent counter-space and a long shelf under the sink. There was a safe in the room. They don’t provide or even allow irons in the room, so that might be a bummer for some. There was also no laundry room on the ship, which I thought was dumb. The ship itself was recently refreshed. Everything was therefore in good condition. Even so, aesthetically it’s a little dated. The main dining room, Tides, had decent if not great food. The service could be hit or miss. The specialty restaurants were definitely better. Chops Grill being the best. Food and service there were very good. Giovanni’s was still good food but the staff seemed less well trained than Chops. The buffet, Windjammer, was decent, with a large outdoor seating area behind in nice weather if the inside is too busy. There was a coffee cafe, Cafe Lattitudes, served good Illys coffee drinks. Vintages, the wine bar near Chops and Giovanni’s, was cozy and had a good wine list. The Schooner and Safari bars were cozy and old-fashioned with lots of dark polished wood. The outdoor pool was a decent size, with another nice indoor pool next to it (the “Solarium”) with a Thai theme. Had a good massage on the spa, which wasn’t Canyon Ranch luxurious but still nice. The gym was good too, with free classes and plenty of machines, at least when I went. The staff did a good job and were polite and professional in general, but I didn’t find them especially friendly. The service in Tides main dining room could be pretty neglectful actually. I hope RC treats them well. Overall I’d say the ship was a nice middle-sized ship. It wasn’t great, but I was satisfied with it. However, those who want something more luxe or modern should probably pick a different ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I have been on three cruises before, all visiting the southern Caribbean. The most recent two (December 2014 and December 2015) were Carnival Cruises on the Valor and Liberty. This time we wanted to go back to Royal Caribbean (hadn't ... Read More
I have been on three cruises before, all visiting the southern Caribbean. The most recent two (December 2014 and December 2015) were Carnival Cruises on the Valor and Liberty. This time we wanted to go back to Royal Caribbean (hadn't used them since our first in March of 2005). All of the reviews for this ship and this cruise weren't quite as good when compared to the Carnivals... but I'm not sure why after taking this cruise. The Jewel of the Seas is a beautiful ship that feels exceptionally well taken care of and recently updated. You will be hard-pressed to find anything worn/broken/damaged or not functioning on this ship. Compared to the Carnival ships, the Jewel is definitely less 'flashy'. Carnival ships seem to all have a strong theme that is carried throughout. The Jewel is much more understated, but it is in no way less grand. The Jewel's theme is simply nautical, but they really nailed it. There's bright brass work, model ships, dark glossy wood, and white sailing rope everywhere, and I have never seen so much clean glass on a cruise ship before. The elevator doors and upper-deck railings specifically are all glass. So while this is not a huge ship, it feels larger than it is, and you're never missing a beautiful view of the sea or port. The atrium (lobby) is very beautiful, and there is never a lack of entertainment or something to see there. There are two swimming pools onboard the Jewel, only one of which is outside. We did not use the adult-focused indoor (although glass covered) pool. The two Carnival ships each had two outdoor pools, one in the center, and one in the rear of the ship which was always quieter and closer to food. Even with the sea day though, the Jewel's solo pool didn't feel too over-crowded. Compared to the Carnival Liberty and Valor, the Jewel's pool area is arranged very differently. The Carnival ships felt like the upper decks all cascaded to the pool, there were many levels where one could sit or stand and observe the pool area's entertainment. The Jewel isn't like this, it's much more traditional with lounge chairs all around the pool, but few upper areas to observe from. The movie screen and bars are also less centrically located, but they are still just steps away from the pool. I am a person who is normally very good with directions and knowing exactly where I am onboard a ship. On the Carnival ships, I could walk around the ship in an hour or two and then know exactly how to get where I want to go. I was for some reason never able to get this same feeling with the Jewel. I think the pool area design and lack of the big red Carnival exhaust tail made it more difficult for me to discern which way I was headed (front or back) many times. The last two cruises we had an upper-deck stateroom with a balcony. We enjoyed the big glass sliding doors and a little bit of outdoor space. This time around, we decided to just go with an 'outdoor' stateroom. Our cabin, 3590, just had a large porthole window. It let in tons of light, and this room felt bigger than our balcony rooms on the Carnivals. We would absolutely stay in a cabin like this again. We're only in there to shower and sleep, so we didn't miss the balcony at all. The room was very clean, minus some loose cabinet doors in the bathroom. It was also very close to the elevators. Food onboard the Jewel was fantastic- but I am no foodie. We had each breakfast in the Windjammer cafe, and everything was always good. The only complaint was orange juice... many days it was very hard to come by, and we had to wait through half of our meal before a waiter would bring it to us (buffet was out frequently). It's also not typical 'American' orange juice, it tasted more like Sunny D. We always had lunch out on the island. We did 6:30 for dinners in the main Tides dining room. We were always seated quickly, and always had wonderful meals. Yes, the menu doesn't change a lot, but I only ate three different meals throughout the week by my choice. Appetizers, entrees, and deserts were all excellent by my stands. The service was also fantastic, everybody onboard this ship is very personable, friendly, and prompt. We did the drink package on this trip, and we bought the package while it was on-sale a few weeks before the trip. This is definitely the way to do the drink package, it was $20 more per person per day onboard the ship. Bar service was great, but I always had to ask for a straw and frequently got low-grade vodka/spirits if I didn't specially ask for Goose/Titos/Stoli (no extra charge). Most drinks were one shotters, but that was fine since we could have as many as we wanted. Make friends with a bar tender, throw him a tip, and the drinks suddenly have 2+ oz of booze in them. We found it best to tip a bar tender a $5 once and then try to find him/her more often then not. There is a large gratuity associated with the drink package, so did not feel obligated to tip each bar tender for each drink. Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze. We spent maybe 3-5 minutes getting on the ship! Much faster than Carnival, and that wasn't even bad. We flew into San Juan from Cleveland the morning of our cruise. We arrived to SJU at noon, and were at the ship by 12:45. Our cabin wasn't ready until about 4, so we had a few drinks up by the pool and explored a bit. Luggage was delivered before 6pm. The muster station drill was easier, and quicker than the Carnival cruises. We dropped our luggage outside our cabin on our last night (by 11pm) and were able to quickly pick it up on the last morning just off the ship. The only line was for customs and that took maybe 20 minutes. Ports of call- come on. These are some of the best islands in the Caribbean. St. Lucia is my favorite place on earth. But a tip to any cruiser- never just get off the ship and stay in the port city. I liken this to flying into say New York City's Newark Liberty Airport and then complaining how ugly New York City is because you never left the airport. Get out and explore! Rent a car, take an excursion, see the island. I had been to all of these islands at least twice except Antigua, this was my first visit. Antigua felt a bit like Aruba, more arid and dry than tropical like St. Lucia. We rented a car and drove around the entire island, visiting Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard. We concluded the afternoon at Turner's Beach with lunch and a few hours at the beach and in the crystal clear warm turquoise water. I would visit Antigua again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to. St. Lucia remains my favorite place on earth. We rented a new cheap car in Castries, and immediately headed south. The roads are paved, but rough and very twisty. Be sure to stop at Marigot Bay, it's beyond breathtaking. The pitons and southern resorts are to die for, however. We have stayed at many of these places before, so we felt comfortable walking in and exploring and taking pictures. If you haven't stayed there before, just say you're visiting for lunch or for a drink. Ladera, Sugar Beach, Jade Mountain, and Anse Chastanet are our favorite places to visit. The only unfortunate thing is time, it takes 90+ minutes to get from port down to the pitons (twin mountains), and the same time to return. So this takes a substantial chunk of time away from sight seeing. Barbados is as beautiful as always, though the west coast's beaches seem to be eroding, and our favorite beach bar, Mullins, was closed for some reason. We found another place a mile or so south and had a great afternoon with lunch, rum punch, and time at the beach. The only excursion we did was on St. Kitts. We did the same excursion in December of 2015, and loved it enough to do it again! It's called "Catamaran Fan-ta-Sea to Nevis with snorkel and Beach Adventure". Meeting up with others in our group was easy, and we were soon on the catamaran. It was a blast as always, with ample time to snorkel and then get to Nevis with time to explore. It wasn't over-crowded in the least, and the weather was perfect. Entertainment onboard the Jewel wasn't rated well- but it exceeded my expectations. The Carnival cruises made it slightly easier to see/do more, and know exactly what is going on where. But the Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass includes a list of events and activities that will keep you busy to midnight. We caught each show in the main theatre, and they were impressive by my standards. Carnival had a lot more comedy though, which I missed on this cruise. Don't take this cruise just for the ship. While it's a beautiful ship with great food and adequate entertainment, it isn't a floating fortress like the new ones. There is still golf, basketball, pools etc, but none of the crazy stuff that the newest ones offer. We took this cruise for the ports of call, and none of them disappointed. The weather was perfect, everything was great. Nit-picky complaints: Catching an elevator frequently took some time, and then they stopped at almost every floor on the way up or down. The stairs were often faster, even with so many elevators in each bank. Orange juice was occasionally difficult to come by, as aforementioned. Not as many comedians (only one, two sets) compared to Carnival. Over-all, I would absolutely take this cruise again, or sail on this ship again. Royal and Carnival are nearly equal, it just comes down to the better pricing and ports of call over 7 days. It's the itinerary of this cruise that made us book it, 6 islands in 7 days, with only one day at sea. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The staff in the MDR were great. Very friendly. The food itself in the MDR wasn't the best main dining room food I have had. The choices were minimal and repeated, and the flavor wasn't there. Appetizers and desserts seem to be better ... Read More
The staff in the MDR were great. Very friendly. The food itself in the MDR wasn't the best main dining room food I have had. The choices were minimal and repeated, and the flavor wasn't there. Appetizers and desserts seem to be better done. By the 3rd day, I just ordered two apps and skipped the main course. My daughter has celiac disease, so she needs gluten free food. We ordered a GF pizza from the WJ on embarkation day. She ended up with food poisoning from it and spent the next two days in bed. I took her down to medical on day two. They were very kind to here. A shot later and she started to feel better. Guest Services were nice, but exceedingly slow. I stood in line one time for 25 minutes. I was 3rd in line with 4 people working. A different time, it took TWO CALLS and 30 minutes to get someone to our room when we smelled (non cigarette) smoke. Scary. All 3 of our shore excursion attempts at St. Thomas were canceled. I opted for location vendors for the rest of the stops. Those were all great. Entertainment could have been better. The comedian was so bad, he was heckled by a 9 year old. The dancers seemed to dislike being there. However, the illusionist was great. The orchestra (band) were really good! The Cruise Director was quite entertaining as well. There was a lot of onboard activities to do. Sea day was the best one I have had on any cruise. Great job to Andrea! While this first experience for us was so bad it became a joke (hubby ended up with food poisoning later in the week), I think it's probably a one off. I'll go on Royal again, but I may plan to budget for specialty dining. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
5 years ago I decided to try RCCL on the Jewel of the Seas, coming over from Carnival. I was total won over and was highly impressed with RCCL and JOTS. Fast forward 5 years, and my mind is blown on how much it has changed and not in a ... Read More
5 years ago I decided to try RCCL on the Jewel of the Seas, coming over from Carnival. I was total won over and was highly impressed with RCCL and JOTS. Fast forward 5 years, and my mind is blown on how much it has changed and not in a good way. I am now truly thinking about other lines. Here are the changes that have reflected my difference in opinion: 1. Staffing changes - it appeared that the staff was reduced by 50%, causing those who already have a tough work schedule to work even more. The staff were trying their hardest to please but they were just over worked. Kudos to the staff on this, shame on you RCCL. 2. Room Size- room size has changed and it was a tremendous difference. Although the sq footage was minimal it made a huge difference in the room. The rooms have narrowed so much you can't even store your luggage under the bed. I was forced to share my side of the closet with my husband in order to store the luggage on his side of the closet. 3. Food Quality Windjammer & MDR - Poor, Poor, Poor. The food was tasteless, low quality and the same food was repeated every 2-3 days. Most of my vacation I was forced to eat in the Specialty dining room just to have a quality meal, thus costing me more. 4. Shore Excursions - not much of a choice, high priced and not worth the money. Go private tours if you go Jewel. 5. Shows - where were they? I saw 3 nights out of 7 have a show but they were the same shows I saw last year on another ship. RCCL you used to be a quality line, pick up your game or your going to lose alot of passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We loved the ports of call on this cruise (St Thomas, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados) but noticed that in San Juan and St Thomas, we got the less developed port. Other ports nearby had more to offer, especially San Juan. I ... Read More
We loved the ports of call on this cruise (St Thomas, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados) but noticed that in San Juan and St Thomas, we got the less developed port. Other ports nearby had more to offer, especially San Juan. I didn't use any of the ship's excursions, I booked everything on my own. Entertainment: the comedian was very good, we also enjoyed the dance party and other entertainment in the centrum. We couldn't hear well enough at the outdoor movie and the indoor movie times never lined up with our plans. The same movies were available on your TV but for $12.99. Dining was ok, I've had better and I've had worse. The steak house was pretty good, the sushi place was even better and the Italian restaurant was surprisingly the best meal we had on the ship! Highly recommend that one! Late night snacking was lacking and the buffet was a lot of repeats. Service on the ship was better than average, friendly and most spoke english. The layout of the ship was...well, it was just stupid, honestly. It didn't make a lot of sense and was harder to navigate than any other ship I've been on. Read Less
Jewel of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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