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We went on the Jewel of the Seas for a 10 day Panama Canal cruise. Unfortunately the cold windy weather started in Miami and followed us for most of the cruise. Day one was a day at sea and a great day to get to know the ship and all that it has to offer. They have a great staff, very friendly and helpful, and almost everyone we came into contact with tried to remember our names. That always amazes me since I have a hard time remembering the names of people I know, never mind strangers. The second day we were supposed to stop in Labadee Haiti, but because of the winds and very high seas, the tender boats could not come out to get us, therefore turning day two into a day at sea also. The activities people did a great job at keeping us entertained. We played Wii baseball and of course on a cruise ship there's always Bingo! Day three was a scheduled day at sea again, and there was plenty to keep us busy. It was another very rough day and some of the outdoors activities had to be cancelled. The ship did a LOT of rocking and rolling. Fortunately for me the only side effect I get from it is I sleep a lot, so it was a very restful day! That night we went to their mystery dinner. It's an extra $49 per person, but it was a lot of fun. We followed the story of a three way affair and the murder of the husband. It started with drinks in the Safari Club and then moved on to dinner at the Portofino's restaurant. The food was great and the show was very entertaining ( I won't give away who did it!) Day four we went to Cartagena Columbia. This was great city and I'll go into it more on the port review. Day five we went through the Panama Canal. What an awesome thing to experience! Again though, I will go into that in the port review. Day six was another sea day. I forgot to mention that the evening entertainment was spectacular. One night they had an Argentina couple who danced the tango with such precision it was just amazing. And to think they did it on a stage that was constantly in motion is even more amazing! There was a juggler who was great, he was very funny and entertaining. He rode a unicycle that was about 7 feet tall with out killing himself and he really got the audience involved in the show. There was also a night with a violinist. I would have thought that would be boring, but I would have been very wrong. He played all genres of music from classical to rock and danced and ran through the theater making it look very easy. He was great! The RC dancers and singers were great too, lots of energy and wonderful voices. Day seven was in Puerto Limon in Costa Rica. Not a very nice port, and hopefully people don't think all of Costa Rica is like that. Day eight was yet another sea day. Day nine was in Grand Cayman I love this island! And the last day was another sea day. I don't know if I like that many sea days, but it was worth it to see the Canal.

Rockin' and Rollin' through the Panama Canal

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by greymomBoston

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We went on the Jewel of the Seas for a 10 day Panama Canal cruise. Unfortunately the cold windy weather started in Miami and followed us for most of the cruise. Day one was a day at sea and a great day to get to know the ship and all that it has to offer. They have a great staff, very friendly and helpful, and almost everyone we came into contact with tried to remember our names. That always amazes me since I have a hard time remembering the names of people I know, never mind strangers. The second day we were supposed to stop in Labadee Haiti, but because of the winds and very high seas, the tender boats could not come out to get us, therefore turning day two into a day at sea also. The activities people did a great job at keeping us entertained. We played Wii baseball and of course on a cruise ship there's always Bingo! Day three was a scheduled day at sea again, and there was plenty to keep us busy. It was another very rough day and some of the outdoors activities had to be cancelled. The ship did a LOT of rocking and rolling. Fortunately for me the only side effect I get from it is I sleep a lot, so it was a very restful day! That night we went to their mystery dinner. It's an extra $49 per person, but it was a lot of fun. We followed the story of a three way affair and the murder of the husband. It started with drinks in the Safari Club and then moved on to dinner at the Portofino's restaurant. The food was great and the show was very entertaining ( I won't give away who did it!) Day four we went to Cartagena Columbia. This was great city and I'll go into it more on the port review. Day five we went through the Panama Canal. What an awesome thing to experience! Again though, I will go into that in the port review. Day six was another sea day. I forgot to mention that the evening entertainment was spectacular. One night they had an Argentina couple who danced the tango with such precision it was just amazing. And to think they did it on a stage that was constantly in motion is even more amazing! There was a juggler who was great, he was very funny and entertaining. He rode a unicycle that was about 7 feet tall with out killing himself and he really got the audience involved in the show. There was also a night with a violinist. I would have thought that would be boring, but I would have been very wrong. He played all genres of music from classical to rock and danced and ran through the theater making it look very easy. He was great! The RC dancers and singers were great too, lots of energy and wonderful voices. Day seven was in Puerto Limon in Costa Rica. Not a very nice port, and hopefully people don't think all of Costa Rica is like that. Day eight was yet another sea day. Day nine was in Grand Cayman I love this island! And the last day was another sea day. I don't know if I like that many sea days, but it was worth it to see the Canal.
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Cabin 3012
Cabin is an average cruise ship size. The window was a round port hole and the waves were so high that they splashed against our windows through the whole cruise. We were near the front of the ship, so we heard the anchors drop when we got to port and we heard the stabilizers while we were sailing. It got noisy because of the high waves. The shower has sliding circular doors so it seems like there is more room than there actually is and it keeps the water from splashing out onto the floor.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cartagena (Colombia)
    Cartagena is a beautiful city. It has a lot of Spanish colonial architecture. It is a walled city built in the 1500's. The wall is still in tact even with the busy traffic driving all around it. There is a great fort that has a lot of history and was built to protect the city form pirates. We took to a private tour of the highlights of the city. When we pulled into port we had nothing planned except to take a taxi to the old town. For $20 each we took a tour with 10 other people and got a lot of the sights included. Our guide was great. He told us he is going to school for tourism and he knew a lot of the history of the city. And to top it all off, his English was great. The old town is an area that you could get around on your own, but with the limited time it was great to see a lot of the sights through the tour.
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  • Grand Cayman
    Grand Cayman is just a great Caribbean port. It has lots of shopping and good food and drinks and it has awesome snorkeling and really great icecream. We went snorkeling over a ship wreck and at cheeseburger reef. Both were just teeming with life. We saw fish in all colors of the rainbow. The water temperature was actually warmer than the air temperature, so it felt good to get into the water. This was our second time in this port, and it doesn't loose it's charm. I would love to go back when the crowds from all the cruise lines aren't there maybe that will be our next trip!
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  • Puerto Limon
    Puerto Limon is a very scary place. I wouldn't say that lightly, but the city itself had a lot of seedy looking people and it was very dirty and run down. Please don't judge Costa Rica by this port! We've been to Guanacaste ( near Liberia airport) a couple of times so far, and it is nothing like this. But, we did have a pretty good day anyway. We took a tour through www.okeydokeytours.com and we had a great time. We had an excellent guide named Jorge and he showed us monkeys, sloths and lots of different flowers and fauna. He was very excited about showing us anything he could, before the rain started. It absolutely poured and unfortunately we were on a boat tour of the tortugero canals at the time. We were soaked! But life is an adventure, so we had fun anyway. We had lunch on the beach, and thankfully the restaurant was under cover. The food was local, rice beans and either chicken, beef or fish, and was very fresh and cooked well. We even had local beers to wash it all down. If you are going there I would highly recommend taking a tour or stay on the ship.
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