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We have always have enjoyed Royals exceptional cruises, traveling mostly out of Florida and Puerta Rico to the all of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America so it was exciting to find this one while planning our trip to Italy. The expectation based on our previous experiences was very sad, we were not impressed. Being optimistic and gracious we will look at Royal in the future however will be more discriminating about our choices. The ports were not as exciting as we anticipated. Excursions were overpriced and not the best choices. We only used Royal for one excursion during this trip, enjoyed our outside excursion choices. The ship was very clean and tidy. Staff was very friendly but unprepared to give information relative to our locations or even happenings on the ship. Entertainment was far less than we've ever encountered on any previous cruising experience, big miss for this cruise.

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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by m.morrow

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We have always have enjoyed Royals exceptional cruises, traveling mostly out of Florida and Puerta Rico to the all of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America so it was exciting to find this one while planning our trip to Italy. The expectation based on our previous experiences was very sad, we were not impressed. Being optimistic and gracious we will look at Royal in the future however will be more discriminating about our choices. The ports were not as exciting as we anticipated. Excursions were overpriced and not the best choices. We only used Royal for one excursion during this trip, enjoyed our outside excursion choices. The ship was very clean and tidy. Staff was very friendly but unprepared to give information relative to our locations or even happenings on the ship. Entertainment was far less than we've ever encountered on any previous cruising experience, big miss for this cruise.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 2505
Just right, we enjoy the quiet and rest of the interior rooms low in the ship. Outside of our first night when I had to go investigate the loud party noise that was going on for three hours at 1:00am; turns out we were next to a crew corridor where I found a dozen crew members sitting around (mostly on the floor), a table spilling over with glasses and bottles of alcohol, having a grand time. I politely told them they were being too loud; they did quickly disburse thankfully.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Acropolis
    Acropolis was great to have done however local directions and information not very good or helpful. Locals not as friendly as elsewhere. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to visit Athens however I didn't expect that the city appeared to be in need of care. To get really anything out of Athens the time in port needs to be extended.
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  • City Tour
    The bus was great affordable, hop on hop off with great information along the way. Lots of stops, well marked and tour bus employee very available to help along the way.
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  • Mykonos
    Again we chose after reviews to walk around on our own. Enjoyed the beautiful views, wondering through the neighborhoods of the island and checking out the Wind Mills. Food was lovely. Appeared to be a good spot for shopping, if that were your thing (it is not ours)
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  • Private Tour
    Suggestion from the Rick Steve's Italy Tour guide. Was a great experience, guide friendly and witty. Good overall experience. Downside only time for a little taste of the area. We did Sorrento, Amalfi Coast Drive, Limoncello factory, and Pompeii. I might suggest picking just one to focus on. I hope to visit this area again.
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  • Lindos Walking Tour
    Nice walking experience with ruins and chance to travel the roads of the island coastline. The tour guide was interesting. However, on return to the port we explored the local city and Castle, had a wonderful snack and drink in the square; this was the best part of our day! Regretted spending the money on the excursion.
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  • Rome (Civitavecchia)
    We came to the cruise after 16 days in Italy. Driving into the port to drop off the car was not easy. We drove around for an hour trying to find Avis, asked several people at and around the port where to go without any luck. Google map was not helpful either. We happened to see the tiny sign after much effort and was directed by the Avis personal to leave the car in the street (very uncomfortable for Americans). Dragging our luggage to the port shuttle not fun and directions at the port check in not helpful. Needs more signs and some friendly faces for direction.
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  • Santorini
    Disappointed at first. The postcard view was no where to be found, yes white coastal buildings, a handful of blue roofs, and the water was beautiful to look at with no apparent way to access it. We failed to do our homework on this one although after talking to others who took excursions of all sorts they too expressed feeling disappointed. In the end we had a very memorable experience, near death you might say. Relying on local maps and locals we walked "hiked" unexpectedly the whole way from the chair lift at Fira to Oia, 7.2 miles... Oh! had we known... At the end we enjoyed a quick local meal and lots of water (we didn't have any with us for the journey), waited 1hr 20 min for the local bus that comes every 20mins ha, no taxis available, after being dropped at the wrong stop ran back to the lift and down to catch the last tender back to the ship. In the end I guess we conquered Santorini after she pushed us on.
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  • Taormina (Messina)
    Enjoyed walking the streets ourselves. The church in the main square was beautiful and the moving clock in its tower was a must see. Easy to grab a Cappicino and visit the market.
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