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We sailed the Jewel of the seas as being our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Previously, last year we sailed on MSC Meraviglia, then the 4th largest liner in the world, therefore Jewel of the seas is Much Smaller. That meant initially we didn’t have high expectations. But it turned out to be better than all our other cruises. I will split this review into many sections. Embarkation: We flew into Rome Fiuminchino (excuse spelling); it was there we were met by Royal Carribean reps. They were genuinely nice and had a smile on their faces. They led us to a lovely, cool and comfy, air conditioned coach. Transfer to the ship was hassle free. Once we got to Civvitavecha cruise terminal, it only took 20 mins to get aboard. Stateroom: We were in an interior cabin located on deck 7. It was spotless and splendid. It met all our needs: Kettle, tea/coffee faculties, fridge, safe, hair dryer and a flat screen tv etc. Only downside is the TV was quite slow at responding. Our cabin steward Lemech always went above and beyond and made us always feel welcome. He was the best crew member I’ve ever had an encounter with on a cruise. He really does deserve a raise. There was little noise at night, beds were comfy and sheets were changed regularlily. Bathroom was spotless and towels replaced daily. I really can’t complain here. Food: From the Buffet (Windjammer) to the speciality restaurants, everything aboard the Jewel was the best. We ate breakfast in the buffet each day and it had everything you could possibly need: fruit, continental breakfast, American breakfast, a wide Range of cereal and drinks etc. The food tasted like heaven but better. Lunch was again ate in the windjammer. It had a different theme each day, eg; taste of Italy. All lunches had a wide range of food and again Tasted amazing. Dinner was spent in Tides Dinning room - deck 5. “My time dinning” is a gem. We got a table whenever we wanted and served straight away. Food was again lovely, however portion sizes can be small. Service on the other hand is out of this world. Entertainment: For kids there was plenty, slides, pool, golf, table tennis, cinema etc. For teens there was a huge teen programme that was very successful according to people in our group. It was brilliant and they made many friends through many activities. For adults there is the gym which had amazing facilities for the size of the ship. I can’t comment on the spa as I never used it. There is also ample sun lounges for people, even on days at sea. There is never a need to rush. At this stage, I could write a book with things to say, but here is a few general things: -poolside bar staff is amazing, brilliant atmosphere at night especially watching the World Cup on the big screen. -Latte Tudes is a gem. Use it. -Shows at night where a let down, but that didn’t phase us, as there was plenty else to do else where. Disembarkation: painless. We where first off ship at 0645, and we where through the terminal and onto the transfer back to the airport by 0700. Jewel was amazing, would do again 100%. Quick word on ports: Santorini - we hoped on the tender and took the cable car up. 6 Euro pp. we walked about and shopped, absorbing the local culture. We walked back down the donkey track which was an amazing experience, although u do feel sorry for them. Something needs to be done to Stop the treatment of them. Mykonos - did not get off, sun bathed at the amazing pool facilities onboard. Athens- we got off, and found a taxi driver. For 150 Euro, 5 of us got a 6hr tour around Athens which included visits to Acropolis, Olympic Stadium, Various Viewpoints, Parliament and shopping stops. Well worth it. Do not book expensive excursions. Do it yourself and you’ll really get to absorb life in the city. Katakolon- quiet port, beautiful sandy beach for relaxing is within a 10 min walk.

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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by jbpn

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We sailed the Jewel of the seas as being our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Previously, last year we sailed on MSC Meraviglia, then the 4th largest liner in the world, therefore Jewel of the seas is Much Smaller. That meant initially we didn’t have high expectations. But it turned out to be better than all our other cruises. I will split this review into many sections.

Embarkation: We flew into Rome Fiuminchino (excuse spelling); it was there we were met by Royal Carribean reps. They were genuinely nice and had a smile on their faces. They led us to a lovely, cool and comfy, air conditioned coach. Transfer to the ship was hassle free. Once we got to Civvitavecha cruise terminal, it only took 20 mins to get aboard.

Stateroom: We were in an interior cabin located on deck 7. It was spotless and splendid. It met all our needs: Kettle, tea/coffee faculties, fridge, safe, hair dryer and a flat screen tv etc. Only downside is the TV was quite slow at responding. Our cabin steward Lemech always went above and beyond and made us always feel welcome. He was the best crew member I’ve ever had an encounter with on a cruise. He really does deserve a raise. There was little noise at night, beds were comfy and sheets were changed regularlily. Bathroom was spotless and towels replaced daily. I really can’t complain here.

Food: From the Buffet (Windjammer) to the speciality restaurants, everything aboard the Jewel was the best. We ate breakfast in the buffet each day and it had everything you could possibly need: fruit, continental breakfast, American breakfast, a wide Range of cereal and drinks etc. The food tasted like heaven but better. Lunch was again ate in the windjammer. It had a different theme each day, eg; taste of Italy. All lunches had a wide range of food and again Tasted amazing. Dinner was spent in Tides Dinning room - deck 5. “My time dinning” is a gem. We got a table whenever we wanted and served straight away. Food was again lovely, however portion sizes can be small. Service on the other hand is out of this world.

Entertainment: For kids there was plenty, slides, pool, golf, table tennis, cinema etc. For teens there was a huge teen programme that was very successful according to people in our group. It was brilliant and they made many friends through many activities. For adults there is the gym which had amazing facilities for the size of the ship. I can’t comment on the spa as I never used it. There is also ample sun lounges for people, even on days at sea. There is never a need to rush.

At this stage, I could write a book with things to say, but here is a few general things:

-poolside bar staff is amazing, brilliant atmosphere at night especially watching the World Cup on the big screen.

-Latte Tudes is a gem. Use it.

-Shows at night where a let down, but that didn’t phase us, as there was plenty else to do else where.

Disembarkation: painless. We where first off ship at 0645, and we where through the terminal and onto the transfer back to the airport by 0700.

Jewel was amazing, would do again 100%.

Quick word on ports:

Santorini - we hoped on the tender and took the cable car up. 6 Euro pp. we walked about and shopped, absorbing the local culture. We walked back down the donkey track which was an amazing experience, although u do feel sorry for them. Something needs to be done to Stop the treatment of them.

Mykonos - did not get off, sun bathed at the amazing pool facilities onboard.

Athens- we got off, and found a taxi driver. For 150 Euro, 5 of us got a 6hr tour around Athens which included visits to Acropolis, Olympic Stadium, Various Viewpoints, Parliament and shopping stops. Well worth it. Do not book expensive excursions. Do it yourself and you’ll really get to absorb life in the city.

Katakolon- quiet port, beautiful sandy beach for relaxing is within a 10 min walk.
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Cabin 2V 7583
As the saying goes “less is more”. Cabin had everything you could possibly need and was always spotless and well maintained. It was located in a prominent positions and was very peaceful.
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