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My wife and I mainly decided to cruise the Jewel because of the wonderful itinerary which included Aruba, Bonaire, nd Curacao or as many will say the ABC islands. This was a 9 day cruise. This was our 10th cruise and our 4th cruise with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on Carnival, Royal, Princess and our last two cruises with Celebrity. We had such a wonderful cruise on the Jewel that we booked another cruise with Royal while on the ship. As our kids are now grown , it was just my wife and I on this cruise. Embarkation was very easy in Miami and boarding went very smoothly. We were on the ship in less than 30 minutes after parking the car, it doesn't get better than that. We went up to the Windjammer for our first meal. My wife and I both thought that the Windjammer Buffet had improved over prior Royal cruises. The food selections were good and the Jewel has wonderful seating inside and out for the Windjammer Buffet. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9, We felt the cabin was a little small and dated but it worked out fine for us. The cabin had plenty of storage places. The seating area was very small and some of the hinges on the doors were damaged but the doors still worked. Overall it was a very clean room and we really enjoyed the location of the cabin. The first two nights we ate at the specialty dining restaurants taking advantage of a buy one get one free deal that Royal Caribbean offers. The first night we ate at Giovanni's and it was very average. The food and the service were both just okay. The second night we ate at Chops Grille and this was our best meal on the trip. The food was excellent and was outdone by the fantastic service we received. The third night was Super Bowl Sunday and they showed the game on the big screen on the pool deck. The drinks and fun were flowing and my wife took some food from the Windjammer which was very good. The next night we were in Aruba until 11pm so our first night in the Main Dining room was not before the 5th night. They sat us at a table where others were just finishing their meal. We enjoyed our time but with them finishing and us just starting, we wondered why they sat us at the table. The food was average and not much of a selection. Service was spotty, my wife would ask for a hot tea with her desert and sometimes it would come and sometimes it would not. On the second formal night, the waiter asked if we would like another lobster tail, we said yes but they never came. The poor waiters get caught up on dancing around, I wish they would just let them do their real job. The entertainment was very good, we enjoyed most of the shows. The comedy shows were excellent. The pool games were fun and we enjoyed playing billiards and ping pong with other couples. We took advantage of the gym and found the equipment to be good and everything in working order. The casino on the Jewel is made for a smoker. It is small so it is almost impossible to avoid the smoke. We still had fun and we honestly won money. We were also given a $500 cruise certificate for a future cruise and we booked another cruise that same day. The ports of call were the main attraction to us for this cruise. Labadee-spent the morning exploring and the afternoon in Amaiga Island, we really enjoyed the island Aruba-we did our own tours-we went 4 wheeling in the morning and a sunset cruise in the afternoon, what a wonderful day and evening we had Bonaire-we rented a golf cart in the morning and snorkeled in the afternoon. Bonaire is the best place I have ever snorkeled, I highly recommend snorkeling in Bonaire with Woodwind. Curacao-we did a day tour, we did snorkel with turtles but this day was very average at best. We did not use any of the children activities. Would we go again on the Jewel-in a split second! The Jewel is a smaller ship so please keep that in mind. It does not have as many toys as the larger ships but because the Jewel is smaller it goes to some really nice places that the bigger ships do not go. Overall we had a wonderful time!

The Jewel shows her age some but still shines

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by springfire

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My wife and I mainly decided to cruise the Jewel because of the wonderful itinerary which included Aruba, Bonaire, nd Curacao or as many will say the ABC islands. This was a 9 day cruise. This was our 10th cruise and our 4th cruise with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on Carnival, Royal, Princess and our last two cruises with Celebrity. We had such a wonderful cruise on the Jewel that we booked another cruise with Royal while on the ship. As our kids are now grown , it was just my wife and I on this cruise.

Embarkation was very easy in Miami and boarding went very smoothly. We were on the ship in less than 30 minutes after parking the car, it doesn't get better than that. We went up to the Windjammer for our first meal. My wife and I both thought that the Windjammer Buffet had improved over prior Royal cruises. The food selections were good and the Jewel has wonderful seating inside and out for the Windjammer Buffet.

We had a balcony cabin on deck 9, We felt the cabin was a little small and dated but it worked out fine for us. The cabin had plenty of storage places. The seating area was very small and some of the hinges on the doors were damaged but the doors still worked. Overall it was a very clean room and we really enjoyed the location of the cabin.

The first two nights we ate at the specialty dining restaurants taking advantage of a buy one get one free deal that Royal Caribbean offers. The first night we ate at Giovanni's and it was very average. The food and the service were both just okay. The second night we ate at Chops Grille and this was our best meal on the trip. The food was excellent and was outdone by the fantastic service we received. The third night was Super Bowl Sunday and they showed the game on the big screen on the pool deck. The drinks and fun were flowing and my wife took some food from the Windjammer which was very good. The next night we were in Aruba until 11pm so our first night in the Main Dining room was not before the 5th night. They sat us at a table where others were just finishing their meal. We enjoyed our time but with them finishing and us just starting, we wondered why they sat us at the table. The food was average and not much of a selection. Service was spotty, my wife would ask for a hot tea with her desert and sometimes it would come and sometimes it would not. On the second formal night, the waiter asked if we would like another lobster tail, we said yes but they never came. The poor waiters get caught up on dancing around, I wish they would just let them do their real job.

The entertainment was very good, we enjoyed most of the shows. The comedy shows were excellent. The pool games were fun and we enjoyed playing billiards and ping pong with other couples. We took advantage of the gym and found the equipment to be good and everything in working order.

The casino on the Jewel is made for a smoker. It is small so it is almost impossible to avoid the smoke. We still had fun and we honestly won money. We were also given a $500 cruise certificate for a future cruise and we booked another cruise that same day.

The ports of call were the main attraction to us for this cruise.

Labadee-spent the morning exploring and the afternoon in Amaiga Island, we really enjoyed the island

Aruba-we did our own tours-we went 4 wheeling in the morning and a sunset cruise in the afternoon, what a wonderful day and evening we had

Bonaire-we rented a golf cart in the morning and snorkeled in the afternoon. Bonaire is the best place I have ever snorkeled, I highly recommend snorkeling in Bonaire with Woodwind.

Curacao-we did a day tour, we did snorkel with turtles but this day was very average at best.

We did not use any of the children activities.

Would we go again on the Jewel-in a split second! The Jewel is a smaller ship so please keep that in mind. It does not have as many toys as the larger ships but because the Jewel is smaller it goes to some really nice places that the bigger ships do not go.

Overall we had a wonderful time!
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6D 9008
Port side cabin towards the front. It was a very quiet cabin. Two decks up to the pool and two decks down to the casino. We loved the location. Balcony had no obstructions. Bed is close to the balcony. Rooms on Jewel are small but lots of storage available. Need more outlets, we were aware prior and took with us an outlet extension. Some hinges are starting to come off on cabinet doors.
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