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About 5 years since last RC cruise, been on Princess in the interim. Last RC cruise was also on Jewel (prior to latest refurb). Ship in nice condition, good itinerary, great weather, fun to watch Super Bowl. RC has changed and not for the better. Staff numbers reduced, they work hard and have good attitudes but you can see they are stretched. Menus (buffet and dining room) are reduced and repetitive with mediocre food. In dining they are pushing you toward their upsell menu items (at 30 bucks it's like they are not giving you any credit for the base meal) or heading to a specialty restaurant. Daily activities are also cut back compared to the "good old days". Even the Filipino cover band had a head count reduction (no drummer). In summary, a good cruise experience but not up to what we've had with Princess recently, IMHO RC comes up short in the value department currently.

Nice ship and itinerary, too much cost cutting on staff and meals.

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by mur500ray

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Trip Details
About 5 years since last RC cruise, been on Princess in the interim.

Last RC cruise was also on Jewel (prior to latest refurb).

Ship in nice condition, good itinerary, great weather, fun to watch Super Bowl.

RC has changed and not for the better.

Staff numbers reduced, they work hard and have good attitudes but you can see they are stretched.

Menus (buffet and dining room) are reduced and repetitive with mediocre food.

In dining they are pushing you toward their upsell menu items (at 30 bucks it's like they are not giving you any credit for the base meal) or heading to a specialty restaurant.

Daily activities are also cut back compared to the "good old days".

Even the Filipino cover band had a head count reduction (no drummer).

In summary, a good cruise experience but not up to what we've had with Princess recently, IMHO RC comes up short in the value department currently.
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