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We just completed an 11 day Mediterranean cruise on the Jewel of the Seas in April. Overall, we found it to be an enjoyable experience. Pros: The train from Rome to Civitavecchia was convenient and took about an hour. There was a shuttle from the station in Civitavecchia to the RCCL area to board buses to the ship. We waited in line for some time to have board a bus to take us to the ship. Once we got to the port, the processing and boarding went smoothly and quickly. One suitcase was all ready by the door when we got to our room, the other didn’t arrive until nearly 10 pm. We had an interior room on the 2nd deck. We were happy with the room, although a little tight. Fortunately our luggage could fit under the bed. It was convenient for our port days not having to wait for an elevator when we came back on board. Erick, our room attendant from Brazil, was a pleasant, personable young man. He did a good job of keeping our room looking tidy. All the ports were new for us and very interesting in their own rights. Smaller ship, less people. We had a congenial dining group. Our group consisted of an Australian couple, New Zealand couple, and a French speaking couple from Quebec, Canada. As in the past, this has been one of the highlights of our cruising experience. Our waiter, Shanshan, was very attentive and always pleasant. She kept us apprised of the next day’s schedule of the meal times at the Coral dining room. She worked several nights by herself when her assistant left. Sometimes she had help from the Windjammer. We were pleased with the wait staff in the Windjammer. Thanks for including a time slot to play pickleball. In fact, there were quite a few people wanting to play This is becoming a more popular sport, so having more time allotted would be good. Cons: The entertainment was certainly subpar to our other RCCL cruises. The comedians were disappointing. The best show was the Beatles’ tribute followed by the first show, a hand shadow display. There were quite a few “tween” children that were unsupervised, running around the halls, lounges, and pushing all the elevator buttons- quite annoying. We would have enjoyed a bit more variety of activities for the sea days. We did enjoy the trivia sessions.

3-1/2 stars for the Jewel of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review by mmoeller

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We just completed an 11 day Mediterranean cruise on the Jewel of the Seas in April. Overall, we found it to be an enjoyable experience.

Pros:

The train from Rome to Civitavecchia was convenient and took about an hour. There was a shuttle from the station in Civitavecchia to the RCCL area to board buses to the ship. We waited in line for some time to have board a bus to take us to the ship.

Once we got to the port, the processing and boarding went smoothly and quickly. One suitcase was all ready by the door when we got to our room, the other didn’t arrive until nearly 10 pm.

We had an interior room on the 2nd deck. We were happy with the room, although a little tight. Fortunately our luggage could fit under the bed. It was convenient for our port days not having to wait for an elevator when we came back on board.

Erick, our room attendant from Brazil, was a pleasant, personable young man. He did a good job of keeping our room looking tidy.

All the ports were new for us and very interesting in their own rights.

Smaller ship, less people.

We had a congenial dining group. Our group consisted of an Australian couple, New Zealand couple, and a French speaking couple from Quebec, Canada. As in the past, this has been one of the highlights of our cruising experience. Our waiter, Shanshan, was very attentive and always pleasant. She kept us apprised of the next day’s schedule of the meal times at the Coral dining room. She worked several nights by herself when her assistant left. Sometimes she had help from the Windjammer.

We were pleased with the wait staff in the Windjammer.

Thanks for including a time slot to play pickleball. In fact, there were quite a few people wanting to play This is becoming a more popular sport, so having more time allotted would be good.

Cons:

The entertainment was certainly subpar to our other RCCL cruises. The comedians were disappointing. The best show was the Beatles’ tribute followed by the first show, a hand shadow display.

There were quite a few “tween” children that were unsupervised, running around the halls, lounges, and pushing all the elevator buttons- quite annoying.

We would have enjoyed a bit more variety of activities for the sea days. We did enjoy the trivia sessions.
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Cabin 2V 2501
Tight, but adequate room. Bathroom was functional, no useless space. Enough hanging space in the closets and shelf space if you put the life jackets on the floor.
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