I'll do a complete review later, but wanted to share a condensed version of our Dec. 1-8 Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan on Jewel of the Seas. This was the 7th cruise (2 Celebrity, 2 NCL, 2 RCI) for my husband and I. We traveled with our son and his 3 boys (7, 11, and 15) - this was their first cruise experience. Only one sea day on this cruise, so it was very port intensive.
The crew of the Jewel was one of the best I've encountered. They went above and beyond to meet any needs or requests we had, and always with a smile. Our waitstaff in the MDR couldn't have been better. One day at lunch in the Windjammer, when the ice cream machines were dispensing strawberry and chocolate soft serve, my 7-year-old grandson asked one of the crew if they had any vanilla ice cream. He asked us to point out our table, and before long he delivered a bowl of hand-scooped vanilla ice cream!
The food was also the best I've had on RCI. Service in the MDR was excellent, and everything was pretty consistent. The beef dishes were especially outstanding. One of my grandsons had the "Fish of the Day" option every evening, and it was varied and prepared well each time.
The Radiance class ships are a good size for a first cruise, in my opinion. Just big enough, but not overwhelming. After a day or 2, the boys were able to navigate everything themselves.
The entertainment on this cruise left a lot to be desired. The first night at the welcome aboard show, a comedian (Steve White) was featured. He was hysterical, and we laughed until we cried. Other than than, not a lot was offered. The Royal Caribbean singers/dancers/orchestra did 3 production shows - same old ones. The farewell show featured another comedian, who was literally the worst comedian I had ever heard. Not the least bit funny. So no variety at all - no musical groups, tribute bands, magicians, jugglers, etc.
All in all, it was a wonderful cruise. San Juan airport is a nightmare, but it's a necessary evil to do a Southern Caribbean cruise in 7 days