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  1. i've heard back from the tour operator in Naples and if i can get six people we can do the tour for only 69 eurs per person ...take a look ... If you wish to share with other participants, we also have a Driver-Guide tour which is subject to minimum 6 persons signing up. The price for this personal and quality excursion with only 6-8 persons per van is: 69 Euros per person only! On our semi-private shore excursion you can expect: * Personal pick-up at the start of the tour from the port of Naples - (the same pick-up as offered for the ship’s tours) * Personal drop-off at the end of the tour - 100% on time to catch your ship * Touring with a personal English speaking driver-guide * Flexible and accommodating service * High quality and personal experience in a semi-private/small-group setting * Tour duration: 8 hours * Touring in a small group of 6-8 people only! Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee: We guarantee that we will take you back to the ship in time for departure. We have not been late to any ship - ever. Regardless, our guarantee is that if we are ever late to a cruise departure at the end of the tour, we will pay ALL the costs needed to get you to the next port on your itinerary. Also, if your cruise ship is unable to dock for circumstances beyond your control, we will refund you in full. NAPLES, SORRENTO , POSITANO, THROUGH THE AMALFI COAST - Small Group Shore Excursion from Port If you wish to enjoy the Gem towns of Sorrento & Positano without spending the entire day riding the winding roads of the Amalfi coast, this tour is for you. Meet our English speaking driver-guide next to your ship at the Naples port. After leaving port we will join the famous Amalfi coastal road considered one of the most scenic coastal drives in Europe ! The scenery is superb, looking over the Mediterranean and along the coastline as the road twists and turns its way towards Sorrento which is a beautiful town on the coast. Here you will spend time to take photos or simply enjoy a coffee break to admire this town before we continue to Positano (40 minutes away). The town is built on different levels from the main road all the way down to sea level. The town of Positano looks like a waterfall cascading down the rocks to the sea. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views from here, and get the chance to take some amazing photos. We will enter the town to enjoy its secrets, such as the cathedral, ceramic shops, its famous lemons and the 'Positano fashion'. After the visit to Positano and the coast, we will head back to the port in order to return you safely to your ship with plenty of time for departure. On the way we will stop at the Posillipo view point and time permitting we will cover the famous Naples Square of Piazza Plebiscito with a panorama visit to the Royal Palace & the church of San Francesco di Paola. (we cover Naples at the end of the day so we are close to port). This is a relaxed day tour with the best itinerary for Naples, Sorrento & the Amalfi coast at an unbeatable value (!) If you have been to the Amalfi coast before, feel free to join us again for a day of leisure and fun. If you would like me to hold a reservation for you, can you please email me the following information: * Name for the sign * Do you prefer to reserve a private or semi-private tour at 69 Euros only? * Docking time * Optional - your mobile/cell-phone number
  2. So, now the Diamond Plusses have been chucked out of the Concierge Lounge the overload in the Diamond Lounge meant that several times in the evening drinks period there were no seats available Meanwhile in the tiny Diamond lounge itself there were four of five chairs crammed in around far too few tables The mad thing was half the Vortex was roped off, but Anis said he was not allowed the whole bar because the other passengers had to have access - Even though the bar was shut!!! My observation isn't just that whoever makes the decisions has it wrong on the Jewel, but with so many Diamond Plusses and Diamonds in one lounge is just going to create additional over-crowding on all ships
  3. For anyone sailing on Jewel I can enthusiastically recommend Izumi restaurant on deck 12, it was hands down the best dining experience whilst we were on board. We purchased a 3 night speciality restaurant package and visited Chops grill first. The steak was good, but the accompanying dishes so so, my friends potato dish was cold and uncooked. The Italian restaurant was mediocre and service very slow, not enough staff. The young woman waiting on us had to get drinks, from an outside bar, take orders and serve food for quite a number of tables. The experience at Izumi was completely different, our waiter was friendly and very helpful, my friend doesn't care for Sushi, but she loved the options she choose, particularly the hot stone dish with steak and lobster. We enjoyed it so much, we went back on the last night and they gave us 30% off. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed :)
  4. None Just two hand sanitisers in the windjammer and the usual one in the usual places. Ship was no cleaner than usual. Diabetes needles in my cabin drawer so certainly extra deep clean as was promised. Several Asian passengers, including two from Singapore who told me they weren't asked anything additional to usual. usual cosmopolitan make-up of passengers, travelling in from all over the world. No related extra cleaning or hygiene announcements. Plane back to UK from Dubai, ditto. Governments, holiday industry folk are talking a good game, but . . .
  5. Is this a good ship to sail on for 6 days to the Caribbean in 2021? Is the Viking Crown lounge still a bar or is it taken over by the Premium folks? Are regular folk are not allowed in there ?
  6. In recent years Freedom and Adventure went through quite a few changes and I found the "All things" threads very helpful in keeping up with changes and current conditions on these two fine ships. Now we me going on Jewel for the 3rd time, 1st since 2014, I thought this might be a good time to start that type of thread for this ship. Hopefully it will be around for awhile and people will benefit. (If I'm wrong and this thread exists, boy will I hear about it and be embarassed. This is the first time I saw the ship in Tampa. I was on her again in 2014 and I think at that time she was the only Radiance class ship that still have the Seaview Cafe in the back of the ship. I think she has been revitalized since then and that is gone? I haven't looked at the deck maps to see what is there now. This was also the last ship I was on that had CRT televisions. Have those been replaced? I like the ships position/course channel and its hard to see on those old TVs. Here is to the next 270 days of waiting.
  7. Does anyone have any pictures of room 7040 on either Jewel OTS or one of it's sister ships? Mostly concerned about the balcony. We were told by an RCCL associate that it has a larger balcony and you also can see straight down to the water from it. TIA
  8. Does anyone have any pictures of room 7040 on either Jewel OTS or one of it's sister ships? Mostly concerned about the balcony. We were told by an RCCL associate that it has a larger balcony and you also can see straight down to the water from it. TIA
  9. Hi Will be on the Jewel o,seas soon and was wondering if there was any live sport showing on tv (sport 24?) premier league in particular. Many Thanks Jazz
  10. Hi all. We will be cruising on Jewel in a couple of weeks time. We normally purchase the "Deluxe" drinks package but we're not sure if that's still going to be the best option. I was wondering if they sell the drinks card on Jewel where you purchase the card and then have 10 drinks to have at your own leisure. Does anyone on here know if they sell the cards onboard Jewel and if so the prices. Thanks in advance for any help given. Happy cruising all!
  11. Hello all: I am curious why are these cruises trips so cheap? <300 Canadian dollars (<220USD) for a 7 day trip. I am almost tempted to go on these as a B2B2B Also, when a ship get back in port a day early is one suppose to just stay on the boat by the port until the next day to depart? Finally, do you still get CAS points if you don't show up for a trip? Cheers
  12. ***Hi everyone! First, if you haven’t yet read Rowse’s wonderful report do go enjoy that! It will take me several days to get my full blog and photos up. I also did a lot of video this time and will be posting some vlog links once I have them edited*** https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2699122-jewel-of-the-seas-review-long-september-15-24-2019-with-travel-prepost-cruise/page/5/ Wow. Incredible. Beautiful. These are the words we used when describing last years visit to the Greek isles. Would this year live up to the same standard and unmeasurable experience? This was my 7th cruise...7th?! That’s not nearly enough. I started cruising in fall 2014 when I made the leap to move from my home in Seattle to where my long distance at the time boyfriend lived in Colorado. He had been cruising for years solo or with ex girlfriends that we will not mention. I had just returned from a DIY land based in Ireland and then pretty much went straight into my first cruise: the Southern Caribbean. If you read my last review you’ll know Nate and I got engaged in Sept 2018 in Rome on top of the Altar of the Fatherland in Palazzo Venezia. When we got back from that cruise we almost immediately booked for October 2019. The price was too good to pass up and we wanted to see everything again. Shortly after we booked this cruise we started thinking about wedding dates. Nate’s business’ busy season ramps down in September...getting married during the summer is just not an option. I found our venue http://www.cathedralpineslodge.com/ and fell in love with the idea of a fall wedding there...I spoke to the manager and the “off season” prices began in October. “Well we can’t get married in October because we have the cruise booked”. This is how our wedding date of November 9, 2019 was born. So this cruise is a non-traditional pre wedding moon. We have a cruise booked in January 2020 so I guess you could call that the official honeymoon. We booked this 9 night cruise through a big box store and paid: $2350 for an interior cabin on deck 9 forward. This also included a $140 gift card upon our return which I plan to use to buy the appetizers for our wedding reception. I really wanted a balcony again but couldn’t justify the price which never dropped below $2000 each. We booked our round trip flights through Air2Sea for $700 each! I couldn’t believe it! This would be my first time flying British Airways. With all the strikes going on this summer I grew a little anxious but figured it would all work out in the end no matter what happened. I emailed Maurizio with Cabs4Rome to let him know we were coming back again and would use his service. I began researching different excursions for Naples. In 2018 we went to Pompeii and I wanted to go to Amalfi this time. I had seen a review for Carmine’s Amalfi Coast (also recommended by Rick Steves) and emailed him for a quote and quickly paid the 50euro deposit. More on all of this later! This is just part of my planning experience. The itinerary for this trip was slightly different than last year: Civi, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, Naples, Civi October 3-12. We were more than ready for this trip since our last vacation was a 5 day trip to Florida in February. We visited my grandma, dad,and extended family...I got a quick fix of my love for the Sea and Sunsets, but it left me longing for both again. In October 2018 we were t-boned by someone running a red light. It totaled Nates car, broke his back, gave me a breathing issue that took weeks to go away and anxiety I still deal with. In May we bought a puppy, a schnauzer, from a breeder. 2 days later we took him to the pet hospital with parvo. 14 days and close to $14k we got to bring him home. That 2 weeks was stessful, heartbreaking and a roller coaster. He’s now a happy, healthy, playful little nugget. I’ve also been planning our wedding, our next cruise in January, AND because of all the stress gave up my home business (I’m still a full time exec asst). We needed this trip. One of the things I regretted not doing on last years cruise was seeing the Colosseum lit up at night. Would we be able to fit that in this time? Stay tuned. I also learned last year that there are 2 different internet packages: Voom & Voom Surf/Stream. last year i had just gotten us Voom and we both had a terrible time uploading anything to social media. This time i got a great deal on black friday and got us both Surf & Stream. would it be any better? I also purchased the soda package for myself. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Jewel of the Seas has cancelled Bahrain on its Feb.3rd cruise....
  14. I am going on Jewel of the seas in July. Embarking from Stockholm. Day one of the cruise is docked overnight in Stockholm. Leaving 4pm following day. I am flying in from Vienna. The flight does not get in until 2pm. The check in counter is open until 3pm. My TA has checked with RC and they have said the following to her. I have spoken with Royal Caribbean who have confirmed that the formal check-in time is 12pm-3pm however guests who arrive outside this time just check in on board the ship (through guest services) rather than through the designated portside check-in counters. When you arrive at the port you will need to show your travel documents (cruise tickets that will be provided closer to departure) and the security will call down the guest services staff who will take you on board and check you in.Many passengers come and go from the ship over the first 24 hours of the ship being in port at Stockholm and their is no curfew to board the first day while the ship is in port. I am hoping some experienced cruisers can confirm if this is correct.
  15. Jewel is 12 night rt Amsterdam, 4 sea days. Adventure is 10 night rt Copenhagen, 2 sea days. We generally do not like sea days; prefer ports, but would like to visit Amsterdam and flying in and out of Amsterdam is easier for us. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks
  16. What is one's thoughts on the difference between Jewel of the Seas vs Liberty of the Seas? We have a choice to change because of a cancelation. we are two couples with no kids. Have been on ships from the Adventure to the Symphony of the Seas. Pros and Cons.
  17. I am currently on the Jewel of The Seas cruise from Rome to Dubai . After crossing the Suez Canal Jewel of the Seas is currently in the Red Sea heading south towards Gulf of Aden as we pass the next three days. A brief update on the preparation and the increased security on board due to possible pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden. Yesterday there was a 'Safe Haven’ drill where we were briefed on how to behave in case we meet pirate boats. Today we met with a ship from NMG Maritime that brought additional safety equipment on board - In addition to the usual RCCL security personnel, there are also security personnel from Protection Vessels International on board.
  18. In December 2019 we were on a 16 night 'Jewel of the Seas' cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome) in Italy, through the Suez Canal to Dubai. Link to the review of the 16 days with pictures and videos. This is not a review of the cabin or the ship, but rather a day to day review including the excursions in Messina, Santorini, Aqaba and Muscat. More pictures and videos as well as all Cruise Compass will be added later. Questions and comments are very welcome.
  19. Below a "Cruise Highlights" video from my Jewel of the Seas Cruises from Civitavecchia, Italy to Dubai - Ports of Call: Messina, Italy; Piraeus, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Suez Canal Cruising, Aqaba, Jordan and Muscat, Oman. More videos will be added here:
  20. Jewel of the Seas arrived today (Saturday, December 7) at 2 pm local time for Aqaba in Jordan - 7 hours later than scheduled arrival. The late arrival was due to a ship having technical problems blocking the Suez Canal so that the Suez Canal passage was delayed 7 hours. To compensate for the late arrival, the scheduled departure today Saturday at 8 pm has been moved to Sunday at 8 pm - most excursions have been moved from Saturday to Sunday or to later today. I think everyone with private tours has found a solution. No other Cruise ships in Aqaba. The cruise continues towards Oman one day late, and instead of six days at sea we must settle for five. The speed slightly increased so that we will arrive in Oman at the scheduled time December 14. Many thanks to the captain for this fine solution. Jewel started her 16-night cruise from Civitavecchia to Dubai on Saturday, November 30.
  21. Evening all...any of you have an email address for Jewel Of The Seas? Want to send a request for dining table numbers and another question. I emailed a generic RCI email address last week and received no answer. Thank You
  22. Just got the news all Jewel Dubai cruises in early 2021 are cancelled, RCI offering at least $200 OBC per cabin to use deposits to rebook before 12/18/19 or deposits will be refunded without OBC. Website still shows Dubai cruises available.
  23. I'm back from an amazing (but tiring!) time on the beautiful Jewel of the Seas out of Civitavecchia to Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, and Naples. Researching before trips is a hobby/obsession of mine, so hopefully these posts will help others eyeing this particular itinerary. Quick background on me - I'm a lover of cruising, 20+ under my belt, and a lover of the Mediterranean with trips to Italy and Sicily in the past, but this was my first time combining the two with a Mediterranean cruise. A match made in heaven, I think! I traveled with my husband; he's a newer cruiser with this being his third, and a bit of a reluctant traveler in general. To be fair, we have had some really horrible travel experiences together so I can't say I blame him (let's just say we assume we won't get our luggage... ever.) My mom passed away last September, and around the holidays hubs noticed I was having a hard time and suggested a trip to look forward to may help. He mentioned Greece as we haven't been there together, and the words barely passed his lips before I was researching and booking. Had to lock something in before he changed his mind! (He didn't change his mind, but he did make me laugh when weeks later after booking the trip he casually inquired "Do we have to fly to get there?" For reference, we live in Massachusetts, and the cruise left from Civi/Rome. Yes, yes dear, we DO have to fly to get there. Unless he wanted to book a separate transatlantic cruise, which I'd be down for if my work would play ball! He's a brilliant man, truly, I just think the PTSD of our horrific past flights kicked in and he couldn't believe he agreed to travel overseas.) We booked a "spacious" balcony room on the 9th floor (9072) for around $2300/person including taxes/fees. Not our most frugal cruise, but for 9 nights with this itinerary, it was worth it. And we simply can't travel without a balcony. I'm trying to delay introducing him to suites or the bar will be raised yet again and our wallets will suffer! Our airfare was booked through the Air2Sea program and was $690/person for British Airways Boston to Heathrow, then Heathrow to Rome (round trip). There were direct flights available but they were on Alitalia and Alitalia ALWAYS loses our luggage, so we accepted the brief layover in hopes we'd actually have bags for a change. When we got to Logan (airport in Boston) check in/security was seamless, but our flight was already delayed. I think I saw the first hint of an eye twitch develop on my husband's face, but thankfully it was only a brief delay and they were able to make up for the time with some good tailwinds. Speaking of which it was the most turbulent flight I've ever been on! I'm not bothered by that, but it was so rough drinks were spilling and my eye mask kept getting jostled right off. (#firstworldproblems) I didn't eat on the flight (determined to sleep as much as possible and head off the time change fatigue) but hubs said the food was "good for airplane food" - and he appreciated the complimentary wine with dinner. I'm a strategic seat-picker so I had an empty spot next to me which was pleasant to have a little more space. Heathrow was crazy. Our layover was around 90 minutes and we needed every minute of it. We deplaned down a set of external stairs and had to then board a shuttle that drove us for ages around the tarmacs before finally dropping us off at the same terminal we had arrived at. This was not the case on our return trip through Heathrow so I'm not sure what was up with it, but it was a big time suck. At Heathrow you have to go through security again and they are militant about liquids... or anything they consider liquids. Such as toothpaste and deodorant. Toothpaste, ok, gray area. It's a "paste" which I'd argue isn't a liquid, but semantics. But deodorant that says right on it "SOLID" - that is not a liquid! In any event, I got scolded for my toothpaste and deodorant not being in the clear bag with my other liquids, so then my carry on got extra scrutiny. So it's kinda like the Jimmy Buffet song "It's 5 o'clock somewhere" except it's "it's a liquid somewhere, under certain atmospheric conditions and in a different astral plane, so just shove everything in the clear bag and avoid getting yelled at." Catchy, don't ya think? The flight from Heathrow to Rome was uneventful and I was fortunate to have a whole row to myself. You can see the ships in Civi as we flew over. After a quick automated passport screen, we went to pray at the altar of the baggage claim and hope against hope that our luggage would be there. It was! Oh British Airways, you're a keeper! You’ll notice my bag is busted with the label missing. Thank you Alitalia from our last trip! But when a bag practically circumnavigates the globe because it’s lost so throughly, I suppose what can you expect? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Just back from Jewel of the Seas, November 11-23. I can’t begin to do such an awesome review as the last few posters have done regarding this ship. I enjoyed their reviews and pictures. I have not been on a Royal Caribbean ship for 5 years so when I found this great itinerary for the Holy land and the Mediterranean, I booked 2 cabins one for Mother and son and one for my husband and myself to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. I am a 4-star Mariner on Holland and Elite on Princess so I was anxious to see how I would like the Jewel of the Seas. THE GOOD AND THE BAD Nice size ship, easy to get around. Watch out for cabins 7594-7604 and 8594-8604 they are above the Centrum where they have loud music a good part of the night, they do close a main door after 10:00 p.m. but if you are sensitive to noise it will be loud. Food very good overall. Steak house, steak filet not that good. Glad I did not pay for it – it was complimentary. Casino actually paid off better than most casino’s I have been in. One day they will keep people from using it only as a smoking room as many were in there just to smoke. Internet was the fastest I have had …ever on any ship Beds a little hard but I slept great. RCI nice to let us early flight people off the ship before the 6:45 a.m. early walk off group. Those crew members I dealt with were very friendly. THE FLOOD STORY Eight days into our trip we stopped at Kusadasi, Turkey. We had been to Ephesus several times before, so I just shopped at the port. I came back to the room about 2:00 p.m. A few minutes later I heard water running. I went into the bathroom and nothing was turned on. So, back to bed to read until the water sounded like it was really getting louder. This time it was too loud. I took 3 steps from the bed and jumped back onto the bed. The floor was covered in water and it was boiling hot. My husband called the front desk and told them to send someone ASAP. I grabbed my suitcase from the underside of my part of the bed. By now the water is several inches high and I am debating on trying to run for the door. Finally, my husband runs and opens the cabin door and the steam outside the door made it impossible to see out, and the water was pouring from the ceiling in the hallway. He shut the door and looks on the floor and see’s the electrical cord that WAS plugged into the desk. This was the only day in 7 days that my room steward had unplugged our extension cord for our CPAP machines. God is good or we could have really had issues. My husband calls back down to the front desk as he realizes others will be having electrical cords sitting in water too and by this point is yelling at them to send someone NOW. Several more minutes later our door opens and there are tons of ship personnel. They get the hot water turned off and instructed us to leave the cabin. A major hot water pipe burst. All our shoes were soaked so we ran barefoot down the hall in scalding hot water. I felt like that I was doing that “hot coals” ritual. My mother’s room was 10 doors down, so we went into their room and stayed for about an hour. We then realized our CPAP cords were under the bed and thought we needed to check on them. We met a ships officer named Collen and she said we could not go down to our rooms but that she would go get our CPAP cords for us. She was nice and informative to us. Meanwhile those just getting back from their tours were not allowed to see or go to their rooms until much later in the night. Another hour goes by and they inform us that each of us will have a day room for a few hours but by 10:00 p.m. most of us will be in our rooms again as they are changing the carpets and cleaning the rooms. I did not use the day room as I stayed with my Mom and son in their cabin. I must give them 100% kudos on their working crew diligently lugging out dripping wet carpets. RCI’s staff told us we could return to our room around 9:30. P.M. However, our AC system was right above the pipe that burst outside our door and we had NO AIR CONDITIONING. They sent maintenance personnel down who spoke another language, but the jest was AC - it was broken due to computer board inside getting wet, he over-rid something and he got it working for the time being. RCI was trying to be accommodating to us with damages or if we needed to see a doctor. Our room smelled of glue and new carpet. Should have been great, but they did not dry the floor underneath, so we had puddles of water coming up through the new carpet. Over the next few days we maneuvered around the puddles. Collen was nice as I told her my husband’s adapter electrical plug-in for his Microsoft surface no longer worked after being submerged. We checked Best Buy website and they credited our account for the cost of the plug. I also sent a load of laundry like our jeans we were wearing that had 6 inches of water on the legs and other items that got wet to the laundry and wrote “No charge” flooded. They took care of that. As far as the A/C it was now on full freezing. We called them back and he came and said it needed a part, but he would turn A/C off. That night was the hottest night we ever spent. I finally opened the balcony door (I know….. a NO NO) but it had to be 85 -88 degrees in that room. They did not replace the hall carpets they just used those air dryer machines. Three days later it was still damp to the touch. They had moved everything out of the rooms to replace the carpets. My husband’s suitcase that was under the bed was brought back to us in our room. I figured that they had dried it for us. On Thursday, 2 days before we leave, I start packing as it was a sea day. I opened my husband suitcase and it still had items in it – and they were soaking wet. I guess I was wrong that they would have dried the suitcase. Thankfully we had a balcony. My items dried in the 2 days out there and the suitcase dried quick as I always scotch guard my suitcases. The next day the front desk officer contacts us to see how we were doing. I told her everything from the beginning. I praised her team for their hard work but told her the difficulties and issues that we dealt with the A/C. We could not go through another hot night. Very shortly someone arrived to put us in a new A/C part. There were 13-18 cabins affected. Some cabins had just a little wet damage and some like mine had several inches of hot water in them. The cabins affected were approx. these cabins numbers 7578-7562 CONCLUSION Our room only smelled of heavy glue and carpet when we left on Saturday morning. Other cabins were starting to smell like bad fish. Don’t quote me but others said they did not replace their carpet molding strips along the sides of the wall and that is what is smelling. Don’t know for sure. Since we were the only ones in our cabin had my husband and I been out on a tour that water could have continued to flood for several more minutes or longer really causing more damage. RCI management on board wanted to offer us a compensation package. $25 each of us OBC to be added to our account 25% off another cruise. Some of you will think that it is a good offer, others will think that is a bad offer. It was an experience to say the least. Notice in the picture the large mirror in our room is covered in steam. Also notice bubbles on floor from the steam coming up the carpet, my husbands shirt is wet as the hot water started leaking through our lights in the ceiling in our room also.
  25. We have just returned from an amazing two week adventure which included some time in Florence, Italy, a Greek Isle Cruise on Jewel of the Seas, and a post cruise night in Italy, before returning home. A little back ground on us...we are in our late 50's and have 38 cruises under our belts. We are loyal to no particular line and have sailed many, but are Elite on both Princess and Celebrity, the later getting us Diamond Status on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. We already had four prior cruises on Royal Caribbean, but were no where close to Diamond, so very much appreciated having our Celebrity Status recognized on RCCL. It had been 10 years since our last RCCL cruise, so I was a little worried when I was reading some very "Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad" reviews on Jewel of the Seas. Let me just stop there and assure anyone reading this, that we did NOT find anything of the sort! As a matter of fact, we LOVED this ship and had a wonderful experience I can hardly wait to tell you about! Our travel was to be 3 nights pre-cruise in Florence, Italy, then the 9 night cruise, followed by one more night in Italy before flying home. The following review will tell it all, with pictures of course, and the review comes with a warning that it could take days for me to complete as real life sometimes gets in the way. I hope you all come along for the ride! We traveled with dear friends, who suggested this cruise to us, and of course I am one to never say "no" to a cruise. They spent a week before joining us on the cruise in Portugal. So let the adventure begin....On September 11, we started our day with no sleep from excitement and were at the airport very early for our 7:00a.m flight. We flew Delta using the Cruise lines Air to Sea program. Our stops were Minneapolis and Detroit before landing in Rome at 9:30a.m. on the 12th. We were thrilled with the price of Air to Sea, and I urge anyone cruising Internationally to give it a look. Our round trip from Spokane, Washington, to Rome was $579 per person in Main Ecomony. That is not a typo!!! Here we come Italy!!!
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