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  1. Does anyone know what pier Jewel of the Seas docks at in Civitavecchia? I'm trying to figure out if I should rent a car from Hertz or Europcar and want the shortest distance to walk to rental agency.
  2. Hello, hoping someone can help please? We’ve booked our AI drinks package ready for our cruise later in the year and I am hoping someone can confirm if the cap on drinks is still $12 or if it is $13? I’ve see from some other posts that it is $13 on the larger (newer?) ships but can’t seem to find the info on the Jewel. I’m asking in part because I’ve seen a few posts showing recent drink menus where the cost of the premium cocktail seems to be $13 as standard, but that might be on the newer ships. Thanks in advance!
  3. I am booked on the October 21 ,2019 Italy/Greece cruise on the Jewel of the Seas. When looking on the RCCL website it appears that there are no cruise itineraries on the Jewel from the middle of September 2019 until the beginning of November 2019. Seems very strange that everyone of the cruises on the Jewel are completely sold out. Should I be worried?
  4. We were just on Jewel bouncing around the Greek Islands. Had a terrific time. No real complaints other than I ate too much and the outside windows could have used a hose down. Anyway, a few days into the cruise a written notice was sent to cabins asking that we double check that we had our correct luggage. Said some guests were still waiting for their luggage or something to that effect. Just seems odd that anyone would be in a cabin for a couple of days and not come to realize that the luggage they were tripping over wasn't theirs. I feel for anyone who went without their luggage but could not help but chuckle that a guest would actually check and come to realize they had someone else's luggage after a few days. IDK, maybe people steal luggage and hide it in their cabin until disembark day. Anyway, first time I've seen this in 30+/- cruises.
  5. Can someone tell me what broadway show is on the ship? Also, what activites do they have as far as entertainment. I will be going to Greece, so I realize scenery is the most important.
  6. Deck Plans show Jewel Deck 7, Starboard side as unobstructed stateroom cabins. We are currently on Jewel, and views from ashore also show no basic obstruction. Brilliance deck plans show just about all the staterooms on Deck 7, Starboard side as obstructed. I want to book a stateroom on Brilliance, 7592, and wondering just what is the obstruction? Anybody been on board and has personal knowledge of any or what the obstruction is? I know on some Celebrity ships the obstruction might be the top of a lifeboat davit. Jewel and Brilliance are the same class ships, so just wondering. If the obstruction is minor, I just might go ahead and book as I like the location and larger balcony on the bump out.
  7. Is there someplace where I can see a quick view of what kind of "bells & whistles" the Jewel of the Sea has? Specifically looking at what kind amenities to keep teenagers busy and active. I see a rock climbing wall and mini golf, but that's it. Is there a water slide? Thanks.
  8. Can anyone share the adventure ocean flyer for the Jewel oof the seas out of Rome (Greek isles) - we are on the June 16 sailing. Or at least the hours?
  9. Does the Jewel have a StTropez (topless) deck during Mediterranean cruises?
  10. We just returned from our 5 night cruise on Jewel and I hope this review answers some recent comments and questions as it pertains to this ship. We arrived at the port in Miami at 11:30 on the 10th. Clearing security was quick but the lines inside the terminal were long unless you were a suite or pinnacle level guest. The lines moved fairly quickly however and we were onboard the ship just after noon. Recent comments I read prior to our cruise suggested that our seapass cards would be in an envelope on the stateroom doors. That was not the case. Our cards were given out by the agents checking us in. We went directly from check-in to the Windjammer for lunch. The selection of food was very good and although the WJ was crowded there was plenty of seating available in a number of areas including the open area of seating aft. Rooms were announced as ready at about 12:45 and we were fortunate not to have far to travel. We selected one of the new balcony cabins installed in 2016 on deck 11, starboard side, forward. It was quiet, clean, comfortable, and looked great. Everything in it worked as it should and there were no issues. I read recently that many of the ships had done away with the day panels in the elevators that many people enjoyed seeing each day. Jewel still has them for now at least. Entertainment and activities were plentiful and the usual variety onboard, but overall was bland and not that good on this particular ship or cruise. The ship itself was well maintained and looked in excellent condition. There were always plenty of lounge chairs available on the pool deck and seating in the solarium was also usually available. The hot tubs however were a different story. There were some large family groups onboard and it seemed they lived in them for hours at a time on some days. Given many pool deaths or near drownings on some ships it was nice to see lifeguards on duty whenever the pools were open. The food was good in both the MDR and WJ in our opinion. We were surprised by the constant variety of choices in the WJ in particular. We had lunch in the WJ each day and dinner in the MDR each night, except for the final night. We went to the WJ because it was Valentines Day and they had prepared some special things for that night including a chocolate buffet. The staff was great and very friendly. We are Diamond Plus but still had access to both the Diamond Lounge and Concierge Lounge. At no time during the cruise were they overcrowded at any point each day. There were no issues as has been the case on other ships. Nobody was outside the doors between 5 and 8pm stopping you from taking things out. It wasn't necessary on this particular ship or cruise. Upon our return, getting off the ship was even faster than getting on. We left when called at 8am and were in our shuttle by 8:30am. It was a great cruise (too short) and we enjoyed every minute of our time on Jewel of the Seas. I will be glad to answer any questions you might have if I can. One last thing for those who might like an occasional soda rather than pay for a soda package. Jewel offered a deal where you could get soda sent up to your storeroom at discounted prices. You could get 6 for $12, 12 for $22, and a case of 24 for $40! They charge 3.25 for one at the bars. Order cards are available in your stateroom.
  11. Background My wife and I are in our 40s and have been on a total of 43 (if my math is right) cruises with RCI, Celebrity and Carnival. We have cruised mainly in the Caribbean, and are particularly fond of itineraries with lots of sea days. Our cruising experience spans ships between about 70,000 GRT to 220,000. That said, we tend to prefer ships in the 90,000 -120,000 range. I'll explain the reasons for that as I get a little further into my review. This 9-day cruise was originally scheduled to call at Labadee, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Several weeks before the cruise, however, we were notified the itinerary had been changed, eliminating Labadee and replacing it with a stop at Nassau the day before arriving back in Miami. We weren't thrilled with the change, but we roll with the punches pretty easily. Besides, we could always remain on board and enjoy the ship with fewer passengers. And it still beats the hell out of working. The Ship This was our second experience on a Radiance Class ship, as we cruised on Brilliance of the Seas 11 years ago. I personally find this class, along with the slightly bigger Solstice Class from Celebrity, to be the "sweet spot" with regard to ship size. The Jewel had everything we wanted and was large enough to ride comfortably, and yet didn't feel like a theme park or a shopping mall. This class are designed with lots of glass and outdoor areas where you can really experience the connection with the sea. This is totally different from the Oasis Class in particular, which feel to me like very indoor-focused ships. A good example of this can be found in the Schooner Bar. On the Oasis Class, there are no windows and you might as well be sitting in a shopping mall. On Jewel, there is a wall of glass looking out onto the ocean. It's a totally different experience in what should be somewhat similar venues. Despite approaching middle age in cruise ship terms, Jewel was very clean and appeared to be well-maintained. Sure there were a few odd spots that could use a paint touch-up, but there was always someone cleaning and maintaining virtually all parts of the ship. She was definitely in better condition than her age might initially make you think. Dining Food across the board was what I would consider above average. As expected, some items in the Windjammer were a bit repetitive, and maybe just a little on the bland side in some cases. That said, I understand when chefs are cooking for the masses they tend to stay middle-of-the road with this stuff. Besides, it's nothing a bit of salt and pepper couldn't cure. We did a five-night specialty dining package (which would later turn into six, but more on that later). Specialty dining on Jewel included Izumi, Chops and Giovanni's Table. We did not visit Izumi. Chops We did Chops three nights, which was very good. The steaks and sides were cooked properly and there were no complaints. Service at Chops was very good for the most part. Worth noting, however, was the fact that Chops was an absolute madhouse. I suspect there was probably some sort of "First Night Done Right" promotion which likely caused this. The servers were completely overwhelmed, but still did their very best to muddle through it. It was actually exhausting to watch...literally! The maître d' even got involved by having to expedite meals from the kitchen...something we'd never seen happen before. Kudos to him (David from Portugal) for stepping in to help his team. Giovanni's Table We ate here three nights of our cruise and it was great each time. We had a different server each time, but the food was great across the board. For some reason, Giovanni's had a filet mignon that blew the one from Chops out of the water. I suspect it's because it was seasoned just a bit better, although the sous chef told us they were marinated exactly the same as those in Chops. I chalk it up to different people preparing similar dishes, but man...what a difference! The gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce and tiramisu were other standouts from this restaurant. Chef's Table We were approached early on to attend the Chef's Table. While I've read good reviews on this, I initially balked at the idea of spending even more money on top of the 5-night specialty dining package we purchased before the cruise. Several days in, however, we were approached with what was a buy-one-get-one deal. We took the bait and attended several nights later. The experience itself was great. Eleven of us were given welcome champagne and were taken to a very elegant private dining room located off The Safari Club. The ensuing dinner was 6 courses, each paired with a specific wine, and a martini to accompany dessert. The entire experience was about 3.5 hours long. I know that sounds excessive, but the experience was difficult to describe. Over the course of the meal (and flowing wine) our group loosened up and had a blast. One couple, from Québec, spoke only broken English. But by the time the third course came around, they were having a blast and we all had fun trying to communicate with them. We found it amazing how much fun the experience was, especially given how uptight and stodgy we all thought it would be when we started. It truly was like sitting around a large family table...the camaraderie was great and totally worth the cost of admission. If you get the chance and don't mind parting with the money, DO IT!!! Main Dining Room We were assigned to the Tides Dining Room on Deck 5 for My Time Dining. Here's where the fun began. On the second night of the cruise (the first formal night), we entered the dining room at about 7pm. Having done My Time Dining before, I fully expected a short wait for a table to become available. In a perfect world, we'd walk right in but hey...let's get real, right? After seating several parties, the line behind us at the maître d' stand grew exponentially. After returning from seating the couple before us, the maître d', now totally frantic and sweating profusely, flatly told us we would not be seated, as we didn't have a reservation. Not even a "please check back later". So there we stood, I in a tuxedo and my wife in a formal dress, being turned away from the largest dining venue on the ship on formal night. An absolute first for us. I explained we had no problem waiting, as we are used to with this dining arrangement. I was then scolded for not making a reservation beforehand. I'm sure it was at this time my demeanor changed. I explained that I took "My Time" to mean just that; I fully expected to have to wait, but I did expect to be seated and not just told to leave. Another similarly-dressed gentlemen arrived and, bless his heart, got the bigger piece of my mind. He tried to explain that the dining room simply couldn't accommodate even two more guests...they were just that full. I made it very clear that the ship, designed to carry and feed a given number of passengers, wasn't designed for guests to be turned away. If that were the case, it was a management issue and not a capacity issue. I further went on to state that I had no intention of going to the Windjammer dressed as we were on a formal night. While I did not outwardly demand anything, I made it clear how if we were being flatly turned away, I expected him to get us into one of the specialty restaurants...at their cost. He made a call to Chops and got us directly in. I took his name, fully expecting an argument when I was presented with the bill or if that visit was taken from the five visits allowed on our dining package. I confirmed my expectations with David at Chops when we arrived, and that particular visit was, in fact, comped without issue. Now please let me be clear, as I totally expect to get roasted for may actions and expectations. The complaint never went any further than our dialog at the maître d' stand that night. Things went south with the dining room allegedly being slammed; I worked in fine dining for a while, and I understand that's life and things happen. No big deal. But when they do happen, the guest should not just be abandoned and turned away. An effort (any effort!) should be made to reach some other solution. That's what was not done, and that's the only part of this I have an issue with. Obtaining a solution should not be left to the guest, period. The only other experience we had in the dining room was a few nights later when we returned (again, with out a reservation, but willing to wait, because...you know...it's "My Time Dining"). When the same flustered maître d' (now much calmer), asked if this was my first visit to Tides during this cruise. I reminded him of our experience a few nights before, and the total recall in his expression couldn't be hidden. Needless to say, we got a bottle of champagne and service befitting the Staff Captain himself. The dinner that night was very good, as was the service. The only reason we didn't return was because we had specialty dining nights from our package that had to be used up. Entertainment We only attended one production show, called City of Dreams, if I remember correctly. I'm not sure why, but over the past several cruises we've taken, we've sort of lost our desire to go to many of these. Most seem to be some sort of Tribute-to-Broadway something-or-other, and somehow they all seem to blend together if they're not along a single storyline. There are exceptions, of course, along the lines of Mama Mia of Grease or something like that. I'm talking mostly about the mainstream, lesser shows. There were a variety of live music entertainers on this cruise, with several playing nightly in the Centrum. They varied in performances from mainstream to jazz and Latin, and all were talented. The same could not be said for the nightly pianist in the Schooner Bar, however. While I'm sure he could pay the piano well enough, it was his singing (and more to the point, talking through his singing) that was dreadful. He would start a well-known song, often in some strange arrangement. Then, after a verse or two, he talk about something parallel to the lyrics he just sang. For example, imagine..."Sweet Caroline...bom bom BOMM", then he'd tell you about how he once knew a girl with that name...that he met on a 7th grade field trip. In Indiana. In 1973. Or was it '74? Only then would he continue on to the next verse. I'm not exaggerating here, folks...it was that bad, and it really interrupted the flow of his music. Something tells me he didn't do that at his audition. This is likely why he never packed the place at night, like usually happens in the Schooner Bar. The only other minor issue was during one of the "Sexy Felix" dance classes that was held on the pool deck during one of the sea days. This was hosted by the surely-self-titled "Sexy Felix", one of the cruise director's staff. Felix is very energetic, as you'd expect from a member of the entertainment staff. He loves to get out there and dance and shake and whatever other verb you'd like to apply to what he does. But on this particular day, the Latin / Portuguese music he blasted was so loud it was actually painful. You know it's loud when your bartender at the Pool Bar complains about it. Again, I know the loud music lends to the sense of energy and involvement, but it was pretty bad. Thankfully all his events, both before and after, were toned down just a bit so everyone in the pool area could still enjoy themselves. Closing Thoughts While it may seem that I had more than my share of negative points in my review, I believe in outlining my experiences honestly. In fact, I probably described them in even more depth because they were very much the exceptions on this cruise. Our experience was great overall, and we did not let the few negatives overshadow our vacation. We met some truly great passengers and crew, one of which was our stateroom attendant Sidik. Overall, the Jewel is a happy and beautiful ship that still has a lot to offer in a time of always-larger ships in modern cruise lines' fleets. If there are any questions, please hit me up and I'll answer as soon as I check back. -Chris
  12. Sailed transatlantic from Miami to Rome March 29-April 12 with 3 additional days/nights in Rome. Love the Radiance class as just the right size and amenities for us 55+ folks. Cabins are average size with an outside with window our preference. Large window makes the room bright. We were on deck down from Guest Services and Centrum. Very quiet and private in spite of proximity to hustle and bustle of Centrum. Great shows, movies in cinema big hit with everyone we came into contact with. Food average fare in Windjammer and good to very good in dining room. Service there FAR surpasses Windjammer. CHOPS is a cut above..We did the lunch offered at 20.50 booked via cruise planner as well as the coffee card which is by far best deal aboard. Voom worked great..4 cabins in our Roll call group shared the cost 4 connection package with each of us having our own line/access. Doing her sister ship Brilliance of the Seas in Sept 2020 New England Canada roundtrip Boston . BOOKED via next cruise onboard. Reduced deposit, special pricing in effect and onboard credit.
  13. Hi We've been looking at doing the Dubai to Rome cruise through the Suez Canal on Jewel of the Seas in March 2020. I've planned our itinerary before and after the cruise from Australia with a cruise date of 20th March 2020 but I've just look again and the cruise date is now 23rd March 2020. I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this date change? Not a huge deal as I haven't booked flights/accommodation or the cruise yet but am wondering if I'm going crazy. Thanks Tamara
  14. Hi folks Have noticed this cabin is available and I managed to view a video online but I'd also be keen to hear from anyone who has stayed in the cabin or opposite number. It looks good but not sure if its very private as there seems to be a gap where you can see into your neighbours balcony? And will the location be quiet? Many thanks
  15. Hi all, My fiancée and I are booked on the 7 Night Italy, Spain, and France cruise on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas with a fully refundable fare for our honeymoon and we just realized that the Allure of the Seas is doing a very similar sailing a month later and it would only be $230 extra (total, not per person or per night) to upgrade. Jewel of the Seas itinerary: Depart Barcelona, Nice, Portofino, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples, Day at Sea, Return to Barcelona Allure of the Seas itinerary: Depart Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples, Day at Sea, Return to Barcelona Considerations: While we're intrigued by the allure of sailing on the Allure of the Seas (pun intended), we know it's a very port heavy sailing so don't know how much of the ship we'd actually be able to experience. At the same time, however, everyone says the Allure is an amazing ship and I feel like we'd be crazy to pass up the opportunity to sail on her for just a little more money. Also, for what it's worth, this would be the Allure's first sailing out of her dry dock (we know there are sometimes issues with the first sailing after a dry dock but we would be quite happy enjoying Barcelona if the sailing is delayed/cancelled plus I'd assume there'd be some sort of compensation from RCL). Penny for your thoughts?
  16. A friend of mine currently on the Mariner asked the concierge and he said that although the Royal app is not functional on the Jewel just yet, they do have another app for the Jewel. Unfortunately my friend doesn’t have the name of the app as the concierge didn’t say. Does anyone know? We will be on the Jewel in May.
  17. Pretty sure no-one was able to book a shore excursion in Denver.
  18. Pros and cons; lots of noise, location etc thanks
  19. We're booked on Jewel of the Seas 9 night Adriatic cruise leaving May 20, 2019...booked ocean view guarantee and just got my cabin assignment...does anyone have information on deck 2 cabins? Our cabin number is 2500
  20. When looking at the RCCL website and selecting Jewel as the ship. Then April is not possible to select. It goes from The March 13th sailing from San Diego to Miami (16 nights). Then the next voyage on the website is May 11th 2019 from Rome. What does Jewel do from Miami to Rome?
  21. We will be sailing on Jewel of the Seas this summer. Wondering where you purchase premium coffee on the ship. Is there a coffee/bakery type bar? I know this is a smaller/older ship and may not have all the bells and whistles. Thanks Chris
  22. I'm looking at a cruise for next year, the price for the inside where RCL picks the room is $1600 (for solo pricing). The price where you pick the room is $3000. This is for a 10 day Europe cruise. Does the Jewel have studio cabins and that is why it it is so much cheaper? If so, does anybody know how they compare to NCL's Epic studio cabins? I've been on several cruises but never booked one year in advance. Should I jump on this price because the studio cabins will go fast? Thanks,Judy
  23. Hi All We were going through the canal on the Disnwy Wonder and the Jewel was going through the other locks at the same time. Here are a few pics for anyone interested John
  24. Jewel of The SeasTransatlantic Voyage May 6 2018 “A tale of two drinkpackages” Balcony cabin 8594 Sun, May 06 2018 San Juan - Puerto Rico Mon, May 07, 2018 Cruising Tue,May 08, 2018 Cruising Wed, May 09, 2018 Cruising Thu,May 10, 2018 Cruising Fri, May 11, 2018 Cruising Sat,May 12, 2018 La Palma - Canary Islands Sun, May 13, 2018 Tenerife - Canary Islands Mon,May 14, 2018 Gran Canaria - Canary Islands Tue, May 15, 2018 Cruising Wed, May 16, 2018 Gibraltar - United Kingdom Thu, May 17, 2018 Alicante - Spain Fri,May 18, 2018 Valencia - Spain Sat, May 19, 2018 Cruising Sun, May 20, 2018 Rome(Civitavecchia) - Italy DISCLAIMER: this is my first review, and you may hate me for it.....good luck To say I am not a writer or wordsmith would be a little optimistic about my review writing abilities. I do not plan to go into as much detail as some of the regular reviewers on here, nor do I have the camera skills, suave good looks and dancing abilities of CruiseLifeRick and the Backstreet Boys(though I do think I can give him a run for his money at the bar), and I’m not as quick witted and humorous as Yorkvillian or JohnGaltny(though I may attempt to be once or twice) . To put it lightly, this could be anything from a trainwreck, to something mildly readable. First, a littlebackground about us and how this adventure began. We are Dave and Yvonne fromConnecticut, this is our first transatlantic cruise, and my first attempt at areview. We are in our mid 30’s - early 40’s with 3 children ages 9, 6 and 6 andhave managed to happily survive 13 years of marriage. The kids have cruisedwith us before, but this will be an adults only getaway. My first cruise was a12 night Mediterranean voyage on Brilliance for our honeymoon back in 2005, andI’ve been hooked ever since. I finally got DW to agree to this trip by draggingher to the NextCruise desk on Freedom last year and convincing her that a $200deposit was a small, refundable, price to pay to keep the discussion open. Itonly became evident to her that I had no intention of cancelling when wereached Ft Lauderdale to disembark and I was already arranging babysitters 387days prior to departure. Leaving home and work for 16 days at this stage in ourlives is not an easy thing to pull off, but with the help of some amazingparents, and really understanding bosses, we got the green light. Cool, now we are booked, babysitters are arranged andvacation time at work has been approved, what could possibly get in the way? Iknow I am probably in the minority here, but have any of you looked into a oneway flight from Rome to the US? Suddenly there were about 1751 reasons, per person,why I was starting to re-think this little jaunt across the pond. Thankfully, Ihad accrued a few miles on Delta traveling for work using their AMEX, but ifthe amount of miles needed corresponded at all to the dollar figure on theflight, the few miles I have were never going to cover the amount of milesrequired. So I was shocked to find out that I could not only book the flightfrom Rome to New York, but I could also cover the initial flight from New Yorkto San Juan!!! My next move was to sign DW up for the Delta AMEX, which wasrunning a 60,000 bonus mile special, so we could pay for her flights. In all Ipaid just under $200 in fees and taxes for two people to fly from JFK to SanJuan, then Rome to JFK. So… I now have all of the essential details in order, andthe trip is a firm GO!!! Time to start looking into all the other fun stuff Ican flush my money down the toilet on. The fact that I used “flush my moneydown the toilet” was no accident because my next order of business is theliquor package. Not having fully thought about how much $55/day/person + 18%gratuity X 14 days adds up to, I throw two ultimate beverage packages in thecart….. OUCH. The cart has been filled to the brim with $1817 worth of RoyalCaribbean’s finest liquor. To put this into perspective, we only spent about$1800 on the entire cruise. I’m already feeling sick to my stomach, and Ihaven’t even had a drink yet. Knowing that there would eventually be some sortof sale that would actually save me money, unlike most RCCL “sales”, I decidedto empty my cart and hope that a better offer would come along[1] ,and come along it did. I tend to obsess a bit about certain things, and lookingfor the best deal I can get on whatever I happen to be buying is one of them. Ichecked the cruise planner just about daily from the day I booked until theyfinally ran a sale. A touch over 5 months before embarkation I grabbed theultimate package for $41/day/person for a grand total of $1354.64 and appliedmy OBC of $200. My liver is going to be very upset with me as I make sure thatwas hard earned money well spent. We learned quickly on our first cruiseoffering the beverage packages that we are not Royal’s target audience. I’msure they count on people who buy the package so they “don’t have to worryabout the bill at the end” or they “don’t have to finish a drink they don’tlike”. We have no problem getting what we paid for and then some. The liquorpackage for some may not be worth it, but for us, we'll get our moneys worthbefore we hit the Canary Islands on this trip. Enough about booze, lets talk excursions and travel: I get stressed out fairly easily while traveling, and am thetype of person to show up at the airport 3 hours before my flight just so I canget to my gate(or the bar nearby) and sit there knowing that the likelihood ofme missing the flight is somewhere around 0%. It is this reason why in 4cruises I’ve only left the ship twice without being on a ship sponsored tour. Oneof my biggest fears is standing on the pier waiving to everyone as the shippulls away without us. I decided to live life on the edge a little bit here,and we have 3 ports on this itinerary that we intend to do on our own. San Juan- Pre cruise As I mentioned earlier, we scored some tickets on Deltausing our sky miles which made our traveling extremely cheap. Our outboundflight is a non-stop leaving JFK at noon on Saturday May 5 arriving in San Juanat 3:45PM. Per my traveling anxiety, you’ll just about never hear about meflying in the day of embarkation. I’ve witnessed too many people in my owntravels, and read about many more here, either stressing about, or actuallymissing the ship because there were delays and they didn’t fly down early. If Ican’t make my schedule work with flying early, I won’t book the cruise. Our original plan was to stay at the CondadoPlaza Hilton where we had stayed once before, but Hurricane Maria caused achange of plans. Its amazing that 227 days after the storm, the hotel is stillnot accepting guests. We decided on the La Concha Renaissance because we hadbeen to the bar there before and you know….they were taking reservations. La Palma- Day 7 Here’s where I begin to leave my comfort zone, but I amgoing to take baby steps here. I have nothing booked, and will have to fly bythe seat of my pants. I’ll probably try to find a beach bar somewhere to soakup some sun and enjoy the local brews. Tenerife- Day 8 Today the training wheels are coming off. Not only are weleaving the ship on our own, I rented a car through CICAR, and bought ticketsfor the Mt Teide cable car. Not satisfied with being 300m from the top of thehighest point in Spain, I also filled out the paperwork and got a permit tohike to the peak. There are a few things about trying to summit the mountainthat I was not aware of until I began looking into doing this. You can buytickets for the cable car either at the mountain or here https://www.volcanoteide.com/en/teide_cable_carbeforehand. It is recommended to buy them ahead of time so you aren’t stuckwaiting for the next available slot, which could be quite a while from what Iunderstand. Once you reach the upper station you are only allowed to spend anhour before you must go back down. The exception to this is if you have thepermit to climb the summit trail. With that pass, you are allowed to spend 2hours at the upper station. The saving grace here is that if for some reason Ido miss the ship, Gran Canaria is only a $40 ferry ride away. Gran Canaria- Day 9 Finally a day where I can relax and enjoy the fact thatRoyal Caribbean will be responsible for getting me to and from the ship. Herewe will be taking the Maspalomas Beach Transfer tour where there will bebeaching and drinking aplenty. The bus brings us back to the ship only a shorttime before all aboard, so our day in Gran Canaria is over when we get back. Thisis the easy, care free type of day I am going to need if I manage to survivethe stresses of Mt Teide. Gibraltar- Day 11 Another day for Royal Caribbean to hold my hand and tell mewhere to go and when to be there. We will be taking the “Rock of Gibraltar”tour here where we will get to climb to the top of the rock, explore somecaves, and hopefully keep the monkeys from pickpocketing us. This tour willallow us a few hours to do as we please when the tour is over. We also haveChops booked for my birthday dinner this evening. I’m not big on specialtyrestaurants as I am perfectly happy with the MDR, but this occasion seemedworth it. Alicante- Day 12 Three days in a row on a ship sponsored tour!!! Keeping withthe I like to drink theme, we booked the “Novelda and Wine Tasting” tour.Basically they take you out to wine country and you get to drink/buy the localwine. We should have a few hours to explore around the port when the tour ends dependingon how we feel. Valencia- Day 13 Last day in port before our journey ends and we have no cluewhat to do. There are a grand total of 5 ship sponsored excursions, none ofwhich we are terribly interested in. There’s a HOHO bus here, so we will probablyend up doing that and seeing what Valencia has to offer on our own. Rome- The end has begun On our honeymoon cruise, Rome was a 12 hour stop where wedid our best to see the major sites. This is one of the reasons we decided tostay over for a night before we leave. Unfortunately, the Sistine Chapel wasone of the places we missed on our honeymoon, and since we disembark on aSunday, it appears we will miss it again. For this overnight I booked us in theHotel Albergo Abruzzi in Piazza Del Rotonda directly across the street from thePantheon. I splurged a little bit for a corner suite here that will have awindow directly facing the Pantheon, as well as one looking down on thefountain square. We bought tickets for the HOHO bus, and I am very excited toexplore more of what Rome has to offer. We booked with RomeCabs for ourtransportation from Civi to Rome, as well as Rome to the airport. If you’ve managed to make it this far, and are interested inhow things turn out, I intend to update this thread as often as possible, butdo not plan to buy an internet package so I guess I will call this semi-live.It’s 11PM now, and our flight is in just over 12 hours. Time to call it quits,and start the updates from San Juan. [1]
  25. When does room service on the Jewel of the Sea begin on the first day? I'm interested in getting some light snacks (fruit/cheese) sent to our two adjoining rooms to make our first day/sail away special. Also...On a Greek Island cruise can we bring on a case of bottle water or some canned soft drinks? I've seen mixed reports. I know we are planning to bring on our bottle of wine each. 😄 Thank you!!!
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