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  1. 1) Are there spa or gym showers available on the Jewel? 2) Is there a charge to use them (i.e. spa pass necessary)? Thank you in advance for your help!
  2. Do they serve food at Vintages on the Jewel? If so is it at a cost?
  3. 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
  4. JEWEL OF THE SEAS I have cruised with Royal Caribbean only once and it was back in the 90's (or it might have even been in 2000), on the Majesty of the Seas. So, basically I'm a "newbie" to Royal again I guess you could say. I've always wanted to try them again, but their prices are just so outrageous every time I've looked. I did some research (since we always cruise at Spring Break) and found that the Jewel, cruising out of Puerto Rico, was a price that I just couldn't pass up! FINALLY! I would get to try out Royal again. I booked and was super excited!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We'll start with the "formalities" and get that out of the way. (Mostly copied from all of my other reviews, because things don't seem to change too much) with any updates we might have added/adjusted. PLEASE NOTE>>> My reviews are LONG...as in VERY LONG, with a lot of details, A LOT of pictures and this is the experience of my family on the cruise, sorta like a blog. *So, if you are not into long reviews and want something short, sweet and to the point...this review is not for you. *If you expect this review to be done quickly and you don't like to wait...this review is not for you. *If you don't like personal details of our daily activities, this review is not for you. *If you expect me to sugar coat everything, this review is not for you. *If you think I tell you about something that wasn't appealing or I didn't really care for or seen happen and you consider me "complaining" or unhappy...this review is not for you. I'm open, I'm honest, we have a good time no matter what, but I report everything I see. It doesn't make or break my cruise or experience and I always manage to have a great time no matter what. It's sad I feel the need to say these things with my reviews now due to certain people who like to come on a be rude in the past. However, if you like to laugh, get a chuckle every once in awhile, think of our family and some of the things we do that could be pictured on "the people of Walmart" and want details and pictures of places...you have come to the right place. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT MY FAMILY AND WHO CRUISED THIS TIME: This cruise was myself, my husband and Sakari (pronounced just like it's spelled Sa-Kar-ee, our now 9 year old daughter who will be turning 10 next week). This time, my 3 adult children would remain home (Kenny-31, Kendra-29 and Kolin-23). Kendra, usually tries to cruise with us (pulling along my grandson B, sometimes her fiance, and the last cruise her daughter Kam). But she bought a house last year and they completely gutted it and made it "brand new" and they have been working diligently on trying to get it finished the week we were gone so that they could move in this month. Although it was a hard decision to make, she decided to sit this one out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My Cruising Experience: As you can tell from my signature line, we mainly cruise with NCL and I have been trying to cruise the entire fleet but have been adventuring out over the last few years with Carnival. In the 80's and 90's I also sailed with NCL and Royal Caribbean. So, this will actually be my 2nd RC cruise. This will make my 21st cruise, my husband's 19th cruise and Sakari's 18th cruise...I think? After awhile, things are starting to run together. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ORGANIZATION FOR THE REVIEWS: People always ask how I organize for my reviews and it takes A LOT to put together a review like this. Once I decided to post how I personally organize for my reviews and if you are interested, it can be found HERE-1ST HALF and the 2ND HALF HERE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAMERAS: I am constantly questioned about what type of camera's I use for my reviews. Several years ago I decided to purchase my first Olympus point-and-shoot camera (not by choice, but because I had one of my many "bloopers" with my Canon cameras). I have loved the Olympus since that purchase that we actually have quite a few of them. This entire review was shot with my Olympus Tough TG2 & a few with the 620. I take my model 620 & 830 along with me for back up because you never know what might happen and I would be devastated if I was without a camera. Last Christmas, we also purchased Sakari her own camera (the 620 model) and she uses hers as well. I'm a photography FREAK! Always have been. I do have a DSLR with tons of equipment, lens, and so on, but I find that I just don't want to lug it around with me on a cruise...and of course it's not waterproof. When I process my photo's, I do take it in to PS (I have to get my watermark on there somehow) and I have an "action" that resizes the picture for a more appropriate posting size, and sharpens for web and I put my stamp on it. Every once in awhile I'll get a really crappy picture that just needs something (like white balance) done to it and I really want to share it and I might white balance it. For the most part, I don't do much of anything...no one has time for all that with the thousands of pictures I take! I take thousands of pictures on vacation and I do a lot of walking and snapping. Yes, I may get some outstanding photos and quality, but for every good picture I get, there may be 3 bad ones. You win some, you lose some. I've been known to stand in a spot and take 3-5 pictures of the same thing, using different settings on the camera, just to get what I'm looking for to share. That's just me. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT MY REVIEWS: I am a very open and honest person. Everyone has a different expectation and experience, but I report how I feel during mine. You may or may not agree with my thoughts or views, but that's the beauty of it...everyone is different and all thoughts and comments are welcome. We are a fun loving and outgoing family that, for the most part, don't get upset about much and roll with the punches. We've had a lot of "bloopers" (especially when the kids come along=Kendra lol), but it is what it is and I have learned over the years that getting mad or upset doesn't solve the problem and only takes away from the fun, so I try not to dwell on bad things (although I will always report them...not to be a Debbie-Downer, but to show this is the experience I had and how it contributed to what was going on at the time) and I move on. We are BEACH people. So, if you are the touristy type of person that likes historical stuff, seeing the sites, or likes to do the land tours, this review might not benefit you too much as far as the ports. If there's a beach, we will be there! I have to drag Sakari the Mermaid out of the water every place we go. So, to the beach it is for us. Sakari decided in 2016 that she wanted to "be a scuba diver" and took classes and became a certified PADI Seal that year. In December of last year, she finished all the PADI classes and became a MASTER PADI SEAL!! I think she was one of the first at her scuba shop to complete the program. They made quite a big deal over it. Now, she is just going to class monthly and repeating the classes for the fun of it. So, you will find us doing some scuba diving in reviews as well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LAST BUT NOT LEAST: WHY I DO THE REVIEWS My reviews are meant to be helpful to others looking for information. I'm a "picture" kinda girl and if I'm looking for information, give me a picture to help me understand and it will go 10x further in helping me with a decision. So many of you wonderful cruisers have helped me decide places to try out, shared your experiences with me, and even cruised with me....and this is my way of thanking you and continuing to help others the way they have helped me. I'm keeping this "opening" a little shorter than normal. Most people around here know me and I hate to constantly repeat things...so if you want a more detailed "opening" statement, you are welcome to click on one of my other reviews (in my signature line) and it will give you more info on us. With that said...I hope you enjoy the review.
  5. Does the Jewel of the Sea still have a concierge lounge or has it been changed to a suite lounge? Just wondering if being D+ I will still have a choice of which lounge to use, or if I only have access to the diamond lounge. Thanks, Cheryl
  6. Can anyone recently on the Jewel confirm that you get your seapass cards after you board the ship? I was told that because the SetSail pass has the muster station on it that we will get the seapass cards after we board.
  7. Does anyone know what the current production shows are on the Jewel?
  8. Sailing March 2019 to Panama Canal on Jewel. Got my guaranteed ocean view room and it is 2028 right next to the elevators. Never had a cabin on deck two so would like some input as to noise, what type of window, movement of ship, etc. Not a fan of our assignment but haven't been able to change.
  9. Just wondering what the suite perks are for the Jewel. I know on Mariner class they have pool chairs reserved for suite guests, is this the same on Jewel? Are there special dining options for breakfast and lunch? Thanks for any info.
  10. Hello, I read these boards every day and think I know the answers to these questions, but if someone could confirm it would be much appreciated! I am interested in a Celebrity Transatlantic for Fall of 2020. I understand I can book Celebrity onboard my Jewel cruise in March/April. Correct? Will the Celebrity cruise be subject to the reduced deposit for booking onboard? We've had some unexpected home expenses and I'd rather avoid giving $960 to Celebrity at this time. Even though its Transatlantic, would we still receive the onboard credit (looking at balcony cabin)? I understand Transatlantics don't generally get any kind of perk at all. And I think I read somewhere here that you can book onboard for friends not on the current cruise. I'd also like to arrange for my sister and her DH to come along. Would their reservation be subject to reduced deposit? Anything to know about doing this? Of course with my luck the price will rise between now and then. Hopefully the answers to the above don't prove to be a moot point! Thanks in advance for your knowledge and assistance!
  11. I checked the last 10 pages...Does anyone have a link to a JOS Review of the Middle Eastern cruise? Thanks
  12. Bartender said this new menu was announced this week. I didn't ask if it is fleetwide. I'm not thrilled with the change in gin brand from Tanqueray to Beefeaters. New menu includes some additional liquors too.
  13. The last time we had a full suite was on the HOTS and I know the Jewel is a totally different ship (having been on the Radiance before). Can anyone answer these questions? 1. When are the cabins ready on embarkation day? I've read conflicting reports: some say 1pm, some say 2pm. If the itinerary makes a difference, it's the Greek Isles. 2. Is there reserved seating around the pool for suites? Again, some are saying yes on this ship and some are saying no. 3. What is the breakfast in Chops like? I read that it's made-to-order but am wondering if DH can get 5 sausages if he wants them or if they're going to serve smaller portions. Are there unique things there or all the usual breakfast fare? No part of it is a buffet, right? 4. Is disembarkation at the end of the cruise in Civitavecchia on Deck 4? Thanks for the help and taking the time to answer my questions!
  14. Here's the situation... I am leading a small group on a Jewel OTS cruise in Feb and I'd like to type up a small list of things we will do together has a group each day, the night before. I can pass this list out at our 8pm dinner so everyone is on the same page for the next day. Does anyone know if the public PCs on Jewel have ANY type of word processing program? If it matters at all, I will have a VOOM package. thanks in advance!
  15. Will be going on a 9 day Southern Caribbean cruise on Jewel of the Seas in January and was wondering if anyone knows what the show times are on the Jewel?
  16. What a mess arriving in Puerto Rico today. This morning's porter strike blocked the entrance to the port and left Royal Caribbean flat footed and ill prepared. We waited in the express walk off lounge for 30 minutes after the scheduled departure before the first announcement as to what was causing the delay and then almost 2 hours to walk off with very few interim updates. Finally we were told bags were not being unloaded, but once off the ship we found a large number of guests without bags were allowed off the ship prior to express walk off. Evidently this is not the first porter strike, so Puerto Rico passengers beware how poorly the port and Royal Caribbean are prepared to handle this.
  17. ... at least one crucial correction to my posted review, ugh! I submitted my CC review of our cruise last Thursday and it's now up (link in my signature below). Even though I'm usually pretty meticulous about editing, please excuse (at least) one glaring mistake: our junior suite (#1570) is actually on the starboard (right) side of the ship, and not the port (left) side as I typed in my review. Since I highly recommended choosing a cabin on the same side of the ship that we had, I felt that correcting this error was important. If only I could edit my CC review. In any case, since submitting my review, I've had more time to peruse the pictures we took, a lot of which are better as (iPhone) 'live' pictures for the few seconds of video they contain, and wanted to share some more here. I've seen others post their entire review - complete with pictures - on these boards, but since I first found/joined CC in 2010 and have been sharing my reviews "there", I've continued the habit. Plus, since there were so many negative reviews of this Jewel itinerary, I felt like my positive review was needed for balance;-) Pictures to follow ...
  18. does the does the jewel dock in havensite or crown Bay? Bill
  19. Just got the following email for my trip that leaves this Monday. Booked it because I had never been to these ports now I'm going to ports I've been to, oh well hopefully it was the best thing they could do. Dear Guest, We look forward to welcoming you onboard Jewel of the Seas this Monday, November 5th, 2018. We have an important itinerary update to share with you below. Along with our Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, we have been closely monitoring the trajectory, speed and size of multiple storms covering the Northern Atlantic Sea. Unfortunately, this unforeseen circumstance will affect our crossing to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and we will be unable to visit Valencia, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, and Ponta Delgada, Azores. Instead, we will avoid the inclement weather and visit Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Canary Islands, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. We are sorry for this unexpected change and the impact to your vacation. Please know, we evaluated all options, and determined this was the best decision to ensure your safety and comfort, and avoid unpleasant weather. Although not the ports planned, these three new destinations provide a vast range of exciting activities. From exploring volcanic craters on 4x4s, hiking hidden valleys, and sipping on Spanish wine, to kicking back on a sandy beach and admiring crystal clear, turquoise waters. You’ll savor each and every moment! Below, please find our updated itinerary. If you have any Royal Caribbean International pre-purchased shore excursions in Valencia, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, or Ponta Delgada, Azores, you will receive a credit to your onboard SeaPass account. You’ll also receive any taxes and fees associated to missed ports as an Onboard Credit on your SeaPass account. Please visit the Shore Excursions Desk on Deck 4, should you have any questions or if you’d like to make new reservations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please contact us at 1-800-256-6649 if you have any additional concerns, or once onboard, please visit Guest Services on Deck 4. We will continue to monitor the weather, and you can expect daily advisories from our Chief Meteorologist onboard. Please know, your safety and comfort is our top priority and we are confident once onboard, you’ll have a wonderful time with us! Sincerely, Royal Caribbean International
  20. The Jewel is changing its transatlantic sailing due to storms. I can appreciate that. They are changing ports and said that booked and paid tours and port taxes will be refunded, but to your on board credit, not to the credit card which poaid cash for them. I find this totally unacceptable that RCCL is basically keeping the money since if you do not use all on board credit it is not refunded.
  21. The transatlantic cruise itinerary for the Jewel has changed due to storms. I can appreciate the need for that. What bothers me greatly is that any booked tours and refunded port taxes will not be refunded to your credit card, but only to your on board account for you to spend. This is theft. I paid for those things directly with cash through a credit card and now RCCL is holding that money captive for themselves. If you do not use it all, they keep it. Out and out theft.
  22. I was wondering if anyone has experienced the silent disco on the Jewel of the Seas? Thanks, Tom
  23. Does anyone know if Jewel of the Seas does the smart boarding where the seapass cards are waiting at the room?
  24. I’m sailing December 8th. Does anyone have a cruise compass....thanks
  25. We are completing a 12 day transatlantic crossing coming into San Juan. The itinerary had to be changed due to storms, New ports, supplies, entertainers, etc, all had to be rearranged to meet the cruise. They did a very good job on that. What did they NOT arrange - the blue and white US Custom Forms for the some 2,000 passengers. The ship's explanation is that it will go very quickly for everyone to get the forms in the terminal and fill them out, it will not add any time to the disembarkation. I stand there incredulous. 2,000 people looking for forms, filling them out without pen or tables, writing on people's back, and they say it does not take any extra time or bother? That is because they are not going through it. They could plan for a whole new itinerary but not to have some pieces of paper shipped to the ship. It proves that once you step off their ships RCCL does not care what happens. They will blame it on the US Customs agents. It is RCCL's fault.
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