Posted February 18th, 2008, 06:41 PM
I have not cruised with HAL, so I cannot compare them with RCL, however we did just get back from a 10 day Panama Canal cruise on the Brilliance of the Seas and loved it. I do not rock climb, and the Radiance class (of which Brilliance and Jewel are both members) do not have skating rinks.
The Brilliance, however, has several very nice lounges, and a nice variety of music - Jazz, Classical, Latin, Piano Bar, all with excellent (and live) musicians, as well as Karaoke, and DJ Mix. And the crew, as on all of our RCCL cruises, was very friendly and eager to please. I'm sure you will find the Jewel to be similar.
There were about 20 kids on this cruise, so not much concern in that dept.
I believe your NextCruise booking will give you $200 of onboard credit for a 10 day cruise. We own RCCL stock, which gave us $200 of onboard credit, plus have an RCCL visa, which we used to get more onboard credit. As far as I know, there are few, if any restrictions on combining shareholder onboard credit with other discounts, but you can get full details here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....olderbenefit#8
I'm sure you'll have a great time whichever cruiseline you choose.
Explorer of the Seas, Bermuda, October, 2012 (just before hurricane Sandy)
Noordam, Southern Carib, November, 2011
Voyager of the Seas, Western Carib, January, 2011 [Platinum!]
Radiance of the Seas, Mexican Riviera, January, 2010
Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Carib, August, 2008
Brilliance of the Seas, Panama Canal, February, 2008
Carnival Miracle, Southern Carib, October, 2007
Mariner of the Seas, Eastern Carib, October, 2006
Explorer of the Seas, Eastern Carib, February, 2006
Carnival Valor, Exotic Western Carib, August, 2005
Carnival Paradise, Western Carib, 1999