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  1. We had 3 cruises on the Jewel scheduled for October 2021 that were cancelled. Has anyone received refunds? They owe us $1100.00. Wouldn't let us move deposits. So far have received $10.18 & $441.38. Makes no sense. Any ideas?
  2. Asking experienced cruisers for your guidance. We just don't know enough about the midship hump. In the reshuffling of ships, we were moved from category 1B room (Brilliance) in the middle of the Hump on Deck 9, to another 1B room (Jewel) front of the ship. Is this difference worth bringing to their attention? Thanks in advance, Eddie
  3. Hi anyone stay in cabin 1054 on jewel? Thanks
  4. I had a cruise that was cancelled due to Covid. I was given an opportunity to lift and shift it . That was very fair. This meant all the cash off money I received on my previous cruise would be moved to the new cruise also reducing the cost to very little . I made sure I selected a cruise that met all The requirements. I selected a 10/21 cruise on the jewel In Europe. Low and behold this week I received a letter The jewel cruise ship has now been moved for a select few months including mine and my cruise cancelled. All the letter said Is I can rebook and get a $100 credit or cancel and get my $200 deposit back. The letter never spoke about lift and shift. I called and was told Because Royal cancelled the cruise for reasons other then Covid I can not lift and shift. All my certificate casino discounts are gone and now expired. Mind you we are talking about close to $3000. Ok casino folks is this happening to you . This is totally unfair.
  5. ***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
  6. I’ve sailed on all the Radiance class ships several times but always avoid balconies on the 7th floor because of the overhang. However, the overhang doesn’t extend to the hump so I booked one on Jewel. I was looking at the deck plans and noticed that it indicates that these cabins are partially obstructed. It’s only on Jewel and not on the other radiance class ships. Anyone know what the obstruction is?
  7. Just received an email from RC informing us that our February 14, 2021 sailing has been cancelled due to the fact that Liberty would be docking at the Galveston pier. Here we go again...trying to rebook again 😏
  8. So we just returned from the March 9, 2020 sailing of Jewel of the Seas. It was supposed to do Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Yas Island and later Oman was dropped and an extra day was added to Abu Dhabi, but honestly that doesn't matter as everything changed due to the coronavirus. I thought I would give you all a review to read as it looks like we will all be quarantined for the next two weeks. Who were are: my hubby and myself late 30s our twins who are 7, would have turned 8 right after we returned home, but that will come later. We are diamond and so are our kids who always vacation with us. This is meant to be fun so refrain from comments on my writing, how long it takes, and basically being a troll as I will ignore you. We live in California so our adventure behinds at LAX so on with the show.
  9. I have been looking for reviews and can't find them. Has anyone been in one of the extended balcony rooms on deck 7 on Jewel of the Seas? I found a video online showing that the last couple feet of the balcony has just a short rail divider between rooms. Any insight from anyone who has been in one of these rooms? I have a friend contemplating switching to an ocean view guarantee on our British Isles cruise in June 2021, it's a huge savings for their family...just wanted to check out the different rooms that they might end up in, and if it would be worth the savings. Here is the video that I found... https://youtu.be/AX9La6fMYqI
  10. Will Jewel make Cruises in nothern Europe, she is under Way to Southampton now....
  11. I have this 3 paragraph opener with all my pre-planning drafted on my work computer, but I felt like starting this now so I will post that at the end of the blog. This will be a picture heavy report and include a lot of details. I want to preface this by saying I don’t care if you reply and repost pictures...it doesn’t bother me. I’m just happy to see people reading along. I also want to say that this is my opinions and the Greek Isles seen through my eyes. Sorry if you don’t agree with something I say, just be kind about it [emoji6] No hateful comments will be responded to. This was my 6th cruise. I am 36 and bf 39. We are from Colorado and this trip was definitely bucket list for us. Ok next post will start the report.
  12. Allure right now shows its position s/w of Ireland (Cork) at 8 kn speed on marinetraffic with destination from Southampton to Southampton. Jewel anchors near Piraeus, Greece and marinetraffic shows her new destination as US Anchorage (anchoring US) Anybody has a clue?
  13. I am a bit late in posting this as we have been back a week, but here goes---just a short review of some key areas (I am happy to try to answer questions if wanted): Diamond Perks: This was our fifth TA on RCI as Diamonds. We are used to lounges being too full to get seats without waiting a line or some other nonesense--even with overflow lounges open. It's understandable and we do not complain about it---just happily use our 3 coupons elsewhere and enjoy our cruise. That and allowing Diamonds to get coffee since the lounge machine can't keep up are all we expect on cruises with very high numbers of top tier cruisers. So, it was a fabulous surprise to feel really valued and have perks on the Jewel TA---their loyalty ambassador ought to be training everyone on how to do it right! Diamond cocktail hour had the lounge plus most of Viking Crown as overflow (as per usual) PLUS all of the Safari Club as a second lounge area---that one with some sort of entertainment in two short bursts over the evening (the comedian doing a short set, live music, tango dancers, etc). There was never any point when we were unable to find a seat. Bar staff were everywhere---snacks were really good, etc. The "top tier party" was also particularly good even though in the theatre due to numbers. A live music set, recognition of the pinnacles (which my oldest joked felt like a scout bridging ceremony lol but we enjoyed it), good bar service . . . Food: This was ALL over the map. Some of the best preperations for some dishes we've had yet on RCI. Also some terrible ones---including chicken being served to me still raw in the middle. It was weird. Some cruises have had overall great food and some overall not very good but this was totally inconsistent from day to day and even dish to dish. The new dinner menus really lack variety--we were quite underwhelmed. Plus on Jewel is the Indian menu that you can request with about 3 options nightly. Every dish we ordered off of that menu was excellent---and having that added variety to the dull new menus was very much appreciated. There seemed to be more variety in MTD lunch menus than in the past---still repeats but not as often, we liked that. windjammer was also inconsistent with food quality. We never eat breakfast, so I cannot comment on that. Cruise Director and Cruise Staff: Andrea (CD) is fairly new to RCI, from MSC. He speaks a lot of languages, which was really impressive at first---but having been present for several conversations involving him, I quickly learned that he "speaks" a lot but struggles with comprehension--it seemed nearly 50% of the time his answer had nothing to do with the question asked of him and he was misunderstanding. That was unfortunate but not a huge deal. I am neutral to him as a CD overall, though the 80s and 90s party he did was great---far better than the only other one I have seen on RCI. Not sure if that came from him or elsewhere. The rest of the cruise staff, including activities director Danny, were excellent (except one who was very problematic and resulted in the first time I have ever reported a crew member to higher ups, but I do not think he represents the cruise staff as a whole). Many wrote their own, WELL DONE trivias, etc which is so appreciated on a TA especially. Entertainment: We had quite literally the worst DJ we've ever encountered on a cruise. He had no idea what makes a good dance tune and played lots of stuff that was not dance music and 90% music from the 70s. The dance floor was nearly always empty and by mid cruise people mostly quit even stopping by the club in hopes of hearing some good music. Even other cruise staff said he did not know music and needed training---and it is insulting to have staff decide that older people do not want modern music---even when we request it. One night the club was closed for a staff party---that had GREAT music; we danced in the Diamond lounge which has no sound barrier and ran into another couple who had done the same in the concierge lounge! MANY people we happened to run into the next couple of days who had gone to one lounge or another commented on that party having the music we had all been wanting all cruise. Live music was hit or miss. One duo was good, one group not so much, etc----one the singer might have been sick? she sat there on stage and never sang and they played instrumentals----several sets over multiple days? Seems more reasonable to announce she is sick and not have her sit there than have her there doing nothing front and center? Most of the musicians were changed mid cruise so that added to the inconsistency. The orchestra was particularly good and the singers and dancers were a good bunch. I enjoyed the productions shows. Most specialty acts were not to my taste but many others seemed to enjoy them. Crew: Overall the ship seemed well run. The crew were very nice and professional. With the one exception, excellent all around. Captain Dusty gives particularly long winded and boring updates, but I am more concerned with how he pilots the ship anyway. Other than the CD, senior officers in every department were out and talking and approachable and beding over backwards to help guests and fufill requests for 2 weeks. Amdrea? He was out. We told him that the night before the club was listed as having an hour of "top 40" got up there and it was still 70s, not even the stuff from the 70s that is good for dancing, asked for top 40 or anything newish at all, with a good dance beat--never happened and were told that most people are requesting Latin music so we are playing that (um, no you were not). Gave up on talking to him. But really, for the most part there was a huge desire to get feedback and improve even mid cruise
  14. I just noticed that the Jewel TA from Galveston to Barcelona for March 2021 has disappeared. Anyone have an idea what has happened with it? We had/have a GS booked and were/are really looking forward to it.
  15. Just wondering if anyone is currently on the Jewel (or know of anyone on the ship). It set sail on March 9 from Dubai. My parents are supposed to be on it right now but I haven't heard from them (they are usually responsive and they promised to text me when they get on the ship). I read on a different forum and some media outlets that Dubai closed its ports to all cruise ships. But i also read from another source that the ports are open...and the Dubai/Oman 7 day itinerary just changed a bit (not stopping in Oman). But I'm not sure how reliable those sources are. I tried calling Royal Caribbean but can't get through (I'm guessing because of the influx of callers). If anyone has any information, that'd be great!!
  16. Hi all We have booked very late for the 23 March departure of Jewel of the Seas from Dubai/Athens. We have been struggling trying to work our way through the pages and pages of forum comments to find information on people offering and requesting for others to join them on independant tours at ports. If enough people are interested, I could put together a spreadsheet that can be updated on a regular basis (some people are still cancelling cruises as I write this). We are particularly eager to join others in Petra but are also interested in other activities. Looking forward to hearing from other cruisers Sue & Mike Auckland, NZ
  17. Balcony size for 8670? Furniture?
  18. March 23, 2020 sailing. Looked at cruise planner today and it looks like the itinerary has changed. Cruise docs do not show a change. The main issue is that it now terminates in Athens instead of Rome. A big difference considering the flight from Rome... When do they send out the official we have changed the cruise notice so that we can change our flights? I do not want to change the flight without being notified. Essentially they added an overnight in Dubai, removed Oman stops, added a couple of sea days, Limassol Cyprus, a stop at Crete /Chania (Souda), and an overnight in Athens (Piraeus). I guess the next cruise will now start in Athens instead of Rome.
  19. Booked our Baltic Cruise for May. What was your favorite thing to do in Helsinki, Stockholm, Talinn, St Petersburg, Copenhagen. Who has been on the Jewel recently......wish it was a newer ship.
  20. Would like to know if Jewel of the Seas offers Pickleball Open Play as a regular sports activity. We have sailed on some RCI ships that have portable pickleball nets, balls, paddles and have it as morning sports activity from 9 to 11 AM every day. We are booked on JOS for a repositioning cruise in March with 6 sea days and it would be great if they did. If you have been on Jewel of Seas lately... does JOS offer Pickleball? Thanks!
  21. Nine days ago we thought we'd be boarding Quantum in Singapore today. The Coronavirus outbreak changed all that! On Friday 7th with the situation worsening in Singapore we decided to call our TA to see if we could cancel. After going backwards and forwards for a bit they agreed that we could get a full refund for the whole package (cruise, flights and 3 night hotel stay) so we booked this instead. Just checked our credit card and the money has been refunded today. RCL eventually cancelled this cruise on Tuesday 11th when we would have been on a flight to Singapore so something worked out for us! As you can imagine we had a hectic few days sorting everything out but currently sitting in our hotel room in Dubai and a couple of days after arriving it finally feels like we are on holiday😀 I was always planning to do a live review from Quantum as there is so little info available so I decided why not still do one from a different ship. Please feel free to comment, ask questions or just follow along for the ride. So we are Julie and Mark, mid 50s from the UK, love RCL but also cruise other lines. We've cruised in this area a couple of times before (Costa and MSC) and done a Suez Canal cruise ending in Abu Dhabi on Celebrity. That was in my top 3 all time cruises partly because it was timed to fit in with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and we're big F1 fans. We were last on Jewel 18 months ago for the TA from Rome to San Juan. Our itinerary 1 Dubai 5:00 PM 2 Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates 8:00 AM 6:00 PM 3 Doha, Qatar 8:00 AM 6:00 PM 4 At Sea - - 5 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 8:00 AM - 6 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 8:00 PM 7 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 8:00 AM - 8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates - I believe the original itinerary also included Bahrain but that was changed a few weeks ago. I'm no great photographer, just tend to take snaps on my phone when I remember so I apologise in advance, this will be nothing like a Twangster review (I love those). We've still got a couple of days left in Dubai to enjoy before we board, we've booked a Dhow dinner cruise for tonight so off to get ready for that now.
  22. On the Jewel just had a late change of itinerary we are not docking in Oman tomorrow. The next 2 stops were scheduled to be Khasab and Muscat and both are cancelled. We were told its because of health concerns due to the close proximity of Oman to Iran. Its a sea day tomorrow now while we wait for an update in the morning.
  23. Leaves Barcelona 19th April bound for Portofino, Florence Rome and Naples Italy. CDC advice is only travel to Italy if necessary...Italy in general not specifically the locked down areas mentioned by WHO. Anyone due to sail that cruise , anyone having concerns? Seems like RC adopting a “wait and see” attitude.
  24. No Italian ports on these sailings now - there were 4. Villefranche stays and new ports are a mixture of Malaga, Alicante, Marseille, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia; 1 sea day. Good to see clear information from Royal 7 weeks prior to sail date.
  25. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=678876&et_cid=3317225&et_rid=16708321&et_referrer=Contest_Costa_June2013
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