Jewel- Thanksgiving Cruise Review, pics, docs, lots of info11/22

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JEWEL of the Seas Southern Caribbean 11/22-11/29 2015 REVIEW
Disclosure: Our views, opinions and facts. Appreciated things can change and some ships differ from others.
JOTS NOVEMBER 2014 SOUTHERN Caribbean

Excellent ship, fantastic cruise. Staff were amazing!! Loved the Itinerary
This is not a day - day review, this is a fully loaded into 1 big collation of info, photos, docs kind of review. Scans of all docs will be added, time permitting.

And from seeing all the types of questions that get asked on CC, I will try and make sure that as much as I have at hand is all included.
Payback for all the great information we have received this past year.
Ken, Carol, Bob, Patti, Karen, Linda, to name but a few.

A little bit about us.
This was the DW,s 40th so an extra special occasion, MIL and FIL joined us for this cruise from the UK.
Yes I ordered the Birthday package and Cake, oh go on then! Champagne with flowers and strawberries.
Cake $16.95 RC code 00532V (Vanilla)
Birthday Cabin Decorations $31.00 RC code 000203
Champagne & Strawberries $42.95 RC code 000525
Dozen Red Roses $65.00 RC code 002006
Well it is her 40th
And she does tell me I am not romantic enough.. Seriously!
A few other gifts were also waiting in the cabin for my ladies
Lucky the flights only cost me $33.00, this is covered a little later.

TIP: Be careful when booking as they do have the options for the Quinceañeras Happy 15 Decorations, obviously if that is what you need they have different booking codes. I recall a thread where this had accidentally happened to someone.
Also for the flowers make sure you order specific to region of your cruise as this does differ and order numbers vary.
Here is the direct link
http://www.royalcaribbean.com/giftca...?catCode=CELEB

You can also contact 1-800-722-5443 who deal with stateroom decorations and celebrations.

We have done quite a few thanksgiving cruises and have always enjoyed them and with this ship and this great itinerary it was another one to cross of the list.

All 5 of us are D+ so we will be frequenting CL and DL (Hollywood Odyssey) quite a lot
No dedicated DL on Jewel.
DD 13 for this cruise so this was her 1st time moving on up into the teens program.
DD is really into her snorkeling now and with us soon to get our PADI certificates the more time she gets in snorkeling, the better prepared she and I will be for when we take the plunge and go a little deeper into the ocean.

We chose this cruise more for the itinerary, however Jewel is one of our favorite ships, so combined it was an easy cruise to choose.

DW 37th cruise, tried to make her 40th her 40th
DD 20th cruise, wants to be Pinnacle before she reaches 20! Told her to start saving
My 16th cruise, in my own right LOL, not married into.
MIL & FIL 49th
(122 cruises between the 5 of us) no idea how many sea days or ports, but many!
DW and DD do get to cruise more each year without me, they are worth it

So here we go!

Ship: JEWEL of the Seas.
Sail date: NOVEMBER 22 2015 (7 nights)
Cabin: 1044 Junior Suite
Port side (mid-ship) convenient to CL and Elevators.
Room Size: 282sq ft
Balcony Size: 74sq ft
Cost: $2937.84 taxes and gratuities all included, we booked this before BOGOHO#1
And the prices never came down, actually went up to $3429.84
We also had a nice sum of OBC from the casino which we accumulated from our previous Navigator sailing this year, Thanks to Alfio & Christian
So we were happy with what we had paid at the time.

SHIP FACTS:

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean



CRUISE INSURANCE:
We used Travelguard Insurance $235.00 for the 3 of us. Have used for past 12 years with no issues.

Cabin comments: this was a connecting stateroom with D1 cabin 1046, more on the cabin further down.


ITINERARY:
11/22 San Juan (Puerto Rico)
11/23 Tortola (BVI) have been before was changed by RC to St Thomas
11/24 Basseterre (St Kitts) have been before
11/25 Philipsburg (St Maarten) have been before
11/26 Fort De France (Martinique) New for all of us
11/27 Bridgetown (Barbados) New for some of us
11/28 At Sea
11/29 San Juan (Puerto Rico)

A Port Intensive itinerary, I know we will need another cruise to recover from this one, any excuse will do.



FLIGHT:
Departed from DFW on the Friday 21st 16:40PM - ARR SJU 23:10PM

Comments:
Easy direct flight, no issues, we used American Airlines.
We are 5 minutes from DFW so easy peezy for us.
Upgrades on this flight not automatic, I could not use my upgrades, we could not even use cash/miles combined to upgrade either. Oh well no peanuts for us.
Delayed by 40 minutes, waiting on head Cabin attendant to arrive, he gets on then does the hurry up and stow your suitcases trick, like it is everyone else's fault we are late to take off. (Typically this is a 4hr 30min flight)
Grabbed some of the snacks on board and relaxed.
Arrive in San Juan at

Used miles for the 3 of us, $33.00 total fees. Booked way back as soon as flight availability opened up 331 days before departure.
We typically have to fly for all our cruises unless we are sailing out of Galveston, then we drive it. So with flights to take into consideration for most of the cruises we book well in advance, use miles and then miles/cash for upgrades.
This way we save a big bunch on travel expenses and have more $$$ for the cruise.
(actually more money for the Casino)

HOTEL IN SAN JUAN:
Best Western Condado Palm Inn & Suites, arrived just after 00:30am !!
We both got upgraded to the suites on floor 11 in the towers, where the rooms are huge. No additional cost $$$ nice start to the week
55 Avenue Condado
San Juan, 00907-1708, PR
Cost: $240.67 per night inc all taxes and Full Breakfast (2 Queen Beds)


http://condadopalm-px.trvlclick.com/...campaign=Brand

Comments:
Breakfast Made Easy
Free Breakfast
Complimentary full breakfast
choice of breads, cereal, fruit, hot eggs, hot breakfast meats, juices and much needed coffee.

The MIL and FIL managed to get some black tea, so they were happy.
We got to hotel just after midnight so as long as we had a bed all were happy.
Rooms and hotel actually were very nice, we had researched well in advance and this was a reasonable option. Reviews online swayed it for DW.
We could of splashed out at a fancy hotel, what was the point, we would be there 10hrs tops.
Beach was within small walking distance
No Shuttle provided from hotel, as like most other hotels, it is taxi's with regulated prices.
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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DIRECTIONS:
From: Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to Hotel
Head northwest when exiting the airport. Make a slight right and take the ramp to Interstate PR-26. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Interstate PR-26. Keep on straight for about five miles then take the bypass to Condado Centro. Turn right onto Condado Avenue. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Condado Palm Inn & Suites will be on your right.
Distance: (6 miles approx 15 minutes from airport to hotel)
Cost $23+ $1 per luggage item and of course tip


Hotel to Pan American Pier
Distance: ( 2.3 miles approx 11 minutes)
Cost $12 + $1 per luggage item and tip) $22.00 total in tip


EMBARKATION:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pan American Pier
Isla Grande, Santurce, Puerto Rico


Arrival at Port:11:30am
Into security:11:45
Checked in at Kiosk with Sophia at 11:50 and picked up NO WOW cards
Only 1 setsail pass for complete family.
All CILA paperwork already filled out, However, new forms required.

Waiting area 0 minutes, straight through
All aboard Photo, family tradition, so we know we will never be the 1st ones on the ship, even if it looks like we will be.. What others do not know is we are wanting to get the photo done 1st
And then eagerly await the !BING!
On ship just after 12:20PM "home" at last! Deep breathe, breath out and forget about the rest of the world for 7 days...
In WJ by 12:30PM, after a few photos
Seaview cafe closed on embarkation day
Portofino's and Chops both closed for lunch
In Cabin 13:00pm

Comments:
The whole embarkation experience was pleasant and really non eventful!!
Finally back on the gem she is the Jewel of the Seas once again..

Designated areas for Pinnacle Club and suite guests to check in
Emerald Platinum Diamond & Diamond Plus dedicated line altogether
Gold line
And general boarding
Probably about 10 check in kiosks in total, very small compared to what we are used to seeing, we were checked 6 times in different locations on way to ship, hot on security.
Refreshments were also available in check in area

WOW Cards:
We were given NO WOW cards when checking in, typically we will grab a few more if we are able to, and this time we had 0 total for this sailing. Having spoken to a lot of staff they do like receiving these, but also say they get better recognition if their names are mentioned in the online survey. The WOW cards are more "internal" for the specific ship.
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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CABIN (STATEROOM):
JS1044 (Port side mid-ship, small walk to CL)
Nice sized room, covered balcony, large walk in closet, bath tub and all the usual
Amenities. This JS like other JS we have stayed in previously.
Very quiet room, in great location on ship.
Coffee maker and kettle for hot water in cabin, sofa double bed. No Pullman.
No issues with noise or any damage, room was in excellent condition.
Balcony nice size with NO chaise lounges, 2 chairs and a small table. Yes there is an overhang but we still got some sun
Yes this is a connecting room. (No issues), would not of even noticed
No power outlet behind the bed.
X2 Standard US power outlets & X1 European power outlet in room
Outlets also for shavers in Bathroom.
Noise from above: we were directly below the area where the deck chairs are located on the pool deck, but we heard nothing.
Couple of doorbell runners in the week, security caught up with them sharpish and hopefully the culprits parents gave them a ticking off.











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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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Would highly recommend this cabin
Allister our attendant, full of life and always there to meet our minimal needs, one of the most attentive attendants we have experienced. Allister gave us a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio. We are low maintenance so other than the room decorations for DW's 40th and the towel animals for DD, no real demands or items needed (always do need about 20 more hangers for all the formal attire, so we had these within an hour of 1st entering our cabin)
Ice for the champagne when needed.. But bottle did not need to be chilled for too long as the DW was very thirsty.. another bottle for dinner was also required
We brought our own bottle opener, so we were all sorted for the 2 bottles of wine we carried on with us. CVS and Walgreens were right next to our hotel where they had everything you need if you have forgotten to bring.

C&A GIFTS
Bottle of wine, which we chose to have with dinner
2 bottles of beer and bag of Almonds with Shortbread, they went down quickly.
No more totes, bags or RC logo gifts.
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C&A GIFTS KIDS
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No list in cabin of kids benefits, Diego printed us out a list for DD
Tote bag welcome back gift

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Graham ♥️♣️♦️♠️🎰🎲🃏


(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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BATHROOM AMENITIES

SHOWER GLASS OR CURTAIN
SAFE and Dimensions, larger than we had on Navigator (Safe was Beige)
CUPBOARD SPACES
TV outlets

Cabin Attendant: Allister Parris
From: Trinidad & Tobago
Great guy, got us the extra hangers we needed on Day 1, fresh ice when needed and made up towel animals for DD every night. Room on arrival was all decked out with the birthday decorations and all ordered gifts and welcome back items were all in the cabin. robes and all. Again thanks for the bottle of wine. Great job, excellent service.

1st Day on Ship:
For us we like to take a tour of the ship and take as many photos as we can at specific locations. Pool deck, solarium, signage of the Ship, and the most important one for us is the ship deck model plan by the elevators. Does not matter which floor but DD has had her photo taken with this on every cruise she has been on, and one day I will collate them all in a timeline so she can see how much she has changed.
We are easily pleased as you can tell.
Dining room to see where are table is located and then chill.
WJ or whatever restaurant can be used, Chops, Portofino's, we don't normally mind either way. We are not scared of using the WJ by any means.
Seaview cafe closed on embarkation day, as was Chops and Portofino's

OPEN ON EMBARKATION DAY:
But for Jewel it has to be WJ outside, just because we can
So photos done, all fed and watered and 1pm off to drop the carry on's in the cabin.
We take a slight detour past 1556, as we will be bedding down in the RS in 2015, so wanted to acquaint ourselves with her location.
Seaview Cafe Closed
Chops Closed
Portofino's Closed
Now where is the helipad?

BRINGING WINE & WATER ONBOARD:
We carried on our allowed limit of 2 bottles of wine per cabin, no issues
In laws also took on 2 bottles of wine.
We did not take on any bottled water.
We took onboard a bottle opener and corkscrew.

MUSTER:
Location: deck 5 C08
20:00 (8:00pm)
Nice and easy!

SAIL-AWAY:
20:30 (8:30pm)

HELIPAD:
Access outside on Deck 5 Both Sides, up the stairs and you are there, technically Helipad is on Deck 6, gangway has restricted access signs when closed to general public.
Always closed at night, must be dark for the bridge.




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Graham ♥️♣️♦️♠️🎰🎲🃏


(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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BAGGAGE ARRIVAL AT CABIN:
All of our over-sized luggage arrived at our cabin at 15:30PM

MEET & MINGLE (M&M)
Our roll call only had 12 people registered
M&M did not have the 25 we needed, so no official M&M
Very few CCers and upper tier cruisers on this sailing
We arranged on our roll call to meet up at the pool bar for 4pm on embarkation day!
Received email from RC on 11/19 to say no official Meet and Mingle for our sailing.
Hung around at 4 for a while, did not meet up with anyone, although did bump into others later in the cruise.

SPECIAL NEEDS:
New for us, we required a collapsible wheelchair for Dear MIL, thanks to CC we had the contact for RC [email protected] and the outside vendor information.
Special Needs at Sea 1-800-513-4515 http://www.specialneedsatsea.com/

We also required a shower stool for MIL and RC special needs organized this, and it was ready in cabin on embarkation
Excellent service and the wheelchair for the week was $99.99 this was in the in-laws cabin on embarkation, and we left it there for collection at the end of the cruise.
Also AA flight for in-laws from London, special needs had wheelchair ready on arrival at airport and also on landing at DFW.
Likewise in San Juan plane to baggage wheelchair service excellent.

Getting a wheelchair at port, nightmare and not well organized at all
Special seated area outside by Suite guest queue where no one assists, eventually after speaking to 5 different people we decided to get checked in and organize from inside.
Within 10 minutes in-laws were with wheelchair and checked in.
Very impressed with the services provided all round, even if a minor issue at port.
Rating: [10/10]

INVITATIONS:
Welcome Back Party - Attended (Safari Club)
Top Tier Event - Attended (Vortex)
Captains Table Dinner with Hotel Director - Giovanni (MDR Thanksgiving Day 6)
Galley, Theater Bridge Tour - Did not attend, done on Jewel before.
Park West Special Auction - Did not attend.

ALL ACCESS TOUR:
Cost: $150.00 if you paid for it!
Invitation in room for Galley, Bridge or Theatre, we passed on all 3 as have done before on Jewel

CAPTAINS CORNER:
Captain Thore and the Executive Committee
Day 7 Centrum Deck 4

ONLINE BOOKING EXCURSIONS:
A little info on all of the excursions we planned, all booked online, all completed using the RC cruise planner, and all the linkage with other reservations and payments a success with NO issues... Please do not be amazed or fall off of your chairs.
We took every step carefully and printed off confirmation email and hey presto!
All tickets were in our Cabin with no issues at all.

Even though there are 5 of us, we do occasionally split up excursions, DD and myself are more into Active excursions, where as the DW and in-laws are quite happy to look at buildings and flowers and stuff.
But we compromise for places we have sailed to before.

PORTS: (Docked or Tendered)
Tortola (British Virgin Islands) DOCKED changed to St Thomas DOCKED
Basseterre (St Kitts) DOCKED
Philipsburg (St Maarten) DOCKED
Fort De France (Martinique) DOCKED (New design and have done a great job)
Bridgetown (Barbados) DOCKED
This was another nice thing about this cruise and itinerary.. NO tenders, not that tenders bother us, but docking is so much easier as you all know.
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Graham ♥️♣️♦️♠️🎰🎲🃏


(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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EXCURSIONS:
OLD DAY 2 (just 3 of us for this excursion DW DD & ME)
23-Nov-2014
Tortola, B.V.I.
Tour to Virgin Gorda Baths
09:00 AM
Total Cost: $179.25 USD ($59.75pp)
Duration: 4hr(s) 30min(s)
RC booking code: TT32
Weather report: Probably Sunny! We're not there but heard it was nice.
CommentsD and myself had brought our own Snorkeling gear with us, so at any given time there was a beach and the ocean, we knew where we would be heading.
Beach was the part of the trip for the DW to chill and drink.
Had read a lot about the positive reviews of the baths on CC, so that helped in our decision for this port of call.
Rating: N/A

HOWEVER
in September RC cancelled Tortola on the Itinerary and we docked in St Thomas instead! We received a full refund on excursion and rebooked accordingly.

NOTE:
Published on 25th January 2014
So RC had known for a while.

• *Tortola, British Virgin Islands: A major port expansion at Road Town will enable the port to accommodate ships carrying 4,000-plus passengers. Both Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney have been given berthing preference. Other ships will be able to dock there as well, however.

Work is expected to start during this quarter to lengthen the existing cruise pier to 1,200 feet and extend its width to 45 feet, build an excursion/ferry dock, a visitor center, a boardwalk and four acres of shore facilities, including a shopping mall village, recreation elements and staging/transfer area.

Completion is projected Early 2015, so we will try and get back to Tortola once all has been completed.
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NEW DAY 2 (just 3 of us for this excursion DW DD & ME)
23-Nov-2014
St Thomas
All inclusive St John Trunk Bay Beach & Snorkel
09:00 AM
Total Cost: $209.25 USD ($69.75pp)
Duration: 4hr(s)
RC booking code: STE8
Weather Report: 86deg F (30deg C) small rain shower, hot and sunny
Comments: beautiful beach, visibility for snorkeling not so great, but when you are stuck at the 5th best beach in the world, who cares, the sandy beaches with zero rocks, just like walking on cotton wool, bliss. Well worth doing.
45 minutes each way from Havensight to St John (Isla Grande ferry)
Rating: [9/10]
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DAY 3 (split up for this so DD & myself could go Snorkeling, the others buildings)
24-Nov-2014
Basseterre, St. Kitts
The Essential St. Kitts Tour
09:30 AM
Total Cost: $149.27 USD ($49.75pp)
Duration: 3hr(s)
RC booking code: KT21
Weather report: 82deg F (28deg C) rainy and overcast, we got a good soaking
Comments: DD said the excursion was very good and enjoyed it, would recommend
Rating: [9/10]

Basseterre, St Kitts
Snorkel St. Kitts
09:00 AM
Total Cost: $139.50 USD ($69.75pp)
Duration: 3hr(s)
RC booking code: KT04
Weather report: 82deg F (28deg C) rainy and overcast, quite choppy getting to snorkel sites.
Comments: Minimum age 6, off DD and myself again into the beautiful Caribbean waters to get some cool underwater photos.. Another new hobby that DD has taken up. Walk to boat from ship, 25 minutes on the sea to site #1, 40 minutes of snorkeling, 10 minutes ride to 2nd site, 40 minutes snorkel. All gear and drinks on boat provided.
Well worth the money and DD and myself thoroughly enjoyed the excursion.
Rating: [10/10]

CAMERA:
for the enthusiasts (FUJIFILM XP 70 w/wifi 33ft water proof, 5ft shock proof)
16.4 Mega-Pixel Digital 1920x1080 HD Video. HDMI O/P (float strap included)
Picked this up at bestbuy, after rewards and some other discount the DW had, cost us about $79.00 RRP $199.00 not inc tax.. Bargain.

Rating: [9/10] we used for above water photos as well.
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DAY 4 (All 5 of us for this one)
25-Nov-2014
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
St. Maarten Island Tour
09:00 AM
Total Cost: $128.75 USD ($25.75pp)
Duration: 2hr(s) 30min(s)
RC booking code: SM04
Weather report: 86deg F (30deg C) one small rain shower, then hot and sunny
Comments: nice tour of the island, great driver with a wealth of knowledge and kept it fun and added a nice level of humor.
With MIL in the wheelchair, driver sat her at the front of the coach, so great views. We tipped him $20 and DD also gave him a few $$, she likes to do this on her own.
Great value for the $25 each for the excursion.
Rating: [9/10]
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DAY 5 (All 5 of us for this one)
26-Nov-2014
Martinique
DIY style
Total Cost: $0.00 USD (FREE pp)
Duration: At leisure, just walked into town, some gift shopping and back to ship for the pool and solarium, while it was quiet. Played some pool and chess in Safari Club.
Weather report: 86deg F (30deg C) Cloudy with some rain
Comments: got to be a 9 as we had the day just as we all wanted it, newly developed dock and very well constructed, once exit to town is all finished and built up, I expect will be a really tidy port. Side streets very small. All shops are € but also take USD$ at a rate of x 1.25 as at 11/26/14
Rating: [9/10]
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DAY 6 (Just the 3 of us for chill-axing and Snorkeling DW DD & ME)
27-Nov-2014
Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados Tiki Beach Break
08:45 AM
Total Cost: $89.25 USD ($29.75pp)
Duration: 4hr(s)
RC booking code:BBA5
Weather report: 88deg F (31deg C) Sunny and a little bit of rain.
Comments: Shuttled from pier to cruise terminal building, and then straight onto tour bus, 10 minute drive to Tiki Bar Beach, lovely soft sands and crystal clear waters for DD to do some snorkeling.
We each got drinks vouchers for the bar and enjoyed a lazy day drinking swimming and sunbathing. Well worth the $29 each.
Rating: [10/10]
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DAY 7 Sea Day, chill, Casino, drink, eat and enjoy the ship, blackjack tournament & slot tournament day YAY!!! Throw in some bingo as well.
28-Nov-2014
At Sea
Weather report: 86deg F (30deg C), lovely sunny and hot sea day
Comments: With just the 1 sea day, we had to enjoy the ship as much as possible so that's exactly what we did.
Oh yeah Happy Birthday wife , treated her to breakfast in bed
Rating: [10/10]
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

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ENTERTAINMENT:
Coral Theatre (Deck 5 & 6)
Shows: West End of Broadway Day 3 Coral Theatre
Shows: City of Dreams Day 5 Coral Theatre
Shows: Chuck Gunter - Comedy Juggler Day 7 Coral Theatre
Quest 11:00PM Safari Club Day 6 Deck 6
Love and Marriage Game Show Day 4 (English) 10:15PM Coral Theater (Deck 5,6)
Love and Marriage Game show Day 4 (Spanish) 10:30PM Safari Club (Deck 6)
Cruise Director: Mike Hunnerup
Comments: DD and FIL watched the West End Broadway, DD said he would give it a 9/10 and really enjoyed it. Also enjoyed City of Dreams 8/10
Rating: [8.5/10] overall.

FOOD:
MDR: (Deck 4) Tides 6pm Traditional
We signed up for the 1st seating for Traditional dining Table 470 for 5, so a 6 top
Waiter: Ajit Desai (India) Hopefully Ajit will be on Jewel in June 2015, Top Waiter
Assistant Waiter: Ryan (Philippines)
Head Waiter: Luis (Chile)
Drinks server: Roel Paguio (Philippines) Always had a nice virgin cocktail for DD and even surprised her with some of the choices table.
maître d': Jose Venegas

Overall MDR experience for us was very good, never an issue having 2 or more starters and some nights all tables our waiter was waiting on, all were getting 2 starters.
Wine service we did not use as all of the wine we drank was FREE!!
Rating: [9/10]

BREAKFAST:
For Diamond, Diamond+ & Pinnacle you have a separate private area just inside MDR on deck 4 for breakfast, nice added touch.
Never really busy, in fact most in at one time was 15 people.
We mainly used the CL, which was never busy for breakfast, was also our normal morning time to have a good chat with Diego
Rating: [9/10]
Eggs Benedict for the day we did use
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(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

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BREAKFAST (CHOCOLATE):
We were informed this would be on Day 5
All of us had chocolate milkshakes, Chocolate pancakes, Chocolate waffles, and of course eggs Benedict to start the day off. We sat in Diamond area of tides on deck 4 for breakfast, Ajit our MDR waiter served us, so a nice added touch.
Rating: [9/10]










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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

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MDR MENU ORDER:
Day 1 Mojo (Casual)
Day 2 Saffron (Formal)
Day 3 Pimento (Smart Casual)
Day 4 Arugula (Casual / White)
Day 5 Shiitake (Formal)
Day 6 Pomodoro (Smart Casual)
Day 7 Jasmine (Casual)




Table #470, very close to the main dining room entrance, I had contacted Diego the Concierge a few days before sailing and let him know dear MIL was in a wheelchair and we would like a seat near the entrance, within an hour Diego had our request sorted and table assigned for the 5 of us.
Diego 10/10 for getting the table we requested, kudos! (Nice one Luis S) if you read.

Luis head waiter arranged for some special curry dishes for us, nice added touch to the excellent service, can say the portion was huge "family style" chicken so tender and the spice and heat just like we like it.
2nd curry dish next night, a lovely hot n spicy egg curry, yum yum!
3rd curry dish formal night, really spicy and hotter chicken dish, very tasty.
We typically got our 3 glasses of wine each at the Centrum Lobby bar outside MDR on deck 4, which we took into MDR with us. There was a sign up on bar which displayed all available options for x3 drink vouchers.. yes Baileys was on the list.
I had no issues using DW's and my card at same time, $0.00 receipt to sign so tip could be added. Likewise no issues DW using my card to get both our drinks.

For those interested formal night, from what I saw was very formal. Who wears what does not effect our meal, so no big deal to us anyways.

Formal nights: 2nd night (Saffron) & 5th night (Shiitake)
Thanksgiving 6th night (Pomodoro)
Lobster Day 7 (Jasmine) Fishermans Platter, Birthday cake and Wine from Diego
Captains Table Day 6, we dined with Giovanni and Rosa, great company, great food.
Parades and singing:
Rating food: [9/10]
Rating service: [10/10]

ROOM SERVICE:
NO charge items on normal room menu
DW ordered, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Med-Well Steak Sandwich, coffee, hot chocolate and a couple of milks, all food was nice and warm to hot and all items ordered were delivered as requested. DD said BBQ sauce is very good, that came with the Steak sandwich.

We had breakfast delivered Day 7 at Sea as we needed a well deserved lay in.
Hung selection menu on door handle night before for 9:00AM delivery, all on Balcony for a lovely scenic family breakfast.

Delivery time (afternoon snack) 40 or so minutes from placing order, which was fine.
Delivery time (breakfast) we had a 9:00AM delivery on the dot!
Hours: 24hrs ($3.95 service charge between midnight - 5:00AM
Rating food: [8/10]
Rating service: [8/10]

RESTAURANTS:
For dining bookings or general questions, we have used before for assistance with table requests and times, plus linking other reservations.
mailto:[email protected]
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

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RESTAURANTS:
For dining bookings or general questions, we have used before for assistance with table requests and times, plus linking other reservations.
mailto:[email protected]

PORTOFINO: (Deck 6) as at 11/29/14 Cost =$20.00 pax
Menu:

We had a nice romantic evening in this fine Italian restaurant, and we're not disappointed, is DW's favorite RC restaurant, so as you do, for her Birthday, made sure she got what she wanted and spoilt her.
DW had the Lamb (De Ja Vue)
And I had the Fillet (creature of habit)
Wine menu very good, we had the Duckhorn Merlot.. Nice and smooth
Obviously the family style dining was 1st where we sampled as much as we could, leaving room for our main dishes and dessert of course.

The DW has always said Portofino's has something that Giovanni's does not.. I personally cannot notice the difference other than in the name.
Excellent as always.

There was also the wine pairing option in Portofino's with Surf n Turf.
$55 per person all inclusive Day 5

Taste of Tuscany in Portofino's Lunch Day 7 at sea
$20.00 per person
11:30AM - 1:00PM


Rating food: [10/10]
Rating service: [10/10]
Server:
Head Chef:
Seating Times: Dinner: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Dress: Smart Casual.
CLOSED embarkation day for lunch
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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Joined May 2014
SEA VIEW CAFE: (Deck 12) Cost =$0.00 FREE!!
Had to revisit before they take this away and will enjoy again in Alaska
Just really nice to sit back catch some sun, grab a bite to eat, with no hustle or bustle.
DISCLAIMER! I never said they are taking it away, but who knows, so glad to enjoy it again, and will be doing it again when we are in Alaska, just less warmth.. Brrrrrr!
Hours: 2:30PM - 6:30PM / 9:00PM - 1:00AM
Rating: [8/10]
Hit and Miss as to when we could make it to eat
Dress: Always Casual.
Was closed embarkation day. Was closed when ever we wanted to go, limited hours!
We finally made it. YAY!! Day 5 and again on Day 6 for Tuna Melts and Onion Rings








PIZZERIA SOLARIUM CAFE (Solarium): (Deck 11) Cost $0.00 FREE!!
It's slices of Pizza... Does the trick when your in a rush or can't be bothered to go to WJ
Hours: Never saw it open, that's not to say it could of been. We did not use.
Hours: 7:00AM - 11:00AM / 2:30PM - 6:30PM / 11:00PM - 5:00AM
Rating: N/A
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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CHOPS GRILLE: (Deck 6) as at 11/29/14 Cost =$30.00 pax
Seating Times: Dinner: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Menu:

As usual avoided Chops as we always do, we eat steak all the time at home so we choose to stay with Portofino, a restaurant we will pay an up charge for, that's if we ever have to pay for it..
Rating: N/A
Seating Times: Dinner: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Dress: Smart Casual.
Closed embarkation day

CHEFS TABLE (In CHOPS)
Available each night 1 dinner only, max 16 people
Cost: $40.00 Drinks not included
Rating: N/A
Seating Times: Dinner: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Dress: Smart Casual.
Closed embarkation day
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CAFE LATTE' TUDES: (Deck 5) Cost $$$
Used occasionally for a Latte or 2.
Price list see image
Hours:11:15am Embarkation Day
Hours: 6:30AM - 11:00PM
Rating: [9/10]




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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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Joined May 2014
WINDJAMMER: (Deck 11) BACK OF SHIP Cost $0.00 FREE!!
Seating Times: Breakfast 6am - 11am, Lunch 11am - 3pm, Dinner 6pm - 11pm
Times did change daily, but above times were good guidelines.
Dress: Always Casual.
Yes we sat outside with every opportunity and ate and drank, observing other ships.
Frequented for snacks and the odd bite to eat here and there
Nice seeing Indy beside us in St Maarten 11/25 eating our lunch outside WJ.
Omelette station, did not use.
Build your own pizza station: NOT ON JEWEL
IOHO, even though serve station area is small, selection of offerings we thought was pretty good, would say dessert selection is pretty lame. Obvious this is subjective to our tastebuds.
The BIG plus, with all the outdoor seating options, WJ was never crowded at the times we frequented.
Rating food: [8/10]
Rating service: [8/10]


BARS:
Schooner Bar (Deck 6)
There is a Wii all setup just as you go into the Schooner bar and small TV.
We never used Schooner Bar
Rating: N/A


Champagne Bar (Deck 6)
We never used, always had our champagne in our cabin.
Rating: N/A




Pit Stop Sports Bar (Deck 6)
Sat occasionally to catch up on sports results, lots of screens showing a wide variety of programs.
19 TV,s in total in the bar.
There was a Beer Bucket special available here, 5 beers $20.00
Hours: 4:00PM - Late

Rating: [8/10]

TV Sports Coverage
Note: NFL games shown on thanksgiving day.
1:30PM Bears v Lions (Safari Club Deck 6) Nobody in there watching the game!
5:30PM Eagles v Cowboys (Safari Club Deck 6)
9:30PM Seahawks v 49ers (Coral Theatre Deck 5)
Some NFL games also available in Pit Stop Bar
Plenty of UEFA and Champions League games also shown.
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

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Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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Joined May 2014
Sky Bar (Deck 12)
Occasionally sat up there and watched DD in the main outdoor pool
Smoking area overlooking the pool
On Deck Performers: Carib style band most days for sailaways.
Servers friendly and always willing to stop and chat
Rating: [9/10]

Centrum Lobby Bar (Deck 4)
Got our wine here for MDR using our 3 drinks vouchers each evening.
Live music every night with the odd few couples dancing.
Drink list at bar displaying all you can get using pre-loaded vouchers.
Christmas Tree was up Day 6 morning and Centrum all the way to the top was decked out. All ready for Thanksgiving.
Rating: [8/10]

Vortex (Nightclub) (Deck 13)
Hours: 10:00PM - Late
Silent Disco was available.

Safari Club (Deck 6)
Played pool a few times and also bingo in here, another bar also
Chess, Backgammon and Draughts also used






Rating: [9/10]

DRINKS of the Day ($7.75)
Day 1 Tropical Lemonade (Lemonade - Smirnoff - Blue Curaçao)
Day 2 Paradise Punch (Bacardi Rum - Schnapps - Pineapple - Cranberry)
Day 3 Lush Mint Lemonade (Lemonade - Mojito mix - Smirnoff - Mint & Lemon)
Day 4 Pirates Punch (OJ - Spiced Rum - Grenadine - Brandy)
Day 5 Tradewinds Cooler (Bacardi Rum - Island Oasis - OJ - Sprite)
Day 6 Tropical Sunset (Smirnoff - Schnapps - Chambord Black - Cranberry - Pineapple
Day 7 Caribbean Sunshine (Smirnoff - Triple Sec - OJ - Sprite
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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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Joined May 2014
PHOTO GALLERY: (Deck 5)
Used to collect both of our complimentary 8"x10" and purchased the port photos which has always been a family tradition.
Old style format layout, no computerized system on Jewel.
Photo packages
Cost =$174.99 x10 package
Cost =$249.99 x15 package
Cost =$349.99 ALL package
Cruise in Review DVD $29.95 or $29.99 see IMAGE
Just on a side note an 8Gb SD memory card will set you back $22.99





Rating: [8/10]


CONCIERGE LOUNGE: (Deck 10)
Concierge Hours: 08:00am - 11:00am and 5:00pm - 8:30pm daily.
EXCELLENT CONCIERGE Diego Tripaldi
mailto:[email protected] (if anyone needs to contact Diego)
Lounge was never busy, and coffee and continental breakfast always nice to have access to when not wanting to go up to WJ or Seaview Cafe.
Diego does his job very well, we look forward to seeing him again June 2015
Very small but great views if you could get a seat by the window. could also sit outside if all seats were taken.
Joseph served all our drinks and was pleasant and attentive, tipped accordingly.
2 PC,s for Internet access in CL
Continental breakfast 7:00AM - 10:00AM daily
Cocktail Hours: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Concierge Rating: [10/10]
CL Rating: [9/10], just a shame it is so small.
Yes Baileys available


Outside seating CL


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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

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Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
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Joined May 2014
DIAMOND LOUNGE: no dedicated DL on Jewel
We were in the Hollywood Odyssey for DL cocktail hours, servers were excellent and took care of us, knowing we were coming drinks were already on the table before we arrived each evening. MIL & FIL used more frequently than us.
Hollywood Odyssey (Deck 13)
Hours: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DRINK VOUCHERS: all 3 pre-loaded on both of our Seapass cards, we never needed to use them up on Deck 13, centrum bar mainly where we used them.
Rating: [10/10]
Yes Baileys available

CASINO: (Deck 6)
Casino Hours: 8:45PM ON 1st night, until last person falls asleep.
Our usual hang out, when cruising, so a lot of time spent on the Slots and Tables.
Claudette was amazing with our drink orders and always made sure we were never without a drink, and if Claudette was elsewhere then Marinel looked after us just as good, look forward to seeing both them next June.

Casino Manager never introduced themselves, we had no idea who they were, head office could not even tell us, so we never met them. 1st time in 17 cruises with RC that this has happened.

Casino host Publio Chavez rarely saw him, very rarely spoke to us and for all the money over the years we have spent on RC and in the casino, we received no Casino Royale VIP treatment. Only bar service were friendly and added the personal touch that we have experienced typically in the past.
Maybe the $$$$ we have spent and have invested for future cruises is no longer wanted or appreciated by RC.
Another 1st, we did not get comped a speciality meal.
Just to clarify it is not expected from us, if we get it great, if not life goes on
Others who we know through being VIP and being big spenders also commented on the lack of acknowledgement on this sailing.


Casino Points chart, use em or lose em


Slot tournament Day 7 was great fun, we lucked out only 4rounds, so pay out for 1st, 2nd & 3rd were cash payouts. Not enough people to compete for the "Free Cruise".
$260 for the winner

Blackjack tournament Day 7 had 4 rounds, and final 7 played for cash, made final table and lucked out again.

Casino on Jewel a nice cozy size plenty of tables, minimal slots, choice of slots very poor IMHO
Had its busy nights were you could not move,.. And some won some nice jackpots early on this cruise.. Love the sound of winning machines..
Busy nights were when they had free raffles, when raffle finished casino was empty!

Yes there are smoking and non smoking areas. The smoke does not bother us, so nothing to report on that matter. Smoking ALL on starboard side.

Breakdown of available tables and other facilities
Total Slots: NOT ENOUGH!!, but plenty of 1c machines.
Poker Tables: 1
Blackjack: 2 regular and 1 single deck
Craps: 1
Let it Ride 0
Caribbean Stud 0
3 Card Poker 1
Ultimate Poker 1
Roulette 2
Other games "Keymaster" Max'smom, we witnessed 3 people drop $1000 on this.
Machine #100 dropped over $1000 (Wheel of Fortune $5 per spin one)
Poker machine #29 we did pretty well on.
ATM: Yes 1 in the casino near roulette table, Starboard






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(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
#18
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Joined May 2014
Note: we have been Casino Royale VIP members since the program was rolled out, so plenty of time, experience and $$$$$$ in the casino's on most of the fleet.
Contact details: [email protected]
Club Royale, Casino Operations
Royal Caribbean International
(P) 888.561.2234
(F) 305.358.9295
Rating: [6/10] for us this was way below par for Casino Royale, let's hope it was one of a kind.
Got no information on the New Program for March 2015, as previously stated we never met Casino Manager and rarely saw Casino Host.


CINEMA: (Deck 6)
Day 2 Transcendence (PG)
Day 3 Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)
Day 4 Heaven is for Real (PG)
Day 5 Captain America-The Winter Soldier (PG13)
Day 6 Draft Day (R)
Day 7 Transcendence (PG)
Show times: 10:00AM / 1:00PM / 4:00PM / 10:00PM
Nice size 40 fixed seats and Wheelchair seating top back, we all went to watch Captain America on Day 5.

EXCURSIONS & GUEST SERVICES: (Deck 4)
All of our excursions were booked and paid for using RC website a few months before we sailed with no issues.
GS staff pleasant and attentive, only time we used was to pay down our account after wins in the casino and to get DD's Seapass card changed.
Shout out to Rosa Torres who assisted us one day with finding someone, was as if she knew what we needed fixing before we even asked. Technology a great thing
ATM: to left of GS desk
Hours GS: 24hrs
Hours Excursions: 8:00AM - 10:00AM / 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Rating: [10/10]

LA DESK: (Deck 12)
We had no need for LA this cruise, as we already booked 3 future cruises with the BOGOHO#1 offer and threw in a short Enchantment cruise for 2015 as well.
Now if summer 2016 deployments were available, I am sure we would of made the complimentary visit.
Already thinking of a B2B for summer 2016 once schedules are released in 2015
Hours: 08:30AM - 10:30AM & 4:00PM - 8:00PM
Loyalty & Cruise Sales Manager: Ana Luis Hall
Nice sized area with 2 desks
Rating: [8/10]

C&A members on this cruise: 864
Pinnacle (0)
Diamond + (45)
Diamond (118)
Platinum (123)
Emerald (70)
Gold (508)

WELCOME BACK PARTY
Welcome back party Day 3, St Kitts, 7:45PM - 8:30 Safari Club Deck 6, well attended and the rum punch was quite potent!
Highest tier passenger D+ (619pts), photo with senior officers and Champagne.
The band were playing some classics with a creole twist, some catchy tunes!
Rating: [8/10]

TOP TIER EVENT
For Platinum and above tier guests only
Wednesday Day 5 Fort de France, Martinique
Times: 4:45PM - 5:30PM
Location: Vortex (Deck 13)
Dress: Formal
Rum punch, Apple n Caramel Martini's, Champagne and some nibbles, nice time to have a chat with a few of the senior officers, Bridget & Giovanni being ones we spoke with most of the time.
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Graham ♥️♣️♦️♠️🎰🎲🃏


(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
#19
2,594 Posts
Joined May 2014
POOL DECK: (Deck 11)
Was busy at times, DD used the pool everyday and we never struggled to get a deck chair, not slippery either.
On Day 4 after our excursion, we used the pool and there were maybe 15-20 people in or around the pool, was nice for DD to get some speed lengths in

Pool deck activities: Bean bag toss board always available
No Big Screen on Jewel
Pool deck food:
Pool depth 5,8" 4,3" - 6,5" 4,11"
VERY SALTY!!!!, my eyes were extremely red and sore after swimming







Rating: [9/10]
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Graham ♥️♣️♦️♠️🎰🎲🃏


(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)
#20
2,594 Posts
Joined May 2014
KIDS POOL DECK: (Deck 12)
Was busy at times, DD used the water slide on occasion
Waterslide hours: 11:00AM - 4:00PM






TOWELS: (Deck 11)
Procedure for taking towels ashore: scanned card for each towel on Deck2 each day on disembarking. Flowed nicely, no doubling back anywhere to get towels.
If using on ship, no sign out required.
Hours: 7:00AM - 10:00PM


WASH N FOLD
Menu and bag delivered to room on Day 3
We never use, no need, do it all when we get home, as we pack plenty for what's needed on the cruise, and some!

ICE CREAM MACHINES: (Deck 11)
Locations back of WJ, port side, DD used on a daily basis always operational
Vanilla, strawberry & chocolate.
Rating: [8/10]
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Graham ♥️♣️♦️♠️🎰🎲🃏


(2002 Splendour JS) (2003 Rhapsody GS) (2004 Grandeur JS)
(2005 Monarch GS) (2006 Sovereign RS) (2006 Brilliance JS)
(2007 Splendour GS) (2007 Jewel JS) (2008 Freedom GS)
(NCL 2008 Norwegian Dream)
(2009 Serenade GS) (2012 Mariner GS) (2013 Majesty JS)
(2014 Navigator JS) (2014 Jewel JS) (2015 Jewel RS)
(2016 Allure OS) (2016 Liberty GS) (2017 Freedom GS)
(2017 Navigator JS) (2017 Vision RS) (2018 Adventure RS)

Upcoming Cruises
Enchantment 2018 (RS)
MSC Seaside 2019 (Yacht Club RS)
Enchantment 2019 (OS)
Celebrity EDGE 2020
MSC Seaside 2020 (YC)
MSC Seaview 2020 (YC)