Jewel Of The Seas 3/7 - 3/11 Review with lots of pics

#1
Jackson Georgia
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Joined Jan 2011
Cindy and I are just back from our second cruise ever. The first was Freedom Of The Seas last year, seven night eastern. This year was a last minute decision where last year was a 13 month wait. We did the 4 night on the Jewel to Cozumel and may I say it turned out to be the best vacation we ever had in our 26 years of marriage .
So if you would like to follow along, we will be more than happy to share it with you.

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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
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#3
Jackson Georgia
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Joined Jan 2011
We drove down from Jackson Georgia on Wednesday and stayed at the Country Inn and Suits in Brandon about 7 miles from the port. We checked in at around 3 pm. then went and visited with some of Cindy's family, checked out the mall and looked for dinner. So before we even get on the ship lets start with a little food porn! ( There will be a lot of that in this review )





By the way, We chose Red Lobster for dinner.
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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#4
Jackson Georgia
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Joined Jan 2011
Thursday we woke up early and headed down to the port around 9.30 am. Our plan was to park and then walk around the shops till 11 or so. We chose to prepay for valet parking at the port for $80 and would soooooo recommend it. Was well worth the money.
When we arrived it was very busy with people disembarking.( we should not have arrived so early) We got in the wrong line and the taxi driver in front of us very politely told us were we needed to go. After getting where we needed to be it was all down hill. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and well organized. Just a feel good moment that lasted the whole trip.
Anyway it was to cold and windy to walk down to the shops like we had planned so we took some pictures and went inside to wait.



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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
<small>Jewel review....http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1806355

Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#5
Jackson Georgia
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This ship takes its cleaning seriously!!!

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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
<small>Jewel review....http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1806355

Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#6
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
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Joined Apr 2011
Compass Photos? We are doing the 4 day leaving on April 4th. The recent set of Jewel reviews has been the only thing making our miserable weather bearable. Looking forward to the review!
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#7
Jackson Georgia
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Originally posted by AeroBaldness
Compass Photos? We are doing the 4 day leaving on April 4th. The recent set of Jewel reviews has been the only thing making our miserable weather bearable. Looking forward to the review!
We do have the Compass's but have not scanned them yet. Give us a couple of days and we will get them for you.
The reviews are what kept us going last year. That's why we try to do one. Plus, we felt this cruise deserved one.
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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
<small>Jewel review....http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1806355

Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#8
Jackson Georgia
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Joined Jan 2011
We did have to wait a little before they started checking us in. but like I said, we were early. I think it was about 11am when they started letting us board. Smooth and easy!





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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
<small>Jewel review....http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1806355

Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#9
Jackson Georgia
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After boarding, we did the usual. Explored the ship and ate at the Windjammer.







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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#10
Jackson Georgia
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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#12
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by fishteamteam
We do have the Compass's but have not scanned them yet. Give us a couple of days and we will get them for you.
The reviews are what kept us going last year. That's why we try to do one. Plus, we felt this cruise deserved one.
AWESOME!!! I appreciate it.
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#13
Jackson Georgia
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Lunch time !





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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#14
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Joined Jun 2009
Looking forward to your review! We will be on the same 4 day voyage with the Jewel next week. Cannot wait and this will give me something to look forward too!
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#15
Jackson Georgia
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Our room was ready at 1 pm and our luggage was there also, except for one bag that arrived later with a letter in it saying it had been searched. ( note to self, tape the top of the full can of hair spray on before you put it into checked baggage! A new can in gift shop is $6 )









The room was nice size for two with plenty of storage.
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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
<small>Jewel review....http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1806355

Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#16
Jackson Georgia
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Originally posted by JKCamara
Looking forward to your review! We will be on the same 4 day voyage with the Jewel next week. Cannot wait and this will give me something to look forward too!

You will love this ship. The crew is wonderful. They really made the trip for us.
Everyone from the people at the port to everyone we came in contact with on the ship. I can not say enough about them. They are the main reason we wanted to do this review. Cindy and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#17
Jackson Georgia
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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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#19
Jackson Georgia
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Joined Jan 2011
Muster drill was painless. was held up by few late arrivals but hey, we were on the ship so who cares.





Then up to helicopter pad for my favorite sail away spot.



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Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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Jackson Georgia
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Jewel of the Seas(Tampa) - March 2013 </small>
<small>Jewel review....http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1806355

Freedom of the Seas(Port Canaveral) - Feb 2012 (25th Anniversary)
Freedom review...http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1591343
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