“Live” from the "Jewel of the Seas": April 13-April 18,2013

#1
Florida
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Joined Mar 2005
Hello everyone…
Welcome to "Live" from the "Jewel of the Seas!"


I'm excited to begin another “Live” cruise report from Royal Caribbean's beautiful Jewel of the Seas as I travel another cruise adventure! I'm extremely excited to be boarding the Jewel before she leaves the Port of Tampa for her new port of San Juan in May. I had originally planned to cruise on the Jewel as a last minute cruise this past December taking my DM on a cruise whilst she was here visiting in Florida, but ended up taking her on the Carnival Ecstasy instead. The price I got for the Carnival Ecstasy was to good to pass up and it was the first cruise ship I've sailed a few years back, so it seemed right to sail her again before her retirement. Click HERE for my Carnival Ecstasy "Live" cruise report: Dec 3-8,2012.


I'm excited to be cruising solo this trip as I've found that cruising solo is so much fun and my preferred method of cruising. My last solo cruise this past November sealed that deal. Click HERE to view my previous "Live" solo cruise adventure aboard the Carnival Sensation & Carnival Freedom B2B: Nov 8-17,2012. My very first "Live" cruise report was last July and is located Here when I was aboard the RCCL- Monarch of the seas: July 20-23, 2012.


Tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 13, 2013 I'll venture from my home here in Tampa and board the Jewel of the Seas at the Port of Tampa. (Long drive, ouch!)


Our itinerary during the next 5 days and 5 nights:




One thing I'm looking forward to seeing on the Jewel are the many open areas that open out to the sea throughout the ship. I've seen this written in many reviews and RCCL's website make note of it in regards to the Radiance class ships: "We built the Radiance class to let the sights of the sea be the star. Every ship has soaring, sunlit spaces, glass elevators facing the ocean, and more balconies than you’d ever imagine – plus a Solarium pool surrounded by lush tropical foliage" I'm ready to experience this for myself.


My goal with my "Live" trip reports is to make it have a "feel" as though you the reader are on the cruise, whilst I don't always make that a success that has ultimately been my goal. Hopefully I'll be able to succeed with that during this "Live" trip report.


Drink Package
During this cruise I've pre-purchased the drink package and will try to give updates throughout the report of my experience with it. I'm sure I'll be trying many drinks too that I would normally never purchase. If I have a post and pictures that don't make any sense or really blurry pictures, please forgive me, I'm sure a drink or two or NINE may have had an influence. :-)




Welcome aboard! Sit back, relax with one of your favorite beverages as we watch, participate and begin a new cruise adventure.


Till a later time!


Where we are going:




Jewel of the seas: Ship statistics

Tons: 90,090
Length: 962 ft.
Decks: 13
Speed: 25 knots
Passenger: 2,501
Crew: 842
In Service: 2004
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Upcoming Cruises


Rhapsody of the Seas. February 18, 2018
Symphony of the Seas. October 28, 2018


Past "Live" Trip Reports


RCCL - Oasis of the Seas "Live" cruise report. November 12-19, 2017. "Live" report can be found HERE

RCCL - Brilliance of the Seas "Live" cruise report. December 12-16, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Allure of the Seas "Live" cruise report. Nov 17-24,2013. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Enchantment of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 19-26, 2013. Back -2- Back. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Jewel of the Seas "Live" cruise report. April 13-18, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Monarch of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 20-23, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE
CCL - Carnival Sensation & Carnival Freedom B2B "Live" cruise report. November 8-17, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE.
CCL - Carnival Ecstasy "Live" cruise report. December 3-8, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE.

CCL - Carnival Ecstasy. Nov 24-27,2000. Report can be found HERE.

Royal Caribbean Cruises:
Oasis of the Seas(1), Harmony of the Seas(1), Enchantment of the Seas(3), Monarch of the Seas(2), Jewel of the Seas(1), Allure of the Seas(1), Brilliance of the Seas(2)
Carnival Cruises:
Carnival Ecstasy(2), Carnival Freedom(2), Carnival Legend(2), Carnival Inspiration(2), Carnival Imagination(2), Carnival Fantasy(2), Carnival Sensation(2)



#3
San Diego area, California
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Joined Sep 2000
I'm looking forward to it too! We will be on her in May out of San Juan.
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#5
Charlotte, NC
52 Posts
Joined Jul 2012
Looking forward to your review - we were on Jewel March 30, the ship is just lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, I hope you enjoy yours as well!!
#7
Long Island
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Joined May 2010
OKay.
I'm cruising along with ya.

Arrghh.
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#8
Orlando
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Joined Jun 2012
My wife and I will be on this sailing as well.
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Royal Caribbean cruises:
04/2001 - Voyager of the Seas
09/2002 - Monarch of the Seas
11/2003 - Voyager of the Seas
04/2005 - Radiance of the Seas
11/2010 - Liberty of the Seas
03/2011 - Navigator of the Seas
10/2012 - Freedom of the Seas
04/2013 - Jewel of the Seas
05/2014 - Vision of the Seas
08/2014 - Enchantment of the Seas
11/2014 - Independence of the Seas
12/2015 - Enchantment of the Seas
03/2016 - Oasis of the Seas
10/2016 - Oasis of the Seas

Other cruises:
06/1990 - Carnival Holiday
03/2003 - Disney Wonder
#9
UK
938 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Ooo please will you let me know if there are freestyle coke machines? We are sailing on her in July
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#11
Gordonsville, VA, United States
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Joined Dec 2012
I can't wait to follow along with you. We sail her in September out of San Juan for my first cruise!
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#12
Brooklyn, NY
461 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Have Fun!!!!!

Please Take Pictures, And Post, And Share With Us!!!
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#13
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
458 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by DrSeuss
Ooo please will you let me know if there are freestyle coke machines? We are sailing on her in July
There were not as of last week, sorry. The kids didn't seem to mind having to have their drinks poured, compared to having the freestyle machines last time on Freedom.
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#14
Florida
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Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by cathep
Looking forward to it!!!
Originally posted by BDL
I'm looking forward to it too! We will be on her in May out of San Juan.
Originally posted by AeroBaldness
:subscribe: Just off Jewel last week, it'll be fun to see her through someone else's lens. Have great trip!
Originally posted by axid
Looking forward to your review - we were on Jewel March 30, the ship is just lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, I hope you enjoy yours as well!!
Originally posted by Calico Jack Sparrow
OKay.
I'm cruising along with ya.[IMG]file:///C:\Users\Dale\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_ image001.gif[/IMG]

Arrghh.
Originally posted by stazerd
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Originally posted by DrSeuss
Ooo please will you let me know if there are freestyle coke machines? We are sailing on her in July

Originally posted by bup1224
I can't wait to follow along with you. We sail her in September out of San Juan for my first cruise!

Thanks for following along, I should pack here at some point...ehh, will do that in the morning.


Originally posted by Big Jay
Have Fun!!!!!

Please Take Pictures, And Post, And Share With Us!!![IMG]file:///C:\Users\Dale\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_ image002.gif[/IMG]

I plan to have as many pictures as possible and am in hopes the ships WiFi is MrFunInTheSun friendly. Not sure that my pictures will be able to live up to Radios, Gambee and Bugsy's quality but will do my best. Check out my previous "Live" trip reports, my format will be similar to them. Hoping to try a couple new things with this one.



Originally posted by UCF_Knight
My wife and I will be on this sailing as well.

Originally posted by Carolina_Girl
The hubby and I will be on this cruise too!!!

It's going to be a great cruise. Who knows our paths could cross! Our ship is calling us.
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Upcoming Cruises


Rhapsody of the Seas. February 18, 2018
Symphony of the Seas. October 28, 2018


Past "Live" Trip Reports


RCCL - Oasis of the Seas "Live" cruise report. November 12-19, 2017. "Live" report can be found HERE

RCCL - Brilliance of the Seas "Live" cruise report. December 12-16, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Allure of the Seas "Live" cruise report. Nov 17-24,2013. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Enchantment of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 19-26, 2013. Back -2- Back. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Jewel of the Seas "Live" cruise report. April 13-18, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Monarch of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 20-23, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE
CCL - Carnival Sensation & Carnival Freedom B2B "Live" cruise report. November 8-17, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE.
CCL - Carnival Ecstasy "Live" cruise report. December 3-8, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE.

CCL - Carnival Ecstasy. Nov 24-27,2000. Report can be found HERE.

Royal Caribbean Cruises:
Oasis of the Seas(1), Harmony of the Seas(1), Enchantment of the Seas(3), Monarch of the Seas(2), Jewel of the Seas(1), Allure of the Seas(1), Brilliance of the Seas(2)
Carnival Cruises:
Carnival Ecstasy(2), Carnival Freedom(2), Carnival Legend(2), Carnival Inspiration(2), Carnival Imagination(2), Carnival Fantasy(2), Carnival Sensation(2)



#15
North Carolina ,USA
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Joined Jul 2011
Have only sailed on Celebrity until now. Thanks for letting me cruise along with you!
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Now it is the time to travel with you.
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Tennessee
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Great - we will be doing the same cruise on the Jewel in two weeks, 4/27. Can't wait to read all your comments!!
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#19
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Joined Apr 2005
Hey, I'm going in this sailing too!! . My flight arrives in Tampa at 9:30 am.....wanna pick me up on your way to the port? ))))

See you on board.
Off topic, but are we having a sail away party?
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SoFla
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I leave in June. So excited.
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