Jewel Southern Caribbean Photo Trip Report May 25th!

#1
Finland, Europe
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Heelloo everyone... I'm back!!!

That's right
It's time for another Sinppu review/report/diary/journal/blog/whateveryouwanttocallitaslongasyoureadit.
This time we (me Sinny and husband Lowry) were cruising on the Jewel of the Seas on the Southern Caribbean (in case you forgot what the title said).
We sailed out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and went to St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados and at sea.

We had a great but tiring time and if you would like to know more, you'll read on. (Is there another way?)
I hope to entertain and illuminate you and I appreciate all positive comments. You can give me negative ones too, because then I get to flame you right back. Ha ha!!

Questions are also welcome, compliments are not. They are expected

I have written two reports before, their links are in my signature.

And this is us:
Married for 4,5 years, together for 9 years. We travel a lot and love to cruise.



It's the only photo of us together from this trip. We just forget to take them most of the time.

On with the show then!!
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Explorer of the Seas 2008 W.Caribbean
Oasis of the Seas 2011 W.Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#2
Indiana
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Joined Apr 2008
What did you do @ the ports?
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UP NEXT...JEWEL OF THE SEAS 6/15/2013

CRUISE MEMORIES:

ALLURE OF THE SEAS 2012
OASIS OF THE SEAS 2011
OASIS OF THE SEAS 2010
SERENADE OF THE SEAS 2010
MAJESTY OF THE SEAS 2009
ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS 2009
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS 2008
ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS 2008
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS 2006
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS 2005
DIAMOND PRINCESS 2004
GOLDEN PRINCESS 2003
SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS 2001
MONARCH OF THE SEAS 2000
MAJESTY OF THE SEAS 1998

#3
Finland, Europe
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Joined Jan 2012
We started our trip on Sunday 19th May. We flew to Miami from Helsinki with a layover at Heathrow.



The trip was uneventful and we arrived in MIA in time.
We stayed our first night in Sofitel Miami. They call it an art deco hotel (which we interpreted as "in need of an update and a refurb, but otherwise adequate".



No photo of the room, though. Sorry.

The next day we rented a car and drove down to Key West. If you've never done it, you should. But only if you like to drive and enjoy beautiful views.
If you don't, then don't. You'll just get bored.

Florida has a great sense of humour. It keeps calling itself "The Sunshine State" but every time we're here, this is the weather:


Ha ha.
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Oasis of the Seas 2011 W.Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#4
Elmwood Park, IL
193 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
We leave on July 20th. I need any and all information on the Jewel and the ports as you are able to give me! No detail is too small! Thank you Sinny!! lol
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Enchantment of the Seas - 07/31/2008
Majesty of the Seas - 07/25/2011
Oasis of the Seas - 06/02/2012
Jewel of the Seas - 07/20/2013
Allure of the Seas - 06/01/2014
Enchantment of the Seas 07/06/2015
Freedom of the Seas 04/09/2017
Liberty of the Seas 09/17/2017
Allure of the Seas 07/15/2018

#5
Finland, Europe
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Joined Jan 2012
Originally posted by Cruisin' R.N.
What did you do @ the ports?
You'll see when we get there. Promise.

We leave on July 20th. I need any and all information on the Jewel and the ports as you are able to give me! No detail is too small! Thank you Sinny!! lol
Great!! Ask away if you think of something!
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Oasis of the Seas 2011 W.Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#7
Georgia
2,231 Posts
Joined May 2010
excited to read!
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Royal Caribbean-Enchantment of the Seas, Key West & Cozumel (July 2008)
Royal Caribbean- Monarch of the Seas, Nassau & CoCoCay (July 2009)

Royal Caribbean- Oasis of the Seas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Nassau (July 2010)
Royal Caribbean- Majesty of the Seas, Key West, Nassau, CoCoCay (November 2010)
Carnival Legend, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Grand Caymen (July 2011)
Carnival Sensation, Nassau & Freeport (November 2011)
Carnival Imagination, Key West & Cozumel (June 2012)
Carnival Valor, Aruba, Curacao, LaRomona, Grand Turk (July 2012)
Royal Caribbean- Monarch of the Seas, Nassau & CoCoCay (December 2012)
Royal Caribbean- Jewel of the Seas, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados (July 2013)
Carnival Imagination, Key West & Cozumel (November 2013)
Royal Caribbean- Freedom of the Seas, Labadee, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel (May 2014)
Royal Caribbean- Enchantment of the Seas, CocoCay & Nassau (July 2014)
Carnival Fantasy, Freeport & Nassau (November 2014)
Carnival Sensation, Nassau (May 2015)
Royal Caribbean- Adventure of the Seas, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba & Curacao (June 2015)
Royal Caribbean- Brilliance of the Seas, Costa Maya, Cozumel (November 2015)
Royal Caribbean- Freedom of the Seas, Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman (June 2016)
Royal Caribbean- Majesty of the Seas, Nassau & CocoCay (November 2016)
Royal Caribbean- Adventure of the Seas, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten (June 2017)
Royal Caribbean- Independence of the Seas, Cozumel & Costa Maya (November 2017)
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#8
Finland, Europe
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So to give you an idea of the drive to Key West, I have a photo.



Nothing special, right?

We spent a night there at the Westwinds Inn.



It was really nice and I should've booked us more than one night. But now we've at least seen Key West.
To those of you who stop there on a cruise and want to take a photo at the Cuba mile marker, be prepared to wait. At 9 am the line was way too long for us.


Key West is very pretty and worth exploring.


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Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#9
Finland, Europe
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We then drove to Tavernier in Key Largo.

The Seven Mile Bridge is pretty awe-inspiring. Though not always in a good way...


Here we stayed at Coconut Palm Inn and yet again wouldn't have wanted to leave.






But the next morning we did.
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Oasis of the Seas 2011 W.Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#10
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Originally posted by Keith1010
Thanks for sharing this.

Keith
Originally posted by AmandaKaye79
excited to read!
You're welcome, Keith.

Nice to hear that, Amanda.

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Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#13
Finland, Europe
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Now to Miami Beach, where we spent two nights at the Cadet Hotel.
The prices are steep in MiBe, but I got a good deal on this hotel and we were very satisfied with it.







Some candy houses here as well:


You too?!
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Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#14
Finland, Europe
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Originally posted by drarill
Great start!! Looking forward to the rest of your review!
Originally posted by Ocean Boy
I'm looking forward to this trip. I have not been to some of these islands in awhile now.
It's coming along

Four of the islands were new to us, we'd only been to St Maarten before. I chose this cruise based on the itinerary. I also wanted to go back to San Juan, where we've been only a few hours on our very first cruise in 2008.
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Oasis of the Seas 2011 W.Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas 2012 E.Mediterranean -Trip Report
Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#15
Finland, Europe
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We flew JetBlue to San Juan on Friday 24th from FLL. Flights were a lot cheaper than from MIA and had better time slots as well.

They served blue potato chips on the plane. My name means blue in Finnish so I was excited all the way until I opened the bag.



Ehmmm...erm...aahhh...ok. They didn't even taste like potato chips. Or blue.

But the views were nice!


In San Juan we stayed at the Hotel Miramar, which is very close to the Pan American Pier. Taxi cost $21 from the airport.
They have a nice roof terrace with great views.




The Miramar was nothing fancy, but the price is right and it's close to the port. You could almost walk to the port (1,5 miles) but the heat with heavy luggage is just
Taxi was $16.
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Allure of the Seas 2012 E.Caribbean Trip Report
Jewel of the Seas 2013 S.Caribbean Trip Report
Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
Statendam 2014 Hawaii and French Polynesia
Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#16
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Hi Sinny!

I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your review so far. Your photos are fantastic!

We sail on the Jewel next month, so I can't wait to read about the ship and the ports ~
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#17
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I am very excited to read this! We leave on 6/8/13 and I can not wait to "hear" all about your trip!
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#18
Finland, Europe
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I got to the cruise on the first page! Yessss.

We left our hotel 12.10 and after just a few minutes...


There were not many people in the terminal, which was a blessing to us as someone in our family had forgotten to print out our SetSail passes and was on the verge of tears over this gigantic mistake and ready to go home with her...I mean, THEIR tail between the legs.
However, apparently all you get for not having the paperwork with you is either a or a and the treatment of a silly rookie, who has never cruised before.
Then you sign a few papers and that's it. You still get to cruise. And that gets you a

Especially when you take the this step:
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Rhapsody of the Seas 2013 Alaska Trip Report

Independence of the Seas 2014 Med Spain Trip Report
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Volendam 2015 South East Asia
Legend of the Seas 2015 Panama Canal
Allure of the Seas 2015 W.Mediterranean
Allure of the Seas 2015 Transatlantic
Harmony of the Seas 2016 Maiden Voyage


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#19
Cape Canaveral, Fl.
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Joined Sep 2004
Oh my gosh sinnipu. I looked for you and Donna in the schooner bar the first afternoon. I guess I should have planned to have a way to know who you were huh. Sorry I didn't get to meet yall
#20
Chicago
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Joined Jun 2007
More, please! We are on this itinerary in 2 weeks & have also only been to St Maarten & San Juan. Did you have a Meet & Mingle? When was it?

Thanks,

Virginia
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