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I sailed the Jewel of the Seas on January 16, 2012.

The ship is beautiful and (I feel) the perfect size.

 

We are 30-40-ish, DINKs, Florida beach living, laid back cruise lovers.

 

We loved the Solarium area and spent a majority of our time there.

The passengers consisted of mainly retired couples and very few young children.

This was a favorable mix for us! There was one Pinnacle Club couple from CA on board who have spent over 3 years at sea with RCI. Impressive for sure.

 

Boarding in Tampa was painless.

We were dropped off at port, through security, checked-in, embarkation photo taken, VIP boarded, and in the Windjammer in a record 25 minutes. Perfect.

 

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The view of Tampa from the Windjammer

 

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The view of Tampa from the Windjammer

 

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Scoping out the Solarium Area after our Windjammer buffet embarkation lunch

 

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Scoping out the Solarium Area after our Windjammer buffet embarkation lunch

 

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Scoping out the Solarium Area after our Windjammer buffet embarkation lunch

 

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Scoping out the Solarium Area after our Windjammer buffet embarkation lunch

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Sail Away from Tampa

 

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Sail Away from Tampa

 

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Sail Away from Tampa

 

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Sail Away from Tampa

 

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Sail Away from Tampa

 

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Sail Away from Tampa

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Great pictures! Looking forward to the rest of your recap. We sail on the Jewel on Monday and this is getting me even more excited! :D

 

Thanks - you will LOVE it! :)

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Sail Away Party

 

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Main Pool Deck

 

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The first sunset of our cruise.

 

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More Solarium (because it's my favorite!)

 

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More Solarium (because it's my favorite!)

 

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More Solarium (because it's my favorite!)

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We loved the duet who played in the main dining room.

We sat at a table for two right at the foot of the stairs on the first floor of the dining room. Again, it was perfect.

 

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Dining Room

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Thanks - you will LOVE it! :)

 

Yay! Any tips of things not to miss? We've been on the Navigator twice and are so excited to try a new class of ships. I'd love ideas of things we should make sure to enjoy on this ship.

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Great pics! We had the pleasure of boarding while you were disembarking on the 21st.

Also had a fantabulous cruise, and can't wait to do it again next February. :)

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Great pictures! Do u have any of the stateroom? Just curious what they look like on the jewel :-)

 

 

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Yay! Any tips of things not to miss? We've been on the Navigator twice and are so excited to try a new class of ships. I'd love ideas of things we should make sure to enjoy on this ship.

 

As usual, the love and marriage show is very cute.

But, if you miss it live in the theater - you can always catch the replay on a loop on RCTV station in your stateroom.

 

We've been to Cozumel more times than we can count.

But I always enjoy a visit to Sally Hurwitch.

She's a massage therapist on the island who practices Ashiatsu massage.

It's a divine, incredible experience.

http://www.barefootincozumel.com/

 

Keep an eye out for the Black Forest Cake.

It was a small line item on the daily cruise compass.

It was served on a sea day in the Windjammer.

YUM!

 

Behold the glory of the black forest cake.

 

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Great pics! We had the pleasure of boarding while you were disembarking on the 21st.

Also had a fantabulous cruise, and can't wait to do it again next February. :)

 

*high five* Awesome!

We loved the Jewel so much, we booked again next January :)

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Great pictures! Do u have any of the stateroom? Just curious what they look like on the jewel :-)

 

 

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Bummer - I didn't do the traditional "take photos of the stateroom" before entering. But I do have some that I will post of the stateroom in disarray. (I'll explain later ;) )

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I really enjoy testing my luck in the casino on all my cruises.

(Not to mention the Hard Rock Tampa, Derby Lane and others ;))

 

But I am usually not too lucky.

 

I truly enjoy gaming on the slots. I love the sounds and the button pushing.

 

On the Jewel - on my third pull ...... I HIT MONEY!

 

I won $900 and received a cash payout from the attendant.

I was shocked and nearly began to cry. :eek:

 

 

 

 

 

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The machine that I won on.

 

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My jackpot sequence.

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Here's an irrelevant tid-bit.

We did not receive towel animals every night.

 

We received two throughout the duration of the cruise.

 

Here are the ones we received:

 

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Great pics......I'll be on the JW in April(2nd time)......will keep an eye out for that cake:eek::eek:

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We dined every morning in the MDR. I consider it a luxury and we both enjoy it very much. We enjoy the random seating, meeting different people, the different wait staff, and the hearty nourishment first thing in the morning.

 

Something interesting that happened aboard the Jewel that has never happened in my previous cruises (I'm a Diamond on RCI and Platinum on Carnival). We were asked to stay on local time - to literally move our clocks back one hour before the Cozumel day. It was shocking because it's typically asked of all passengers to stay on "ship time", i.e. Eastern Standard Time.

 

Hence, I have several sunrise photos since we moved our clocks back before we went to bed.

 

On the Cozumel port day, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the MDR. Then retired the to atrium to people watch and relax.

 

We don't rush off the ship to Cozumel. We live on a beach in Florida, and we do not participate in water sports. We have done the ATV tour excursion on the island once in the past - but, suffice to say - I ended up at Cozumel Medical Center (part hospital, part vet clinic *meow*, part cantina - LITERALLY) with 16 stitches in my ankle where the metal foot rest ended up slicing deeply into my flesh. The scar is still with me as a reminder. Four other cruisers were injured on that excursion. One hit a tree head on, others rolled their vehicle. You get the idea. I was sure glad that I booked the excursion directly with RCI as they (the tour operator) was obligated to incur all medical charges. Also, we were able to secure transporation to the ship and was allowed medical clearance to re-board. I was non-weight bearing for the rest of that cruise. But I developed a new appreciation for those who are differently abled on a ship. Maneuvering a wheelchair around a cruise ship is challenging - not to mention the shower stall. I DIGRESS ....

 

ANYWHOOOOO .... we usually enjoy the ship and the serenity it offers while others scurry about enjoying their excursions.

 

We do eventually meander out and go see Sally Hurwitch, massage therapist. She has a darling studio casita right off the main shopping downtown district in Cozumel. She is divine and is sometimes the reason why we cruise.

http://www.barefootincozumel.com/

 

Here are some of the peaceful scenes aboard the Jewel on Cozumel port day.

 

 

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The main atrium - looking up into the "Northern Lights" public art work.

 

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Waterfalls flank the interior elevators.

 

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Stairs and Guest Relations

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Cozumel Port Day

 

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Cozumel Port Day

 

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Cozumel Port Day

 

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Cozumel Port Day

 

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Cozumel Port Day

 

 

The water in Cozumel is so turquoise.

And the ship is so graciously sized.

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Fruit Art in the Windjammer

 

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Fruit Art in the Windjammer

 

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Fruit Art in the Windjammer

 

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Fruit Art in the Windjammer

 

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Fruit Art in the Windjammer

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I am confused! So did you stay on ship time? I would love that! Mostly in Costa Maya. I think 7-4 is way better than 6-3!

We dined every morning in the MDR. I consider it a luxury and we both enjoy it very much. We enjoy the random seating, meeting different people, the different wait staff, and the hearty nourishment first thing in the morning.

 

Something interesting that happened aboard the Jewel that has never happened in my previous cruises (I'm a Diamond on RCI and Platinum on Carnival). We were asked to stay on local time - to literally move our clocks back one hour before the Cozumel day. It was shocking because it's typically asked of all passengers to stay on "ship time", i.e. Eastern Standard Time.

 

Hence, I have several sunrise photos since we moved our clocks back before we went to bed.

 

On the Cozumel port day, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the MDR. Then retired the to atrium to people watch and relax.

 

We don't rush off the ship to Cozumel. We live on a beach in Florida, and we do not participate in water sports. We have done the ATV tour excursion on the island once in the past - but, suffice to say - I ended up at Cozumel Medical Center (part hospital, part vet clinic *meow*, part cantina - LITERALLY) with 16 stitches in my ankle where the metal foot rest ended up slicing deeply into my flesh. The scar is still with me as a reminder. Four other cruisers were injured on that excursion. One hit a tree head on, others rolled their vehicle. You get the idea. I was sure glad that I booked the excursion directly with RCI as they (the tour operator) was obligated to incur all medical charges. Also, we were able to secure transporation to the ship and was allowed medical clearance to re-board. I was non-weight bearing for the rest of that cruise. But I developed a new appreciation for those who are differently abled on a ship. Maneuvering a wheelchair around a cruise ship is challenging - not to mention the shower stall. I DIGRESS ....

 

ANYWHOOOOO .... we usually enjoy the ship and the serenity it offers while others scurry about enjoying their excursions.

 

We do eventually meander out and go see Sally Hurwitch, massage therapist. She has a darling studio casita right off the main shopping downtown district in Cozumel. She is divine and is sometimes the reason why we cruise.

http://www.barefootincozumel.com/

 

Here are some of the peaceful scenes aboard the Jewel on Cozumel port day.

 

 

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The main atrium - looking up into the "Northern Lights" public art work.

 

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Waterfalls flank the interior elevators.

 

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Stairs and Guest Relations

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I am confused! So did you stay on ship time? I would love that! Mostly in Costa Maya. I think 7-4 is way better than 6-3!

 

This cruise, everyone was asked to change their clocks to local time, falling back one hour.

 

It was SO unusual. On all my past cruises, we were asked on stay in ship time.

 

The cruise director's staff did a good job of getting the word out about changing clocks back one hour while in Cozumel and Costa Maya. It was all over the cruise compasses and on the RCTV channel.

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When the ship was first in port in Costa Maya, there were three armed Mexican military guards on site with M16s and german shephards watching the passengers disembark. It was something. We watched passengers leave the ship through a window and walk trepidly by the armed guards.

 

I am not quite sure why they were stationed right outside, but they didn't stay there all day.

 

It wasn't the only disturbing site to see on shore in Costa Maya that day.

 

We didn't have any planned excursions. We just got off the ship to walk around the port area and come back for lunch.

 

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Posted on the grounf along the pier.

 

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The NCL Star was in port with us that day.

 

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A view of the Jewel of the Seas from the end of the pier.

 

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Welcome to Costa Maya.

 

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Public swimming pool at the Costa Maya port.

 

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Public swimming pool at the Costa Maya port.

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Carlos and Charlies

 

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Funny Barstools

 

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Tchotchkes in a port shop in Costa Maya

 

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The two ships in port that day.

 

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Carlos and Charlies

 

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Senor Frogs

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Great pics! We really wanted to sail Jewel while she was in Tampa this year, but just have not been able to get the free time.:(

Enjoying your review.

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**** WARNING - May be disturbing to animal lovers. ****

Please skip this post if you are sensitive to animal welfare.

 

Ok ... I don't like to dwell on things that are negative.

And I will not.

 

I am not a vegan hippie. I wear leather shoes.

I am not politically correct most times.

Nor am I am expert in animal welfare or a zoologist.

 

But, we both independently experienced two very disturbing scenes during our short time spent ashore in Costa Maya.

 

Both of these made us open our mouths wide in shock and made us both very uncomfortable.

 

First there was a baby tiger cub that was being solicited for pictures. Cruise guests were encouraged to hold the baby cub for photos which you would have to purchase after. This was done supposedly for fundraising for a wildlife sancutuary on the island. Curious - the baby cub was literally in a baby playpen - placed in full sun. We walked by twice. Once there was a couple in their 40s holding the cub and trying to feed it from a baby bottle. The cub was clearly agitated to the point where it was clawing up the man's arm toward his face. Again, I do not have a PhD in animal care, but this is wrong for so many reasons. They baby cub was being socialized with humans. The cub very well could have scratched the tourists in the face since it was being held so close. The cub surely could have easily caught a human disease since there were no hand washing stations around while strangers came up to hold and pet the animal. It was like no one in the scenario respected the fact that the cub was a wild creature. I googled this when I returned home and found even more disturbing information. Again, not to start trouble ... but thought I would share to inform:

http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/12/23/tiger-cubs-exploited-in-americas-malls-of-shame-video/61054/

Apparently this is a ruse to raise money for the handlers who dispose of the animal when it grows out of being cute and too big to be handled easily.

Disturbing.

I was in such a state of shock that I could not even get my camera out.

 

Another thing - we saw several dolphin confined into TINY concrete enclosures adjacent to Carlos and Charlies. Apparently these dolphin were meant for human encounters. The enclosures were smaller than I have ever seen and just seemed outright cruel for animals who communicate with sonar. It would literally drive them mad. It was so sad. They are only 10 feet away from their natural environment. VERY VERY SAD.

http://www.wspa-international.org/helping/animalfriendlyliving/captivedolphins.aspx

 

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We counted four (maybe five) dolphin in this tiny enclosure entertaining people.

 

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Tiny space for even one dolphin.

 

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Doing tricks to eat.

 

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I too had a problem with the dolphins holed up in such tight quarters :( and I am FAR from being a "tree hugger" or animal right activist.......it really didnt sit too well with me though.

:(

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We returned back to the ship after our (less than favorable) stroll in the Costa Maya port.

 

We approached our cabin, and a man in a full hazmat suit was leaving!

WHAT!?!

 

We were in shock.

 

Oh No - what could have happened?

Was there a sewage spill in our cabin?

Did someone smuggle illegal stuff?

 

Side Note: We are not rum runners.

 

WAIT FOR IT - we walked in after the hazmat suited man left and here's what we saw:

 

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Are you kidding me? They trashed our room!

 

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The bedding and bed was torn apart and strewn about the cabin. HOLY HAT!

 

<<<< GETTING MAD!>>>>

 

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Bedding thrown and balled up on the sofa.

 

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There was wet spray like material all over the side tables, phone, and water bottles we brought on board and our welcome aboard fruit and nuts.

 

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Greasy foam like substance along the floor board behind where the bed was.

 

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Close up of the foamy wet toxic spray substance.

 

 

We both were scared, upset, angry and confused what happened and why.

 

We left the cabin and found the room steward who was equally shocked by the scene.

 

Apparently he just had serviced our cabin and didn't have any notification of maintenance.

 

We received a call from the executive housekeeper and he stated that there was routine maintenance in our cabin and the one adjacent to us. Our steward had already serviced them both. He assured me that all surfaces would be wiped down and cleaned. And he would ask the steward to do his best to minimize the toxic smell.

 

Apparently RCI routinely sprays for pests (bed bugs). I am not complaining, but MY GOODNESS - please pass along the information to the room stewards and guests. If we would have known, we would not have want to see the cabin like that. It was ransacked. Plus, I receive two injections weekly for allergies. I was scared to death that I would become ill due to the toxic pesticide used in our small cabin.

 

Our steward did a knock-up job of cleaning up the pesticide.

The smell dissipated quickly and by that evening, you wouldn't have even known that our room was treated.

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We went to the solarium to relax.

 

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The retractable roof was open in the solarium on port days. Lovely!

 

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Beautiful Blue Sky Above.

 

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Loved the solarium area.

 

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Peaceful.

 

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Artwork near the solarium elevators.

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As an apology for the chemical spray inconvenience, the executive housekeeper sent us a fruit tray to our cabin.

 

It was a very thoughtful gesture and was very much appreciated.

 

Although, there was no way that the two of us could finish the fruit - we asked our steward to please take it back to his friends to enjoy.

 

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Scenic outdoor aft dining area behind the Windjammer.

 

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Farewell from the food and beverage staff in the MDR

 

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Of course we spent our last night aboard in the solarium hot tub :)

 

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It was a great way to relax on the last night.

 

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The solarium hot tub area.

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Debarkation was a breeze in Tampa.

 

All in all it was a wonderful cruise.

I highly recommend the Jewel. She's a beauty.

 

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Farewell Beautiful Jewel - See you next year!

 

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One last picture before jumping into the car. :)

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loved the pics.. my fav ship.. been in twice and will be on it for a third time in a matter of days.. thanks for the tease and bringing back memories

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loved the pics.. my fav ship.. been in twice and will be on it for a third time in a matter of days.. thanks for the tease and bringing back memories

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It may be kind of a silly question ,but since you specifically mentioned the solarium hot tub, what it hot? My wife and I enjoy a late night soak every night, but on almost every Royal ship we have to play, "find the hot-hot tub. (98 degrees is not a hot tub)

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Thanks so much for the wonderful pictures. I can't wait to experience Jewel myself! Any "must do's" would be appreciated-we've only sailed MOnarch & Majesty.

 

On sea days, make time to eat lunch in the MDR. The Tutti Salad bar is offered those days and it wonderful.

You walk around a horseshoe shaped salad bar in the middle of the MDR and the staff asks you what you would like - type of lettuce, toppings, meat, dressings, etc. It's always fresh and delicious. And you can get your salad exactly how you like it. :)

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