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

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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:

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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. :-)

 

 

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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:

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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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I'm looking forward to it too! We will be on her in May out of San Juan.

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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!!

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Ooo please will you let me know if there are freestyle coke machines? We are sailing on her in July

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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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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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Looking forward to it!!!

 

I'm looking forward to it too! We will be on her in May out of San Juan.

 

:subscribe: Just off Jewel last week, it'll be fun to see her through someone else's lens. Have great trip!

 

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!!

 

OKay.

I'm cruising along with ya.

 

Arrghh.

 

Subscribed.

 

Ooo please will you let me know if there are freestyle coke machines? We are sailing on her in July

 

 

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. :D

 

 

Have Fun!!!!!

 

Please Take Pictures, And Post, And Share With Us!!!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

My wife and I will be on this sailing as well.

 

 

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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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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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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I am sailing the Jewel in May, so I am going to love this review!

 

Also I have a huge favor to ask. I am in room 1052, right beside the concierge lounge. I just moved to this room and I am nervous on how much of my balcony is visible from the lounge. Some have said that I will have no privacy. If you go to the concierge lounge will you peek out the window and tell me how bad it is?

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Pulling up a chair!! I have never sailed Live on Jewel and very much looking forward to you taking us along!! thanks!

:D

 

Have only sailed on Celebrity until now. Thanks for letting me cruise along with you!

 

looking forward to it.................

 

Now it is the time to travel with you.

 

Thanks for following along!

 

 

If Shamila is still the supervisor in Windjammer' date=' you will have a phenomenal experience there. She runs the best WJ at sea. Try the omelet station! Enjoy![/quote']

 

Thanks for the tip, can't wait to try it, I love omelets!

 

Great - we will be doing the same cruise on the Jewel in two weeks, 4/27. Can't wait to read all your comments!!

 

I leave in June. So excited.

 

Have a great cruise on the Jewel! Thanks for following along!

 

I am sailing the Jewel in May, so I am going to love this review!

 

Also I have a huge favor to ask. I am in room 1052, right beside the concierge lounge. I just moved to this room and I am nervous on how much of my balcony is visible from the lounge. Some have said that I will have no privacy. If you go to the concierge lounge will you peek out the window and tell me how bad it is?

 

Have a great cruise! I'll see what I can do.

 

 

 

Hey, I'm going in this sailing too!! )

 

See you on board.

Off topic, but are we having a sail away party?

 

See you at the airport.. haha, well not really, I live in the opposite direction as the airport. Will see you on the ship, perhaps our paths will cross. Would have to assume there will be a sail away party, not sure that I've been on any ship that hasn't had one.

Once I'm aboard the ship I won't be able to do these multi quote responses like this. I will do my best while cruising to answer questions I can along the way. If I miss something I don't mean to and will try to answer upon my return. My post will be from my iPhone or iPad using tapatalk. I will have my bluetooth keyboard with me though so when I'm in the room will make it easier to type on my notepad.

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Thanks your awesome!! I dont know why I am stressing over this so much. I am new to Royal Caribbean and not familiar with their ships at all and I keep thinking I am going to make a mistake with which room I choose.

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Looking forward to your review. We will be on Jewel in May!

 

Bon Voyage

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I'll wave to you as you get off the ship. ;). Bring her back safe to me.:D

 

Would you mind letting me know who the bartender is in the Champagne Bar? Curious if either of my favorites are still there.

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I just finished 'cruising' with Radio and am thrilled to see I can do a "B2B" with you! Just love living vicariously through the live threads!!!!

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Mr. Fun,

Do you bring bottled water onboard? Can you check if they are still allowing it to be carried on?

 

We have always taken some on in the past, but there have been a few reports of some being denied. We won't bring on a whole case, but maybe 6-8 bottles in my rolling carry on. Also like to bring a few caffeine free diet cokes.

 

We sail in 10 days, so will be following along to help pass the time this week.

 

Thanks for doing this.

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Looking forward to this thread as my birthday cruise will be on the Jewel.

 

I'd just be interested in knowing the best spots for wi fi as I'll also have my iPad with me.

 

Thanks!

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Hey there....We cruised together in December onboard the Carnival Ecstasy. You're crossing over to the Darkside.....have a great time on your cruise

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About 12 hours from now I'll be on the Jewel of the Seas!! Wahoo! The best part of this cruise is being 10 minutes from the cruise port and not worrying about others traveling with me. It will be such a relaxing embarking day.

 

Thanks your awesome!! I dont know why I am stressing over this so much. I am new to Royal Caribbean and not familiar with their ships at all and I keep thinking I am going to make a mistake with which room I choose.

 

 

No problem, hopefully I'm able to grab some pictures.

 

 

 

Looking forward to your review. We will be on Jewel in May!

 

Bon Voyage

 

Thanks for traveling along!

 

Subscribing! Looking forward to cruising with you!

 

Thanks for traveling along!

 

I'll wave to you as you get off the ship. Bring her back safe to me.

 

Would you mind letting me know who the bartender is in the Champagne Bar? Curious if either of my favorites are still there.

 

 

I'll see what I can do, am sure I'll be getting to know quite a few of the bartenders with the drink package.

 

 

I just finished 'cruising' with Radio and am thrilled to see I can do a "B2B" with you! Just love living vicariously through the live threads!!!!

 

Glad your joining in for a nice B2B cruise. :)

 

 

Mr. Fun,

Do you bring bottled water onboard? Can you check if they are still allowing it to be carried on?

 

We have always taken some on in the past, but there have been a few reports of some being denied. We won't bring on a whole case, but maybe 6-8 bottles in my rolling carry on. Also like to bring a few caffeine free diet cokes.

 

We sail in 10 days, so will be following along to help pass the time this week.

 

Thanks for doing this.

 

 

This is a great question and funny that you should ask. I know by the T's & C's with Royal Caribbean bringing water and soda aboard isn't "allowed" but I too have seen reports of cruisers slapping a room tag on a case of water and it arriving. I've placed an 8 pack of water in my back pack and will be carrying it on so I'll surely be reporting if they take it or not. :D

 

 

 

Looking forward to this thread as my birthday cruise will be on the Jewel.

 

I'd just be interested in knowing the best spots for wi fi as I'll also have my iPad with me.

 

Thanks!

 

 

I'll surely be letting you know since I'll be using WiFi with my iPhone & iPad throughout this cruise. Thanks for traveling along.

 

 

Hey there....We cruised together in December onboard the Carnival Ecstasy. You're crossing over to the Darkside.....have a great time on your cruise

 

 

That was a great cruise we were on. It's good to be getting back on to a RC ship too. :D Thanks for following along.

 

 

I'm on the Jewel's repo cruise in May so eagerly tagging along with you

 

 

Thanks for traveling along! Wish I was on the repo cruise too, I almost turned this cruise into a B2B but decided to hold off.

 

 

Mistake

 

 

Haha. Don't you that when you go to comment on a thread and then click on the wrong one, write it then realize it was posted on the wrong thread. Hate when that happens. :)

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Hello MrFunInTheSun,

 

I talked to you on an earlier thread about the Drink package. I was hoping you could see if Knob Creek Bourbon was included. Also what is the "best" Tequila that you can get? Is the Sauza Conmemorativo included? Also are any champagne/sparkling wines on the list to choose from? Thank you so much for taking the time out of your vacation time to get info for me. I hope you have a fantastic time. I will be reading along with you!!

 

Chris

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Looking forward to this thread as my birthday cruise will be on the Jewel.

 

I'd just be interested in knowing the best spots for wi fi as I'll also have my iPad with me.

 

Thanks!

 

I was on the jewel earlier this month. Best wifi was in the library area, but I saw people using their iPads everywhere.

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Mr. Fun,

Do you bring bottled water onboard? Can you check if they are still allowing it to be carried on?

 

We have always taken some on in the past, but there have been a few reports of some being denied. We won't bring on a whole case, but maybe 6-8 bottles in my rolling carry on. Also like to bring a few caffeine free diet cokes.

 

We sail in 10 days, so will be following along to help pass the time this week.

 

Thanks for doing this.

 

Earlier this month on the Jewel and we carried on water ( not a whole case though), some pineapple juice and cranberry juice. All that happened is they were checked out to make sure the bottles were unopened.

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Mr. Fun,

Do you bring bottled water onboard? Can you check if they are still allowing it to be carried on?

 

We have always taken some on in the past, but there have been a few reports of some being denied. We won't bring on a whole case, but maybe 6-8 bottles in my rolling carry on. Also like to bring a few caffeine free diet cokes.

 

We sail in 10 days, so will be following along to help pass the time this week.

 

Thanks for doing this.

 

I packed waters and my wine allowance, 4 bottles for two rooms in a small rolling luggage and carried it on no problem, they never even opened it to inspect.

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