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JEWEL b2b (Greece/W Med) semi-live Aug24 - Sept14 REVIEW w/lots of photos

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Ciao a tutti!

 

I was contemplating not losing my crown jewels by decapitation from my gf while risking too much iphone attention and posting live here on CC, but what the heck... call me a risk taker ;p. As usual, I'll be posting a full review once I'm home after this bucket-list trip, for now I'll post the odd photo or two as this adventure unfolds, hopefully each day if I can. I have not ordered Voom and I don't plan on it, I have a decent phone package (with data) that I need to keep in contact with work for emergencies, and my mother who is not doing well at this time. So cell data won't be an issue (knock on wood) except when I'm at sea. I really don't know if/when/how much I'll post but will do the best I can as I see fit. As mentioned, full review will have a ton of details once I'm back like my previous reviews.

 

But first, flashback to last year... I had a Venice to Rome land tour combined with a 9 night Jewel sailing to Greece all booked, when my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor after 5 years of fighting cancer... this was prior to final payment. I had non-refundable hotels and so forth booked, however decided right then and there to cancel everything and beg for some kind of leniency from the suppliers regarding refunds. The airlines cancellation fee was not pretty, however my Venice hotel gave me a full refund and the Rome hotel extend to me a voucher to be used by 2017. This was Jan 13th... my father passed March 29. The Jewel sailing would've been May 9th.... who knew?

 

It was on that April/early May time frame that the new itineraries for 2017 had come out for Europe. I noted the two Jewel itineraries right away and decided to act,. The TA I use had group cabins for both sailings so I scored an excellent price point for both sailings, the first in hump cabin E2 8596 on the 1st leg,

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and then E3 with a very interesting balcony 7546 on the second leg.

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I also mentioned this sailing to a few cruise buddies to see whether they'd be interested... lo and behold Beachcruzer and her DH will be taking up the challenge sailing with us to celebrate their 25th anniversary on the 1st leg to Greece. I first met Beachcruzer on Quantum through Marion Mom, and then sailed with her again on Jewel Dec 2015 in the Southern Caribbean just before her refurb.

 

I have recently solidified my personal opinion that over the years my most favorite sailings have not been due to the ship whatsoever (other than Quantum), but primarily due to the itinerary and experiences. Serenade, Vision and Celebrirty Constellation are at the top of my list for my most amazing vacations by far, closely followed by Adventure and Voyager (notice Freedom & Oasis Class nowehere to be found).. 4 of those 5 in the Med. Those are the cruises I remember most vividly... I feel this b2b will also be one of them.

 

Aug 27 - Sept 3

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at sea

Santorini1pm - 10pm: The afternoon in Oia, sunset dinner on the cliff in Fira

Mykonos 8am - 6pm: Morning beach time at Platis Gialos & Psarou beach, afternoon in Old Mykonos

Athens 6am - 6pm: Full day city site seeing

Katakolon 10am - 5pm: priavte excursion to Olympia and the countryside

at sea

 

Sept 3 - 10

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Cannes 8am - 6pm: private French Riviera excursion (Antibes, Eze, Monaco)

Ajaccio 7am - 4pm: Hike La Parata(Iles de Sanguinares), Beach time at Marinella, Old town walking

Barcelona 10am - 8pm: Park de Guell 1/2 day city tour, Gothic Quarter on our own

Palma De Mallorca 7am - 4pm: Castel de Bellver, "free" city tour and DIY

Cagliari (Happy B-day to me!) 12-8pm: Segway tour and DIY around old town

at sea

 

Our 6 total days in Rome will include the Colossuem/Roman Forum, Borghese Gallery/Spanish Steps/Trevi, Full day siteseeing Trastavere, Vatican/Sistine incl. Bramantine staircase and the cupola climb, full day tour to Tivoli, and if we can survive the first 19 busy days, a bike ride along the Apian Way. Ah.... rest and relaxation!??!! Lol

 

This is a bucket list sailing and vacation... I hope my photos and memories are epic! I fly tomorrow Aug 24 for 2 pre-cruise days in Rome prior to the b2b, then 4 more days in Rome post cruise. I've been counting the days and hours for the last 3 weeks... can't wait to get this going!!! I hope many of you simply just enjoy the photos and following along where Jewel is on any given day, and I apologize in advance for not answering questions, joining in conversation and posting often... Bob, biker, little britain, and all the other great CC'ers here please feel free in taking some ownership in this thread and answering questions until I'm back to post the full review.

 

Buona serra, Bonsoir and Buenas noches :)

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Oh my gosh, it sounds simply amazing!!!! It definitely sounds like a bucket list adventure! We will be so happy to see a few pictures and have your full review when you return!

 

Prayers for your mother and so sorry to hear about your father's passing last year. [emoji29]

 

Phil and I are watching a dream cruise episode right now on the Med. Here's hoping you all have a dream cruise! Keep the Jewel in good shape for us in 62 days! [emoji4][emoji4]

 

 

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Ugh, these itineraries are dreams of mine. If these itienraries will still be around in Summer 2019, I would love to book either one with some friends. Thank you in advance for the time you'll have to take out of your vacation in order to write this review, I really appreciate it. I am SO optimistic, have a great time! :D

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Keep the Jewel in good shape for us in 62 days! [emoji4][emoji4]

 

Hey hey Debbie!!! Pls say hi to Phil & Stan :D

You bet... I'll keep Jewel on her toes while I'm on board. She'll be ready and waiting for ya :evilsmile:

 

(Thank you for well wishes re father/mother, very nice of you.)

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Ugh, these itineraries are dreams of mine. If these itienraries will still be around in Summer 2019, I would love to book either one with some friends. Thank you in advance for the time you'll have to take out of your vacation in order to write this review, I really appreciate it. I am SO optimistic, have a great time! :D

 

"Just Do It!" In all sincerity.... stop dreaming, book it and go!

 

There's been great Med itineraries by both Royal & Celebrity (Barcelona/Rome/Venice home ports) for years, I'm sure there'll be awesome itineraries in 2019 when released. If you want some time to kill and you haven't seen it before, my personal favorite review and cruise vacation ever was my Serenade review in the Med 3 years ago: Rome, Malta, Naples, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor... simply an epic itinerary that will give you some great ideas for 2019. ;)

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2108833

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Oh my goodness, so sorry for your loss <3

 

Thank you for taking the time (even if it is just a little bit each day) to do this for all of us following along. What an amazing itinerary!

 

Happy sailing!

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If you wouldn't mind, could you take pictures of the balcony and dividers. I will be in 8594 on Jewel for her EB TA next year, and have not been able to find good pictures of the balcony. This will be my first hump cabin, and I am way too excited to wait until im on the ship to see my accomodations for 14 nights!!

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If you wouldn't mind, could you take pictures of the balcony and dividers. I will be in 8594 on Jewel for her EB TA next year, and have not been able to find good pictures of the balcony. This will be my first hump cabin, and I am way too excited to wait until im on the ship to see my accomodations for 14 nights!!

 

 

 

Done! [emoji4] I've never had a hump cabin either

 

 

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Cool!

My DH and I (drummerdave) have been eagerly awaiting your review of this b2b since your last review of Harmony. I had my eye on the Greek itinerary but we couldn't afford it this year but have booked for the 9 night Greece and Turkey on Jewel in September next year! Knowing how much you enjoyed Serenade (which we shared with you) we really can't wait for your opinion of Jewel and the intinary. Looking forward to following along to this one and the 'official' review on your return and picking up some tips.

Have a wonderful time :) x

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My DH and I (drummerdave) have been eagerly awaiting your review of this b2b since your last review of Harmony. I had my eye on the Greek itinerary but we couldn't afford it this year but have booked for the 9 night Greece and Turkey on Jewel in September next year! Knowing how much you enjoyed Serenade (which we shared with you) we really can't wait for your opinion of Jewel and the intinary. Looking forward to following along to this one and the 'official' review on your return and picking up some tips.

Have a wonderful time :) x

 

 

 

Ah Jen! How are you and Dave?! Loved the last review you posted. One of these days we'll cross paths again. You have a great itinerary for next year as well. Thx for following along and say hi to Dave for me [emoji41]

 

 

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Wow, that's sounds a great B2B.

When you get to the Borghese gallery say “hi” to Paulina Borghese (Bonaparte) for me (https://italyxp.com/en/blog/rome/borghese-gallery-art-rome) - we love her… And, if you haven't seen them, the Bernini sculptures are breathtaking!

If art is your “thing” this little known palazzo:

http://www.doriapamphilj.it/roma/en/ in Rome (including another Bernini) is worth more than a passing glance.

Have a lovely time!

 

WT

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On Jewel in Italy/Greece next may!! So happy to see you doing these review! We'll be across the hall from you in 8088. Have a wonderful cruise!!

 

 

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"Just Do It!" In all sincerity.... stop dreaming, book it and go!

 

There's been great Med itineraries by both Royal & Celebrity (Barcelona/Rome/Venice home ports) for years, I'm sure there'll be awesome itineraries in 2019 when released. If you want some time to kill and you haven't seen it before, my personal favorite review and cruise vacation ever was my Serenade review in the Med 3 years ago: Rome, Malta, Naples, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor... simply an epic itinerary that will give you some great ideas for 2019. ;)

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2108833

 

I forgot to mention earlier that I am super sorry for your loss.

 

Thank you for your advice! I will certainly read your review sometime,and get back to you, I depart for my cruise tomorrow! But I have a big backpacking trip already planned to Europe in 2019, so it would have to be A) cheap and B) fit into the schedule. I will be staying with friends in Varese (Milan Metro Area), Italy for most of the time, so cruises that leave from Genoa or Savona would be perfect. That's why I am excited to see how my MSC cruise goes on Saturday, because if I like them, I may be set for a European cruise adventure.

 

Enough about me, go eat some gelato and drink some wine! :D

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I'm excited to find another Hoopster95 review! I can't wait to hear about your trip! :cool:

 

I hope your Mom stays healthy, and there are no problems at your work. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad.

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We're here!!! FCO's normal long immigration line-up seemed long but really wasn't and moved very well. And signage there is extremely easy for such a busy airport terminal. From de planing, to luggage, to getting on the Leonardo Da Vinci fast train direct to Termini Station was maybe 45min tops.

 

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The train was 38min from FCO. We landed at 8:55 am and were standing in front of the hotel reception only a one block walk around the corner from Termini at about 10:30... Outstanding! And we have a 2nd floor balcony suite for our 2 night pre-cruise stay, this is at the Morgana Hotel where they gave me a voucher to use until 2017 rather than

Not refund me anything when I cancelled

Last year. More for a needed nap after that long and restless flight.

 

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Really looking forward to this, having enjoyed your reviews before. We'll be on Jewel for the TA so look forward to your review when you get back too :D

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Everyone must visit the Colosseum at least once in their lifetime... Incredible

 

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definitely on my bucket list. at the top.

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Monument of Victor Emanuele

 

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View from the roof

 

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I'm glad that it took you no time to go through security and get out of that airport, it took me 3 hours last month. Your pictures are incredible, they're bringing back so many good memories. Is it your first time to Rome? It truly is a timeless city! :hearteyes:

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Our honeymoon was a 12 night Med cruise on Brilliance in 05. Rome was definitely one of the highlights. Just wait until you see Santorini(if you havent already been)

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Wow, what great itineraries. Thanks for taking the time and effort to do the postings. I know how they can get time consuming if you are not careful. ;)

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Following along.........till we join Brilliance on Tuesday. [emoji6]

 

 

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G'morn from Rome and the Borghese Gardens and Gallery. We walked around last night after dinner

 

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Free wifi around the Borghese... Folks, I've been to Rome 5th time now, and this was my first time to the gallery.... Wow, what an idiot I was! An absolute MUST see, must must must. Simply beautiful

 

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[emoji112][emoji112] travelling along vicariously.... and wishing I was back on board!!

 

 

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Hey little Britain!! Thx for dropping by.

You live close enough to do just that [emoji6]

 

Btw Thx to everyone who's dropped in this far and to those who wished me well re family matters etc

 

 

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Another incredible day site seeing.

Piazza del Popolo

 

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We made are way towards the Spanish Steps and decided to stop in a not so busy smaller street before we got to the mess of people closer in. How we picked the restaurant? Italian menu in the wall (little English) and Italians conversing and eating ( locals, a very good sign), and a busy place inside and out: We chose the final table for two outside and made friend with the gents next to us... Mauricio from Rome and his friend Sergio from Sicily. Sergio gave me his number and invited us to Sicily any time lol!!! His son wants to visit Canada so I returned the offer. We had a spectacular non touristy lunch with a homemade pasta and homemade excellent red wine. Perfecto!!!

 

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Gelato at Fontana de Trevi

 

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Piazza Nationale

 

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Santa Maria Maggiore

 

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Currently chilling out our room, meeting Beachcruzer and DH for dinner and another early evening to bed. Will start with all the good Jewel stuff tomorrow... Embarkation day!!!! G'night everyone [emoji1]

 

 

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On Jewel of the Seas September 10th. How long is your cruise?

 

Todd

 

 

 

Hi Todd. We embark tomorrow for 14 days.

You've got the 9 day Greek itinerary with Messina and Naples I believe

 

 

 

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I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your trip with us. We are booked for a B2B (sort-of) next summer - 7 nights on the Constellation from Venice, 1 nt in Rome, followed by the same itin as you on the Jewel. Living vicariously through you and taking lots of notes! Buon Viaggio!

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Yes you are correct. Sicily/ Mykonos/Santorini/Rhodes/Athens/Naples.

 

I love how your cruise is essentially backing right up to mine. You get off and I get on....the 10th. Your cruise makes it ever so closer. Looking forward to your review. I will be staying at the Albergo del Senato right next to the Pantheon for 3 days prior to the cruise.

 

I wasnt going to do the Borghese and opt for a tour of the travestere area but perhaps I will reconsider that.

 

I hope you have a great cruise!

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