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Great review (which I think I've mentioned ump-teen times...ha ha), and thanks for the comparison. As for shows...I think if you went on Oasis class you would be amazed. The ships in this class are huge and not for everyone. But in terms of entertainment, they are top notch (well I can only speak for Allure but same style). There is an aqua show that is so impressive, a Broadway show (on other classes too), parades, cirque du soleil type show, skating show, etc etc.

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tvlworm, those are squid.

 

 

 

Thanks!! I never, ever would have thought that’s what those were!!

 

 

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I'm very impressed at how you found the time to do such a detailed report of your adventure! Loved it all including all the photos.

 

This may be silly but it just reminds me of when our kids were young how we traveled with them-we have such wonderful memories. (They grow up too fast!)

 

Thanks for doing this and allowing me to reminisce.

 

Thank you so much. It definitely is a lot of work to do these reviews. But, I love doing them. Glad you enjoyed.

 

 

Thank you again for taking the time to do another review and I really enjoyed this one just as I have the others. As always, I love your writing style so that it feels like we're with you and also love that you include so many of your pictures. Like you, I am a visual person. I'm always looking for what ports I may like to try (definitely Grenada and I also want to get back to Martinique) and also love reliving ports we've been to or getting new ideas, so pictures definitely have a big influence.

 

I'm actually glad you sailed RCI this time and appreciate your thoughts on Jewel of the Seas. We have friends who were on her several years ago and when we asked, not much in the way of details, only that their kids liked Carnival's teen clubs better since they were better broken down by age groups. I love the southern itinerary Carnival does out of San Juan, but it's the same itinerary and there are other islands in that area that we'd like to see and I don't see Carnival putting another ship down there (San Juan) to do a different itinerary or even alternate the one they currently do with another that went to some of the different islands. So, we will definitely consider RCI to hopefully get to some other islands, IF the price is right. We were on an RCI ship a LONG TIME ago on the Mexican Riviera cruise with my husband's family. It was only our 2nd cruise (Carnival was our first), but there have been so many changes since those first two, and I honestly just looked at ships as floating hotels. From my memory, RCI seemed to be an older passenger base and definitely more formal than Carnival but from what I'm seeing/hearing lately is that they now have more similarities than differences, so which ever one will get us to where we want to go/pricing will be our deciding factors.

 

I just have to say that last morning when you realized your flight was THAT morning instead of the next...holy crap!!! :eek::eek::eek: I've always seen 3 hours because of the agricultural inspection at the entrance, so potential line for that, line at the airline counter, lines at security. The two times we cruised out of San Juan (recently), the lines have been quick but we did self debark and took a cab from the ship, so were probably some of the earliest arrivals from the ship (only ship in San Juan, both times). The trip in 2013 was a Sunday, we were the only ship, and arrived at the airport before our airline's counters were open, even though we got there when they said we should be there. We got seats in a seating area but saw others who arrived starting to line up and we joined them. Good thing, the lines behind us were LONG and even the lines at the agricultural inspection area were long.

 

Thanks so much for joining me on this review and glad you enjoyed it. There's definitely some ports that I would love to go back to.

 

 

I do have to say that Sakari didn't really enjoy the kids club this time. I don't know if it was lack of activity or what they did, or if it's just that she's getting to that age where she's growing up and just don't enjoy being in there. There were several times that she ask me how many more years before she gets to the next age group. She said she can't wait to be in the teen group. Oh boy!

 

I would definitely agree that they are more similar than not. All 3 lines are very similar to me. There were people of all ages and families, both young and old. Sailing out of PR seems to always be cheap for some reason (at least every cruise that I've looked at during our time frame has been).

 

 

Maybe we were just at the airport at the right time and right day since there wasn't a cruise ship leaving from there that day. Or I just got extremely lucky.

 

 

Thank you for the wonderful review! Your pics of your trip were amazing! What talent you have!! Really appreciated your St, Maarten pics...so sad to see what the hurricane left behind...in San Juan as well...your photos tell a travelers story in a real way!

 

 

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Aww, thanks so much for the kind words. I appreciate it.

 

 

St Maarten was so devastated. I can't even imagine how it looked 7 months prior when it hit.

 

 

I was actually a little put out that we won't get to read about another day in OSJ. Wonderful review. Thanks.

 

BTW, I found the first few underwater statues very creepy.

 

Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the review.

 

 

Yea, some of the statues looked a little creepy but they were definitely neat to see the coral taking shape on them.

 

 

Thanks for another great review! I appreciated your insights on RCL. I’ve always wanted to sail with them as well, but its never priced out in my favor compared to what we’d ended up booking.

I really enjoy all your photos, especially the underwater! I’ve had so many questions for you lately that I wish you had your own CC board lol!

This was a new fish sighting for me, and I apparently can’t describe it well enough for google to return a match. Hoping you can help. Not the greatest quality but it was my first time with an underwater camera and I clearly have some settings lessons to take! Thanks!

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The pricing going out of PR always seems to be a good price for both RC and Carnival. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because air fare is a lot higher?

 

 

Thanks for the kind words. If there's any questions, please feel free to ask and I'll answer the best I can.

 

 

Those are definitely squid. We see them all the time and you'll usually see them in groups. They are so cool and very fast too!

 

 

Great review (which I think I've mentioned ump-teen times...ha ha), and thanks for the comparison. As for shows...I think if you went on Oasis class you would be amazed. The ships in this class are huge and not for everyone. But in terms of entertainment, they are top notch (well I can only speak for Allure but same style). There is an aqua show that is so impressive, a Broadway show (on other classes too), parades, cirque du soleil type show, skating show, etc etc.

 

Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed. Yea, I'm pretty sure that the larger class ships would be excellent for entertainment and activities. I've heard all about them. Some day I'll get on one.

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Now I would expect this to happen with Kendra around...but just us? I'm slipping! clear.png?emoji-tearsjoy-1678

 

 

Well for sure you never would have made it unless you left them all behind! :)

 

Well I was waiting and waiting for the end as you alluded to something right at the beginning of the review and boy was that an ending, very good on you! I was on the edge of my seat reading I can only imagine what you felt like. I am so happy that you made it home that day. It is funny how your hubby and Sakari just go with the flow and follow your lead.

 

I agree with you about the touring and seeing old buildings and stuff, I guess you really have to be a history buff to really enjoy those types of things. Beautiful views though.

 

Great review as usual. Thanks for sharing.

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Kim,

 

Thank you so much for your fantastic review and photos, I especially loved your snorkeling, scuba excursions and add-on travel in San Juan

 

I’m glad to hear that you all loved Jewel and Royal Caribbean :)

 

 

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Thanks again, Kim, for another fantastic review and stunning pictures!

 

 

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Thank you for such a fabulous review. I felt like I was right there experiencing it too!

Loved your pics and great descriptions

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You see the date? IT'S TODAY!!!! Oh my gosh!!!! Our flight is TODAY! We are about to miss our flight!

 

 

OMG, Kim... my heart literally stopped a couple of seconds when I read this :eek:

 

I'm glad everything turned out OK in the end (like a good Hollywood movie)... and this review has now become another amazing document here in CC for generations to come. Thanks again for taking the time and the effort of putting this novel together... you are the best! ;) We all love your reviews are 100% honest, funny, full of beautiful pictures and informative (let's leave the sugar-coating for the donuts only ;p)

 

Have a great summer along with your family... and hoping to read more of your adventures in the future!...

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Well for sure you never would have made it unless you left them all behind! :)

 

Well I was waiting and waiting for the end as you alluded to something right at the beginning of the review and boy was that an ending, very good on you! I was on the edge of my seat reading I can only imagine what you felt like. I am so happy that you made it home that day. It is funny how your hubby and Sakari just go with the flow and follow your lead.

 

I agree with you about the touring and seeing old buildings and stuff, I guess you really have to be a history buff to really enjoy those types of things. Beautiful views though.

 

Great review as usual. Thanks for sharing.

 

Exactly. I shudder at the thought had the entire family been with us that time.

 

 

Yea, the hubs and Sakari always just go with the flow and never really have much of an idea what we are doing on any given day. LOL The element of surprise. hehe

 

Yea the forts are not really my thing...even after seeing them. But at least we can say we did it and got some neat pictures.

 

 

Thanks for coming along with me on this review. I appreciate it.

 

 

Kim,

 

Thank you so much for your fantastic review and photos, I especially loved your snorkeling, scuba excursions and add-on travel in San Juan

 

I’m glad to hear that you all loved Jewel and Royal Caribbean :)

 

 

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Thanks and glad you enjoyed the review.

 

 

Thanks again, Kim, for another fantastic review and stunning pictures!

 

 

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You're welcome and thanks for being here.

 

 

Thank you for such a fabulous review. I felt like I was right there experiencing it too!

Loved your pics and great descriptions

 

 

Aww, thanks so much. I appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

OMG, Kim... my heart literally stopped a couple of seconds when I read this clear.png?emoji-eek-1725

 

I'm glad everything turned out OK in the end (like a good Hollywood movie)... and this review has now become another amazing document here in CC for generations to come. Thanks again for taking the time and the effort of putting this novel together... you are the best! clear.png?emoji-wink-1685 We all love your reviews are 100% honest, funny, full of beautiful pictures and informative (let's leave the sugar-coating for the donuts only clear.png?emoji-winktongue-1704)

 

Have a great summer along with your family... and hoping to read more of your adventures in the future!...

 

Imagine how I felt when I seen that date. LOL

 

Thanks for joining me on this review. I appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it.

 

 

You have a wonderful summer as well.

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Im by no means an expert and dont want to contradict those that said squid but are you sure they arent cuttlefish? That was my first thought with the picture and then I googled and looked at their pics and they look like it to me. Dont squid have tentacles?

 

 

 

 

Thanks for another great review! I appreciated your insights on RCL. I’ve always wanted to sail with them as well, but its never priced out in my favor compared to what we’d ended up booking.

I really enjoy all your photos, especially the underwater! I’ve had so many questions for you lately that I wish you had your own CC board lol!

This was a new fish sighting for me, and I apparently can’t describe it well enough for google to return a match. Hoping you can help. Not the greatest quality but it was my first time with an underwater camera and I clearly have some settings lessons to take! Thanks!

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Im by no means an expert and dont want to contradict those that said squid but are you sure they arent cuttlefish? That was my first thought with the picture and then I googled and looked at their pics and they look like it to me. Dont squid have tentacles?

 

They are squid. I’ll show the difference when I get near a computer but meanwhile, to help you out when googling for the picture, google Caribbean squid. That will show you these types of squid that was posted in the picture. Cuttlefish look different and I have snorkeled with both many times. You are more likely to see the Caribbean squid more than the cuttlefish...at least in my snorkeling adventures :)

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Thanks so much for your review!!!

We don't have the same itinerary but loved hearing all the details about the ship and San Juan!

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They are squid. I’ll show the difference when I get near a computer but meanwhile, to help you out when googling for the picture, google Caribbean squid. That will show you these types of squid that was posted in the picture. Cuttlefish look different and I have snorkeled with both many times. You are more likely to see the Caribbean squid more than the cuttlefish...at least in my snorkeling adventures :)

 

I stand corrected! Never seen that type of squid before. As I said I didnt want to contradict those who are much more knowledgeable than I!! Thanks for the clarification.

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I know you're limited with when you can take off, but I also know you haven't sailed The Gem. Just a heads-up that there's a 12-day Southern Caribbean from NY on her for $729. That's right form the NCL website, so you may even find a better deal. It's at the end of November. Just a thought for you :)

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Kim,

 

Great review, as always. I enjoy all of your travels. Hope the rest of the family comes along on the next one. Your children add a lot of laughs to your reviews.

 

With you staying a few extra days after your cruise, I never considered this. Arriving a few days early is wonderful but for some reason, I want to get home once the cruise is over. Not sure why.

 

bruce....

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Kim,

My daughter and I are going on a cruise in Oct and we are stopping in Aruba and Curacao. What beaches are public and easy to get to from the cruise port?

Thanks Bonnie

 

P.S. Love your reviews

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I am blown away by all your beautiful and fin-tastic pics!! Your daughter is also a pretty darn amazing photographer and WOW....what an awesome 🧜*♀️ 🧜*♀️🧜*♀️🧜*♀️

Thanks for keeping me hanging on to every post!!!

 

Not sure why my mermaids turned into mermen??🧜*♀️

 

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Wow Kim thanks for your review and all your pictures. Have you ever thought of doing a travel blog. Your writing and pictures are amazing. You then can post a link on here and easier to see pictures. I do a blog instead of picture albums now for my travels. I am not the photographer you are though. Your detail is wonderful and makes you feel like you are there. We usually cruise once a year and it will be 21 years since we have been on RRCl. We will be on Jewel in October and I feel I know what to expect from your pictures.

 

Have you ever been to St John? I love the snorkeling there from shore. Loved seeing the pictures of your daughter and her drawings are so skilled for her age.

 

I admire your work ethic and from one Nurse to another good luck on finishing your degree.

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I really admire the way that you are raising your daughter. She is strong and fearless, great characteristics for a young lady to have in these current times.

 

Royal or NCL should hire you for some blogging to promote their brands. You really do have such a talent for telling a captivating story through words and especially photos. Thanks so much for sharing your family's adventure. Sakari is a lucky girl.

 

 

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Thanks so much for your review!!!

We don't have the same itinerary but loved hearing all the details about the ship and San Juan!

 

You are very welcome and glad you enjoyed it.

 

 

I stand corrected! Never seen that type of squid before. As I said I didnt want to contradict those who are much more knowledgeable than I!! Thanks for the clarification.

 

Oh no problem. I called all of them squid for awhile...then I learned there was this things called cuddle what? Oh, cuttlefish. Weird. hehe :D

 

 

I know you're limited with when you can take off, but I also know you haven't sailed The Gem. Just a heads-up that there's a 12-day Southern Caribbean from NY on her for $729. That's right form the NCL website, so you may even find a better deal. It's at the end of November. Just a thought for you

 

Hmmm, I might have to check this out. The hubby hates cruising any time in December because of sales. For some reason he seems to think that he should actually be IN the store around Christmas time. clear.png?emoji-roll-eyes-1744 But, if the price is right and it's some interesting ports. However...cruising out of NY in November really isn't my cup of tea. It's COLD that time of year and I seriously hate cruising out of a cold state. If feels like you aren't even on a Caribbean cruise for the first 2 days.

 

 

Kim,

 

Great review, as always. I enjoy all of your travels. Hope the rest of the family comes along on the next one. Your children add a lot of laughs to your reviews.

 

With you staying a few extra days after your cruise, I never considered this. Arriving a few days early is wonderful but for some reason, I want to get home once the cruise is over. Not sure why.

 

bruce....

 

Thanks. Yea those darn kids of mine. clear.png?emoji-tearsjoy-1678 They definitely add excitement...and anxiety, and slowness, and anxiousness...yea good times for sure. hehe Kolin has been talking about cruising next time but we'll see.

 

 

Bruce, I totally agree about wanting to get home after the cruise. I found that out this time around. Last time we were here we came days ahead of time and explored around. Then after the cruise just stayed over night and explored, then left the next day. However, I figured there was more that I wanted to see and we'd just do that after the cruise instead. Boy it was a BIG difference than doing it ahead of the cruise. I much prefer doing it prior to the cruise. I was definitely ready to go home.

 

 

Fantastic review Kim! I'm kinda bummed is over. Can't wait until the next one...

 

I'm kinda bummed it's over too...well, the cruise, not really the review. clear.png?emoji-winktongue-1704

 

 

Kim,

My daughter and I are going on a cruise in Oct and we are stopping in Aruba and Curacao. What beaches are public and easy to get to from the cruise port?

Thanks Bonnie

 

P.S. Love your reviews

 

They're public and easy to get to in Aruba. Are you looking for just a nice beach to hang out at or snorkeling?

 

Curacao, I can't really comment on because we went scuba diving the time we were there. So, never got to go to any of the beaches there yet.

 

 

 

 

I am blown away by all your beautiful and fin-tastic pics!! Your daughter is also a pretty darn amazing photographer and WOW....what an awesome 🧜*♀️ 🧜*♀️🧜*♀️🧜*♀️

Thanks for keeping me hanging on to every post!!!

 

Not sure why my mermaids turned into mermen??🧜*♀️

 

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Thanks so much and glad you liked the pics and I like what you did there with the fin-tastic pics. hehe

 

 

 

Wow Kim thanks for your review and all your pictures. Have you ever thought of doing a travel blog. Your writing and pictures are amazing. You then can post a link on here and easier to see pictures. I do a blog instead of picture albums now for my travels. I am not the photographer you are though. Your detail is wonderful and makes you feel like you are there. We usually cruise once a year and it will be 21 years since we have been on RRCl. We will be on Jewel in October and I feel I know what to expect from your pictures.

 

Have you ever been to St John? I love the snorkeling there from shore. Loved seeing the pictures of your daughter and her drawings are so skilled for her age.

 

I admire your work ethic and from one Nurse to another good luck on finishing your degree.

 

I'm not good with blogs. I just don't get them really. I've tried reading others blogs and I get so confused as to how to navigate them or look for things.

 

 

I did start a website with all of my reviews and ports, ships and so on. I just haven't finished it or published and hosted it yet. I keep taking all these darn vacations and can't never seem to get caught up. I gave a preview of it on one of my other reviews.

 

 

If you are interested in checking out what I'm working on...here's a 3 minute video showing what I have been working on.

 

 

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I hope you have a wonderful cruise on the Jewel. We definitely enjoyed ourselves.

 

 

I have never been to St John yet. I hear people talk about the wonderful snorkeling there. Some day I'll make it there.

 

 

Thanks for the good luck from this nurse to you as a nurse. clear.png?emoji-grin-1677

 

 

I really admire the way that you are raising your daughter. She is strong and fearless, great characteristics for a young lady to have in these current times.

 

Royal or NCL should hire you for some blogging to promote their brands. You really do have such a talent for telling a captivating story through words and especially photos. Thanks so much for sharing your family's adventure. Sakari is a lucky girl.

 

 

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Why thank you so much. That means a lot to hear those words. Although I am finding out over the last 2 years or so that the older she gets, the more fears she is developing.

 

 

Yea, I agree about any of the cruise lines hiring me. clear.png?emoji-grin-1677 People tell me that all the time but I'm sure they have the position filled already and I'm not even sure if that's an actual job.

 

 

Sakari is one very lucky girl. We all are very blessed to be able to have our travels and great family together on most of them.

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Regarding the cruise lines hiring you, not in the traditional sense or full time. Maybe something like when new ships are released they could invite you on a comped basis and in turn you could do one of your reviews promoting the new ship, or an older ship after dry dock. They could post it to their Instagram of FB page. Doesn't hurt that Sakari is very photogenic, cute kids do wonders in advertising! Or that you have about a jillion views combined on your many CC reviews.

 

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Thank you for your review. I always enjoy travelling along with your family virtually, it gives me that much needed cruise fix between my own cruises. You may have seen something like this, but there are Sea Glass pictures, pieces of sea glass arranged between two glass sheets in the picture frame. I saw one that looked like a wave with a mermaid swimming under the crest of the wave. It made me think of Sakari.

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