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MITSUGIRLY has a JEWEL of a time on my 1st RC cruise in years!

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Love your review! I am also an NCL person and am curious about how Royal compares. Looking forward to more...

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There is a section out back in the open that you can eat outside in the aft (which we didn't and I think I forgot to take pictures).

 

Then there's a section that runs along the side with windows, but is more enclosed.

 

You can enter this using the sliding doors coming from the cafeteria or from the hallway.

 

I wouldn't discover that it went all the way around and out to the pool deck where the ping pong tables were. LOL I thought you had to exit using the doors into the hallway and then wind your way out to the pool deck. Silly me.

 

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DECK 12

 

SKY BAR

 

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This must have been a smoking area and the only place I personally seen actual ash trays.

 

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LOYALTY DESK AREA:

 

This was a neat little area that had a bridge that you could walk over (looking down into the atrium area in floors below) and I'm honestly not sure what they did here. There was a guy at a desk there a lot and people talking to him.

 

The thing that was interesting about this area is the glass on the floor. You could see straight down into the atrium. The hubby stood on it once and I scolded him about not standing on it because others would try to do the same. It looked scary. Throughout the cruise, I would see a lot of people standing on it and didn't realize this is something you could actually do. Oops. Never the less, I did not stand on it and I guess I should have known it was safe otherwise they wouldn't have put it there right?

 

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I was so fascinated by this glass hole in the floor that I completely forgot to take pictures of the "loyaltly" area. Oops

I do have to say that it's not level with the floor but raised up and you have to step up on it.

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Thanks for your pictures of the lovely Jewel. I had forgotten how truly beautiful she really is! Prompts me to look at booking her again if she moves out of San Juan. I see your Hotel Director is Robert Taggert. Your on board experience should go smoothly, as Robert is one of the very best hotel directors!

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VIDEO ARCADE:

 

The video arcade was located right outside the kids club area. I thought this was really weird. You HAD to walk through the arcade in order to drop off and pick up your child. It was VERY annoying to do this. It was very loud in there, people in there all the time, and hard to maneuver around everyone trying to play games.

 

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ADVENTURE OCEAN:

 

Before you enter...take off your stinky shoes!

 

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To the right is check in for the older kids and to the left the tots.

 

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ADVENTURE BEACH:

 

This is the kiddie water play area for kids 3-11 years old. There is a small water slide here and the only one on the ship. None for adults. :(

 

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Hours (notice on the last sea day it's not open as late on port days...weird).

 

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Parents were allowed to go down with their youngsters.

 

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The cups for the soda package have a RFID chip in the bottom of them, that is read when you put it in the machine. Every time you use it, it says, you have access until XX date.

 

I'm glad you enjoyed the cruise, your pictures are great as usual.

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IZUMI

 

Sushi, sashimi, ishi-yaki plates...

 

It wasn't open at the time I went up there so I wasn't able to get any photos inside.

 

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The view

 

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I have no idea what the "country club" is but it was closed.

 

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Anyone for shuffleboard?

 

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DECK 13

 

ROCK CLIMBING WALL

 

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More pictures from the day once we revisit this place during our cruise.

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VORTEX 13

 

NOW I find out what this place was. We stumbled upon it once, toward the end of the cruise, after walking up to see if the rock climbing wall was open. The doors were open and we walked in. I took some pictures and after we walked out noticed there was a bunch of rooms up there that you had to have a key to access the rooms: Diamond Club, Concierge Club and so on.

 

I figured we wasn't supposed to be in this area and we left and never returned.

 

However...now that I'm reading up on it...I wish I would have explored more because it says that it has a revolving bar and it's a nightclub and they have SILENT parties which involve everyone getting headphones with the music played in it and everyone singing and dancing and it's hilarious to watch. Darnit! I so would have went to this!!!

 

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VORTEX 13 continued:

 

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Outside of the club and at the elevators were some interesting characters (on the other side of the glass elevators).

 

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THE POP MACHINE!!! So, you purchase the soda package and they give you a plastic cup with a lid to use. You can either choose to use this cup and come to this drink station and refill on your own... instead of waiting in line at a bar for a cup.

 

They work exactly like they do at a fast food place (we have them here at Wendys).

 

I was told there's something in the cup that causes it to activate, but I swear I can't see or feel anything and I think they are just faking us out with this story.

 

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Several issues with these machines that I will cover in my review, from placement to availability to function.

 

 

 

If it's like the machines we have on the campus I work at, there is a small chip in the bottom of the cup that activates the machine. The part that reads the chip is the black circle under the dispenser. I know they work here on campus, no idea on the Royal ship though. If you buy a disposable cup on campus, it only give you one fill up vs unlimited refills if you have purchased their "mug."

 

I couldn't remember which line you were sailing, so I checked a few boards to find this review! Excited to read along as we are seriously considering a Royal cruise for next year. :)

 

Good grief on your hotel though. What a mess.

 

I also cannot believe Sakari is 10! :o

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Ok, that concludes my ship tour...WHEW! Sorry if I missed any areas. By the last day of the cruise, I was still finding areas that I hadn't seen the entire cruise. I know there's other places (like the work out place, which always had tons of people in it so I didn't want to go around and snap pictures of them, and places like the spa) but hopefully this will give you an idea of most of what's located on the ship.

 

She's a beautiful ship and we really liked the layout of it! Super easy to navigate.

 

I must go get some laundry done and a shower accomplished. I also have some homework and need to prepare for my final exam this upcoming week.

 

I'll try to get more pictures ready and finish off my first day review.

 

Thanks for reading. :)

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THE POP MACHINE!!! So, you purchase the soda package and they give you a plastic cup with a lid to use. You can either choose to use this cup and come to this drink station and refill on your own... instead of waiting in line at a bar for a cup.

 

They work exactly like they do at a fast food place (we have them here at Wendys).

 

I was told there's something in the cup that causes it to activate, but I swear I can't see or feel anything and I think they are just faking us out with this story.

 

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Several issues with these machines that I will cover in my review, from placement to availability to function.

 

 

On the bottom of the cup is something (not really a bar code), that activates the machine. It knows too, because I had brought along another cup I had for my grandson and I accidentally grabbed it and tried to use it on one of the few working machines on the Allure. FAIL! It rejected me, and I finally realized after a few tries, thinking, another broken machine, I had grabbed the wrong cup.

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Following, always love your reviews!

 

Thank you

Love your review! I am also an NCL person and am curious about how Royal compares. Looking forward to more...

 

Thanks and it's very comparable.

 

 

 

Thanks for your pictures of the lovely Jewel. I had forgotten how truly beautiful she really is! Prompts me to look at booking her again if she moves out of San Juan. I see your Hotel Director is Robert Taggert. Your on board experience should go smoothly, as Robert is one of the very best hotel directors!

 

You are welcome. She is a beauty.

 

 

The cups for the soda package have a RFID chip in the bottom of them, that is read when you put it in the machine. Every time you use it, it says, you have access until XX date.

 

I'm glad you enjoyed the cruise, your pictures are great as usual.

 

That's what I had heard but it's just so light and no sign of it. lol

 

 

If it's like the machines we have on the campus I work at, there is a small chip in the bottom of the cup that activates the machine. The part that reads the chip is the black circle under the dispenser. I know they work here on campus, no idea on the Royal ship though. If you buy a disposable cup on campus, it only give you one fill up vs unlimited refills if you have purchased their "mug."

 

I couldn't remember which line you were sailing, so I checked a few boards to find this review! Excited to read along as we are seriously considering a Royal cruise for next year. clear.png?emoji-smile-1742

 

Good grief on your hotel though. What a mess.

 

I also cannot believe Sakari is 10! clear.png?emoji-embarrass-1727

 

Definitely consider Royal. They were great. We will sail with them again...if the price is ever right.

 

 

Hey now, don't rush Sakari being 10 yet. She has 2 more days before turning 10!!! :')

 

 

On the bottom of the cup is something (not really a bar code), that activates the machine. It knows too, because I had brought along another cup I had for my grandson and I accidentally grabbed it and tried to use it on one of the few working machines on the Allure. FAIL! It rejected me, and I finally realized after a few tries, thinking, another broken machine, I had grabbed the wrong cup.

 

Yea I figured and had heard that.

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Jewel was my first Royal Caribbean cruise. Although i consider it my “worst” cruise ever, the ship itself was beautiful. I remember the Vortex and it was really cool.

 

 

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Definitely consider Royal. They were great. We will sail with them again...if the price is ever right.

 

 

We really like NCL and HAL (I know, strange combo). I always avoided Royal because it tended to be more expensive. But we are doing our first RCL on the Jewel this winter, and it actually ranks as our cheapest cruise to date, beating out the next cheapest one by $12/pp/day. I was really surprised!

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Jewel was my first Royal Caribbean cruise. Although i consider it my “worst” cruise ever, the ship itself was beautiful. I remember the Vortex and it was really cool.

 

 

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Sorry you had a bad cruise but at least you liked the ship. I really wished that I would have known about this place (Vortex).

 

 

We really like NCL and HAL (I know, strange combo). I always avoided Royal because it tended to be more expensive. But we are doing our first RCL on the Jewel this winter, and it actually ranks as our cheapest cruise to date, beating out the next cheapest one by $12/pp/day. I was really surprised!

 

Yep, it was a super cheap cruise for us too and that's why I decided it was time to book it! :D

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I'd forgotten how beautiful that ship is. It's a far cry from the Carnival circus look I'm used to.

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