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Jewel of the Seas Review (LONG) September 15-24, 2019, with travel pre/post cruise

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September 17,  Port of Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece

 

We were not scheduled to hit port till 11:00 a.m. today so we began our day almost as if it was a sea day.  My hubby tried out the gym and I did a little yoga in the room.  We seemed like we ate all morning.  Some in the Diamond lounge, some in the buffet and back to the buffet but ate up in the lounge just before we got off the ship. 

 

We went up to the open decks for some pictures.  This is photos of the fun kids and kids at heart can have on this ship.  I inquired about the water slide's 46" (I think) height rule, and they stated those under that height could ride with an adult but all had to be potty trained with no swim diapers. 

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Rock climbing

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This court was multi purpose.  Basketball, or some kind of tennis

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Inside area with infant entertainment

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Some views as we approached the port.

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Our friends

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As we approached there was a ship in our way!!!  Captain said they were hogging the place

so we had to wait till they got out of our spot.  The culprit was the Norwegian Jade.

We did not end up docking till 12:30 so the Captain announced our port time now would

be 12:30 to 9:30 with all aboard 9:00.  That was really nice to have that extended.

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Once we were docked and cleared, we joined the throngs getting off.  Never once on this cruise was there a line up to get off, though.  There was a bus to take us the 15 minutes in to Chania.  I ran to get a map as my hubby bought the bus tickets.  They were E6.80 round trip.  The line went fast and soon we were on the bus.

 

Once off we crossed our fingers that we could find the bus stop again later.  This map was there so hubby grabbed a photo.

 

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Our goal was the Venetian Harbor but at the place we should have gone right we went left but just ended up

seeing beautiful things anyway.

 

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There are cats all over the Greek Isles not sure if they actually belong to anyone.  I did see

a lot of containers of food for them at various places.

 

 

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This area was more for those choosing to have some beach time and swimming.

 

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After asking someone where the lighthouse was as we knew that was in the Venetian Harbor, they pointed us back to where we had come from and we realized our error.  Back we went...

 

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Once we were back at our "wrong turn" point we found what we were looking for the lighthouse!

 

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We decided to check out the Maritime Museum of Crete and thought we would see the Fort Firka as well, but that

was closed already.  Docking so late put us at the sites late in the day.  We were still able to get a couple pictures of the fort through the door way.

 

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The Maritime Museum was only 3 Euro each for entry.  This is their description on their website:  The Nautical Museum of Crete is a museum in Chania, Crete, Greece. Its collection includes models of ships, nautical instruments, painting, historical photographs and war relics. The material is classified chronologically, starting from the Bronze Age up to our times.

 

We enjoyed it very much, but not many pictures.

I love the display of the multi layer oars on this boat.

 

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Also during war time how the ladies used the cords of parachutes and German food sacks for clothing items.

 

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Out the museum windows we had some harbor views

 

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Thank you.

Eagerly following and thoroughly enjoying your review. Your pictures are amazing. Appreciate the time you've invested writing this.

Jewel is our favorite ship 😁

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After the museum we had a look around the harbor and then being more than a couple hours since we ate, we

were hungry. 

So many choices to eat along the water!  It was hot so we chose to eat under some Canopy's for shade. 

The place was called Palazzo! 

 

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We have some house wine-Red to share and hubby also has a beer

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We order Fava Bean Dip and fries to dip in it.  They say this is what people usually do.

 

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But they say the bread is also a favorite dip.  They were both excellent!

 

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They had fantastic wifi also!

 

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After being stuffed and thinking we were ready to go, I venture up the stairs to

use their bathroom.  A look down at the inside of the restaurant

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When I come back my hubby had ordered an amazing dessert.  It had custard inside with

the most incredible chocolate sauce

 

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Then, which we had no idea before hand thus ordering dessert, they bring a pudding out

for dessert that goes with all food items.  AND this drink.

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It is called Raki and WOW!!! it burned the throat on the small taste I had so hubby took one for the team and finished it.

 

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Thank you Palazzo we had a wonderful time!

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2 hours ago, dani negreanu said:

Thank you.

Eagerly following and thoroughly enjoying your review. Your pictures are amazing. Appreciate the time you've invested writing this.

Jewel is our favorite ship 😁

So glad to see hear you are enjoying my memory lane!  Thank you for letting me know! 

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After our amazing lunch we start making our way back to the ship as I am so full there is no way there could

be much more sightseeing as I think I may explode!

I forgot to mention the alcohol content of the Raki is 45%.  At 80 to 90 proof!  WOW!!

 

This is again where we realize we are terrible map readers.  I am wondering if we are even going the right direction.  Again we finally find a street name.  It sounds like that should not be THAT hard, but it is as they just don't list streets very well. 

 

FINALLY we are in the bus area.  I am SO full I decide I better use the bathroom that is in this area.  We go down a stairs and it is what I call a Squatty Potty...

 

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Really glad I have been doing all those deep yoga squats! 

 

We find the bus and load.  Off we went with my praying the ride is quick.  Chatting with lovely people helped me to keep my mind off of how full I feel.  My hubby immediately falls asleep.  I was so thankful to get back and it took quite some time to feel un-full again.  We leave a message on the phone line for our friends saying "We will never eat again!"  

We had not been sure, since it was such a long port time, if we would be having dinner together at all.  Turns out they were very late getting back on anyway.

We rested and then did manage to go to the show of Best of Broadway.  I love Broadway tunes, but most of these were not ones I recognized.  Still, the young people are so talented we enjoyed it a great deal.  We were able to squeak in a water for our Diamond coupon before the 8:30 cut off.

 

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We were in bed by a half past 10 as tomorrow would be Mykonos, and we had big plans!  

Chania, Crete, proved to be a ton of fun! 

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3 minutes ago, singinalot said:

we’ll be in crete on saturday. can’t wait!

I will be so excited to read your review!!! 

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September 18-Mykonos, Greece

We were scheduled to tender at Mykonos and to our surprise it was announced last night that we instead were docking!  What a treat!!  BUT tendering is wonderful, said no one ever! 

 

Here are some views as we sail in.

 

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We were one of at least 5 ships in port today.  Not sure who they paid off to get the dock!

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There was some wet areas on the ship so we think it had rained before we got up today.

 

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There was still a shadow of the moon in the sky!

 

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We are here!  Our private excursion today was kayking and snorkeling.  We were to meet the

family matriarch at 9:30.  We were so excited to be out on their beautiful blue waters.

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We proceeded off the ship and to the only roundabout.  We had directions from our tour that if they tendered we were to meet at one place and if we docked it was the roundabout.  The ferry in the picture below was the transport back and forth to the harbor old town area.

 

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The roundabout!

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We waited and waited, and at 9:45 I broke down and turned on the roaming on my phone.  We called our tour

company.  They were almost there to get us as they had went to the area we were to meet if we were still

tendering.  That must be very difficult for tour operators when solid plans are not solid in this port.

 

We met Kostos and a person he had already picked up, Tom, from the UK.  There were only 7 of us total today on our excursion and Kosto's two sons.  We picked up one other couple and then headed to the kayaking area.  I wish I knew for sure where we were, but I think it is Panormos Bay. 

 

We get ready for our adventure.  I get a few pictures before I tuck my phone away with them for safe keeping.  We were thrilled to learn they take photos and send them to us later! 

 

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We follow the son's Nikos and Alexis on the most amazing adventure!!

 

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Note the wonderful use of solar panels behind us!

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Nikos shows us the herbs growing wild on the hills.  We have a little smell test!

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Mykonos kayaking continued...

 

The bay water for the most part heading out was as smooth as glass.  A few more bays down and it was time to snorkel.  There was not very many fish, but nice to get in that gorgeous blue water.   Most of us are out there snorkeling if you look closely.

 

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Then we went to this area where we magically hit just the right amount of waves to make it a tad of white water rafting.  What a hoot!

 

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We loved it out here!

 

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More rock areas...

 

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Mykonos continued...

Sadly, it was time to head back.  The waves were kicked up by the wind now, so we had a little more work out

on the way back.  So beautiful out here!

 

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Once back they showed us a spiny sea urchin.  He tried to walk on my palm.

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Kudos to our kayaking hosts, they were majorly eco-conscious!

Kostos was soon there to take us back to the old town harbor.  We had a wonderful time with them!

 

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We had asked our kayaking hosts where they recommended to eat and they suggested a place called Captain's.

Of course once we get there, there is no room except at the bar.  Good places seldom have seats left, so we knew

we should just go for it sitting at the bar. 


We were just about to order and they found an amazing spot for us.

 

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Our view

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Besides wine, we ordered hummus and pita, grilled veggies and a greek salad.  WONDERFUL!! 

 

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This was either the owner or manager.  She was fantastic!  Our Kayak hosts were right! 

 

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Mykonos...

After our lunch it was time to explore.  We had been looking at this little church while eating.

 

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We wound our way through the area to find the Windmills

 

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I was told this was my name in Spanish, maybe it is in Greek too!

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It was VERY crowded on our walk here, but we finally get sight of the windmills

 

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Then it was time to head back through the quaint little town

 

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Along the way back to the harbor, I buy my one and only souvenir as we usually pack every available space with none left for much of that kind of thing.

I bought a bar of Olive Oil soap for 1E.  At home those specialty soaps are over $6 each so I was thrilled.  I

wanted it for the ship as for some reason our stateroom attendant was soap stingy.  I think our bar was down

to a sliver before he replaced it so we wanted to have our own. 

 

We find out way back and bought our one way tickets on the water shuttle.  I think it was 2Euro each.

We ended up being there the same time as our friends who had also had a fantastic day.

Waiting in line for the shuttle.

 

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Mykonos...

It had been so hot today it was wonderful to hit the showers as we got ready for dinner.  We had an amazing sunset to say goodbye to Mykonos!

 

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We met our friends for dinner and they had another salad on the menu for once...

 

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some other parts of the meal

 

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This chocolate cake was enjoyed more than one night that is for sure!

 

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We were just too tired for the show tonight so we retired to our room to find this little friend.

 

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What an amazing day and Rhodes promised to be just as wonderful tomorrow.

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Thanks so much for the review!  We will be on the ship on the 21st, and can't wait.  This is so fun to see your review just before leaving!

 

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12 minutes ago, iamcsm said:

Thanks so much for the review!  We will be on the ship on the 21st, and can't wait.  This is so fun to see your review just before leaving!

 

I am so glad you found this then!  You are in for an amazing time!  Thanks for letting me know you are here!

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Just popping in to thank you for your wonderful trip details!

We did this trip one year ago, with a slightly different itinerary, and we absolutely loved the Jewel.

We loved her so much that we are hoping to sail on her again in 2021.  Hopefully she will be repeating her tour of the Baltic Sea.

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13 hours ago, TinkBellaMom said:

Just popping in to thank you for your wonderful trip details!

We did this trip one year ago, with a slightly different itinerary, and we absolutely loved the Jewel.

We loved her so much that we are hoping to sail on her again in 2021.  Hopefully she will be repeating her tour of the Baltic Sea.

So glad it might bring back some fond memories for you!  I have no idea why the Jewel gets some negative reviews, but we thought she was wonderful!  The Baltic's are a "someday" for us. 

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16 hours ago, ROWSE said:

Mykonos...

It had been so hot today it was wonderful to hit the showers as we got ready for dinner.  We had an amazing sunset to say goodbye to Mykonos!

 

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We met our friends for dinner and they had another salad on the menu for once...

 

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some other parts of the meal

 

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This chocolate cake was enjoyed more than one night that is for sure!

 

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We were just too tired for the show tonight so we retired to our room to find this little friend.

 

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What an amazing day and Rhodes promised to be just as wonderful tomorrow.

 

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We are doing the exact same tour in Myknos.  Question--did you go back to the boat and change or bring a change of clothes?  

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September 19,  Port of Rhodes, Greece

We wake early today as port time is at 7:00a.m.  We wanted to be one of the first off the ship to explore.  We had no formal excursion today just a couple sites we wanted to hit.  We got to see a beautiful sunrise.

 

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We went up to the Windjammer and found it did not open till 6:45.  That was odd to us as we assumed it would open early due to early port time.  The next days it did open way earlier so very odd for today.  We went up to Diamond lounge for some specialty coffee and then came back to the buffet. 

 

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It docked a little later than planned but we were ready and off we went as soon as it was cleared.  There was hardly anyone out at this time and seeing this area of Rhodes was so wonderful without any people at all!

Area beside the ship

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There are many gates to enter the Medieval City.  We went in what we think was the first one which is the Gate of St. Catherine or possibly it was the second, The Gate of the Virgin. 

 

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11 minutes ago, laceyc said:

We are doing the exact same tour in Myknos.  Question--did you go back to the boat and change or bring a change of clothes?  

We did bring some extra clothes and I kept my top on as it dried and used my cover up as a dress.  Hubby did a quick change under a towel as we waited for our pick up after the tour.  Remember to bring a plastic bag for your wet things.

  It is an beautiful tour.  I forgot to say that due to high winds they had not run the tour since early August, so we were so lucky to get to go on it!  I hope you have the same luck! 

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Rhodes  continued.....

I fell in love with the area the moment we walked in the gate.  Since I had turned my phone on yesterday in Mykonos, I still had cell service for the 24 hour period and sent my adult kids so many pictures.

 

It was like stepping into a story book...

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