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challon 01-23-2014 10:44 AM

Jewel of the Seas Nov15 2014
Hi Cruisers:)
We done it. After 8 carnival cruises . We have finally booked a RCI jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean Cruise. Since we have never cruised on RCI before ,or for that matter out of San Juan . Any info on the Ship and Hotels would be welcome. Just waiting to cruise 296 days to go. Thankyou . Yahoo! Yahoo!.:D


Dave 01-23-2014 01:35 PM

The Radiance class ships are very elegant and spacious. The Jewel is currently last on the list for getting the Royal Advantage upgrades installed so you'll still have the Seaview Cafe instead of Izumi, no pub, no Giovanni's Table (it is replacing Portofino, so it isn't that much of a change anyway - one Italian place for another), and some other things. These really aren't that big of a deal though as the Jewel will still offer a nice cruise.

This class of ship was built for speed and they are among the fastest cruise ships on the sea.

November is a good month for cruising from San Juan. It is likely that a good portion of the passengers will be from Puerto Rico for obvious reasons. This can often mean the ship will be buzzing with activity until the early morning hours and you won't see the decks rolled up at midnight.

challon 01-24-2014 03:46 AM

the jewel
Hi Dave
Thank you for your info on the ship. It does sound somewhat different than our Carnival cruises. We have booked the Holiday Inn Express for the night before our cruise. What is the best way to get to the ship on cruise day, and the cost? We really feel like newbies here ,feeling like it's our first cruise . DW is very excited and is planning already. Our niece will be joining us her first cruise. Certainly hope we made the right choice. Happy cruising.
challon:cool:, lady dee:)

Dave 01-24-2014 05:27 AM

Royal Caribbean uses the Pan American pier which is across the water from Old San Juan, so you'll need a taxi.

Cruise Fanatic 01-24-2014 12:40 PM

The Seaview Cafe is a little tricky to find. I liked it because of that reason! Less people. I had a great Reuben there. I love the Solarium area on the Radiance class ships too.

Nadine 01-24-2014 12:59 PM

We were on the Jewel in 2009. I am sure you will enjoy the ship and your cruise. The Southern Caribbean is one of our favorite destinations. We have never left out of San Juan, but our friends have and enjoyed the experience.

Enjoy the planning phase of your cruise. I think you'll really like Royal Caribbean!


challon 01-24-2014 04:33 PM

We like to thank you all for the info . These site are great and the also very helpful. Enjoy your cruises.

Warm winds Blue seas ,Relaxation
lady dee:)

Sonny V 01-24-2014 07:25 PM

We were on the Explorer in St. Kitts last month and I took this video with my Droid Maxx while pulling away from the pier. It's a good view of the Jewel. Click on the link below and enjoy.

janfred 01-25-2014 08:12 AM

That video was so clear and sharp wow, I am not sure what a Droid Maxx is but I enjoyed watching that video and how crystal clear it was...very nice!

Sonny V 01-25-2014 07:28 PM

It's the new DroidMaxx which is the upgrade of the Droid Ultra with a bigger battery & more memory.

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