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Jewel of the Seas Review

2019 Best for Service
2019 Best for Families
2019 Best for Families
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Jewel of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
1652 reviews

Pros
Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous
Cons
Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment
Bottom Line
Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

About

Passengers
2,112

Crew
850

Passenger to Crew
2.48:1

Launched
2004

Shore Excursions
1013
Sails To
Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean
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Sarah Holt
Cruise Critic Contributor

Jewel of the Seas Overview

Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004. Measuring 90,090 tons and carrying 2,100-plus passengers, it was the fourth and final limb on Royal Caribbean's Radiance-class family tree.

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When launched, the ship had the same DNA as its classmates; it featured all the innovations of the time, such as a climbing wall, solarium and Adventure Ocean kids' facility.

In 2016, the ship went into dry dock for a nip and tuck that gave it two new specialty restaurants, a new wine bar, an outdoor movie screen and also gave its staterooms some TLC.

The makeover didn't change the ship beyond all recognition, however. Its look is still quite classical. With the exception of the revolving bar in the Vortex nightclub and the racing theme of The Pit Stop bar, the ship doesn't really go in for gimmicks. Instead, it drops nautical hints throughout, with lots of dark wood, blue-hued fabrics and brass.

The entertainment offering imitates the ship's look. Daytime activities include cruise ship classics like line dancing and trivia sessions, while the nighttime line-up features cabaret, karaoke and live piano music.

Food on the ship can be a bit of a game of roulette. The Windjammer Café buffet restaurant is consistent as a crowd pleaser. However, the main Tides dining room giveth one night and taketh away the next, especially when it comes to portion sizes. The specialty restaurants, meanwhile, knock the proverbial ball out of the park, and are pretty reasonably priced.

No matter where you eat, service is first-rate. In fact, great service doesn't just apply in the eating areas. Waiters, bar staff and cabin attendants are friendly, attentive and have the memories of Mensa members.

Jewel of the Seas is ideal for cruisers who don't go in for bells and whistles, but instead prefer a traditional cruising experience. It's a laid-back ship, where customers enjoy long lazy mealtimes, a few G&Ts an evening and a bit of nostalgia when it comes to entertainment.

One final thing to bear in mind when deciding whether to pick this cruise ship is that, as mellow as it feels on sea days, there can still be some 2,000 plus passengers onboard. That means there can be a bit of a crush in tender ports. Another downside is that you have to cough up for quite a few additional expenses, such as specialty coffees and room service.


Top Jewel of the Seas Itineraries

Jewel of the Seas
6 night western caribbean cruise

Galveston, Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel, Galveston

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Fellow Passengers

The passengers on Jewel change depending on the itinerary; for example, you get more Americans onboard during Caribbean sailings, while Brits dominate European sailings. The ship is particularly popular with the mature traveler and a favorite with Royal Caribbean's Diamond Club passengers --some of the line's most loyal cruisers.


Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas Dress Code

During the daytime, passengers dress casually. Passengers dress to the eights rather than the nines on formal nights. For men, the ratio is about one bow tie for every six or seven neckties, and some men even go for open collars. Women, meanwhile, tend to go for cocktail dresses over ball gowns.


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Jewel of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.04.2
Dining3.03.9
Entertainment3.03.6
Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation5.04
Family4.04.2
Enrichment3.03.5
Service5.04.4
Value For Money3.03.9

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Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas departs from Rome, Civitavecchia, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Miami and Galveston

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Cruises on Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas start from A$869 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas won 14 awards over the years, including Best for Service, Best for Families and Best for Families in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Families
  • 2019 Best for Families
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
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Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas Member Reviews

Jewel of the Seas
egglo
Sail Date: Mar 2020
Jewel of the Seas was a well run, very happy ship, right to the end, thanks to Royal Caribbean, the Captain and all the crew.... Read More
Jewel of the Seas
jakob71
Sail Date: Oct 2019
And we were particularly pleased when we arrived in Santorini, that it turned out that Jewel of the Seas was the only cruise ship that had anchored in Santorini that day.... Read More
Jewel of the Seas
Cindy Sea
Sail Date: Feb 2019
The Panama Canal cruises usually run 15-16 nights. We decided NOT to wait until after we retired!. We went on the Jewel of the Seas in February of 2019. Yes, I'm just getting around to posting!... Read More
Jewel of the Seas
FennoExpress
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We won't be coming back to Jewel of the Seas and most probably won't sail Royal Caribbean again, their concept is just not for us.... Read More

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Enchantment of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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One of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships; highlights include rock climbing, bungee trampoline, three pools, eight bars and a Ben & Jerry's at sea; holds less than 3,000.

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Grandeur of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Older ship carrying fewer than 3,000; highlights include rock climbing, two pools, outdoor movie screen and several specialty dining venues including Ben & Jerry's at sea.

Majesty of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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Offers three- and four-night cruises; features a rock climbing wall, Johnny Rockets at sea and smallish aqua park; can carry a bit over 2,500 cruisers.

Rhapsody of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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An older ship carrying less than 3,000; features rock climbing, two pools, for-fee nursery, eight bars and lounges and more than half a dozen dining venues.

Vision of the Seas

When Vision of the Seas launched in 1998, it was the last in a class of vessels whose design represented the most innovative for Royal Caribbean.

Voyager of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Megaliner packed full of amenities such as a TV studio, 3D movies, ice skating, virtual balcony cabins, and life-size Dreamworks characters to entertain the kids

Radiance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Mid-sized ship carrying 2,100 passengers, known for its food, self-levelling pool tables, poolside movie screen and an African-themed solarium.

Adventure of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Bustling atmosphere; features two-slide water park, simulated surfing, rock climbing, ice skating shows, 15 bars and the line's signature Royal Promenade; can carry upward of 4,000.

Brilliance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Brilliance of the Seas' mediumish size -- 2,112 passengers -- allows cruisers to feel they have the best of both worlds: a vessel with ample activities and attentive crew.

Navigator of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Carries some 4,400 passengers and features surf simulators, rock climbing and ice skating, 11 bars and lounges and the lively Royal Promenade.

Mariner of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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A Chinese-orientated mega ship holding close to 3,000 passengers; features onboard surfing, zip lining, thalassotherapy pool and kids clubs.

Serenade of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Highlights on this smallish ship include rock climbing, mini-golf, three pools, and 16 bars and lounges including a wine bar and English-style pub; holds some 2,500.

Jewel of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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One of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships; attractions include rock climbing and mini-golf, kids' water slide, half a dozen or so dining venues and family-specific cabins.

Oasis of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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The first megaship to hold more than 6,000 cruisers; features high-energy activities like zip lining, surfing and the high-diving AquaTheater.

Liberty of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries more than 4,000; features a three-slide water park, surf simulators, rock climbing wall and "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical." 

Independence of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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A ship of wows including rock climbing, surfing, virtual reality enhanced trampolibe, laser tag, puzzle break and mini-golf, plus "Grease, the Musical" onstage, ice skating shows, kids' water park, 22 bars and 10 eateries.

Allure of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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Mega-ship holding upwards of 6,400 passengers; features zip lining, surf simulators, rock climbing and an open-air Central Park with shops and restaurants.

Quantum of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Quantum of the Seas dares its passengers not to have fun. It's a bold ship that screams for your attention via its innovative features.

Harmony of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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World's largest cruise ship featuring high-energy attractions including zip lining, water slides, surf simulators, rock climbing and 18 dining venues.

Symphony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's newest ship will be one of the largest in the world when it launches in spring 2018; high-energy highlights include zip lining, water slides and surf simulators.

Ovation of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Empress of the Seas
3.0 / 5.0
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Spectrum of the Seas

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