The Jewel of the Seas is one of the Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ships, which regularly sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Boston, or Harwich, England. Originally launched in 2004, the ship has a capacity of housing around 2,500 passengers. Among its lineup of destinations, you will find it visits Alaska(read the Travelling Everywhere about the best Alaskan cruises) , the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Panama Canal and Mexico. Jewel of the Seas cruises are, in some instances, limited to specific times of the year due to poor weather conditions. This happens to most cruises in the region, including the world famous Carnival Valor series too.
Cruises include onshore visits as well to the different countries visited during the course of the cruise where you are able to see local tourist attractions and enjoy the culture of other countries. They vary in length anywhere from four nights aboard to their 14 night Transatlantic cruise.
Shorter cruises, departing from Tampa, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, range anywhere from four nights to seven nights on board ship. Currently they are offering a 4 night Western Caribbean cruise that visits Cozumel, Mexico; and a 5 night cruise that visits Tampa, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Their 7 night Canada/New England cruise will visit Maine; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, where different interesting local tourist spots will be visited and explored.
If you are looking for a Jewel of the Sea cruise that lasts for more than one week you may be interested in their 10 night Panama and Caribbean cruise, where they visit Haiti; Colombia; Panama; Costa Rica; and Grand Cayman. An 11 night trip will add Oranjestad, Aruba in place of Haiti with the rest of the places visited remaining the same as the 10 night trip.
If you would like to spend a couple of weeks visiting the Caribbean, there are 13 and 14 night cruises available. On the 13 night trip, you will get to visit Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Willemstad, Curacao. Meanwhile the 14 night trip will take you to some different locations, as you will travel to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.
Westbound transatlantic cruises leave from England, while the eastbound cruise leaves from Ford Lauderdale. Cruises range from 12 to 14 nights. The eastbound cruise will take you to Azores, France and England. The westbound tour will visit France, Ireland, Iceland, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Finally, if you are interested in visiting Northern and Eastern Europe you may enjoy the Scandinavian and Russian Jewel of the Seas cruise, which visits Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden. This tour also leaves from England. But if you are planning to go on a cruise to Alaska I recommend you to read my other post about the best Alaskan cruises.
This ship is purported to be one of the most beautiful of the fleet of Royal Caribbean ships. The ship has ten decks, which are accessed via glass elevators that face the ocean, giving you a breathtaking view as you go up. Beautifully decorated with themed bars and activity centers, the highlight is the ten story glass Centrum.
There is plenty to keep you occupied while on the sea. There are several activities offered and activity centers on-board, including a rock climbing wall, pool tables, a golf simulator, youth facilities, a spa and fitness center, swimming pools for adults and children and a volleyball and basketball court. While many of the activities cater for adults, including the on-board casino, there are also excellent facilities for children and teens. Staff prepare activities such as treasure hunts and talent shows to keep the younger set occupied and busy. Teenagers have their own disco, complete with its own juice bar.
There are quite a few different restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from. With a specialty Grill and an Italian restaurant on-board, you will be able to order whatever you like from the menu selection. The Lido offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there are also several cafes on board where you can grab a quick lunch or dinner. The casino offers slot machines, Poker, Roulette, Blackjack and Craps. Several Broadway or Las Vegas style shows are performed during the voyage during the evening.
The cabins are neat and more spacious than you would come to expect on board a ship. One third of the outside cabins have a balcony facing the ocean. Rooms are equipped with a mini bar and television. You can also access the internet from your cabin, should you so desire. Luxury cabins are also available for those willing to pay the extra cost needed to secure them.
If you enjoy cruises, you will find that the Jewel of the Seas cruises have a lot to offer both children and adults. With plenty of on-board entertainment, excellent facilities and many bars and restaurants to choose from, you should be able to relax and enjoy the cruise as well as your trips to shore. The staff is friendly and outgoing and the food is great; all the makings of a wonderful, memory filled holiday.