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Decks

2500

Number of passengers

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Speed

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Length

Cruise ship review

Launched in 2004, Jewel of the Seas is the last 4th Radiance-class Royal Caribbean ship, together with Brilliance, Serenade and Radiance.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is an US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCCL's largest fleet as both number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

At 90 090 tons (that counts on the high end of medium-sized ships nowadays), Jewel of the Seas, just like her siblings, has just enough space for some of the storied Royal Caribbean innovations, such as wonderful alternative dining venues, superb solarium pool, a rock-climbing wall and expansive Adventure Ocean children amenities. The 2,500-passenger Jewel of the Seas maintains a relatively low crew-to-guest ratio. The ship feels practically petite in comparison to her newer, bigger Oasis- and Voyager-class fleetmates. However, Jewel is big enough to offer a variety of dining options and entertainment, yet small enough to offer more immersive itineraries than bigger Royal Caribbean vessels. Like all Radiance-class cruise ships, Jewel of the Seas features glass throughout its interior, thus granting passengers plenty of ocean views.

After the 2016 refurb, new amenities are to be added, such as new restaurants - Izumi (Asian), Giovanni’s Table (Italian), new bar, poolside outdoor theater. The Jewel will also boast shipwide Wi-Fi coverage with VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, new digital signage and cabin renovations (with flat TVs in all cabins).

Cabins

Jewel Of The Seas has a total of 1057 cabins (of which 60 Suites, 517 Balcony rooms) in 24 grades. Most Jewel of the Seas staterooms are 160-190-sq.foot balcony rooms and 160-sq.foot insides (238). 19 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Jewel of the Seas are the Royal Suites (1155 ft2 /107 m2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The kitchen onboard Jewel of the Seas is consistently fine. The main dining venue, especially at dinner, is where nearly half the cruise liner is ordering and eating simultaneously. The service is first-class in all zones. The Tides Dining Room is ship's 2-level main restaurant, decorated with a moonlight and tide romantic theme. Food is nicely presented and well prepared. The elegant room features tables on two levels and wonderful views of the vessel's wake. The menu offers several choices of salads, starters and soups, main courses, cheese and desserts. The Windjammer Cafe is Jewel's main buffet venue. It is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and informal dinner. Numerous stations serve up pasta, burgers, salads and sweets. Portofino and Chops Grille are ship's alternative restaurants. Chops is a steakhouse venue with an open kitchen. Enjoyable as Chops is, the real highlight of Jewel's onboard dining is Portofino with favorites including tiger shrimp risotto and spaghetti with lobster sauce. Both Chops Grille and Giovanni’s Table levy a per-person service fee.

Follows the complete list of Jewel of the Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • Tides Restaurant (1112-seat aft Dining Room has a small private dining room (Shoreside).

  • Windjammer Cafe lido buffet restaurant (680-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)

  • Chops Grille (86-seat specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)

  • Portofino (95-seat Italian restaurant) during refurbishment 2016 was replaced by Giovanni’s Table (Italian specialty restaurant).

  • Seaview Cafe (104-seat complimentary fast food and coffee bar) during refurbishment 2016 was replaced by Izumi (Asian specialty restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The tone aboard Jewel of the Seas is set by the Centrum, which serves as a central spot for activities in the heart of the ship. During the evenings, its Lobby Bar is the hottest spot on Jewel for after-dinner dancing. The lavish, 3-deck Coral Theater hosts the production shows and games. The ship has a real modern feel and does a fine job in incorporating some of the best facilities that have become Royal Caribbean trademarks. Onboard cruisers will find classics like Schooner Bar and Windjammer Cafe, as well as a climbing wall up the smokestack, tiny golf and a waterslide. Other additions include the pretty Seaview Cafe, and the rather avant-garde Vortex disco.

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Follows the complete list of Jewel of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Coral Theatre (features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy and games)

  • Vortex Disco and Nightclub (126-seat, with a revolving bar)

  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery

  • The Centrum (social hub, offers aerial acrobatics entertainment); Serengeti Club (40-seat card room); Safari Club Lounge (320-seat; hosts art auctions, karaoke, religious services); Zanzibar Lounge (52-seat); Next Cruise Lounge; Concierge Club (196-seat suite and past guests only); Yacht Club Lounge; Viking Crown Lounge and Bar

  • Lobby Bar (47-seat atrium bar); Champagne Bar (52-seat wine bar); Game Reserves Bar (15-seat); Cafe Latte-tudes Bar (46-seat specialty coffee bar, Starbucks Coffee); The Pit Stop Bar (102-seat sports bar); Schooner Bar (134-seat piano bar); The Congo Bar; Sky Bar

  • Vintages (wine bar)

  • Centrum Boutiques (duty-free; clothes, perfumes, accessories, jewelry, logo souvenirs, General Store/alcohol and cigarettes)

  • Casino Royale (258-seat)

  • Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)

  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 3 jacuzzis; 2 pools

  • Solarium lounge (includes Cafe Bar, pool bar and adults only pool area)

  • Cinema (57-seat)

  • Video Games Arcade; Fuel Teen Disco club; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery

  • Adventure Beach; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area

  • Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall; Fairways of Jewel Golf Course.

  • During the ship's 2016 refurbishment were added digital signage boards (numerous touch-screens throughout the ship), also the Wi-Fi coverage was upgraded (to shipwide) and the fast-speed VOOM Internet is now available.

Cabins

INSIDE STATEROOM K

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

INSIDE STATEROOM L

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

INSIDE STATEROOM M

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

INSIDE STATEROOM N

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

INSIDE STATEROOM Q

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

INTERIOR STATEROOM GUARANTEE Z

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

STUDIO INTERIOR STATEROOM SI

there are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Dressing room, dressing table, bathroom with shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available on request.

FAMILY OCEANVIEW FO

 There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

LARGER OUTSIDE OCEAN VIEW W/LARGER WINDOW F

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

LARGER OUTSIDE OCEAN VIEW W/LARGER WINDOW G

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

LARGER OUTSIDE OCEAN VIEW W/LARGER WINDOW H

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

LARGER OUTSIDE OCEAN VIEW W/LARGER WINDOW I

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

OCEANVIEW STATEROOM GUARANTEE Y

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

BALCONY STATEROOM GUARANTEE X

Take in the wonder of the world as you drift by in a Balcony Room. With each featuring its own private seating area, a moment spent enjoying the deep blue and beyond is only ever a glance away.

Each balcony room (depends of type) includes: Seaview, Boardwalk or Central Park view, two twin beds or one Royal King size bed, TV and telephone, refrigerator or minibar, private bathroom with shower, vanity area, hair-dryer, room service available 24 hours a day.

Staterooms may vary in size and configuration from those pictured.

LARGER OUTSIDE STATEROOM W/ BALCONY E1

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

LARGER OUTSIDE STATEROOM W/PRIVATE BALCONY E2

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

LARGER OUTSIDE STATEROOM W/PRIVATE BALCONY E3

There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

SUPERIOR BALCONY D1

there are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have a sofa bed. Wardrobe, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available on request.

SUPERIOR BALCONY D2

there are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have a sofa bed. Wardrobe, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available on request.

DELUXE STATEROOM GUARANTEE W

 There are two beds convertible into one queen-size. Some cabins have upper beds. A wardrobe, sofa, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with a shower. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

GRADE SUITE GS

There are two queen-size convertible beds, in some cabins - king-size bed. Cabins have a sofa bed. Dressing room, bar, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with bathtub. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, Internet access (surcharge), DVD player, mini-bar. Bathrobes are provided. Tea and coffee are complimentary. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, as well as on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available upon request.

JUNIOR SUITE JS

(Category JS)

Queen-size bed, private balcony with breathtaking view, separate living area with sofa bed, refrigerator and bar, mini bar, walk-in closet, private bathroom, bathtub, vanity, television, radio and phone. (277 sq.ft. - Bal 69 sq.ft.) Also includes minibar, vanity area, hair-dryer, TV, phone, computer jack, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers and 110/220 electrical outlets. Some have sofa beds and can accommodate 3-4 guests. Some can also accommodate a rollaway bed or Pack 'n Play.

Accessible Stateroom description: Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink. (276 sq. ft., balcony 69 sq. ft.)

OWNERS SUITE OS

There is a king-size bed, sofa bed, as well as a dining area and entertainment center. Dressing room, bar, dressing table with a large mirror, bathroom with bathtub. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, Internet access (surcharge), DVD player, mini-bar. Bathrobes are provided. In-room tea and coffee are complimentary. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available on request.

ROYAL SUITE RS

Description: The cabin has a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and an adjacent bathroom. The cabin has a guest bathroom. In the living room there is a dining and recreation area, a mechanical piano. Sun loungers and jacuzzis are located on the balcony. A wardrobe, telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, Internet access (surcharge), mini bar, entertainment center. Bathrobes are provided. In-room tea and coffee are complimentary. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available on request.

TWO BEDROOM SUITE TWO BED/BATHROOMS WITH 1 TS

there are 2 bedrooms in the cabin, each with two beds convertible into one king-size. In one bedroom there are two additional upper beds. The living room has a double sofa bed. 2 bathrooms, one of which has a jacuzzi. Dressing room, dressing table with a large mirror. Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, Internet access (surcharge), mini-bar. Bathrobes are provided. In-room tea and coffee are complimentary. The mains voltage is 220 V (Euro standard) / 110 V (American standard). Smoking in the cabin, including on the balcony, is prohibited. Baby cot available on request.