For the traveler seeking a classic cruise experience, Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas offers a traditional option that’s sure to please. This Radiance-class ship, launched in 2004, may not be as cutting-edge as some of its siblings, but it is ideal for budget-conscious travelers who nevertheless want plenty of entertainment and activities for both adults and kids.
Jewel of the Seas sails various European and Caribbean itineraries. One seven-night loop around the Southern Caribbean starts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passing through Bridgetown, Barbados and Fort-De-France, Martinique. Shore excursions give passengers the chance to explore these tiny islands, with historical tours of old plantations or modern water sports on offer for those who want to experience more.
The 962-ft. Jewel of the Seas carries 2,112 passengers, with a crew of 859. All cabins have a TV, hairdryer, safe and dressing table area. The bathrooms in standard staterooms have showers, while passengers in suites can enjoy a bathtub. The Grand, Owner's and Royal Suites - the finest on the ship - have personal concierges and exclusive cocktail parties.
Onboard, passengers can enjoy a huge fitness area, a well-equipped spa, and pools both on deck and in the glass-topped solarium. For night time, there are regular live music performances and a casino. Daytime activities include quizzes, language classes and, for an extra price, wine and beer tasting sessions. Kids can avail of the Adventure Ocean program, with a huge dedicated area including a slide and splash pool and a wide variety of age-appropriate activities.