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Jewel Of The Seas

Jewel Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Jewel Of The Seas

Year built2004  /  Age : 15
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassRadiance
Building costUSD 350 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)293 m / 961 ft
Beam (width)39 m / 128 ft
Gross Tonnage90090 gt
Passengers2144 - 2573
Crew859
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks13
Cabins1072
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2016
Sister-shipsBrilliance OTS, Radiance OTS, Serenade OTS
Christened byKathy Mellor

Current itinerary / position of Jewel Of The Seas

Jewel Of The Seas current cruise is 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles. The itinerary starts on 12 Oct, 2019 and ends on 21 Oct, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
12 Oct 17:00    Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy hotels
14 Oct 11:00 - 20:00    Souda-Chania, Crete, Greece
15 Oct 07:00 - 19:00    Mykonos Island, Greece
16 Oct 07:00 - 17:00    Rhodes Island, Greece
17 Oct 07:00 - 18:00    Santorini Island, Greece
18 Oct 06:00 - 18:00    Piraeus, Athens, Greece
20 Oct 07:00 - 18:00    Naples, Italy
21 Oct 05:00    Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy hotels

Review of Jewel Of The Seas

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

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a 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 numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Jewel Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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 fleet mates. 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).

Cruise itinerary program

Jewel of the Seas itinerary program is based on roundtrip departures from San Juan, Puerto Rico and year-round, 7-day Eastern and Southern Caribbean voyages. In the summer, Jewel sails to Alaska out of Seattle, with Panama Canal transition and repositioning between Florida and California.

On March 1, 2018, RCI officially announced that starting January 2019, the ship will be homeported in Miami Florida. All pre-scheduled (January through April) 2019 cruises from Puerto Rico were canceled.

The ship's new Miami-based cruise program includes 5-night Western Caribbean, and 9- and 10-night Southern Caribbean itineraries.

Cabins

Jewel Of The Seas has a total of 1057 cabins (of which 60 Suites, 517 Balcony rooms) in 24 grades. Most of the 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, 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 to 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.

Jewel Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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.

Jewel Of The Seas wiki

Jewel is Royal Caribbean's last Radiance-class liner, with sisterships BrillianceRadianceSerenade. Radiance-class vessels are built in accordance with Panamax standards allowing them to transit through Panama Canal.

Vessel's construction was completed in 2004 at Meyer Werft Shipyard (Papenburg, Germany). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 8, 2004. Ship's godmother was Kathy Mellor - winner of the "2004 National Teacher of the Year" prize. Kathy lives in Rhode Island (USA) and teaches English as a second language. The prize was given to her by President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush.

Like on all RCI ships, Jewel's Atrium is called "Centrum". The 9-deck high Atrium features floor-ceiling windows and vast interior spaces, allowing Jewel OTS to offer fantastic sea views. Ship's shopping area includes gorgeous jewelry store and also designer-branded boutiques.

Jewel OTS refurbishment 2016 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's 2016 drydock refurbishment (March 21 – April 6) includes:

  • New passenger accommodations were added – one 2-Bedroom Family Suite (category TS) plus a total of 24 oceanview and balcony cabins (on decks 2, 4, 9, 10 and 11).
  • On deck 6, the Portofino restaurant was replaced by Giovanni’s Table (Italian specialty restaurant).
  • On deck 12, the Seaview Cafe (104 seats, complimentary fast-food diner, and coffee bar with waiter service) was replaced by Izumi (Asian specialty restaurant).
  • On deck 6, Vintages (wine bar) replaced the Champagne Bar.
  • On deck 4, the Seaside private dining room (starboard, 102 seats) was replaced by inside cabins.
  • On deck 8, Explorer’s Court (small relaxation area) was replaced with 1 inside cabin.
  • On deck 12, the RCI’s Nursery (Royal Babies & Tots) was added.
  • Royal Caribbean’s digital signage boards were installed (numerous touch-screens throughout the ship). The Wi-Fi coverage was upgraded to ship-wide. The fast-speed VOOM Internet is now available.
  • Cabin renovations included new flat TVs in all passenger rooms.
  • On Lido deck 11, a poolside outdoor theater (Jumbotron movie screen) was installed.
  • On deck 13, the Hollywood Odyssey (70 seats Cigar Club & Lounge) was replaced by Concierge Club.
  • Chops Grille, the Spa and retail shopping areas were redesigned and refreshed.

Jewel OTS refurbishment project’s total cost was around USD 30 million. The vessel is among the last RCI liners to benefit from the company’s expensive revitalization program for implementing Oasis-class features (facilities and amenities) fleetwide.

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Jewel Of The Seas Itineraries

The below listed Jewel Of The Seas cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Sep 24 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles Civitavecchia
2019 Oct 03 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles Civitavecchia
2019 Oct 12 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles Civitavecchia
2019 Oct 21 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles Civitavecchia
2019 Oct 30 12 days, round-trip Holy Land Civitavecchia $1497
2019 Nov 11 12 days, round-trip Holy Land Civitavecchia $1444
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $699
2019 Nov 30 16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia $974
2019 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Oman & United Arab Emirates Dubai $574
2019 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Holiday Dubai $866
2019 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Holiday Dubai $857
2020 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $617
2020 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Oman & United Arab Emirates Dubai $446
2020 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $446
2020 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Oman & United Arab Emirates Dubai $446
2020 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $596
2020 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Oman & United Arab Emirates Dubai $608
2020 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $741
2020 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Oman & United Arab Emirates Dubai $656
2020 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $741
2020 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Oman & United Arab Emirates Dubai $748
2020 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $741
2020 Mar 23 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Civitavecchia Dubai $1199
2020 Apr 08 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $849
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Italy, France & Spain Barcelona $699
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Italy, France & Spain Barcelona $679
2020 May 03 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Copenhagen Barcelona $849
2020 May 13 11 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Copenhagen $2275
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Copenhagen $1119
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Copenhagen $848
2020 Jun 07 11 days, round-trip Arctic Circle Copenhagen $1819
2020 Sep 17 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Greek Isles Barcelona $1663
2020 Sep 29 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Venice Barcelona $1191
2020 Oct 11 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Greek Isles Barcelona $1778
2020 Oct 23 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $1063
2020 Nov 02 12 days, round-trip Holy Land Civitavecchia $1976
2020 Nov 14 12 days, round-trip Holy Land Civitavecchia $1835
2020 Nov 26 16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia $1187
2020 Dec 12 9 days, round-trip Ultimate Arabian Coast Dubai $808
2020 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & Uae Holiday Dubai $797
2020 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Holiday Dubai $807
2021 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $556
2021 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Dubai $610
2021 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $600
2021 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Dubai $652
2021 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $671
2021 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Dubai $725
2021 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $715
2021 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Dubai $753
2021 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $743
2021 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Oman & The Uae Dubai $753
2021 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Qatar, Bahrain & The Uae Dubai $743
2021 Mar 22 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Barcelona Dubai $1361

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