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Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Sail the Americas and Europe on the Jewel of the Seas

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The Jewel of the Seas is a beautiful Royal Caribbean ship. Built in 2004, the Jewel of the Seas carries 2,500 passengers to a variety of destinations in the Americas and Europe.

I sailed on the Jewel of the Seas on an 11-day family cruise vacation to northern Europe, and we all loved the decor of the ship and the value of our overall cruise experience. The Jewel of the Seas features numerous interesting restaurants, bars, and common areas, and the nightly shows were all entertaining. These 5 photo galleries with 86 pictures of the Jewel of the Seas show that she's a great ship for either a family or romantic vacation!

Jewel of the Seas Common Areas and Interiors

Jewel of the Seas Centrum
Jewel of the Seas Centrum Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The Jewel of the Seas is a beautiful ship, with tastefully decorated interiors. Although the ship carries 2500 passengers, she seems spacious on the inside with plenty of space to get away from the crowds if you wish.

The Centrum is the central hub of the ship, and many of the public areas have easy access to the Centrum. It's fun to just sit in the Centrum and watch the activity all around and on the decks above.

The Solarium is a popular "adults only" pool and lounge area. In addition to very comfortable lounge chairs, the Solarium has its own bar and casual dining area and is adjacent to the spa.

The children are not overlooked, and they have their own pool and several age-specific kids' programs for ages 6 months to 17 years.

Jewel of the Seas Dining and Cuisine

Seaside Restaurant on the Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas Photo (c) Linda Garrison
We all thought the food on the Jewel of the Seas ranged from good to excellent. The ship's restaurants have an excellent variety of different cuisines and should be diverse enough to suit any palate.

We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer Cafe food court. It uses multiple stations to help with flow, and it works, even during peak service hours.

The two-level main dining room has two traditional seatings. Our cruise was the first on the Jewel of the Seas to allow "my time" dining for those who like to have flexibility in their dining times and companions.

The two specialty restaurants on the Jewel of the Seas are excellent. We loved both the Italian cuisine in Portofino's and the steakhouse atmosphere of Chops.

Jewel of the Seas Lounges and Bars

Champagne Bar on the Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas Photo (c) Linda Garrison
There's a lounge or a bar on almost every passenger deck on the Jewel of the Seas, so you are never far from a drink! The lounges each have a different look, ranging from the African motif in the Safari Club to the disco atmosphere of Vortex to the quiet tables and views of the sea in the Champagne Bar.

Those who love sports will want to check out the multiple video screens in the sports bar or the self-leveling pool tables in the Game Reserves area of the Safari Club.

Many of the lounges feature a variety of live entertainment, and the Jewel of the Seas had some excellent musicians onboard during our cruise.

Jewel of the Seas Exterior Photos

Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas in Alesund, Norway
Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The exterior of the Jewel of the Seas is distinctive, with the soaring glass elevator on one side and the signature round Vortex lounge on the top deck. The Jewel of the Seas has 13 decks, so those who choose to walk the stairs can get plenty of exercise! The Royal Caribbean ship has passenger cabins on seven of the thirteen decks, and has shops, bars, and restaurants scattered throughout the ship. These photos of the Jewel of the Seas were taken from our various ports of call on the northern European cruise.

Jewel of the Seas Cabins and Accommodations

Deluxe Oceanview Balcony Cabin #8060 on the Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The Jewel of the Seas has numerous cabin categories, with prices lowest in the interior cabins and highest in the suites. We stayed in Deluxe Oceanview Balcony Stateroom #8060 on our 11-night cruise, and it had plenty of storage space and very comfortable beds. The cabins have all the usual amenities, and I especially liked the "extra" storage next to the mirror in the bathroom and at the vanity table. The cabins have plugs for both 220v and 110v, but you might want to carry along a power strip if you need several plugs for all your electrical devices.

Many cruisers do not like to pay for a balcony, but it adds a lot to the overall cruise experience, and I love being able to step outside and take in the sea air, even if the weather is cool.

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