Jewel of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

Jewel of the Seas
Maiden voyage: 2004
Class: Radiance
Length: 962ft

We were on board this ship in Mar-Apr 2011, for a 11 night cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. This ship is a sister to the Radiance of the Seas. By some accounts, I think the Radiance class ships are the best of the Royal Caribbean fleet. The Jewel is the 4th and last of the Radiance class ships that were built.

We booked an inside cabin on Deck 9 for this cruise. We have booked both inside and balcony rooms, and feel comfortable with either. The inside cabin on the Jewel compared in space to our balcony cabin on the Radiance, save the balcony itself. Even after 11 nights, we didn't feel the least bit claustrophobic. We don't typically spend a lot of time in our cabin anyway, so perhaps that made some difference.

On this ship, the Windjammer (buffet style) resturant is rather unique with both inside and outside seating areas. This ship spends time in Europe as well as the Caribbean, so it may not always be too hot for outside seating. If there were a negative about this ship, the Windjammer always seemed crowded.

Deck 9 Inside Cabin.

The ship features all of the modern equipment such as azipod propulsion, stabilizers, and rock-climbing wall. One unique feature are two gyro stabilized pool tables. It is a wierd sensation to see the pool table stabilize in a pitching sea. You could almost become sea-sick just watching the table move.

This ship has a rather unique propulsion system, and is considered a "green" ship, having a 90% reduction in emissions vs. diesel powered ships. The ship is called a "GTV"; Gas Turbine Vessel, but unlike the Radiance, the Jewel doesn't carry a "GTV" badge at the stern cheek. The Jewel is powered by two GE gas turbine engines, the same ones that are used on DC-10 aircraft. The engines are coupled to generators which provide the electric power to the electric motors on the azipods, as well as all of the other electrical needs. In addition, there is a third system that captures the 500 deg heat out of the engine exhaust and through the use of a steam generator, additional power is created.

One item of interest is the engines are too powerful for use within port situations, so a small "harbor diesel" engine is used to supply the power for manouvering in port.

The ship is known as a "pana-max" vessel which means it can traverse the Panama Canal. So it is significantly smaller than the Voyager, Freedom, and Oasis class mega-ships, and can get into smaller ports.

One minor difference I noticed between the Radiance and Jewel was in the main theater. On the Radiance, the forward-most balcony seating consisted of an alcove with a sofa! On the Jewel, the alcove is still there, but the sofa was replaced with regular individual chairs. I have long legs and most of the seating in the theater is cramped, but I did discover that the row ends in the balcony seating had open triangular areas that provided additional leg comfort.

Jewel of the Seas Coral Theater legroom

Over the years, the shipboard events have changed. In years past, there was a midnight buffet in the Main Dining Room, with all of the decedant pleasures, ranging from Chocolates to Caviar. In the last few years, we have not seen this event. While there was no Caviar on this ship, we were suprised that a midnight dessert buffet made a comeback in the Windjammer.

Centrum - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011

Rock Climbing Wall and Sports Deck - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011


Main Pool - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011

Solarium Pool - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011


Solarium Pool - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011

Signature Glass Elevators - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011


Kids Pool Area - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011

Midnight Dessert Buffet - Jewel of the Seas Apr 2011