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Review: Jewel of the Seas

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Taste of the Baltic

  • By SilverTraveller LRBMolesey

    3 reviews

  • Jul 2012
  • Balcony
  • Special occasion
  • Partner

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The ship was well appointed with stylish interior, several swimming pools, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, shops, a theatre and a cinema.



The food was of a high standard, our only criticism being that there were few vegetarian options for us. Lunches in the self service cafe were very good and the dinners in the waitress service restaurant of a very high standard. We dined one evening in the specialist Italian restaurant Portofino to celebrate a special birthday. There was a supplement of £25 for the 2 of us but the food was outstanding.



Our stateroom had a fridge filled with overpriced waters, soft drinks and biscuits which we didn't use and simply bought waters when on shore from supermarkets.



The evening shows were excellent, varied and highly entertainng. plus there were live performances throughout the evening- singers, pianists, guitarists, classical musicians. All of a very high standard.



We attended several talks about the ref gion and places to be visited and these were interesting.



The shops were expensive and occasionally there were sales but the merchandise rather cheap and poorly made.



All staff throughout the ship were friendly and efficiient, eager to please. Perhaps that is because they are relying on tips at the end of the cruise to supplement poor salaries. That is something you need to budget for as you are expected to tip your state room attendant, head waiter, waiter and assistant waiter and these can be quite substantial. We spent in the region of £150 and you need dollars for this.



No cash is used throught the cruise, you use a cruise card for every transaction and the bill can be high if you buy cocktails on a daily basis!



The excursions were quite expensive so we took the shuttle bus (which you have to pay for and could be up to £20 return) to and from the ports most days but did pay for 2 excursions in St Petersburg. We were unable to leave the ship in that city without taking an excursion covered by a group visa. We had a tour of the Hermitage Museum and a boat trip and visit to a palace. The museum has a vast collection so we were only guided round a few highlights.



The places covered by the cruise were interesting – Stockholm and Goteborg in Sweden where we took a guided boat trip, Helsinki, Finland, Copenhagen in Denmark (another boat trip) Tallin in Estonia. We visited the old towns in Stockholm and Tallin and there were well worth a visit. Quaint cobbled streets and shops selling good quality traditional crafts and souvenirs.



I would recommend this ship and cruise company and cruise but to be aware of the high costs onboard for extras and tipping.

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