Ray's musings and humor

 

As many
of you know my wife and I cruise a few times a year and next year is no
exception. My pal Robin is offering us a 12 day spring cruise to Ireland,
England, France, Belgium and Holland at an unbelievable price. Friends can
go along for as little as $75 a day with $50 per cabin shipboard credit thrown
in? If you like to cruise this is a real bargain. You can even select a balcony
cabin (while they last) for less than $115 per day with $150 per cabin shipboard
credit. Where else could you get great meals, super shipboard entertainment,
casino play and so much more for so little?

We will
sail on the Jewel of the Seas, a great ship, from Fort
Lauderdale and fly back from Amsterdam. The cruise lines transfers and
airfare offerings are surprisingly low, but they are only offered until July
15th.

The Jewel of the Seas
offers the ultimate "at sea" experience by combining speed, added comfort,
greater space, sweeping ocean vistas and an exceptional staff committed to
serving your every whim. I have sailed on her sister ships and they were
great.

Among her spectacular
features are the ten-story glass-constructed Centrum, glass elevators facing the
sea, and the highest percentage of outside cabins in the Royal Caribbean fleet.
Some of the highlights are:

Rock-climbing wall

Portofino Italian
Restaurant

Chops Grille

Latté-tudes, specialty
coffee house

Seaview
Café

Themed bars and lounges

Casino Royale

The Colony Club, a
unique British colonial-style lounge with self-leveling pool tables

Beautiful indoor
Solarium

Indoor/outdoor country
club with golf simulator

Adventure Ocean youth facilities

Day Spa and Fitness Center

Sports court with
basketball/volleyball court

 

Take a virtual
tour of our Radiance Family of Ships.

 

Here is
what a recent traveler had to say about the Jewel of the
seas.

At 90,090
tons (which counts on the high end of mid-size these days), Jewel of the Seas,
like its siblings, has just enough space for some of the storied Royal Caribbean
innovations, such as a rock climbing wall, gorgeous solarium pool, expansive
Adventure Ocean kids facility and two lovely alternative restaurants. At the
same time, its layout is so well designed I hardly ever was reminded that the
ship carried 2,100-plus other passengers.

That’s
why, before embarking on a recent six-night Western
Caribbean cruise, my expectations were on the high side. I
anticipated that Jewel would be a beautiful ship in a physical sense, with
lovely dark woods throughout that were countered by an infusion of glass and
light. I surmised that service would generally, for such a large vessel, be
quite good — if a tad uneven. And I assumed that the cuisine, in true Royal
Caribbean style, would be adequate when you considered that the ship’s culinary
staff caters to several thousand folks — but not necessarily superb.

The big
surprise to me was that Jewel of the Seas did not only meet my lofty
expectations — it also exceeded them. So many elements of the trip were truly
exceptional that I found myself comparing the cruise to those taken on luxury
lines that sail smaller ships — and charge significantly higher
tariffs.

Among the
pleasant surprises:

Cuisine
had markedly improved and I’m not referring to the alternative restaurants
(which I’ve always thought were pretty good) as much as the main dining room,
particularly at dinner, where roughly half the ship is ordering and eating
simultaneously.

Entertainment ranged from the fabulously ridiculous (like the always
funny Newlywed Game) to the elegantly sublime (the Rosario Strings).

The ship
was indeed beautiful. I have never been a fan of over-hyped art collections, and
yet there were some pieces that were so gorgeous (particularly a series of
hauntingly beautiful photographs on the main staircase landing between Decks 5
and 6) that I made it a point to take the stairs several times a day just to
admire them.

Service
was consistently top-notch in all areas. On a couple of occasions, my cabin
steward, seeing me return to my cabin with arms full, ran, literally, half a
corridor ahead of me to open the door. At dinner in the main dining room,
waiters remembered us — even though we only attended intermittently. Staffers
at the purser’s desk were unusually helpful and attitude-free.

As a
result, for the first time in a long time at Cruise Critic, a ship that’s firmly
planted in the mass-market category receives an overall rating of five — which
places it in the lofty firmament of only a handful of luxury ships (such scores
have heretofore only been bestowed upon small, luxury-oriented ships whose lines
charge a heftier price tag). Jewel earned the rating particularly for its
top-notch entertainment, family facilities, and better-than-usual cuisine and
service — and for offering exceptional value for money.

 

Jewel of the Seas
April 15, 2007

 

JEWEL OF THE SEAS
Itinerary

 

Cruise Line :
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
Date : Sun 15 Apr
2007

Cruise Length :
12
Nights

 

Date

Port

Arrival

Boarding

Departure

 

Remark

 

Sun 15
Apr

FORT
LAUDERDALE
, FLORIDA

 

1:00PM

4:00PM

 

DOCKED

Mon 16
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Tue 17
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 18
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Thu 19
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Fri 20
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 21
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Sun 22
Apr

CRUISING

 

 

 

 

 

Mon 23
Apr

CORK – IRELAND

9:00AM

 

6:00PM

 

DOCKED

Tue 24
Apr

CORNWALL (FALMOUTH), ENGLAND

7:00AM

 

4:00PM

 

TENDERED

Wed 25
Apr

PARIS (LE
HAVRE) – FRANCE

7:00AM

 

10:00PM

 

DOCKED

Thu 26
Apr

BRUSSELS (ZEEBRUGGE) – BELGIUM

10:00AM

 

6:00PM

 

DOCKED

Fri 27
Apr

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

7:00AM

 

 

 

DOCKED

 

We
really can’t go wrong at these prices so reward yourself and come along. If you
want to know more just call my friend Robin Souder at
(866) 968-2789, it
is a toll free number. We only have until
July 15th to lock up the great prices. One nice thing is that if your plans
change up until 75 days before the cruise you can cancel without penalty,
so please don’t procrastinate, do what you have to do, get your questions
answered and then prepare for the good times.

 

Ray
Mitchell
8356 Seabridge
Way
Indianapolis, IN 
46240
Phone
317-255-4309
Cell
317-446-8545

 

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