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Jewel of the Seas is the fourth ship built in Royal
Caribbean's Radiance class. Her sisters are
Radiance of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, and
Serenade of the Seas (See profile) She is also a
forerunner of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice
(see profile), which was built in the same shipyard
in Pappenberg, Germany using a similar albeit larger
One quickly discovers that Jewel is no ordinary
mass market cruise ship. Her design, fittings,
spaciousness and atmosphere are more typically
associated with ships in the premium cruise market.
Thus, while passengers will find many of the
trademark features that passengers enjoy on a Royal
Caribbean cruise, life on Jewel is somewhat more
subdued and sophisticated than on the larger RCI
This fact coupled with the fact that Jewel often does
longer cruises tends to attract more experienced
cruisers. In recent years, she has spent her summers
sailing out of England to Northern Europe and the
autumn sailing out of Boston to New England and
Canada before coming to Miami for the winter
season. As a result, her passengers include British,
Canadian and European cruisers as well as
There is also much to like about Jewel from a
technical perspective. Her full design is sleek with
a relatively long tapering bow better enables her to
cut through the waves rather than bounce over them.
This hydrodynamic design combined with a
powerful engine plant enables her to reach speeds of
over 25 knots, which is quite fast for a cruise ship.
Her main power plant is a pair of large gas turbines,
which are environmentally friendly. Unfortunately,
the fuel for gas turbines is much more expensive
than diesel fuel. Consequently, an additional diesel
engine has been added, which allows the ship to
operate without having to employ both gas turbines.
The engines generate electricity, which amongst
other things, drives electric motors housed in two
azipods. The azipods along with a series of
powerful bow thrusters make Jewel very
The centerpiece of the ship
is a multi-story atrium
called the Centrum.
Above: Looking up at
the Centrum ceiling.
Above: Captain James
Below: Hotel Director
Walking around Jewel one discovers a
variety of decoration. The art collection
tends to emphasize contemporary works
but their are also antique pieces as well
as nautically themed works. The works
are placed unobtrusively and do not call
attention to themselves. However, they
do add to the overall feeling of relaxed
Jewel has 1,055 staterooms,
including 817 with a view of
the sea either from a balcony
or a window. All staterooms
have at least two beds (238
have a third or fourth bed),
which convert to queen-size
bed configuration. All have
private bathroom, telephone,
television, mini-bar, hair
dryers and individually
controlled air conditioning.
They also have an interactive
system that allows passengers
to view their accounts and
make various purchases via
the television set.
Right: A balcony stateroom.
Middle Right: An outside
Below Right: An interior
There are also suites/deluxe
staterooms (not shown).
At the base of the atrium is the lobby, which features a marble floor and a pair of enclosed waterfalls (see
above right). The lobby is a place of near constant activity with various activities going on during the day
(primarily on sea days) and with entertainment at night including live music and special events such as an
acrobatic cocktail demonstration by the ship's bar tenders (above left).
On the port side of the Centrum
is a bank of glass elevators some
of which look into the Centrum
(above) and some of which look
through a great glass wall
(below) at the sea.
Hanging in the terraced atrium is a
The primary points of contact between the passengers and the ship's management are located around the Centrum. Indeed, the
Crown and Anchor Society office (above left), the onboard home of Royal Caribbean's repeat passenger program and the
place where passengers can book future RCI cruises, is located atop the ceiling of the Centrum. Explorer's Court on Deck 8
overlooking the Centrum provides an interface for international guests (above right). Many stories down in the lobby are the
Reception Desk and the Shore Excursions Desk (below).
Cruise ship photo tour - Jewel of the Seas - Royal
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