Jewel of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s Radiance-class ships. Launched in 2004, she is one of the classic ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet.
Jewel of the Seas Size
Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 90,090 GT. Not to be confused with weight, gross tonnage is a measure of the internal volume of a ship. It’s the best way to compare ships by size.
Jewel of the Seas is 293 metres (962 feet) long, which is about the same length as 10 blue whales or 2.7 football fields!
Jewel of the Seas has a beam of 32 metres (106 feet). Beam is another word for width, when we’re talking about the size of cruise ships.
There are 13 decks on Jewel of the Seas and 8 of these have cabins. These are accessed by a whopping 9 guest elevators, with more elevators that are just for crew members.
Jewel of the Seas Occupancy
Jewel of the Seas is considered to be a medium-sized cruise ship. She can accommodate 2,191 based on double occupancy. However, if every bed on the ship is in use, then this ship can accommodate up to 2,702 as well as 852 crew members.
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Jewel of the Seas Speed
You may be wondering how fast Jewel of the Seas can go? Well, the top speed is 25 knots, which equates to 28.7695 miles per hour. However, the ship usually sails much slower than this as the speed is dictated by the itinerary and the weather.
Building Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas was built in 2004 in Papenburg, Germany by the shipbuilder Meyer Werft. Like many Royal Caribbean ships, she was registered in Bahamas.
The ship cost $350,000,000 to build. She was Christened by Kathy Mellor and made her maiden voyage on May 8, 2004.
Jewel of the Seas has 3 sister ships in the Radiance Class:
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Facilities onboard Jewel of the Seas
You’ll find plenty to do onboard Jewel of the Seas. Here’s what you can expect to find on board:
Adventure Ocean is the Royal Caribbean kids club, and includes AO Babies and AO Junior for younger guests. Children will love the huge range of activities on offer, and the dedicated spaces just for them.
Adventure Beach is a fun-packed water park area with various slides and splash pools. Parents can grab a lounger and watch their kids having a wonderfully wet time – just try to avoid getting splashed yourself.
Get your game on at the arcade, where you’ll find a host of different machines suited to all ages. There’s a selection of video games, classic games such as skeeball, and prize games too.
The live entertainment on Royal Caribbean is stunning, with Broadway-style shows that are packed with incredible live music and incredible visual effects. Get comfy in the on-board theatre and enjoy being whisked away to magical worlds through immersive stories.
Whether you’re a poker or blackjack player, or you prefer to stick to machines, Casino Royale has it all. Play some games and potentially win some amazing jackpots in a lively, exciting atmosphere.
The conference facilities on a Royal Caribbean ship can accommodate up to 400 guests, and include facilities for meetings, theater-style events and even trade shows. These rooms can be hired for no additional fee by sailing guests.
Enjoy a fun mini golf course on your ship where you can putt around various tricky obstacles. This is included in your fare, so if you have a bad round…just play again!
Outdoor Movie Screen
Cosy up on a lounger, grab the popcorn and enjoy epic entertainment on the outdoor movie screen. Newly-released movies, classic films and live sport events will be shown at various times.
Rock Climbing Wall
Whether you’re a beginner or a speed-climber, the rock climbing wall is a cool place to hang out and enjoy amazing views. Included in your fare and with no reservation needed, you can scale the wall as many times as you like during your cruise.
If you want to keep up your fitness routine while on your cruise, the running track is the ideal place. Enjoy amazing views across the ocean as you complete every lap of the track, passing many of the ship’s best features.
Exclusively for adult guests, the Solarium is an indoor and outdoor venue designed with pure relaxation in mind. Relax in the quiet pools, grab a cocktail and sit in a lounge space, or enjoy the cascading lagoons on some ships as you let stresses melt away.
The sports court is an outdoor area that hosts various different sporting activities during your cruise, aimed at the whole family. Games include basketball, volleyball and other court sports, with tournaments often arranged during your cruise.
Vitality at Sea Fitness & Spa / Spa
At the Vitality Spa, guests can enjoy a range of treatments designed to help them relax and recharge. From beauty treatments such as facials and body wraps, to soothing massages and bathing rituals, there is something for everyone – including a range of services aimed at teens and tweens.
Places to eat on Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas has a huge selection of restaurants, cafes and snack bars where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick bite to eat. Some of these are included in your cruise fare and some have an extra charge.
Here are all of your dining options onboard Jewel of the Seas :
This casual dining spot offers a wide-ranging coffee menu that includes your perfect morning pick-me-ups and your after dinner cappuccino too. You can also sample a selection of pastries and other sweet treats alongside your drink.
If you want a formal, gourmet dining experience then Chef’s Table is ideal. You’ll be served five stunning courses during this white-tablecloth dinner in an exclusive setting, with every course perfectly paired with a different wine by the ship’s onboard sommelier.
The Chops Grille steakhouse is an iconic Royal Caribbean restaurant, known for its excellent selection of steak, fish and other meat dishes. This speciality restaurant is smart casual and offers a lighter menu for lunch alongside its main dinner selections.
Experience an elevated Italian dining experience at this smart casual venue that serves a mix of classic and contemporary dishes. Sample the incredible house focacia, try an anitpasti platter, or save all your room for the hearty, flavour-rich main courses.
Izumi is a smart casual speciality restaurant that specialises in Asian cuisine, specifically focussing on Japanese classics such as sushi and sishimi. Over four courses (including two mains) you’ll discover some amazing flavours whether you dine at lunch or dinner.
If you choose Traditional Dining, you’ll be given a set dining time for the Main Dining Room every night. You’ll also likely have the same waiter throughout your cruise, who will learn all your favourites and make meal times even more special.
My Family Time Dining
With My Family Time Dining, you get the best of family time dinner while also being able to relax. Your kids will complete their meals within 45 minutes, before they are escorted to the Adventure Ocean kids club while you enjoy the rest of your meal.
My Time Dining
With My Time Dining, you can choose when you take dinner, and you don’t need to make a reservation (although you may have to wait for a table). You’ll need to pre-pay your gratuities if you want this extra flexibility.
Whether you want a late night snack or just a lazy morning in your stateroom, the room service menu has you covered. There are various hot and cold food items and drinks you can choose to have delivered to you.
The Windjammer Cafe is the buffet restaurant on the ship. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can help yourself to a fantastic selection of hot and cold foods in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
Bars & Lounges Onboard Jewel of the Seas
There’s no shortage of places to relax and enjoy a drink onboard Jewel of the Seas. You’ll find lots of bars and lounges including outdoor pool bars, cocktail bars and live music venues.
Here are the places you can enjoy a drink on Jewel of the Seas:
Concierge Club Lounge
Suite guests and those at the necessary level of the Crown & Anchor loyalty program can enjoy a quiet drink in the Concierge Club. As well as grabbing a drink, guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, make reservations and borrow movies and CDs too.
The Diamond Club is an exclusive venue for the use of Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club guests only. Here you can enjoy a calm atmosphere with cocktails (complimentary during the early evening) whilst making reservations for the rest of your cruise.
The Lobby Bar
The Lobby Bar is a simple bar area with comfy seating near the Centrum area of the ship. Grab a drink and enjoy the range of activities that are hosted here throughout the day and night.
The Pit Stop
A racing-themed bar, here you can watch the latest motorsports action (and other sports too) while you grab a beer. Around the walls you can explore the great array of motorsporting memorabilia.
The Safari Club
The Safari Club is a fun space that is made up of four different clubs, with multiple bars and dance floors. The dark wood panelling decor gives the space a cosy vibe, while the carved giraffe’s head in the centre of the venue is a striking addition.
Just because you want to lounge by the pool all day doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a great selection of cocktails and other drinks. The pool bar offers plenty of variety, so grab a chair or carry your selection over to your lounger and lay back with a fruity favourite.
This friendly, relaxing piano bar is the ideal place to unwind at the end of the night. Grab a seat next to the ship’s mast, or next to a porthole and enjoy the view, while the singalong kicks in.
The Secondary Lounge is a large space with ultra-luxurious chairs where you can unwind with a drink and take in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Decorated in a modern style, you can sit back and enjoy good music and even better company.
This bar is close to the pool area and lets you grab a refreshing drink after a dip. Or just pull up a lounger, request your favourite cocktail and let the hours while away in bliss.
Situated in the adults-only Solarium, this pool bar offers a range of beers, wines, chilled tropical drinks and cocktails. Staple drinks here include the Aperol Spritz and the Hennessy Black Bull, made with Kahlua and Coca Cola.
Viking Crown Lounge
The Viking Crown Lounge offers stunning views with its floor-to-ceiling windows, making it a great spot to watch the sunset. At night, live music kicks in and the dance floor starts to fill up.
Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or you want to take your first step into trying new flavours, Vintages is a classy wine bar with an incredible selection. The staff are experts and can offer some fantastic recommendations if you’re not sure what to try.
Hit the dance floor at the Vortex Nightclub and enjoy great themed nights. There’s seating for 126 guests, and a revolving bar serving wines, beers and spirits.
Relax in this dark wood-panelled lounge with bar. This is a quieter space, ideal if you want to sit at one of the tables that have chess, checkers and backgammon built into them.