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We are pleasantly surprised when we open the door to our family oceanview stateroom. It's huge! When booking this trip, I asked for an outside cabin for my two friends and me. We were assigned one of six family staterooms and couldn't be happier. With its two sleeping quarters and roomy living, we are never in each other's way and looking at the tons of storage space this stateroom would be ideal for a longer voyage. But the highlight of this stateroom must be our very own doorbell. Ding Dong!

Towels galore!

All 1,015 guest staterooms on Jewel of the Seas come well equipped with shower or tub and toilet, interactive TV, safe, hairdryer, tons of towels and sufficient wardrobe space. Top of the line are the extravagant Owner's and Royal Suites; great if you have a buck to spare and are in dire need of extravagant accommodation. 

Less opulent choices include superb Junior Suites, hundreds of staterooms with balcony and for the budget conscious (like us) there are standard outside and inside staterooms. Count on very small bathrooms in everything but the deluxe accommodation and you won't be disappointed. While I have always been enthusiastic about the cabin service on Royal Caribbean ships, this time our stateroom steward seems completely uninterested in us (to say the least).  

Royal Caribbean International was one of the first cruise lines to offer interactive TV sets in all staterooms and on Jewel of the Seas you can zap your way through dozens of channels. From first rate movies in four languages to a channel with video clips: it's all there. The remote control even lets you check your onboard account, order shore excursions or wine with dinner. Even more full-length movies are available in the pay-per-view section (at $ 9.95 per movie) and with complimentary room service available 24/7, who would ever want to leave their stateroom?

Inside stateroom cat. M

Junior Suite cat. JS

Junior Suite cat. JS

Family Oceanview Stateroom - cat. FO

Family Oceanview Stateroom - cat FO

Typical bathroom in standard accommodation

Family Oceanview Stateroom - cat. FO

Towel animals welcome you back to the room on some nights

Junior Suite - cat. JS

Large Oceanview Stateroom - cat. F

Family Oceanview Stateroom - cat. FO

Junior Suite with towel monkey hanging from the ceiling

 

All photos and text: 2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

This Cruise Review was first published on May 30th, 2004