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The Nordic sun is out in full force as we take the elevator up to deck 11 to "get out there". Royal Caribbean seem to have taken their own slogan to heart and have provided acres of open deck space on Jewel of the Seas with a multitude of activities available. Golf, rock climbing, basketball, swimming, jogging or simply lounging by a pool with a drink in hand: it is all possible on Jewel of the Seas. Royal Caribbean is actively targeting a younger crowd these days and their latest ships prove they do it very well.

Main Pool Deck

When announcing the world premiere of a seagoing rock climbing wall, many industry veterans thought Royal Caribbean had lost their mind. But this activity has proven so popular that rock climbing walls have now been installed on all the ships in the RCI fleet. Offered free of charge during specific hours, it is one of most sought-after thrills on board.

Jewel of the Seas has two swimming pools, plus an expansive children deck with slide and wading pool. The main outdoor pool on deck 11 is a favorite haunt for the young at heart, with music and entertainment throughout the day, two trendy pool bars, a nicely sized pool and twin Jacuzzis. Incidentally, both swimming pools on Jewel of the Seas are filled with fresh water (not sea water), can be heated and - just like the Jacuzzis - are open around the clock.

Solarium

Should the weather be less than perfect, a giant glass roof will protect the Solarium on deck 11 from the elements, creating an indoor tropical hideaway. With its lush foliage, the Oriental-themed Solarium with its pool, Jacuzzis, snack counter and full-service bar is one of the most successful pool areas afloat and a definite hit with passengers. 

Forward of the Solarium is the two-deck high ShipShape Spa, containing a large fitness center, beauty center, hairdressing salon and numerous treatment rooms. Carrying on the Oriental theme of the Solarium, the gorgeous window-walled reception area leads to a maze of corridors that ultimately lead to a wonderful little quiet lounge all the way forward. One area that is not very well known is the Thermal Suite. Located forward of the hairdressing salon, this very pleasant tiled area features an array of warm and cold showers ("drenches"), saunas and steam baths, plus the most comfortable relaxing lounge chairs afloat. A visit to the Thermal Suite well set you back a few dollars, but you come out feeling a different person.

Main Pool

Main Pool Deck

Sport's Court with the rock climbing wall behind it

Deck 12

Putting Green

Pool Bar, deck 11
Kid's Pool, part of Adventure Beach

Main Pool with Pool Bar and Sky Bar

ShipShape Spa Reception

Fitness Center
Solarium Pool

Solarium Pool

Entrance to the Solarium

Solarium's seating area
Tropical atmosphere in the Solarium

Solarium Pool

 

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

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