Cruising for Christmas!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Jewel of the Seas Cruise ship

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

   Left the home behind at Pat's Place, and headed off to the Port of Tampa, where we boarded Royal Caribbean's "Jewel of the Seas" - an absolutely beautiful cruise ship. 

The most recently addition to RCL's fleet, the Jewel carries 2100 passengers and 854 crew members, other details:  Passengers: 2,112; Crew: 842; Decks: 12 (we stayed on 9, a very nice room with a balcony); Tonnage 90,090; Length 962 feet; Maximum Beam 106 feet; Draft: 28 feet; Cruising Speed: 25 knots (we averaged about 16 knots).    This somewhat smaller class of ship is known as the "Radiance Class", and we both loved it - plenty of walking for us, and plenty of activities and food venues. 

We enjoyed that it was a broad-ranging mix of passengers on board - we met and enjoyed a couple of gals in their 20's (one, a travel agent for AAA, and her cousin); a couple in their early 80's who were celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary; and many others of all ages.  Beautiful sunsets, lots of sunshine at the pools,

and a very enjoyable Dolphin Encounter at Chankanaab National Park in Cozumel (and a bit of snorkeling, too!).   Posting a few pictures now - more to follow!
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