On December 14, 2013 Neal and I left San Juan for the Southern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas. Each island and day was so different, giving us a chance to experience the diversity of the Caribbean.
Day 2 – Tortola, British Virgin Islands
After breakfast at the Windjammer buffet on the ship, Neal and I headed to the dock for our excursion to the Virgin Gorda Baths on Virgin Gorda. Sadly our excursion to Jost Van Dyke was cancelled, but Royal Caribbean recommended the Baths instead.
After roughly a 45 minute boat ride to Virgin Gorda, we took a bus over to the Baths. We made our way down a pretty big hill in order to get down to the baths themselves.
The Baths are pools of water that were formed in between the huge boulders that sit right along the shore. The rocks were absolutely amazing and the water was as clear as clear can be!
After swimming for a bit, Neal and I decided to venture through the caves in order to reach the neighboring white sand beach. The trek through the caves was intense but a lot of fun!
The beach next to the Baths was everything I wanted in a Caribbean beach! It was quiet, the water was calm and incredibly warm! It was just perfect.
After a few hours on the beach Neal and I made our way back to the tour bus in order to head back to the ship.
We spent the rest of the day on the ship relaxing, working out, watching Admission, and eating a delicious dinner.
Day 3 – Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Monday morning we woke up in Dutch St. Maarten. After breakfast we took a bus tour of the full island, which is actually half French and half Dutch.
The island, known for its beaches, was really beautiful.
I especially loved the French side of the island as it really felt like we were in Europe. The cafes were just adorable and I loved having a REAL cup of coffee.
Once back on the ship, Neal and I napped by the pool, worked out, and enjoyed another amazing dinner.
Day 4 – Basseterre, St. Kitts
After 2 days of excursions, Neal and I decided to spend our 4th day on the ship. St. Kitts looked amazing but I really enjoyed the views from the boat.
Neal and I spent the morning working out and playing putt-putt golf and walking around the ship.
We lounged by the pool, sipped cocktails, and soaked up the sun.
We also took advantage of the Jewel of the Seas Spa that day, both getting massages.
Our dinner and a movie tradition continued on Day 4, watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation before heading to dinner.
I got yet another steak for dinner, but oh my lord was it good! The olive tapenade to go on top was unreal!
Day 5 – Roseau, Dominica
After a day on the ship, Neal and I were quite ready to tour Dominica.
The island, which is mostly made up of rainforests, is an adventurer’s dream.
Neal and I took a tour around the island, visited the botanical gardens, and trekked up to the Emerald Pool.
After our excursion Neal and I spent some time relaxing in our room, playing pool, and eating another delicious dinner.
Day 6 – Bridgetown, Barbados
Just like that we were at our last island, Barbados. Instead of booking through Royal Caribbean we decided to just get a taxi on our own. We negotiated with the driver to take us on a tour of the island, drop us off at a beach, and then pick us up later in the afternoon.
I was a little nervous about the taxi driver dropping us off and then coming back to get us, but I just had to trust that she was being honest.
Neal and I grabbed cocktails at a beach bar and then laid out in the sun for a few hours.
We also grabbed lunch at a local beach side restaurant, ordering a local favorite, the flying fish sandwich. It was amazing!
Once back on the ship we hung out in the hot tub, listened to Caribbean music, and then enjoyed dinner in the dining room.
All of the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Sea Southern Caribbean ports of call were just amazing! The British Virgin Islands and Barbados were definitely my favorite stops. I would travel back there in a heartbeat.
Our trip wasn’t over though. We still had a day at sea… To be continued.