Jewel of the Seas
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The main pool area is vibrant and well used. Loungers on the deck overlooking the pool are in more demand than those right by it, because sunbathers can catch more rays here. Some of the loungers by the pool are in the shade and spurned by passengers who want to top up their tan. Two whirlpools flank the pool.
Congo Bar (Deck 6): The clue is in the name here. It's located at the aft of the ship and its floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the ocean. Passengers come to read their books here in the daytime, while it's the place to watch karaoke competitions and live music in the evenings.
Guitarists pass the mic to live bands as evening turns to night near the Lobby Bar on Deck 4. This bar is corral shaped, so bartenders can serve drinkers at all 360 of its degrees. It's haloed by barstools and close to the Centrum dance floor and stage, which has a few tub chairs and a couple of sofas around the edge. The seats fill up fast here when there is live music on. Martinis are popular.
Izumi (Deck 12); a la carte: This Japanese restaurant catches the eye with bright murals of Japanese carp and color-pop cushions on the seating. The menu is split into starters, salads, carpaccio, soups and noodles, nigiri/sashimi, signature rolls, hot rock/ishiyaki and desserts. Prices range from $3 for miso soup and $10 for five pieces of sashimi, to $19 for a mixed seafood hot rock platter. Open for lunch, noon to 2 p.m., and for dinner, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Chops Grille (Deck 6); $35: This smart steakhouse features an open kitchen, stained glass-style wall murals and booth seating. The food knocks you right between the eyes. Starter options include plump, springy scallops and three-cheese roasted onion soup. Main meals include jumbo shrimp and a range of conversation-stopping steaks. Don't miss the truffled french fries as a side, either. Open 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)