I have been fortunate to visit Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas in Harwich a couple of times. As you may know, Royal Caribbean also own Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. Having worked for the company for two years, and loving the ships so much, I became part of the promotions team. This meant spending time on the ships themselves, showing guests around and being a proud representative of the company.
As a port, Harwich has a lot to offer. It is located on the East Coast of England in Essex. The nearest big towns are Colchester and Ipswich. Harwich has a train station which is literally next to the terminal building. There is only one terminal at Harwich so it’s not hard to find, and for those wishing to drive, there is also ample parking.
Another great benefit of sailing from Harwich is that there are no flights, meaning no luggage restrictions, no delays, no waiting around at airport and so on. The minute you step on the ship, your holiday has begun. Even if the weather is grey and miserable here, the moment you step on the ship you are greeted with a smile and you just seem to relax instantly as you leave the stress and strain back on shore.