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Pacific Jewel in Sydney

Pacific Jewel Cruise Ship

Pacific Jewel, the newest member of the P&O Australia fleet, was refurbished in 2013 to bring it in line with the other two cruise ships (Pacific Dawn & Pacific Pearl) sailing under the P&O Australia brand. The multi-million dollar upgrades include major improvements to Salt Grill, the signature restaurant. Other innovations include Australia’s largest spa at sea, the Aqua HealthSpaFitness centre. The top deck has a brand new stage for circus acts and musical performances, and the chocolate cafe is everyone’s favourite indulgence. The enhancements include interconnecting cabins, a new nightclub, and more.

Note: Pacific Jewel had different names and owners before. 1990-2002 she was called Crown Princess and was operated by Princess cruises, then between 2002 and 2004 she was called A’Rosa Blu and operated by A’Rosa Cruises, between 2004 and 2007 her name was Ocean Village Two and operated by Ocean Village (Carnival UK). The ship became Pacific Jewel in 2009 when Carnival shut down the Ocean Village brand and was transferred to P&O Australia.

Pacific Jewel and Sydney Opera Housephoto by Halans

Pacific Jewel Cabins

There are 132 cabins with balconies on the Pacific Jewel, and 36 mini-suites. All cabins have been significantly improved after major renovations. The ship also boasts 20 interconnecting cabins boasting inside, outside and balcony combinations. All rooms are fitted with the extras that P&O fans have come to expect, including flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Complimentary toiletries are also included. Cabin furniture is determined by your room choice, and can include sofa beds, easy chairs, tables, sun-loungers, coffee table, and even a full sized bathtub.

Pacific Jewel Waterfront Restaurant

Dining options

The Waterfront Restaurant, located on Deck 7, is more contemporary in style compared to traditional cruise ship eateries. Tables are available for 2 to 10 diners, and there are small and cosy areas for a more intimate dining experience. The dining room offers Your Choice Dining, meaning you get to choose when to dine and who to dine with.

Local Australian and regional ingredients are a favourite with P&O passengers, including cheese from King Island and Tanna Coffee from Vanuatu. Kids options change daily, so they are always spoilt for choice. Plantation Restaurant, located on Deck 12, is the casual dining choice. The expansive buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing a multitude of tasty options.

Pacific Jewel Pacific Cirque dancersphoto by Jason Meaden

Entertainment on Pacific Jewel

The outdoor stage on the top deck is a big hit on Pacific Jewel, providing fun for the entire family. A huge array of daytime activities keep passengers occupied and entertained. By the time the voyage is over there is every chance you will have enhanced your skill in ballroom dancing and Martini mixing, and a big-screen located by the forward pool deck is the place to catch a movie or keep up with the latest in the world of sports.

Broadway-style shows, including guest singers and entertainers, seduce the senses by night, while Pirates of the Pacific is a family friendly favourite. The shows are held in The Marquee theatre, which has also been greatly improved after refurbishment. The spectacular Pacific Cirque, reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil, comprises highly trained acrobats performing a floating circus.

Theme nights include 60s rock ‘n’ roll, island nights, and country and western. Passengers join the party by dressing up, dancing the hula, and having fun while making new friends. Clothes and accessories are available at onboard shops. Pacific Jewel theme cruises are also becoming very popular, and are usually part of shorter cruises to nowhere, with a focus on music, comedy, food and wine.

Considered the world’s largest at-sea adventure park, P&O Edge, hosts a huge range of fun for adrenaline junkies. You can even take a 30 minute climb up the funnel of Pacific Jewel. Popular pastimes include laser tag and the flying fox, where you can fly above the pool deck. Passes for multiple activities can be purchased, as some attractions on Pacific Jewel are not free.

Kids of all ages enjoy the twin V8 car simulator, with the opportunity to pit your driving skills against the opposition. And don’t forget, shore excursions are an exciting part of any cruise. Tour options on various Pacific Jewel cruises include visiting Australia’s famous wine-making regions, a Broome camel safari, tours of Hobart and the sights of Auckland.

Pacific Jewel top deck photophoto by Kate Ausburn

Places to meet and mingle on Pacific Jewel

The major passenger thoroughfare on Pacific Jewel is the majestic central Atrium, stretching three-storeys high and boasting a sweeping staircase, mood lighting, ample seating and the new Chocobloc lolly shop. Nearby computer terminals are available for surfing the net, checking emails, or booking shore excursions.

A range of bars to suit everyone’s taste can be found on Pacific Jewel. The Dome Bar is relaxing by day and a nightspot after dark. The new Orient Bar is bedecked in dark wood and leather furnishings, befitting its status as a place specialising in whisky. Connexions has a retro feel reminiscent of the 70s, with gold and red décor, plus live bands, karaoke and dancing. The Mix venue is both cafe and bar, and includes live piano music at night. Players Bar and Casino, located on deck 8, is the place for a flutter, and includes plenty of seating for non-gamblers. There are also computer terminals by the oceanview windows.

Shops include those selling fashion and jewellery, beauty products, P&O memorabilia, perfume, beachwear and digital players, including accessories.

Pacific Jewel Marquee Theatre

Fitness and health onboard Pacific Jewel

Aqua HealthSpaFitness is the largest spa in the P&O Australia fleet. There is also a hair and nail salon, and a dedicated barber shop. The spa includes 11 treatment rooms with ocean views. Every form of pampering and treatment is available, including massages, acupuncture and facials.

Fitness buffs can keep in shape on treadmills, weight training machines and elliptical machines. Towels are provided free of charge. Pilates and yoga seminars and fitness classes are also available. The thermal suite is popular, providing sauna, aromatherapy, relaxation pods and a meditation room.

Pacific Jewel in South Pacificphoto by Kate Ausburn

Family friendly Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel ensures every family member has a great cruise vacation. There are around 40 activities daily that are just for kids. Parents can register their kids for kids clubs, and there are clubs suited to various age groups. Children aged 3 to 6 will enjoy movies, scavenger hunts, disco nights, talent shows and more. There is even a recreation area with paddling pool, play area and tricycles. The Shark Shack is designed for 7 to 10 year olds, hosting competitions, entertainment and iPad activity programs. 11 to 14 year olds and 15 to 17 year olds also have their own designated areas where they can learn film making, enjoy music jam sessions, watch movies and enjoy themed dance parties.

The Pacific Jewel is part of the new look P&O Australia fleet, providing every comfort and entertainment option to make your cruise one you will never forget. Highlights include:

  • Luxurious refurbishments
  • Interconnecting staterooms
  • Great kids facilities and entertainments
  • New Zealand Natural ice cream
  • Circus stage and acrobatic performances
  • New itineraries including departures from major Australian cities

Pacific Jewel Stats

Capacity1950 passengers
Crew621
Decks11
Built1991
Max Speed22.5 knots
Length811ft / 245m
Weight70,310 tonnes
Beam105ft / 32m
Draught25ft / 7.90m
Installed power4 × MAN-B&W diesels, combined 24,000 kW

Pacific Jewel deck plan

Click on the image below to download the high resolution deck plan or visit P&O interactive deck plan website (needs Flash player).

Pacific Jewel deck plan

 

Have you sailed with P&O’s Pacific Jewel? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Featured image credit: Lee Gilbert

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8 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see it, but I can’t find photos of the new cabins. The P&O website has the old photos only.

  2. Annie Marie Peters Reply to Annie

    Thanks for sharing all of this great info about the Pacific Jewel. The photos are just lovely! I was wondering the same thing as another commenter here: Have you been able to find any photos of the new cabins? I’d really love to sneek a peek at those. Oh! By the way, I think my nephew would flip out over the twin V8 car simulator. What a unique idea! I’d really like to see some more photos of that in action. It may be a good way to convince the whole family that we need a cruise vacation next year!

  3. cant wait to go back on now that it has been refurbished live pacific jewel sail away in 4 weeks

  4. Kay Day Reply to Kay

    Hi
    Looks great
    I have never cruised
    Would love to go
    Please email me more details
    Can I pay a cruise off?
    Thanks
    Kay

  5. Michael Smith Reply to Michael

    Just wanted to say we cruised on the Pacific Jewel about two and a half years ago it was amazing. Loved every bit of it, the entertainment on board the food was excellent the service was great. The cabins were clean and well maintained. We have been on another cruise since and are looking forward to going again sometime in the future.

  6. Linda Horner Reply to Linda

    We have just returned from an Australian cruise on Pacific Jewel. I have very little to complain about anything on the ship. We had a mini-suite on deck 11, and we were looked after very well by our cabin steward. All the staff were kind and considerate and maintained the ship to a very high standard. We arrived to board, and, as my husband has some walking difficulties, a P & O staff member insisted that we use a wheelchair to help him board. He was taken right up to the cabin. We ate one lunch and one dinner at the Waterfront restaurant, and treated ourselves to a dinner at the Salt, but preferred to eat the rest at the Plantation and the grill. I have no complaints about the standard and quantity of the food. People I spoke to about the Jewel had mixed feelings. Some had traveled Princess and Carnival, and say that the standards are better. I cannot compare, as I havent been on those lines. I have cruised 3 times before in the early 1970’s once with Lloyd Triestino and twice with P and O, but my husband has never cruised before. He was very impressed about it all. All in all, we had a very relaxed and pleasant time.

  7. Sheryl Sampson Reply to Sheryl

    Hi I have booked a12 Day South Pacific Cruise, departing 15/2/2016 This is my first cruise and so looking forward to it. I have read many negative reviews but I believe you make the most of a holiday and go with a open mind. Looking forward to THE CRUISE !!

  8. Sailed on the pacific jewel, June 2015 domestic cruise, 7 days, with and 11 year old.
    Child loved kids club. We loved ship. All of us had a great time. Going on the Jewel again in 2017.

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