Pacific JewelP&O Cruises Australia
Pacific Jewel is the seventh ship to cruise under the P&O Australia brand and another to have enjoyed many past lives with Carnival-owned companies. It was originally ordered by Sitmar but was absorbed into the Princess fleet when the company was taken over. It launched in 1990 as Crown Princess. The ship remained in the fleet for 12 years, and then, from 2002 to 2004, it enjoyed a brief stint as A'Rosa Blu, then AIDAblu through to 2007. Pacific Jewel then spent another two years renamed as Ocean Village Two when the new but short-lived brand was established. When Carnival shut down Ocean Village in 2008, the ship was transferred to P&O Australia to make its debut in Australia in 2009.
Ahead of its formal launch, Pacific Jewel underwent a major multimillion-dollar refurbishment. Besides a change of livery to P&O's classic white and blue, the ship was also outfitted with a number of new features, including Pacific Jewel's signature restaurant, Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. It was the first in the P&O Cruises' fleet, operated by the internationally renowned Australian celebrity chef. There were other local "firsts," including the new oceanview Aqua HealthSpaFitness, which was dubbed Australasia's largest spa at sea. Also new are a chocolate cafe and a stage for circus and music performances on the ship's top deck. Since then, Pacific Jewel's last big refurbishment was in August 2013, with major enhancements and new additions including interconnecting cabins, a new nightclub, laser tag, an expanded Oasis retreat and a new chocolate shop, as well as new carpet, artwork and furniture.
Although it's an older ship, Pacific Jewel offers a better experience than it used to, thanks to the evolution of P&O's style. Standard cabins have enjoyed much-needed overhauls to bring them up to date and remove all traces of past lives. Interconnecting cabins offer more choices for families and groups, and the ship's culinary offerings have also been improved, offering more choice and flexibility. If there's one good thing about the ship's age, it's that it is pretty solid; it can handle the temperamental swells of the Tasman and South Pacific well.
There are still shortcomings that may disappoint some cruise fans, however -- in particular, tiny pools for a ship of this size. Also, as with its sister ships, you can incur many extra charges on a Pacific Jewel cruise, with P&O resisting drink and dining packages; costs for individual drinks and specialty meals can add up on longer cruises.
Overall, however, if you're looking for a low-key, affordable high-seas holiday with casual Australian style, Pacific Jewel is worth considering.
Pacific Jewel has the most balconies of all the ships in the current P&O fleet: 132 balcony cabins, and 36 mini-suites. It far outranks sister ship Pacific Pearl, which has only 64 in total, made up of 28 balcony cabins and 36 mini-suites. While the accommodations on Pacific Jewel only received minor attention in the ship's prelaunch makeover, they have since had more major renovations and been greatly improved.
Pacific Jewel has 430 standard outside cabins, 208 standard inside cabins, 162 balcony cabins and 36 mini-suites with balconies. The ship also has 20 sets of interconnecting cabins (inside, outside and balcony combinations), another bonus for groups or families. These cabins are also available in twin-twin, triple-triple, and quad-quad formats. There are 10 accessible cabins, which are a mixture of insides and outsides.
All rooms have standard accessories, including a flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, safes, and hair dryers. Complimentary toiletries are provided and include body wash in a refillable container in the shower and sachets of environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner. A kit containing a bathrobe and slippers is an additional cost of A$29 unless you're in a suite.
Mini-suites are located together on Deck 11 midship, and they can sleep up to three or four passengers, which is ideal for families looking for more space. There are 18 with sofa beds providing third berths and 18 with sofa beds providing third and fourth berths. The mini-suites are each just less than 366 square feet (34 square meters) and comprise one large room with a sitting area and a wide balcony featuring a table, two chairs and two sun loungers. All mini-suites have the same decor, with elegant blue and biscuit striped carpeting, beige drapes, white walls and warm wood furniture, including two easy chairs, a coffee table, a desk chair and a comfy cream sofa. Accents of color are found in the royal blue cushions, artwork and the bronze bed throw. There is also plenty of closet space, and the bathrooms are slightly larger than those of the balcony staterooms, each offering both a bath and a shower. Added perks for suite passengers include priority embarkation and disembarkation, an invitation to the senior officers' cocktail party, fresh fruit and bottled water, complimentary laundry service, canapes on cocktail nights, bathrobes and slippers, an in-room Nespresso coffee machine and an iPod music system.
Balcony cabins are divided into two basic categories: deluxe and standard. The main difference with the standard variety is where they're positioned on the ship and whether they have a railing or enclosed balcony. The 28 deluxe cabins are all located on Deck 11 forward and have railing balconies. Balcony cabins are all the same size, just less than 201 square feet (19.5 square meters) each, and although they are a tad small by today's standards, they each feature a sitting area and a deep, if narrow, balcony with a table and two chairs. They're configured to sleep two. However, some of the deluxe cabins have third berths. décor-wise, they feature medium-tone wood furniture, a brown and earth tone striped carpet with matching sofa, a desk chair and beige drapes. Generally storage is decent, but bathrooms are small with only a shower and toilet, and little storage.
The remaining outside staterooms are distributed throughout the ship. Some of those are on Deck 8 with obstructed views, and all have picture windows. They are slightly smaller at just more than 186 square feet (17.3 square meters) without the balconies, sleeping two, three or four people. Their decor features medium-toned wood, with an emphasis on orange, gold and cream tones in the carpeting, striped drapes and soft furnishings. The bathrooms are also on the tiny side, with only a shower and toilet, and little storage.
Inside staterooms are also distributed throughout the ship, and they're the same size as their outside counterparts at just more than 186 square feet (17.3 square meters). They can sleep two, three or four people with two lower beds and two upper Pullmans. They also have small bathrooms with only a shower and toilet and a little storage in each.
The primary dining venue, the Waterfront Restaurant, is located on Deck 7 aft, and it has the look and feel of a contemporary restaurant, rather than a traditional cruise ship dining room. A colorful and airy space with touches of blue, red, lavender and pink and gossamer drapes separating areas, it has cozy nooks and crannies with tables accommodating from two to 10 people. It also has a space called the Wine Room, with groups of tables flanked by impressive display cases filled with bottles of wine and Champagne.
Meal times vary from sea days to port days. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on sea days and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on port days. Lunch is from noon to 2 p.m. on sea days, and it's only served on select port days. Dinner is from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. There are no traditional seatings; the dining room operates on a Your Choice Dining basis, allowing you to choose who you dine with and when.
Typical breakfast options include a variety of a la carte dishes, such as cereal, yogurt, bakery items like toast and Danish pastries, healthy options like fruit, cold cuts and eggs served in various ways. There are also daily specials like Eggs Benedict. Lunch has plenty of variety also, with options ranging from steak sandwiches and big salads to sausages and mash. The dinner menu has a selection of entrees, pasta, mains, sides and desserts, which are available every day, and selections that change daily. There are plenty of local dishes, such as pork and ale stew, combined with a choice of international favorites like Asian stir-fry noodles.
Local ingredients and producers are also a focus across the P&O fleet. Featured items might include cheeses from the King Island Dairy in Tasmania and Australian grass-fed beef. In its onboard cafes, Vanuatu-grown Tanna Coffee is available, an initiative which financially benefits the communities and famers on Tanna Island. There are also options for kids, which change daily. Waterfront offers family platters to share; examples include tasty lamb shoulder and roast chicken. There is also a tapas menu during dinner for informal dining.
The casual dining option is Plantation Restaurant, located aft on Deck 12. It also has a bright and airy decor featuring warm wood and green carpeting, but there's little outdoor seating. The large buffet is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on sea days and 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on port days. For lunch, it's open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on sea days and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on port days. It serves dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Breakfast offers a wide range of hot and cold selections, with options including simple scrambled or fried eggs with bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms. There's also fresh fruit, bread rolls and cereal. For lunch, there's usually a choice of premade deli-style sandwiches and a variety of hot dishes like pasta, curry, chicken, fish, vegetables and daily roasts. Salads are a bit thin on the ground, however, with a focus on greens. No tomatoes, cucumbers or raw veggies are available, but there are desserts and fruit. Dinner offerings include selections similar to whatever is on offer in the Waterfront Restaurant but with a better of choice of salad and more desserts.
The newly rebranded Luna (it used to be La Luna) is a dedicated space, also located on Deck 12, offering a contemporary take on Asian cuisine for a cover charge of A$29 a head. It's a stylish, dedicated dining space with decor featuring splashes of orange in the upholstery and carpeting, crisp white tablecloths and large open umbrella-shaped lights on the ceiling. Menus change regularly and have been upgraded to include some Japanese offerings, with popular favorites including Thai red curry chicken soup, Thai prawns with egg noodles, beef massaman curry and twice roasted pork belly with caramel dressing.
Pacific Jewel was the first of the P&O fleet to have a Salt Grill by Luke Mangan restaurant. A stylish venue forward on Deck 12, its decor features a highly polished wooden floor and accents of purple and silver throughout. Lunch and dinner offer the same menu, with the only difference being the cost; lunch is A$30 a head, while dinner is A$49, both of which are a bargain compared with Mangan's land-based restaurants. Menus change from time to time, but signature dishes include the chef's famous Glass Sydney crab omelet, and dishes from Mangan's land-based venues, such as Salt and Pepper Prawns with Thai Salad, and Cajun-spiced Spatchcock. It can be easier to get a booking for lunch, rather than dinner, but the restaurant isn't open on port days. Salt Grill now offers afternoon tea on sea days for A$20 per person.
The Grill on Deck 12 is described as an "Aussie BBQ"and serves basic casual fare like grilled sandwiches during the day. Most items are included in the fares, but some attract a charge after 5 p.m. A new addition to Pacific Jewel's dining lineup is the Chef's Table experience, which costs A$95 per person and is limited to 14 people; reservations are essential, and they're restricted to once per passenger, per cruise. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and canapes hosted by the executive chef, followed by a galley tour. Then passengers are seated in the Wine Room in the Waterfront Restaurant for a degustation dinner paired with wines.
Room service is also available, but it has a limited menu, and items are charged a la carte. A Caesar salad is A$8, while an Aussie Outback Burger will set you back A$9. The bonus, however, is that you're not at risk of tripping on many dirty trays and plates in the cabin deck hallways. Passengers can now have pizza delivered to their cabins between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. for a charge of A$9.50, following the recent installation of specifically designed pizza ovens. Pizza can also be delivered to the top deck if you're watching a movie or sports on the big-screen.
If you follow a special diet, such as gluten-free or vegetarian, let your travel agent know in advance -- or the cruise line if you book directly. A la carte menus for dinner feature at least one vegetarian dish (without meat or fish), and there are usually plenty of options available in the buffet for lunch. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you can request gluten-free bread and preorder a specially made dish for each dinner a day in advance.
Generally service is attentive and offered by an enthusiastic and well-trained international crew, these days largely hailing from Indonesia, the Philippines and India.
The daytime dress code is largely the same across all P&O ships: extremely casual by day, with most people enjoying swimwear, shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops. After 5:30 p.m., however, the line asks for "smart casual" attire in public lounges and restaurants. There are one or two "cocktail" nights per cruise, where suggested attire is cocktail dresses for women and suits with optional ties for men.
Like its siblings, Pacific Jewel also enjoys regular theme nights, such as country and western and '60s rock 'n' roll, although they do change according to where the ship is cruising. P&O has expanded these to shorter cruises; they were previously only on cruises of seven nights or longer. Although dressing up is optional, these nights go hand-in-hand with a host of associated activities regarded as part of the P&O fun. If you do fancy dressing up but don't have your own gear, you can buy clothes and accessories from the onboard shops.
When it comes to entertainment, Pacific Jewel upped the ante for P&O back in 2009 before launching, in particular with the addition of an outdoor stage for circus and music performances on the ship's top deck. Daytime activities range from a martini mixology class and wine tastings to scrapbooking and ballroom dance classes. There are also karaoke, trivia and bingo almost every day somewhere onboard. On sea days especially, the daily itinerary is packed with interesting and fun things to do, and the outdoor big-screen, located on the pool deck forward, is where you'll catch movies, full-length concerts and live sports, including rugby league and AFL during the season. Major sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, are also broadcast onboard.
Evening entertainment is standard cruise ship fare -- a combination of lively Broadway-style production shows and guest entertainers from the worlds of song, dance, magic and comedy. Impressive production shows run across the fleet and include Pirates of the Pacific, a fast-paced, interactive show for all the family, taking passengers on a virtual pirate voyage, and DisConnected, featuring music from the past few decades, and a storyline about how communication drives our lives. These shows are held in The Marquee, the ship's theater, forward on Deck 7. It's a traditionally designed space with a bar and plenty of maroon, gold and dark red colors. It was also a focus of the August 2012 refurbishment, with the addition of an LED wall.
Pacific Jewel's bars also have a variety of live music entertainment nightly. One of the highlights is Pacific Cirque, a highly talented young acrobatic troupe hailing from Colombia, who put on a floating circus of juggling, fire eating and daring acrobatics, very much in the Cirque du Soleil style. It's a spectacular show, whether performed inside the newly refurbished atrium or outside on the open deck.
Another popular entertainment feature of a P&O cruise is the theme nights, such as island night, country and western night or '60s rock 'n' roll night. It's not only an excuse for passengers to dress up, but also to get involved in a variety of fun activities like line dancing, dressing up in Hawaiian shirts and sarongs, and having their photographs taken in costume. P&O has expanded these to shorter cruises. Dressing up is optional, and you can buy clothes and accessories from the onboard shops if you don't want to bring your own.
In-room TVs feature a range of channels that includes news, ship safety information and movies, as well as a selection of first-run movies. You can also find out what's happening onboard that day on P&O's Splash TV.
Also popular with many couples and families is a photo portrait; the ship has a dedicated photo studio, Expression. Theme cruises have also grown in popularity, usually two- or three-night jaunts to nowhere with a focus on music, fitness, comedy, and food and wine. These usually have a different program of activities and sometimes entertainment, such as boot camp classes or comedy workshops, as well as guest speakers and special presentations.
New to Pacific Jewel is P&OEdge, dubbed the world's largest "adventure park at sea." There's a wide variety of options for fun, and adrenaline seekers will enjoy climbing the ship's aft funnel, which takes 30 minutes. There's laser tag, too, which also takes 30 minutes. Other popular options include riding on the flying fox, which zips across the pool deck from above the big screen to the forward funnel at the other end. Also popular for romantics at heart is the Titanic experience, where you and your beloved can pose on the ship's bow, an area usually out of bounds. All of these adventures carry fees, but passes for multiple activities are offered. Pacific Jewel is the first ship to have the P&OEdge facilities, with Pacific Dawn receiving them later in 2014 and Pacific Pearl getting them in 2015.
Pacific Jewel also has cool new twin V8 car simulator, allowing two people to race each other. For a per-person fee, each participate gets a 15-minute session.
Pacific Jewel will cruise from Melbourne in February and March 2015, offering five different roundtrip cruise options, including holidays to South Australia and Tasmania. Then, between March and May, the ship will mark P&O Cruises' return to Western Australia, based in Fremantle for a season of cruises to Indonesia, Asia and Western Australian ports. There will also be two roundtrip cruises from Adelaide, with a choice of an 11-night and a nine-night cruise, both taking in highlights of Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia.
Across the many ports of call the ship visits, there are plenty of excursion options available to suit all tastes, ages and fitness levels. From Adelaide, for example, you can head out to McLaren Vale, one of Australia's famous winemaking regions, for a full-day trip to sample a combination of fine wines and gourmet food. It will set you back a bit of dough, but it covers much ground and many tastings in a single day. In Lifou, you can buy a marine reserve pass for the pristine Jinek Bay, allowing 3.5 hours of self-guided fun in one of the Pacific Islands' most pristine marine ecologies.
Examples of other shore tour options include a sunset camel safari in Broome, a tour of Hobart and the famous Cascade Brewery and, if you have limited mobility, a City Sights and Museum tour of Auckland.
All three of P&O's ships rate highly with families, thanks to a wide range of activities and age-specific clubs on offer. P&O says there are about 40 daily activities designed just for kids. The minimum age to cruise is 12 months, and kids clubs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents need to get in early to register their kids for participation, as there is limited capacity, and during school holiday cruises, there can be up to 700 children onboard. Pacific Jewel's trained Youth Activity Team organizes all activities, and clubs stay open until 10 p.m.
The clubs include Turtle Cove on Deck 14 at the rear of the ship for ages 3 to 6, offering movies, cartoons, scavenger hunts, talent shows and disco nights, with arts and crafts for a fee. A new addition there is the LEGO Wall. It's a colorful space that opens onto a delightful recreation area equipped with a paddling pool, tricycles and a netted area for playing. The Shark Shack is adjacent, and it's the place for 7- to 10-year-olds to hang out. There they can enjoy a range of activities similar to those of their younger siblings, with the addition of PlayStation 2 and 3 competitions, an iPad activity program and more.
The teen hangouts are tucked away on their own in the bowels of the ship on Deck 2. HQ is for 11- to 14-year-olds, and HQ+ caters to 15- to 17-year-olds, both offering a range of activities and entertainment like Stop Motion Pro filmmaking, Teen Jam music sessions, movies and dance classes for younger teens. There are also themed parties -- like Prom Night -- for older teens.
And for adults seeking some alone time late at night, group baby-sitting is available from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a cost of A$5 for one child, per hour, with a second child costing an extra $2 per hour. Parents of kids aged 3 to 6 are given pagers, and they're encouraged to check on their kids regularly.
As Pacific Jewel now operates seasons from various departure points -- including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth -- there will be a larger number of people from New South Wales, southeastern Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia at different times. When it comes to age groups, Jewel attracts a healthy mix of younger couples, groups of friends, families with kids and teens, and seniors, although this varies according to the seasons and itineraries. For example, there are many more families and up to 700 kids during school holiday cruises, with fewer kids on shorter themed cruises.
Pacific Jewel's Aqua HealthSpaFitness was dubbed the largest spa in the fleet when the ship launched in Sydney, and unlike the ones found on its sister ships, the facility is located forward, between Decks 12 and 14. The main spa area on Deck 14 encompasses the salon, where you can get your hair or nails done or your teeth whitened, and there's a dedicated barber's booth with a traditional chair and menu of services including an express shave. The spa area has 11 oceanview treatment rooms, including one for couples, with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can take in the views while being pampered. The spa menu features everything from Elemis facials and massages to acupuncture and medi-spa facial treatments like lip enhancement -- all FDA approved and administered by a spa technician.
The fitness suite is also located on this level, and it's a tad small for a ship of Pacific Jewel's size. It offers four treadmills and four elliptical machines, a few weight training machines and some free weights. There is a water fountain, and fresh towels are provided free of charge. The fitness center is also the place to sign up for complimentary health seminars or fitness classes for a fee; Pilates and yoga, for example, cost A$13 a class, while a Boot Camp program will set you back A$55.
The thermal suite is tucked away on Deck 12, accessible from the spa. Facilities include aromatherapy showers, sauna and steam, a lovely meditation room with a rich red decor and four red leather relaxation pods, an herbal steam and sauna, a relaxation room with ocean views, and a panorama sauna in traditional northern European style decked out in wood. Passengers can buy passes for a day or for the entire cruise. There's a fixed price for a one-day pass on each sailing, but cruiselong passes vary by the length of each voyage.
Deck 12, the main open deck, is where all the outdoor activities take place. It has two small square-shaped pools, both of which have a depth of 5 feet 5 inches (1.70 meters) and are separated by the outdoor stage and two elevated hot tubs. The entire area is open to everyone -- there's no adults-only pool -- with the aft pool close to a large outdoor bar and the forward pool beneath the big-screen.
The adults-only Oasis retreat was expanded in the August 2013 refurbishment, and now it covers the aft areas of Decks 10 and 11. It's open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on sea days and noon to 8 p.m. on port days; it's free of charge to use. The spacious section on the back of Deck 11 offers a combination of sun loungers and cozy cabanas, with some tables and chairs where you can enjoy food from the Plantation buffet directly above. The section on Deck 10 has sun loungers and a bar. A drawback is the lack of anywhere to cool off or get wet while enjoying the scenery. Yhere's no pool or hot tub; the nearest ones are midship on Deck 12.
Tipping is an optional practice in Australia, so P&O dropped compulsory service charges back in 2010. Passengers don't have to tip but, they are welcome to reward a crewmember if they feel he or she has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The ship's three-story central Atrium remains a major passenger hub. Its decor has a focus more on elegant earth tones, and it's in line with the other ships in the fleet from recent refurbishments. The lowest level has an attractive marble mosaic style floor at the foot of a small sweeping staircase with foliage on the sides and plenty of mood lighting. On that level, you'll also find plenty of seating, Charlie's Bar for a coffee with a giant cookie, and the new Chocobloc lolly shop added in the recent refit. The area also serves as a venue for special events like art shows, the viZion Laser Light Show and Pacific Cirque performances.
Reception is also located on this level, with a bank of computer terminals linked to the shore excursion office so you can book your own tours at your leisure. There are also six computer terminals if you want to surf the net or check your email. There are several time plans to choose from, starting at 100 minutes for A$55, or you can pay as you go for A$0.75 a minute.
The other place where caffeine-lovers can enjoy a fix is The Cafe, located forward on Deck 12, just beyond the pool deck and opposite Salt Grill. It has a funky faux chocolate block-style bar, coupled with a stylish European design. It offers sweets like chocolate ravioli, freshly baked Belgian waffles, coffee, tea and cocktails. Four computer terminals are also found there. Additionally, Deck 12 is home to the popular New Zealand Natural ice cream parlor, where you can indulge in P&O's signature flavor, Chocolate Hokey Pokey, from A$4.50 a scoop.
Located on Deck 14, Pacific Jewel's Dome Bar is different from that found on sister ship Pacific Dawn, but it's akin to the same venue on Pacific Pearl. On Jewel, it's a bright and comfortable lounge in which to relax by day, and it becomes a nightspot after dark for drinking, dancing and entertainment. A smaller and more intimate space, it also has floor-to-ceiling windows with curtains, and there's a dance floor tucked away at the end and to the side. It's also home of the ship's modest library, which equates to a corner of shelves and books on the right-hand side of the entrance; they look more decorative than anything else. The Dome's decor has more purple and beige tones, but with enough zest to be able to transition successfully from day to night.
Deck 7 is where the ship's main lounges and bars are located. They include the new Orient Bar, which has proven popular on Pacific Jewel's sister ships. It was added to Pacific Jewel in the 2013 refurbishment. It's a bar specializing in whiskies, and it has traditional decor to match, with Chesterfield-style furniture, dark wood, dark blue leather upholstery and some intimate nooks with bench seats. Connexions doubles as a place to hang by day and a hot spot by night. It's a square-shaped space packed with tables, chairs and plush sofas, and it has retro 1970s decor of gold and rich red, and a stage for live performances by bands, as well as dancing and karaoke. Further along Deck 7, toward midship, is Mix, which leads a double life as a cafe and a bar, with live piano music at night.
Other public areas on Pacific Jewel include the Players Bar and Casino on Deck 8, with limited seating for anyone not in the mood to gamble, and five computer terminals located by the oceanview windows. The ship doesn't have Wi-Fi throughout; besides the terminals in various locations, you can use your own computer in the Atrium and on the open Deck 12. There is a self-service laundry with coin-operated machines, irons and ironing boards located on Deck 10.
You'll find a collection of shops surrounding the Atrium on various levels, selling the usual fashion, jewelry (including the popular "inch of gold"), P&O memorabilia, and duty-free beauty products, perfume, alcohol and tobacco. A Tech Store offers a small selection of digital cameras, mp3 players and iPod accessories. New to the lineup is a dedicated Rip Curl boutique, which sells beachwear and surf gear.
Date Refurbished: 2009
Country of Registration: United Kingdom
Regular Capacity: 1668
Maximum Capacity: 1950
Crew Nationality: International
Officer Nationality: International
Language(s) Spoken: English is first language spoken onboard
|In December 2009, Pacific Jewel appeared on the horizon, offering two incredible firsts: an amazing high-wire circus and trapeze arena on the top deck and P&O Cruises largest spa afloat in the southern hemisphere. Our new Aqua Heath, Spa & Fitness CentreTM offers ocean-view treatment rooms for the ultimate in pampering. Experience P&O Cruises first ever celebrity chef at sea with the NEW Salt grill by Luke Mangan restaurant, over 200 affordable balcony cabins, a world of entertainment, activities and dining choices. Pacific Jewel sails year round from Sydney to the South Pacific and New Zealand. On board you'll find a fantastic combination of spacious cabins, indulgent spa and fitness centre, dazzling aerial entertainment. Plus, there's all of the great value inclusions that come with every P&O Cruises' holiday including all main meals and a wide range of activities to keep you entertained, day and night.|
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No. of Dinner Sittings: Your Choice Dining daily
Dress Code: On cruises upto 7nts there are usually 1 to 2 cocktail evenings, with upto 3 on longer cruises.Gratuity Policies
Tipping is recommended and automatically added to pax onboard accounts $7.50aud per person per night (aged 13yrs or over)