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Cruising out of
Newly Refurbished in March 2018
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When P&O Cruises announced that Pacific
Dawn’s sister would join her in Australia, this created a great deal of
excitement as Pacific Dawn had proven to be very popular cruise in Sydney. Her
identical sister the Pacific Jewel was given a massive refit in
This 70,000-tonne ship was built in Italy for
Princess Cruises as the luxury Crown Princess in 1990 and like her identical
sister, the Pacific Dawn, which was originally named the Regal Princess she was
famed for their forward dolphin shaped design and superb Italian décor. Whilst
Pacific Jewel has made her home in
The main difference between the two ships is that the Pacific Dawn has “The Dome,” which is a huge and a wonderful lounge that becomes a nightclub late at night, whereas on the Pacific Jewel this space was turned into a two level super luxury “Aqua Spa” whilst she was with the Carnival German based AIDA Cruise Company. However, during her 2013 massive refit, in the Dome area, a new Library was installed, as well as a Lounge with a Bar on the portside of the Dome and this area will also be the ships nightclub! Thus P&O has made an effort to partially remedy what has always been a big shortcoming of the Pacific Jewel, but sadly it will never have the sheer beauty and the grandeur of “The Dome” on the Pacific Dawn”! However, Pacific Jewel does have other features that are not found on her sister and you will discover some of these on this page.
Pacific Jewel a
dry dock in
Please Note: Images and the descriptions below with an * are the new refurbished venues or facilities! The ships Deck Plan can be found on Page Two.
Now it is time to board the Pacific Jewel and this fine P&O cruise ship - the magnificent MV Pacific Jewel.
MV Pacific Jewel is
seen departing the ex Darling Harbour Cruise Terminal in
I will commence from the lower deck and commence from forward of the ship and head aft, then go up one deck and repeat the procedure.
Forward on Deck 2 on the port side you will find the teenager’s facilities HQ, being for 11 to 14 years, and HQ+ for 15 to 17 years. These facilities offer a vast variety of computer games and other items for their entertainment! Whereas up on Deck 14 aft is Turtle Cove for the little ones from 2 to 6 years, and Shark Shack from 7 to 10 years. Besides the facilities in these venues, there are also over 12 other activities organised around the ship by the highly trained staff! Also down on Deck 2, but on the starboard side is the Photographic “Expressions Studio” where specialised portraits are taken, by appointment only.
On Deck 4 the only facility there is one you really don’t want to visit during your cruise and that is the ships doctor at the Medical facility and hospital!
Deck 5 is much more exciting, as besides all the cabins, it is also the location for the lower level of the just refurbished (March 2018) Atrium. It has a superb lounge feel and there is a fine Barista Coffee and Bar, as well as the reception and three shops, including Pandora’s!
*NEW - The Atrium has been completely refurbished and it now has a superb Lounge and Bar area.
Sadly the middle level has lost the shops on both sides and there are now cabins.
Whilst the upper level features the Mix Bar and shopping centre
Although the Atrium rises through Deck 6, but sadly during her conversion, they removed the shops that were along the port and starboard side and in its place added further cabins and walls to separate it from the Atrium, which was so sad. This was not done with her identical sister the Pacific Dawn!
With the Marquee Showroom being far forward on Deck 7 and its is up balcony on Deck 8. The shows on every P&O ships is simply amazing and of the highest standard!
Far forward is the multi level Marquee Theatre-Showroom is located on Decks 7 & 8
It’s Showtime in the Marquee Showroom
Leaving the Marquee Theatre and heading aft to the top level of the Atrium on Deck 7, you will find Duty Free shops on both sides as well as tables and chairs surrounding the Atrium railing. Forward is the popular highly specialised Bar the “MIX.”
Aft on top of the atrium is the all-new and exciting blue “Mix” Bar
Although first you would reach the top level of the Atrium and the shopping Gallery and the MIX Bar, then passing the mid ships lobby and lifts you now reach the the magnificent NEW Connexions Lounge and Bar that stretches right across the ship, although originally there was ma passageway on either side, which is still there on her sister the Pacific Dawn! Just aft of Connexions
Just aft of Connexions is the more intimate and darker themed Orient Lounge and Bar, both of these loungers are also popular music venues.
* New - The New delightfully Connextions Lounge and Bar is light and bright, yet a more relaxing venue
*New - The all New “Orient” Lounge and Bar is a far superior venue!
In the passageway aft, you will find the Photo and Video shop as well as the Photo Gallery and Tech shop. This is followed by the aft lobby and lifts and then come the superb Waterfront Restaurant that has an open sitting policy!
The glamorous “Waterfront Restaurant,” in reality it looks even better!
Why not do some wine tasting in the highly specialised Wine Room located close by the Restaurant
Out on the aft eck is the more and more popular activity of lawn bowls, which has the game running accros the ship. This is a new game added, as it has proven to be very popular on the other ships!
*New - Lawn Bowls aft on Deck 9
Far aft out on deck is the Adults only “Oasis” and its private luxury Bar. This is the ideal place to head for some peace and tranquillity, especially during school holiday cruises! But, it is perfect at any time, as the aft views overlooking the stern and the wake of the ship is simply beautiful, and the service at the Oasis is sublime! Highly recommended!
*New - On the aft deck is the all Newly refurbished Adults Only “Oasis” the perfect place to get away from the crowd!
The luxurious Oasis Bar
*New - On the portside you will discover the newly renovated Pool Café offering some of the great delights we love!
Go and enjoy a superbly made Barista Coffee or a fine Tea, or why not a hot Chocolate, as well as the othr goodies to be had!
Above & below: Then on the starboard side is the famous super chef, Luke Mangan’s “Salt Grill”
I personally highly recommend a meal at this superb restaurant!
But book early as it books out very much in the first two days!
The new LED Movie screen is located up high far forward on Deck 14
Above & below: Overlooking the Lido Deck with 2 pools & Jacuzzis and the amidships Circus performing area
Overlooking the pool deck and the amidships Circus performing area
October 10, 2013: During her recent refit, Pacific Jewel received a host of new twenty activities that could well be called living Life on the “P&O-Edge.” This program includes activities such as high rope swings, laser tag, slack lines, Segway obstacle courses and a flying fox that flies over the two swimming pools, there are funnel climbs and other events, all specifically designed to make use of the ship’s existing architecture. And already they have been a hit with the young, and the young at heart!
The flying fox is a popular ride!
One of the night-time circus performances
Aft is “The Pantry” which has
become very popular since its introduction some years ago on Pacific Aria and
Far aft is The Pantry a very popular place to dine for breakfast, lunch or diner!
In fact anytime really and there is coffee on tap all day as well!
The amazing “Shell & Bones Restaurant” has arrived on board the Pacific Jewel in March 2018. It is located on the starboard side forward of the Pantry and it’s décor is simply beautiful! The two photographs below will show this venue during the daylight and when dark at night, as it is only open for dinner. Thgis is the venue where you can enjoy some seriously fresh seafood, or take your pick directly from the Grill. There is a host of seafood favourites available, thus make sure you book well in advance for it is a worthwhile optional venue!
*New - Above & below: The brand new “Shell & Bones Restaurant” is seen during the day and at night
“The Grill” a great place for fine Steaks and Seafood!
Far forward is the “Dome” that
contains a very large “
This is the brand new “The Dome” Lounge and Bar a cosy veny with a fine view!
One of the treatment room in the glamorous Aqua Health Spa
Here we see the spacious Gym and Fitness Centre
The Pacific Jewel is
seen anchored off the beach at Lifou New
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Spacious and modern profile which includes:
A stunning 1300m˛ ocean-view spa and gym
Three-storey atrium foyer and an open-air deck aerial stage
Five restaurants and eight bars
Two swimming pools and two whirlpool spas
Casino, children’s centres, internet café, hair and beauty salon, and a medical centre.
832 cabins including:
198 cabins with private balcony
628 outside cabins
197 standard inside cabins
245m in length
Max Speed: 20 knots
Pacific Jewel’s Fun Facts and Figures
Pacific Jewel’s Spa and Fitness centre, at 14,000 square feet, covers more area that an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
With a distance from bow to stern of 245m, Pacific Jewel is the length of almost 2 ˝ football fields.
At 70,310 tonnes, Pacific Jewel’s gross registered tonnage is more than 58,000 new Volkswagen “Beetle” cars.
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