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MV Pacific Jewel

 

Cruising out of Sydney & seasonally from other ports

 

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MV Pacific Jewel is seen departing the ex Darling Harbour Cruise Terminal in Sydney & heading off for another cruise!

Photograph provided & © Carnival Group Australia

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 has proven to be very popular sailing from Sydney. Her twin sister was renamed Pacific Jewel and she received a massive refit in Singapore, making what was a great ship an even better one! She was officially named by the Governor General Quentin Bryce at Circular Quay in Sydney. Since arriving on our shores in 2009 she proved to be a massive success!

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 Sydney, the Pacific Dawn is now based in warm and sunny Brisbane, Queensland!

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.

Now it is time to come onboard and take a look at Sydney’s very own P&O cruise ship - the magnificent MV Pacific Jewel.

Decks 5, 6 & 7

 

 The Atrium - The lower level has been completely refurbished and it now a superb lounge 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

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

The multi level Marquee Theatre-Showroom is located on Decks 7 & 8

 

It’s Showtime in the Marquee Showroom

With the Marquee Showroom being far forward on Deck 7 and its balcony on Deck 8, however, aft on Deck 7, being Promenade Deck the following venues follow in the order shown. 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 first reach the Connexions Lounge and Bar that stretches right across the vessel, although originally there was ma passageway on either side, as there still is on her sister the Pacific Dawn!

Aft on top of the atrium is the all-new and exciting blue “Mix” Bar

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

The delightful light and bright Connexions Lounge and Bar

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

 The New the “Orient” Lounge and Bar is a magnificent venue indeed!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Another view of the Orient Lounge and its cosy circular alcoves

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

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 the superb Waterfront Restaurant that has an open sitting policy! 

An artists impression of the glamorous “Waterfront Restaurant,” in reality it looks even better!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Why not do some wine tasting in the highly specialised Wine Room located close by the Restaurant

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Deck 10

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!

   On the aft deck is the Adults Only “Oasis” the perfect place to get away from the crowd!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

The luxurious Oasis Bar

 

Deck 12 – Lido Deck

 

Portside you will discover the new Chocolate Café that offers some of the greatest delights you can possibly imagine

Let alone as superb Barista Coffee or a fine Tea, or a hot Chocolate maybe?

 

 

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 very early as it books out very much in the first two days!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

 

 

 The new LED Movie screen is located up high far forward on Deck 14

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

 

Above & below: Overlooking the Lido Deck with 2 pools & Jacuzzis and the amidships Circus performing area

Photographs provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Overlooking the pool deck and the amidships Circus performing area

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

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

 

Far aft is the Plantation Buffet a very popular place to dine for breakfast, lunch or diner!

In fact anytime really and there is coffee on tap most of the time as well!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

How is that for a chocolate delight at lunch or diner time?

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

“Luna,” the Asian inspired Restaurant

 Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

“The Grill” a great place for fine Steaks and Seafood!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Deck 14

Far forward is the “Dome” that contains a very large “Aqua Health Spa & Fitness Center on two levels as well as a Beauty and Hairdressing Salon! Whilst on the portside there is the all new, although small Library and a spacious Lounge and bar with a dance floor. During the day, this will be a nice place to relax, and at night it becomes the Night Club and Disco!

This is the brand new “The Dome” Lounge and Bar a cosy veny with a fine view!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

One of the treatment room in the glamorous Aqua Health Spa

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Here we see the spacious Gym and Fitness Centre

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

The Pacific Jewel is seen anchored off the beach at Lifou New Caledonia

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

Acommodations

 

This is a Mini suite that offers comfortable accommodations and a superb view from the large windows and your private balcony

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises

 

A twin bedded, or it can be made up as a queen sized bed - balcony cabin

 

Here we see a twin bedded cabin that can also be made up with a queen sized bed, as seen here

 

A typical twin bedded cabin, but this one can also be sold as a 3 berth cabin

Others have a fourth upper berth, thus is sold as a 4 berth cabin

 

Pacific Jewel is seen departing Auckland

Photograph by & © Joseph Johansson - NZ

 

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Pacific Jewel Facilities and Statistics

Passenger facilities

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.  

Passenger cabins

832 cabins including:

198 cabins with private balcony

628 outside cabins

197 standard inside cabins

Vital Statistics

1,950 passengers

11 decks

245m in length

70,310 tonnes

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.

 

Pacific Jewel

Photograph provided by Carnival Australia trading as P&O Cruises ©

 

  I trust that you will be on board the delightful Pacific Jewel very soon!                                                                                            

 

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