Based in Australia, Pacific Jewel offers a relaxed and informal cruising holiday with a contemporary Australian vibe. The recent refurbishment to the ship’s public spaces and venues gives Pacific Jewel a fresh, modern look and includes the addition of Shell & Bones restaurant, serving up locally sourced seafood, grill and vegetarian dishes. Also new is the outdoor barefoot lawn bowling green, perfect for some fun with family or friends. The Oasis now sports stylish, nautical-inspired lounge beds and the ship itself has also been adorned with P&O’s signature livery: the Southern Cross. There’s still plenty to do for the adrenalin junkies, with P&O Edge adventure park, as well as the Spa for a little well-earned pampering. Entertainment keeps the fun going every night with everything from stand-up comedy to full-scale musical productions, and Pacific Jewel also has a great kids’ club for younger cruisers. Check out our guide to what you can look forward to on Pacific Jewel cruises, below.
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Pacific Jewel Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
Dining on board a Pacific Jewel cruise can take you from quick and easy bites to elegant fine dining. Complimentary dining options include Waterfront Restaurant, which has an extensive range of a la carte menu items for breakfast lunch and dinner, and The Pantry, which consists of eight different eateries serving up fresh, tasty fare. Specialty restaurants aboard Pacific Jewel include Salt Grill by Luke Mangan and,as a result of the recent refurbishment, Shell & Bones seafood and grill has been added to the mix. Much-loved bars aboard Pacific Jewel have also been given a makeover, with the newly-plush Orient Bar continuing to be the perfect place for settling in with a drink and enjoying the live jazz, while Connexions Bar has been refreshed with a summer-inspired pub theme – just the destination for a cool beverage on an afternoon at sea.
Pacific Jewel offers a vast array of things to do onboard, including the addition of a new outdoor bowling green for that Australian classic, barefoot bowls. Pacific Jewel also offers the ultimate adrenalin destination: P&O Edge, Australia’s largest adventure park at sea with up to 19 different activities to really get your heart pumping. Try abseiling, rock-climbing, slackline surfing, P&O’s exclusive Walk The Plank experience or any one of the other thrilling things to do. You can also take a dip in the open-air top deck pools, join in one of the classic deck games such as table tennis, or take part in one of Pacific Jewel’s many onboard mixology classes, dance classes, wine master classes and more.
Kids and families
It’s not surprising that families love to holiday aboard Pacific Jewel, with so many activities for children of all ages as well as families as a whole. These include nightly movies on the huge outdoor movie screen, as well as four age-specific Kids’ Clubs. For cruisers aged 2 to 6 years, Turtle Cove provides a creative, welcoming space to play and includes a dedicated DUPLO play area, while Shark Shack is exclusively for children aged from 7 to 10 and incorporates a fun LEGO play zone. HQ is where the tweens aged 11 to 14 can hang out and HQ+ is a chilled-out space for teenagers aged from 15 to 17. Family-friendly dining options are plentiful aboard Pacific Jewel, as are family-oriented room configurations.
Fitness and wellbeing
There’s no reason not to stay on top of your game aboard Pacific Jewel, with Aqua Fitness gym offering weights and aerobic conditioning equipment as well as classes such as yoga, pilates, boot camp or indoor cycling. When it comes to workouts, professional staff are also on hand to help you with anything you need. Alternatively, for something to soothe the soul as much as the body, treat yourself to some pampering in Pacific Jewel’s inviting Spa. Services include massage, beauty treatments, acupuncture, reflexology, body scrubs and spray tans.
Shows and nightlife
Themed parties are one of the highlights of a P&O cruise, and Pacific Jewel may host up to three of these big events on each sailing. If you love a good musical, the two-storey Marquee Theatre is the place to be, where you can sit back and be dazzled by the impressive, original productions and the talented cast. Live music is also a huge part of the entertainment offering on Pacific Jewel, with a choice of performances every night ranging from simple acoustic guitar to four-piece jazz bands.
The newly refurbished Connexions Bar showcases live music as well as quizzes and pub trivia, and if you love a dabble on the tables, Players Bar and Casino has all the gaming action.
All cabins aboard Pacific Jewel offer you a cosy, clean sanctuary to which you can retreat after a busy day of play. Cabins can be grouped into Mini Suite, Balcony, Oceanview and Interior. Mini Suites (34sqm) offer a private balcony and spacious living area, Balcony rooms also offer a private balcony and Oceanview rooms offer a window or porthole so you can let the natural light stream in. Interior rooms (17.6sqm) are the most economical, and available in a range of bedding combinations including twin, double, triple and quad share.
Services and accessibility
P&O makes every effort to accommodate passengers with impairments and disabilities, and offers wheelchair accessible rooms on all P&O Cruises as well as specialised kits for hearing-impaired guests, subject to availability. Please consult your Flight Centre Cruise Expert for more information regarding accessibility on Pacific Jewel cruises.