Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel Review and Specifications

Specifications of Pacific Jewel

Year built1990  /  Age : 29
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
Building costUSD 280 million
OwnerEssel Group (via Zen Cruises India)
OperatorJalesh Cruises India
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)245 m / 804 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage70310 gt
Passengers1674 - 2009
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesCrown Princess, A'Rosa Blu, AIDAblu, Ocean Village 2, Pacific Jewel (P&O), Karnika
Christened byQuentin Bryce (P&O Australia)

Current itinerary of Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel current cruise is 12 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper. The itinerary starts on 14 Jan, 2019 and ends on 26 Jan, 2019.

Date / TimePort
14 Jan 16:00      Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia   
18 Jan 09:00 - 18:00     Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia   
19 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
21 Jan 07:00 - 16:00     Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu   
22 Jan 07:00 - 15:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
26 Jan 12:00      Arriving in Melbourne, Victoria Australia   

Review of Pacific Jewel

Launched in 1990 as Crown Princess, Pacific Jewel cruise ship was part of P&O Australia's fleet between 2009-2019. In 2019, the liner leaves the fleet, with its final cruise for PandO departing from Melbourne on February 24, 2019.

In late-August 2018, Zen Cruises (new company established by Essel Group, India) was announced as buyer of the vessel. Essel Group (founded 1926, headquartered in Mumbai India) is an Indian conglomerate of several corporations with business divisions in media, news, technology, entertainment, packaging, infrastructure developments, financial services, precious metals (gold and silver refinery), education, charity.

Vessel's official delivery was scheduled for March 12 (2019), to be followed by a major drydock refurbishment. The cruise ship (renamed "Karnika") starts operations for Zen Cruises (via the brand "Jalesh Cruises") in April 2019, from homeport Mumbai. The Essel Group-owned Zen Cruises is lead by Jurgen Bailom (CEO and President).

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

Pacific Jewel cruise ship

The 70,310-ton, 1,950-passenger cruise ship Pacific Jewel used to be part of the German-based AIDA Cruises and the now-defunct Ocean Village Holidays company, before joining P&O Australia fleet in 2009. The "dolphin-like" ship was designed by Italian Renzo Piano. Jewel's sister ship is Pacific Dawn.

  • The vessel was launched on May 25, 1989, as "Crown Princess", and delivered to P&O Princess Cruises on June 29, 1990. The inaugural voyage started on July 8.
  • In 2002, the shipowner P&O Princess Cruises created A’Rosa Cruises (Germany-targeting brand) and transferred the vessel, renaming it “A’Rosa Blu”.
  • In 2004, the new shipowner Carnival Corporation transferred the vessel to the AIDA subsidiary, increasing its capacity (to 2014 passengers, 621 crew) and renaming it to “AIDAblu”.
  • On April 24, 2007, started Ocean Village Two's Inaugural cruise (Mediterranean itinerary) following a drydock refit at Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven Germany). The vessel joined its fleetmate Ocean Village One (currently Columbus).
  • Pacific Jewel cruise ship as design is sister to Pacific Dawn and similar to Pacific Pearl (Columbus since 2017) and Crown Princess.

Pacific Jewel cruise ship (Ocean Village 2)

In 2010, the Ocean Village company ceased operations. In November the vessel was refurbished in Singapore (at Sembawang Shipyards), renamed “Pacific Jewel” and started a South Pacific cruise itinerary program with departures from homeport Sydney NSW Australia.

Cruise itinerary program

Pacific Jewel itinerary program is based on Australia cruises from Sydney,Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle, including roundtrip “South Pacific Islands” voyages to Fiji, Vanuatu, Santo, New Caledonia; “cruises to nowhere” and short breaks; Queensland cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea; Coral Coast and Indonesia cruises; oneway itineraries on repositioning.

Jalesh Cruises shore excursions program includes tour options in large port cities like Kochi, Chennai, Vizag (Visakhapatnam), Mormugao, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Colombo, Muscat, Ras Al Khaimah, Singapore, Penang.


Pacific Jewel has a total number of 837 cabins (of which 36 Suite, 162 Balcony, 209 Inside rooms) in 26 grades. Most Pacific Jewel staterooms are 190-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (436). Of all Pacific Dawn cabins, nearly 25% have a private balcony. The largest aboard Pacific Jewel are the Suites (560 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Dining-wise, there are 5 dining venues onoard Pacific Jewel. The line has also recruited its first ever celebrity manager, Luke Mangan, who adds his touches to the menu in the Salt Grill steak and seafood restaurant. Chocolate lovers are in for a treat - this cruise vessel has its own chocolate cafe, serving up chocolate ravioli, warm chocolate fondant, Belgium waffles and a range of cookies. The buffet restaurant, á la carte main dining room and The Grill give a chance to choose from. For a little fee passengers can sense the flavors of Asia with an 8-course banquet at La Luna. Back by popular demand are favourites, such as the exclusive 14-seat Chef's Table.

Follows the complete list of Pacific Jewel restaurants and food bars.

  • Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room; each of all three dining rooms on Pacific Jewel is operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte) menus for breakfast and lunch, and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Tables seat up to 10 guests. Dining times vary according to sea/port days)
  • Chef’s Table (in the Waterfront Restaurant's Wine Room; specialty dining venue with gourmet private dining and tour of the galley)
  • The Luna room (Asian-cusine banquets; features Japanese and Thai specialties)
  • Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via partnership with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan)
  • The Pantry (self service buffet restaurant with an open-air terrace)
  • The “Shell & Bones” (a la carte pricing, at the rear of The Pantry)
  • The Grill (lido BBQ)
  • New Zealand Natural (ice cream bar).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Pacific Jewel boasts an exquisite Aqua Health, Spa and Fitness centre that spans on 2 decks and 1,300 square meters. It features eleven ocean-view treatment staterooms, a beauty salon, fitness centre and a thermal suite. Daytime activities range from whiskey tastings and martini mixology classes to quilling and salsa dance classes. Passengers can find karaoke, bingo and trivia almost every day. The daily itinerary on sea days is packed with activities. The big-screen on the pool deck proved to be a big hit, and is largely used for broadcasting full-length concerts, live sports and movies. Major international sporting events are also shown (such as the FIFA World Cup).

Evening entertainment is standard cruise ship fare with a mix of guest entertainers and Broadway-style production shows. For kids, innovative activity clubs include Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ for teens. Adults can relax in the child-free Oasis on ship's top deck, while all ages enjoy the swimming pool on Lido deck and the adventures of P&OEdge program, held all over Jewel, with a climbing course on the funnel and a zip line across the top deck.

Follows the complete list of Pacific Jewel lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Pacific Jewel Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • Charlie’s Bar; The Orient bar (English pub); MIX (specialty cocktails bar); Connexions Bar; The Cafe; Lido Pool Bar
  • Essentials Store; Tax and Duty Free Shops; PANDORA shop (jewelry); Aqua Hut (snorkeling equipment)
  • The Marquee Theatre (2-decks, featuring large scale shows, magic and comedy acts; during the day, the theatre hosts Jackpot bingo games, trivia quizzes)
  • Wine Room (boutique winery)
  • The Big Screen (outdoor LED screen for movies, show programs, sports games)
  • The Dome (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor and a full service bar; transforms into a disco nightclub in the evenings)
  • Players Bar and Casino
  • Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery and Shop); Art Gallery; Internet Library; Internet Cafe
  • The Oasis (adults-only relaxation complex)
  • Promenade (deck 7), 2 pools, 2 jacuzzis
  • Aqua HealthSpaFitness (Wellness Centre with Day Spa, Thermal Suites, Fitness Centre with a separate room for classes, Massage Rooms, Aqua Beauty Salon)
  • Fun Zone kids’ centre; Teen- and Kids club lounges (offering complimentary activities by P&O youth programme: “Turtle Cove”; “Shark Shack”; “HQ” lounge; “HQ+” teen lounge)
  • P&OEdge Adventure Park experience (“high adrenalin” program with 20 different activities, such as climbing, jumping, racing, flying on ropes)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shufflleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets, Lawn Bowls (outdoor bowling green).

Pacific Jewel wiki

Vessel’s flag-state (registry) was changed in 1992 (from Palermo Italy to Monrovia Liberia), in 2000 (to Hamilton Bermuda), in 2002 (to London UK), in 2004 (to Genova Italy) and in 2007 (to London UK). Ship's Captain is Alan Nixon.

Pacific Jewel ship started its carrier under the name "Crown Princess". The vessel was operated by Princess Cruises from 1990 to 2002. Then for 2 years it was operated as "Arosa Blu" by Arosa Cruises, then for 3 years as AIDAblu (AIDA Cruises) and for 2 years as "Ocean Village 2" (by Carnival's Ocean Village Holidays brand). In 2009, the ship was transfered to P&O Cruises Australia fleet, renamed "Pacific Jewel" and homeported in Sydney NSW (leaving from "White Bay Cruise Terminal WHT5").

The ship cruises on mostly round-trip itineraries to the South Pacific Islands ("Pacific Island Hopper") visiting ports in Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tasmania. On Queensland cruises the ship sails to Great Barrier Reef (Willis Island), while on short breaks goes to Moreton Island. In the Southeast Asia reagion feature destinations are Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore.

Pacific Jewel's Cruise to Nowhere deals are on specially themed Australian roundtrip voayges (with no additional porst of call along the route). These short breaks are usually themed "Food and Wine", "Music" (various styles/performers), "Comedy", "Sports". P&O Australia "cruises to nowhere" prices are also inclusive of all special activites and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.

In 2017, the liner replaced in New Zealand the fleet-leaving Pacific Pearl (now CMV Columbus), offering roundtrip Pacific Islands itineraries out of Auckland NZ.

Jewel was the first cruise liner to visit the privately-owned Conflict Islands (Papua New Guinea) - in June 2016. This is a group of all 21 islands surrounding a blue lagoon with a pristine reef system. This made the new destination one of the perfect ones for snorkeling and diving excursions in the South Pacific. The Conflict Islands were part of P&O Australia's Papua New Guinea itineraries. The ship operated out of Melbourne (Victoria) (between November 2017 and March 2018) for 109 days, offering 18 voyages. A new 12-night NZ itinerary visited Fiordland Park and Stewart Island. Short Breaks were offered to Eden NSW and Kangaroo Island. In 2017, following Pacific Pearl's farewell, Pacific Jewel became PandO's New Zealand cruise ship and offered roundtrip departures from Auckland NZ for 2 months (Sept - Dec) to South Pacific Islands, before returning again in 2018.

In November 2017, P&O Australia operated company's first ever "Melbourne Cup Carnival" cruise from Auckland NZ. The 10-night itinerary "Emirates Melbourne Cup" also highlighted PandO’s inaugural season in New Zealand, with roundtrips from Auckland (September 1 through October 31, 2017). This sports-themed  cruise attracted around 2000 NZ racing fans as part of the 6000-contingent of P&O AU guests cruising to "Melbourne Cup Carnival". Cruise fares included admission to the Thoroughbred horse race and transfers in Melbourne. Fares on the 10-night "Melbourne Cup" voyage started from AUD 1,342 pp (quad share) inclusive of entry and transfers to Melbourne Cup.

For Zen Cruises, Karnika ship's onboard hotel and administrative services (housekeeping, reception, payroll, health, food-beverage, vendor management, revenues collection) will be run by The Apollo Group via its subsidiary Apollo Ship Chandlers.

Cartoon Network Wave cruise ship (Pacific Jewel?)

On January 28, 2018, the US satellite TV channel Cartoon Network announced its plans to start its own cruise line brand - "Cartoon Network Wave". The new brand is a partnership between the parent company Turner Broadcasting (Time Warner) and Oceanic Group (Asia-Pacific based cruise and leisure industry). The Cartoon Network Wave cruise line will operate voyages to 13 Asia Pacific destinations, including China, Singapore, Malaysia.

Cartoon Network cruise ship (Pacific Jewel)

The colourful vessel will start its maiden voyage from Singapore in late 2018. On board will be provided one of the best kids-themed experiences at sea. It will feature 800 staterooms, 11 entertainment decks (hosting themed nights - including theme parties and circus shows), rope course (outdoor adventure park), "Young Tooniverse" (outdoor playground for kids), Toonix pool, cartoon-themed onboard activities and amenities (entertainment, food, drinks, characters meets&greets - The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Ben 10, We Bare Bears).

The released artist’s impression images (based on the Pacific Jewel ship) resulted in speculations that the liner had been sold to the new company.

Cartoon Network cruise ship (Pacific Jewel)

However, PandO responded that the vessel stays in the fleet, with scheduled drydock refit and homeporting in Auckland NZ and Brisbane QLD.

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Pacific Jewel Itineraries

The below listed Pacific Jewel cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Dec 15 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2018 Dec 19 8 days, round-trip Christmas Melbourne
2018 Dec 27 11 days, round-trip New Year's Eve Melbourne
2019 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Melbourne
2019 Jan 14 12 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Melbourne
2019 Jan 26 6 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Melbourne$761
2019 Feb 01 3 days, round-trip Comedy Melbourne$441
2019 Feb 04 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne$441
2019 Feb 08 3 days, round-trip Comedy Melbourne$343
2019 Feb 11 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne$511
2019 Feb 15 3 days, round-trip Comedy Melbourne$586
2019 Feb 18 6 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Melbourne$711
2019 Feb 24 16 days, one-way from Melbourne to Singapore Melbourne$1248
2019 Feb 24 5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Fremantle Melbourne$949
2019 Mar 01 11 days, one-way from Fremantle to Singapore Fremantle