Pacific Jewel Review and Specifications
Specifications of Pacific Jewel
|Year built||1990 / Age : 28|
|Flag state||United Kingdom|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 280 million|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||245 m / 804 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||70310 gt|
|Passengers||1674 - 2009|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Former names||Crown Princess, A'Rosa Blu, AIDAblu, Ocean Village 2, Pacific Jewel (P&O)|
|Christened by||Quentin Bryce (P&O Australia)|
Current itinerary of Pacific Jewel
Pacific Jewel current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery. Prices start from USD 952 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2018 and ends on 23 Sep, 2018.
|Date / Time||Port|
|16 Sep||Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia|
|18 Sep 07:00 - 16:00||Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia|
|19 Sep 09:00 - 18:00||Yorkeys Knob, Queensland Australia|
|20 Sep 08:00 - 18:00||Port Douglas, Queensland Australia|
|21 Sep 09:00 - 10:00||Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia|
|23 Sep||Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia|
Review of Pacific Jewel
Launched in 1990 as Crown Princess, Pacific Jewel cruise ship belonged to PO Australia's fleet. In 2019, the liner leaves PandO, with its final cruise for the company departing from Melbourne on February 24, 2019.
In late-August 2018, Zen Cruises (new company established by Essel Group) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Pacific Jewel staterooms are 190-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (436). Of all Pacific Dawn cabins, nearly 25% have a private balcony. There are a total of 798 staterooms in 27 categories. 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)
- 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)
- 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).
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- Cabin grades number: 26
- Total number of cabins: 837 (of which 36 Suite, 162 Balcony, 209 Inside rooms)
- Dining Rooms: Waterfront Restaurant
- Restaurants and food bars: Plantation Restaurant (buffet), Salt Grill (by Luke Mangan), The Grill (lido BBQ), Wine Room (wine & Chef’s Table), Luna (Asian).
- Lounges & Bars: Marquee (theater), Dome (observation & nightclub), Charlie’s (lobby), Marquee, MIX (cocktails), Orient (pub), Connexions (promenade), Players (casino & sports), teen & kids lounges (Turtle Cove, Shark Shack, HQ, HQ+), poolside bars (The Cafe, Lido Pool Bar, NZ Natural /ice cream).
- Entertainment - adult-only retreat (Oasis), Aqua SpaFitness, Casino, Promenade (deck 7), outdoor movie LED screen, 2 pools, 2 jacuzzis, Library, duty-free shops, deck games (chess, shufflleboard, golf putting).
- The 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).
- Pacific Jewel cruise 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 Pacific Jewel 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 ship will replace in New Zealand the fleet-leaving Pacific Pearl, offering round-trip Pacific Islands itineraries out of Auckland NZ.
- P&O Australia's Jewel ship 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 makes the new destination one of the perfect ones for snorkeling and diving excursions in the South Pacific.
- In June 2016, Pacific Jewel became the first cruise ship to visit Conflict Islands as 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 cruises. A new 12-night NZ itinerary visited Fiordland National 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 cruise itinerary to the world famous "Emirates Melbourne Cup" also highlighted PandO’s inaugural season in New Zealand, with the 2000-passenger iner on 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.
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.
The colorful 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 playfround 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.
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2018 Jun 18||15 days, round-trip Polynesian Explorer||Auckland|
|2018 Jul 13||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland|
|2018 Aug 15||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland|
|2018 Aug 23||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Auckland|
|2018 Aug 26||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Brisbane||Auckland|
|2018 Aug 30||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Brisbane||$404|
|2018 Sep 02||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$556|
|2018 Sep 09||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$648|
|2018 Sep 16||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$952|
|2018 Sep 23||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$748|
|2018 Sep 30||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$942|
|2018 Oct 07||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$792|
|2018 Oct 14||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$875|
|2018 Oct 21||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$681|
|2018 Oct 28||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane||$831|
|2018 Nov 25||2 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne||Sydney||$324|
|2018 Nov 27||4 days, round-trip Eden||Melbourne||$590|
|2018 Dec 01||7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania||Melbourne||$681|
|2018 Dec 08||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Melbourne||$348|
|2018 Dec 11||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne||$492|
|2018 Dec 15||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne||$449|
|2018 Dec 19||8 days, round-trip Christmas||Melbourne||$999|
|2018 Dec 27||11 days, round-trip New Years||Melbourne||$1398|
|2019 Jan 07||7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania||Melbourne||$1131|
|2019 Jan 14||12 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Melbourne||$1099|
|2019 Jan 26||6 days, round-trip Southern Getaway||Melbourne||$590|
|2019 Feb 01||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Melbourne||$351|
|2019 Feb 04||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne||$329|
|2019 Feb 08||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Melbourne||$318|
|2019 Feb 11||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne||$449|
|2019 Feb 15||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Melbourne||$348|
|2019 Feb 18||6 days, round-trip Southern Getaway||Melbourne||$649|
|2019 Feb 24||5 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania||Melbourne||$612|
|2019 Mar 01||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Melbourne||$351|
|2019 Mar 04||12 days, round-trip Kiwi Adventure||Melbourne||$1248|
|2019 Mar 16||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne||$529|
|2019 Mar 20||5 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania||Melbourne||$549|
|2019 Mar 25||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne||$449|
|2019 Mar 29||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Melbourne||$353|
|2019 Apr 01||5 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland||Melbourne||$449|
|2019 Apr 06||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Auckland||$380|
|2019 Apr 09||4 days, round-trip Napier||Auckland||$475|
|2019 Apr 13||9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Auckland||$1587|
|2019 Apr 22||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland||$951|
|2019 Apr 30||10 days, round-trip Tongan Discovery||Auckland||$1056|
|2019 May 10||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Auckland||$370|
|2019 May 13||10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu||Auckland||$1140|
|2019 May 23||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland||$946|
|2019 May 31||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Auckland||$332|
|2019 Jun 03||10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu||Auckland||$1078|
|2019 Jun 13||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland||$949|
|2019 Jun 21||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Auckland||$412|
|2019 Jun 24||12 days, round-trip Fiji Adventure||Auckland||$1279|
|2019 Jul 06||10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu||Auckland||$1575|
|2019 Jul 16||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland||$1299|
|2019 Jul 24||9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Auckland||$1172|
|2019 Aug 02||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Auckland||$379|
|2019 Aug 05||10 days, round-trip Tongan Discovery||Auckland||$1240|
|2019 Aug 15||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Auckland||$412|
|2019 Aug 18||10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu||Auckland||$1341|
|2019 Aug 28||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland||$1048|
|2019 Sep 05||3 days, round-trip Comedy||Auckland||$379|
|2019 Sep 08||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Brisbane||Auckland||$351|
|2019 Sep 12||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$759|
|2019 Sep 19||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane||$1199|
|2019 Sep 29||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$849|
|2019 Oct 06||12 days, round-trip Fiji Adventure||Brisbane||$1661|
|2019 Oct 18||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$749|
|2019 Oct 25||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$849|
|2019 Nov 01||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$749|
|2019 Nov 08||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$748|
|2019 Nov 15||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays||Brisbane||$529|
|2019 Nov 19||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane||$1049|
|2019 Nov 29||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$849|
|2019 Dec 06||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$749|
|2019 Dec 13||3 days, round-trip Food & Wine||Brisbane||$498|
|2019 Dec 16||12 days, round-trip Christmas||Brisbane|
|2019 Dec 28||9 days, round-trip New Years||Brisbane||$1548|
|2020 Jan 06||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays||Brisbane||$573|
|2020 Jan 10||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$948|
|2020 Jan 17||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$848|
|2020 Jan 24||4 days, round-trip Australia Day||Brisbane||$782|
|2020 Jan 28||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane||$1048|
|2020 Feb 07||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$848|
|2020 Feb 14||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$748|
|2020 Feb 21||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays||Brisbane||$528|
|2020 Feb 25||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane||$1048|
|2020 Mar 06||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$748|
|2020 Mar 13||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$848|
|2020 Mar 20||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane||$749|
|2020 Mar 27||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays||Brisbane||$561|
|2020 Mar 31||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane||$1198|
|2020 Apr 10||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane||$948|