The Pacific Jewel is an awesome cruise ship embarking from the port of Sydney in Australia and owned by P&O Australia, which is able to accommodate 1,950 in 832 cabins. An ocean cruise continues to be considered the ultimate vacation experience by many people. This beautiful cruise ship features a health and fitness center which spans two decks including 1,300 square meters. Eleven treatment rooms offer a view of the ocean, and the center also features a salon and a thermal suite. Keeping yourself fit while cruising could be a challenge considering the five eateries available, including an incredible chocolate cafe.
On board entertainment includes a “Run Away to the Circus” production show featuring life sized elephant puppets. Passenger reviews included positive comments on the talented crew and the great entertainment they provided. There is also a trapeze arena on the top deck, dance lessons, trivia and bingo games available for the personal enjoyment of guests.
Reviews from first time cruisers were about 90 percent positive, with rave reviews of food and accommodations. Luxury cabins feature great hospitality service, comfort and even a refrigerator for passenger convenience. Storage space was considered to be more than adequate, making a stay of seven or eight days comfortable. One negative comment concerned a limited laundry facility to serve more than 1,900 guests.
The P&O Cruise line is popular with families as it sometimes offers specials for children under 12 years cruising free in a cabin with two adults. The line also offers kids’ clubs with childcare workers and qualified teachers, and is well known for a family friendly atmosphere. The average age of passengers is 42 resulting in a younger crowd than most American or British lines. Approximately one third of the passengers are younger than 29 and only 20 percent are over 60.
Shorter cruises of three days are available and reviews were mostly positive about them too. One comment about the shorter cruise concerned the absence of communication from the captain. This was not really a complaint but an observation.
If you are thinking of choosing a cruise for your next vacation, the Pacific Jewel has many advantages and positive reviews. Check with a travel agent to find current special offers featuring cruises from three days up to two weeks in length. Most people opt for a cruise of about one week in length as that choice offers the best value for cost. Whatever your choice, a cruise ship vacation will be an event to remember for years.