We took this seven day cruise to Port Douglas and return because it fitted in neatly with our holiday dates in Queensland and to get away from the cold weather in Victoria.
I had read many reviews on these pages and must admit I was expecting the worst.
The shock was that we had a great seven days. We have been used to Royal Caribbean and Princess and P and O round the world cruises and knew that the Jewel was not five star. But no complaints. Food in the Waterfront was fine, good selection and the waiters were great. Never had any trouble getting a table in the Plantation for breakfast and lunch and no complints there for the selection.
We had a junior suite which was loaded with drawers and hanging space and a good wide balcony. No complaints again.
Embarkation was the fastest I have ever experienced. 25 minutes from arriving at the wharf , dropping off the suitcases to unpacking in our cabin. Unbelievable.
Entertainment in the Marquee was a good standard though again not five star but the entertainment staff - especially Angel from NZ - were good fun and lots of laughs.
The ship was full and it was school holidays so lots of kids enjoying themselves which is great to watch. They seemed well behaved and you could always escape to the Oasis area.
We were not in a group but there were many on board and we found all the passengeres we talked to were fun and just out for a good time. Trivia was fun and even managed a few wins with people we had never met.
What more do you want. You won't be pampered unless you spend a fortune on the extra treatments and massages etc. Art auctions are the same on all ships. Just how many Picassos and Rembrandts can they offer and keep a straight face?
Probably would not go again but would recommend the ship to anyone just wanting a pleasant break.