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Pacific Jewel Cruise Review by Leoni1972

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Pacific Jewel
Pacific Jewel
Member Name: Leoni1972
Cruise Date: August 2014
Embarkation: Brisbane
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Cabin Category: Deck 9 category L
Cabin Number: 9240
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        3-6 3.0
        7-9 3.0
        10-12 3.0
        13-15 3.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: Pacific Jewel Review (by Cruise Critic!)
Winter cruise along Australian Coast to Willis island

We travelled in a group of 12 from Brisbane via Airlie Beach, Cairns and past Willis island.

Pros :

- very cheap cruise

- Relatively quiet as it was outside school holidays

- cabin was large and very clean

- cleaning staff and dining staff very friendly, hard working and helpful

- quick disembarkation at all the ports via tender

- food in main dining room was pretty good 7/10, a lot of choice and good quantity

- excellent table service, fabulous desserts and loved breakfast

- food at buffet restaurant not bad, again good selection, fresh and good quantity

- plenty of deck chairs to laze on around the pool.

- great magic show and band on board, loved the music in the atrium and the circus show in the atrium.

- plenty of adults only areas

Cons:

- very disorganised embarkation at Brisbane, instead of going by times and deck by deck it was free for all and took 3 hrs in total.

- due to cheap cruise rates expect a mix of passengers. We had a good handful of elderly people ( well dressed and spoken), a small selection of children ( mainly 4yrs-10yrs) with parents and a big group of bogans ( loud, rough looking, scruffy, often drunk ( or high, or both!))

- interior deco looking very tired, could do with a Reno

- no frills cruise ship, very plain, unadorned cabins, atrium and dining room

- small children's club, fine if the weather is good but very small when the weather is bad.

- no area/facility for children (other than small gaming room) when the weather is bad, cruise director also did not put on any extra children's activities ( like movies) when it was storming outside.

- you need to pay for all extras like laundry, soft drinks, ice cream, cabin service ( like breakfast in bed) and most ship activities.

- no interconnecting cabins if you are a large family

- small theatre which means mad dash for seats during show time.

- not enough time in Airlie beach to do any of the island trips ( we had to be back on board by 2 pm)


Publication Date: 08/21/14
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