We are a middle-aged couple just returned from J019, a 14-day Fiji Adventure on Pacific Jewel.
In general we enjoyed our cruise – the food, accommodation, entertainment and crew were all good and we were blessed with fair weather.
We received no pre-departure package, so we arrived at the dock without bag tags. The staff there were helpful and we soon filled out our own tags and joined the queue.
Our cabin was a mini-suite, which was spacious, well laid out and reasonably well furnished, although some of the upholstery was stained. Cabin 11130 is under the pool bar area, and we often heard the boom of loud music and the scrape of deck chairs being re-arranged. We would have preferred a shower recess rather than the bath/shower. Also, the shower water temperature wandered which was annoying. Initially the room was too hot for the doona, the only bedding, but following a technical visit things improved.
The food was excellent. The buffet was kept well supplied with fresh refills, supplemented by eggs cooked to order at breakfast, and a carvery for other meals. The main dining room offered fine dining with excellent service. Congestion could be a problem at peak hours, but the meal times were generous so we went late and avoided the rush. The speciality dining venues were worth the extra expense. We used room service for morning tea and toast which was invariably cold. DIY, or a local tearoom is needed.
The activities programme was extensive and catered to most tastes. The evening floor shows featured an excellent dance troupe with visiting artists such as singers or comedians. Some of the activities were held in venues which were much too small, leaving many standing.
So our first experience with P&O was positive, and we’ll consider another cruise, but not to the South Pacific again.