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Pacific Jewel Cruise Review by sludger

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Pacific Jewel
Pacific Jewel
Member Name: sludger
Cruise Date: September 2010
Embarkation: Sydney
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 11151
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        10-12 1.0
        13-15 1.0
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: Pacific Jewel Review (by Cruise Critic!)
Not your classical cruise experience, more like a party boat which suited most of the cruisers.

It was rather more like a floating RSL club than a cruise-ship.

Formal nights, which a lot of people enjoy have given way to a "cocktail evening" with basically no dress code and no-one knowing what to wear resulting in half the ship's passengers not bothering at all.

Embarkation was the best we have experienced so far, very efficient.

Food was good, the service was not very good, wait staff were sometimes very grumpy.

The entertainment was excellent, there was always something to do. The island night was great.

Drinks are very expensive.

Kids clubs were hopelessly undersized and hopelessly over populated.

The spa was very nice (extra cost to use the sauna etc) It seemed to be a lot of wasted space and would make a very nice size entertainment area.

All of the ports except Brisbane were tender crossings which were very long & rough and not for the faint hearted.

The ship itself appeared to be past it's sell by date.

Although having undergone a massive fitout at great expense there were obvious mechanical problems. One of the stabilizers was inoperative causing a lot of unnecessary rocking and rolling and there was a severe vibration at the rear of the ship causing people to be bounced up and down sometimes.

It appears that the fitout was only a veneer hiding an old ship that would not be seen in US or UK waters.

Publication Date: 11/10/10
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