Some highs, some lows: Pacific Jewel Cruise Review by cmtrebor
Overall Member Rating
Some highs, some lows
Destination: South Pacific
We deliberately chose a higher midships inside stateroom having experienced outside & verandah previously, as we only use it for sleeping. Found the stateroom tidy clean - nothing flash. Steward good but nothing personal in manner.
The ship, we were told was just 18 months out of having substantial dollars spent on refurbishment. Waste of money and a prime example of P&O Aust. (or Carnival Corp's)policy of hand me down ships to the aussie cruise market. Many parts of the ship are very tired and dated. Movement around the ship is More not a comfortable exercise, does not flow particularly as it has no complete promenade type deck. It has no top decks lounge area such as the usual crows nest, a legacy of being handed down from the German market I'm told. It also lacks comfortable & quiet lounge furniture & areas throughout. Elevators constantly out of service. Lower accommodation very noisy from worn machinery (stabilisers I believe) with some people asking for moves away so to sleep.
Below, to save space & time is a dot point summary of the cruise
Embarkation Process - Very Good
Welcome on board - None
Directions to stateroom - None
Sail Away Party - ordinary and loud on Lido Crew - mostly offhanded behaviour, appeared poorly trained but found the occasional good & helpful steward.
Dining Room - Food was good to very good but spoilt by rude stewards.
Plantation buffet - mediocre food & service
Restaurants - Did not go to Salt Grill with $40.00 cover charge - did go to La Luna (Asian) 1 night (cover charge $20), a waste of money.
Spa & Gym - very expensive.
The Marquee - bar one comedian whose humour was from the gutter, the shows were very good. The seating is very uncomfortable with low & uncomfortable fixed bench seats at rear & behind a weird mixture of crammed in movable seating with high backs.
Circus on Lido deck - mediocre
Pools tired and dated
Ports - Luganville very basic - our Custom Village tour was a disaster and should be dropped (1 hour to do 10km in a rust bucket van)
Noumea - beautiful area of New Caledonia but town dead (was Sunday afterall)
Other ports were excellent especially Mystery Island
P&O Australia seriously needs to review its hand me down ship policy. Probably won't go on P&O again and this is where P&O will suffer as others agreed. Needs to upgrade its party at all costs/hand me down budget cruise line reputation. Less
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