The 70,310-ton, 1,950-passenger Pacific Jewel was originally built in 1991 and sailed with German-based AIDA Cruises and the now-defunct Ocean Village brand, before joining P&O Australia in 2009.
Some highlights of onboard facilities on Pacific Jewel include:
The Aqua Health, Spa and Fitness centre spans two decks and 1,300 square meters. It features 11 oceanview treatment rooms, a salon, fitness centre and thermal suite.
Dining-wise, there are five eateries onboard Pacific Jewel. The line has also recruited its first ever celebrity chef, Luke Mangan, who will add his touches to the menu in the Salt Grill restaurant, a steak and seafood venue.
Chocolate lovers are in for a treat -- this ship has its own chocolate cafe onboard! The cafe serves up chocolate ravioli, warm chocolate fondant, Belgium waffles and a range of cookies and chocolate cake.
Like U.K. sister line P&O Cruises' Ventura, Pacific Jewel has a trapeze arena on the top deck of the ship.
Entertainment-wise, there is a 'Run Away to the Circus' production show -- which features life-size elephant puppets.
There are 832 cabins, 198 of which have balconies.
As Pacific Jewel, the ship is marketed to the Australian cruisers, and sails roundtrip cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific and New Zealand.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor