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Pacific Jewel Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Singapore to Brisbane on revamped Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel Cruise Review by Astro Boy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2015
  • Destination: Asia

Pacific Jewel was in dry dock in Singapore and had Pantry put in place of the Plantations, replaced astro turf on top decks, Pandora store installed, unsure of what else.

This was our 3rd trip on the Jewel, last trip few months previous and was happy with the food and entertainment etc back then.

Main change was the Pantry - It looks nice ( apparently lost over 100 seats with fitting from Plantations setup ). So now you don't get in one long line you go to separate outlets for different food ( much like the Carnival Spirit and Legend ), so only smaller lines. And you don't get to pick your food it is put on a plate for you, so lots of talking about a bit of this more of that etc. Overall the food was reasonable but seems to be much the same each day and same at lunch and dinner, food has little flavouring and very bland. There is no ice cream available, no prawns or pork or steaks as was previously in plantations.

Also they now charge you for lunch hamburgers - last cruise you could get free hamburgers, meat pies and chips at lunch. There was only one lunchtime they had anything different - spare ribs once at lunch, no other things of interest. How long before they charge you for a seat ?? or use of utensils.

Cruise director Allun is now so boring ( was OK when deputy, then was funny ) and very little activities during the day UNLESS you buy a package for absailing or climbing etc.

Only interesting things were the daily lectures by historians or experts from different fields that related to our journey.

Shore tours were astronomical prices and the biggest joke was Komodo Island - you were not allowed off the ship unless you paid $100 each for a 2 hour shore excursion, nothing mentioned in the pre cruise about that one.

Also no information given for port information - only thing said was selling of shore tours, not even a map for some places. We were first ship onshore to Dili, not much to see there but somewhere different - people were nice and we went for bus rides with the locals ( 4 people for $1 American ) good fun. Semarang had the best welcoming party I have ever seen but once you left the port it was very dirty and in bad repair for everything until you got into the main shopping area which was quite reasonable. Alotau is very backward place also with nothing to see but interesting. Doini Island was interesting ( beware it's a 3 hour hard yakka walk around the island to the skull caves and back via beaches ). Just go snorkeling and swimming best side is to the left as you get off the whalf most people go the right but very little fish or coral that way ( from my last visit ).

All the ports seemed fairly safe to walk around and get taxi's and local buses etc so if you get a group of 4 together you can save heaps of money by using the locals. Most places took Australian Dollars ( except for local supermarkets and buses ).

Singapore was the pick of the lot for quality, quantity, efficiency, etc we spent 6 days there before the cruise and it was great.

ps Forgot to mention the gym - it is so small had 4 walking machines and 2 were broken so didn't bother even turning up. Also you cannot see out the front of the ship from the Dome since they have filled it in for the spa ( more payment required for a view ), you need to go to deck 10 to a viewing area outside in the wind and sun and rain.

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Cabin interior 10117

cabin was fine, good size and lots of storage area.

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