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We chose to cruise on the Pacific Jewel as the destinations were of interest to us. The cruise was called,Secrets of the south. Well they kept our first port of call a secret,(Eden), as it was decided by the captain that the waters off Eden were too wrought for the tender boats to take passengers ashore. At lunch time the ship departed for our next port of call, Mornington Peninsula. We were lucky this time, we could all go ashore to Mornington pier. It is accessible if you have a walking stick, or walker. There is also a cafe there for something to eat, and a shuttle bus up to the town. Nice town with heaps of shops. We did the Peninsula hot springs tour off the ship. It was about 40 minutes from the pier, cost $89.99. We thought the water in the pools could of been a little cleaner, but each to their own. Next port of call was Portland were the ship actually docks. There is a free shuttle bus waiting on the dock to take you to the shore tour buses, up to where you can get on the tram, and up around the streets of Portland. You can walk up the steps to the tram and book a ride yourself for only $15.00 concession. You can choose to sit in the open air, or inside the windowed tram which travels along the ocean front one way and as far down as the botanical gardens the other way. Great value. Great cafe just up from the markets called Polt of call. Food is good, so is the price, and they have clean toilets for their customers. Lots to see and do in Portland without needing transport to get there. Next port of call was Kangaroo Island were you are tendered ashore to Penneshaw, right next to where the passenger and car ferry pulls in. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you right up to the information centre, and back to the markets that runs every 30 minutes. Once again, the pier is accessible for people with walking sticks, and walkers. That was all the ports of call on this cruise. We had a balcony cabin mid ship which we were very happy with. The balcony was a bit small. We did not like the food very much in any of the eateries. All your food is behind glass and is plated up for you which we found strange to start with but soon thought it was a great idea as there was no cross-contamination and not as much waiste. We found the entertainment to be good, and the staff to be great.

Great destinations, bad cruise ship food

Pacific Jewel Cruise Review by suemarg2016

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We chose to cruise on the Pacific Jewel as the destinations were of interest to us. The cruise was called,Secrets of the south.

Well they kept our first port of call a secret,(Eden), as it was decided by the captain that the waters off Eden were too wrought for the tender boats to take passengers ashore.

At lunch time the ship departed for our next port of call, Mornington Peninsula.

We were lucky this time, we could all go ashore to Mornington pier.

It is accessible if you have a walking stick, or walker. There is also a cafe there for something to eat, and a shuttle bus up to the town.

Nice town with heaps of shops.

We did the Peninsula hot springs tour off the ship. It was about 40 minutes from the pier, cost $89.99. We thought the water in the pools could of been a little cleaner, but each to their own.

Next port of call was Portland were the ship actually docks.

There is a free shuttle bus waiting on the dock to take you to the shore tour buses, up to where you can get on the tram, and up around the streets of Portland.

You can walk up the steps to the tram and book a ride yourself for only $15.00 concession. You can choose to sit in the open air, or inside the windowed tram which travels along the ocean front one way and as far down as the botanical gardens the other way. Great value.

Great cafe just up from the markets called Polt of call. Food is good, so is the price, and they have clean toilets for their customers.

Lots to see and do in Portland without needing transport to get there.

Next port of call was Kangaroo Island were you are tendered ashore to Penneshaw, right next to where the passenger and car ferry pulls in.

There is a free shuttle bus that takes you right up to the information centre, and back to the markets that runs every 30 minutes.

Once again, the pier is accessible for people with walking sticks, and walkers.

That was all the ports of call on this cruise.

We had a balcony cabin mid ship which we were very happy with. The balcony was a bit small.

We did not like the food very much in any of the eateries.

All your food is behind glass and is plated up for you which we found strange to start with but soon thought it was a great idea as there was no cross-contamination and not as much waiste.

We found the entertainment to be good, and the staff to be great.
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Cabin 10195
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