PACIFIC JEWEL J030 SEPTEMBER 2010: Pacific Jewel Cruise Review by sludger

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Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Other
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 More 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. Less

Published 11/10/10

Cabin review: 11151

Cabin 1151 Mini Suite. Large King size bed and double sofa bed. Very roomy, nice sized bathroom. Refrigerator in room. Lots of storage in wardrobe area. Nice decor and very clean.

Port and Shore Excursions

Brisbane is fantastic, port very close to city. Lots of tours (very expensive) to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast attractions. Public transport and taxi services are excellent.

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Yorkey's Knob. (tender only) Quite a drive into Cairns or there are tours (very expensive) if required. Stopping a bit nearer Cairns would have been better. Unless a tour is booked stay on the ship.

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