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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise as we wanted to go to the Darwin Cup and Komodo Island. All that dates aligned with the ship docking in Darwin on the date of the Darwin Cup. Paseptic Doom Room 8107 -do not go there. I was so excited to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to go to the Darwin Cup and Komodo Island. All that dates aligned with the ship docking in Darwin on the date of the Darwin Cup. Paseptic Doom Room 8107 -do not go there. I was so excited to be going on a cruise, Brisbane to Singapore, with stops at Port Douglas, Darwin, Timor Leste, Komodo Island and Benoa Bali. I had read some bad reviews and also some good reviews about the Pacific Dawn and I decided to go with the the good reviews. I booked an interior room and were surprised to have been given a complimentary upgrade to cabin 8107, obstructed view. The first night we noticed our floor vibrating, then the loud noise from the band, then karaoke (help me please). We made the decision to not come back to our cabin till after 11.30 to avoid this. We had a great few days enjoying the ship. The decor is very modern, and we soon settled in to ship life. Day 2 my partner came down with very bad head congestion and rough cough. By Day 6 I also had it. So we did not contaminate others, we lay low and and hid in our cabin. That’s when we noticed the little laneway outside our cabin carrying all kind of engineering/ seamen past our cabin window. One whole afternoon they were grinding metal outside our windows. So curtains closed during the day, and noise till 11.30 pm each night. As we disembarked in Darwin to head to the chemist for medication, we noticed a couple of 100 more people with the same problem cough. After we were feeling a little better and not contagious we ventured out. One night in the Marqee lounge, the chorus of coughing was louder than the entertainment. My guess would be that the air conditioning on this ship is very sick. We washed our hands thoroughly, used the sanitiser, I sanitised our cabin twice a day with eucalyptus spray. You can’t catch it through the food handling as the staff handle all the food. So I am guessing if you go on this ship get a balcony cabin so you can have fresh air. I am sitting by the pool right now and it is a chorus of coughing. Now down to the sewerage problem. The first couple of days all was fine, then a massive sewerage smell started sweeping over the ship. Staff outside the Marquee were spraying air freshener on to the carpet to try to cover it up. The smell was very dominant around deck 7,8,9 and 11. This is not good enough P&O. This is a major health risk to your staff and your passengers. I do hope that this is your major priority of your 2 week dry dock in Singapore. Getting off the ship at tender ports. It is so slow. Arrive Bali at 8.00am, still trying to get off at 12pm. Not complaining as I can see the problem, but just be aware if you book tours privately. Promenade bar is a great spot to get a serious drink and unwind before dinner. A very big Thank-you to John and Bella for looking out for us. Orient Bar Too noisy for me, always trivia, games, karaoke going on , but way to loud for my tastes. The Pantry Food acceptable, the only problem for me was if I wanted butter with my toast, I had to line up in 2 queues, as the butter did not live with the toast. A good concept of a food court style. Stops germs spreading. Food was ok, service was excellent. The Waterfront Gone are the days of having the same table for dinner every night. But it was ok, we got used to it. The food was of an acceptable standard and the service was efficient. Salt Grill What a disappointment We had dined here previously 10 yeas ago on the Jewel. It was brilliant back then. I ordered sashimi scallop. There was more potato on the plate than scallop, and covered in a green herb sauce that totally over powered the delicate taste of the scallop. I had a steak that was a little on the tough side for main. I had the cheese for dessert, which was the smallest serving of cheese I have seen on a platter. All in all very bad value for money at $59 per head. Nice wine list though. We also had the afternoon tea at Salt Grill which was very good at $29. I wish they would change the menu as I would have liked to this again. Chefs Table Pre dinner canapés with Australian Sparking, followed by a 7 course degustation. This was a lovely meal, the standout dish for me was the lobster bisque We had Tuna Lobster Bisque Barramundi Strawberry Daquiri Steak Mango dessert Cheese platter All dishes had accompanying Australian wines. It was a very well balanced out menu Shell & Bones Thanks Kylie for a wonderful night. The food was what I expected and the prices reasonable. We ended up esting here Twice The Grill Perfect Pizza, excellent. The Spa Did not go to the spa as the prices were off the charts. I really wanted a masssge but not at those prices. I wonder how many people would book treatments if the prices were not so high. Our Cabin 8107 Very clean, our steward James was fantastic looking after us in every possible way. Hot water is magically hot and pressure is the best. But as above, do not book this if you want privacy or peace and quiet. The Orient bar runs all day and concludes at 9.45 and some nights 11.45pm. All access tour. I really wanted to do this, it was something I was looking forward too. We had the access all area’s tour booked, but we are both so sick and we don’t want to affect anyone else’s holiday. The staff are amazing, they go above and beyond any request possible. If it were not for the bad cabin and illness I would rate this a really good cruise. Day Trips Port Douglas Too rough to tender. Darwin Went to the Darwin cup, the buses run for free from the city service. The set up on the day is great, Hundred of long tables under cover for the public. Timor Leste We chose to tour privately with Timor Adventures. The tour was great, but we were pushed for time due to the tender process getting off the boat. Our tour was scheduled to leave at 9am, but it did not leave until 11am, whilst we waited for people to get off the boat. We drove out to the old fort, stopped at an old gaol, seaside lunch, Cristo Rei and the cemeteries where the massacre was. We learnt a lot about the struggles of the people of Timor Leste. Komodo Island We booked a private tour here with Beyond Komodo Tours. It was the highlight of my trip. We had a small group tour of the dragons, sighting 7 in total. We then went on a boat to Pink Beach where we were given snorkelling gear and were dropped straight on the the reef. It was spectacular, beautiful corals and a multitude of fish. Then we were served a delicious lunch of prawns, calamari, chicken, eggplant and stir fry with rice and noodles. Thankyou Leo from Beyond Komodo. This made our trip. Bali Another private tour in a car to Ubud, we visited the monkey forest, a traditional housing compound and a Lewakcoffee house. As we struggled to get off the ship again due to tended, we missed 4 hours of our tour. We used Hire Bali Driver. Leo was very good trying to fit in as much as possible. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Our 1st ever cruise was some 10/12 years ago on P&O Pacific Star. Well, haven't things changed (for the better). We were very happy with the offering from P&O and in particular the crew on board the ship. They were a credit to ... Read More
Our 1st ever cruise was some 10/12 years ago on P&O Pacific Star. Well, haven't things changed (for the better). We were very happy with the offering from P&O and in particular the crew on board the ship. They were a credit to the Company and although the ship is an older vessel (certainly showing external signs of age) the vibe on board was friendly and efficient and the crew appeared (primarily) to enjoy their job. Admittedly we did have lower expectations having travelled with the more highly rated Celebrity and Princess Lines, however we were overall quite impressed with the majority of aspects onboard. A special mention to the bands. . . both Popcorn and The Lazy Leis were fantastic and the jam session on the last evening involving all performers was truly memorable . . . very talented. On board crew shows were excellent, a couple of guest performers are past their use by date and appeared to be simply topping up their super. Production shows were considered to be a significantly higher standard - crew shows were particularly entertaining viz LipSync Battle. Having Petro Civoniceva on board was a nice touch as well. . .thanks to him for his valuable time and open participation. A couple of constructive comments . . . the Tendering situation needs work - whoever made the decision to honour the tickets from the aborted tender operation in Port Douglas in preference to distributed tickets for Dili needs to consider their future. . . a real howler. Actual Shore time was significantly reduced in both Dili and Bali due to sea swell and the large number of Ships Tours and "Priority" passengers. Made our own arrangements re a tour in Timor Leste and also Bali - understand cruise coys favour their own shore excursions though we prefer the small group experience v's a coach load. Anytime dining in the Waterfront took a few days to sort out - many passengers had made permanent bookings which meant there was initially up to an hours wait for anytime dining - this resolved itself after 4 nights when some perm bookings were a no show and therefore cancelled. Could easily do with an additional lunch menu in the Waterfront restaurant for variety . . .only 2 menus for the 14 days. . . though there was the variety in The Pantry. Drink prices are excessive though consistent across all lines - what did happen to duty free prices??. . .would like to see a similar policy to that of Princess. . ie allowed to bring a bottle of wine pp onboard. There was sufficient entertainment with usual trivia etc however big screen movies were heavily weighted in favour of children's themes and animations - this despite the small number of children on board. Special mention to the Captain for his accessibility and daily broadcasts - very approachable and informative (luvs his "Minions") . Upon arrival in Singapore, we skipped the long taxi lines and got the MRT direct to the Airport for flight back to BNE. Very efficient disembarkation, despite the fact the ship was advertised as docking at Marina Bay - instead we turned up at Harbourfront - this caught many off guard. Singapore has such a great public transport system - even with luggage. Extremely happy with our decision to revisit a P&O Aust classic ship - overall a good value for money cruise - we will be back. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My husband and I commenced this cruise with some trepidation due to the large number of negative reviews. This was our first cruise with P&O, our 4th in total. This was the last voyage for the Pacific Jewell. 1: EMBARKATION from ... Read More
My husband and I commenced this cruise with some trepidation due to the large number of negative reviews. This was our first cruise with P&O, our 4th in total. This was the last voyage for the Pacific Jewell. 1: EMBARKATION from Melbourne was simple and efficient. 2: CABIN: We had an interior cabin. It was clean and tidy. Quite spacious with lots of storage. Only one Australian power outlet but we were able to get a power board. A ceiling water leak developed half way through the cruise. This was rectified after we reported it. Bed was moderately comfortable. 3: DINING: The Waterfront restaurant menu was disappointing in range. Service was efficient and staff were friendly. The Pantry had a good range of food and unlike other reviewers I found the food to be of a good standard. What I particularly like about the Pantry is that staff serve all food thus eliminating people touching and coughing over food and spreading germs. All the food is behind glass partitions. I found the sweets selection to be limited. Staff in the Pantry were friendly and helpful. It was disappointing that some items of the menu in the Waterfront was not included and an extra fee was charged. We did not try the pay restaurants. I was also a little disappointed that you had to pay for ice-cream on the pool deck. I have never come across this before. 4: ALCOHOL. There were problems quite early on with different brands of alcohol being in short supply and they eventually ran out of many wines and beer. While I was not personally impacted by this my husband was quite often unable to get his preferred beverage. I imagine that the people who had purchased an alcohol package would have been very upset, and rightly so. An alcohol package for us would have been a waste of money. I would suggest that you do your sums prior to getting a package to see if it is worth it for you. It made much more financial sense for us to purchase a drink when we wanted. 5: INTERNET: I purchased an internet package for $79, unlimited time for the entire cruise. Connection was available in all public areas but not in staterooms. The internet worked very well. 6: The ENTERTAINMENT TEAM were great and do a great job keeping everyone occupied on sea days. They all had a great sense of humour. We thought that the shows were varied and of a high standard. 7: THE EDGE: I won an Edge experience. I chose to Walk The Plank. I'm so glad that I did not pay for this. It lasted maximum of 90 seconds and would have been a complete rip off if I had to pay $24. While I enjoyed it I felt that the experience should have been longer and as I was the only person booked in to do it I could have been given extra time. 8: ROOM STEWARDS: We had Joseph and Dennis look after our room. They were very friendly and worked very hard. Our room was always well serviced. 9: PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We went on only one shore excursion and that was in KL. I found that it was well organised and the price was moderate. We found that we saved money by arranging independent trips at all other ports. In Fremantle and Busselton we found it interesting to wander around the towns with no tours necessary. We visited the old prison in Fremantle. That was worth a visit. 10: DISEMBARKATION: Quick and easy. 11: ATM: It was handy to be able to get Australian dollars on board for shore days. 12: CURRENCY: We used money changers at all international stops and seemed to get reasonable exchange rates. We deposited money into our cruise account prior to embarkation. This worked well for us. We got a refund of unused money the night prior to disembarkation. 13: LAUNDRY: The onboard laundry was good. Always very busy. It costs $3 AUD for the washer and $3 AUD for the dryer. Only takes $1 coins. 14: SPA: I had a massage which was relaxing. Quite expensive at $149 for 60 mins. My husband an I were both given $50 vouchers to be used at the spa as we were first time cruisers with P&O. This enable me to have a hair cut. I also purchased some Elemis products. We liked the size of the Pacific Jewell but as it is no longer part of the P&O fleet we would happily try another P&O ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This cruise was from Sydney to adelaide, so it worked perfect for my friend and I who live in both of these places. Loved leaving from Sydney harbour and how they played some opera music I thought that was awesome. We saw a pod of dolphins ... Read More
This cruise was from Sydney to adelaide, so it worked perfect for my friend and I who live in both of these places. Loved leaving from Sydney harbour and how they played some opera music I thought that was awesome. We saw a pod of dolphins and some seals which was amazing and going pass Wilson’s promentry was spectacular. I particularly enjoyed the comedy and the piano playing by John Milligan. I went to his show two nights because I enjoyed it so much. I was just very relaxed and loved being at sea. Our cabin was great but maybe a little smelly when we got on, a bit of room spray and was all good. Our cabin person Nash was really friendly and helpful. We used the gym and the spa which was really lovely. It is a bit hard to do yoga and do the exercise machines when the boat is swaying, but was an experience. It was sad to dock and have to come back to reality. Thanks for a great time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We travelled on the Dawn Princess ,Pacific Explorer a few Times before she became the Explorer . We had to have a look what she was like after the Refurbishing in 2017 ! Dining Rooms lost their Charm . Waterfront looks like a Container ... Read More
We travelled on the Dawn Princess ,Pacific Explorer a few Times before she became the Explorer . We had to have a look what she was like after the Refurbishing in 2017 ! Dining Rooms lost their Charm . Waterfront looks like a Container Dining Room , with Food to match . Items on the Menu , when they came to the Table could not be Identified as the Item you ordered . Garden fresh Vegetables was a term used on the Menu ,yet on most Dishes we ordered they could not be found on the Plate . After alternating between Dragon Lady and Waterfront for 3 Days ,we gave the Dining Rooms a miss ,and went to the Pantry where you could see what you where eating ! Most Upgrades in the Public Areas were ok .Some were obvious Money generating changes , we did not use .We could not Comment on them . Food in the Pantry was fine . The best Idea was that Passengers could not serve themselves .What happened after the Food got to the Table is a different Story . Cleanliness in the Dining Room and Pantry left a lot to be desired . It is either Lack of Staff or inadequate Training causing these Problems . Entertainment in the Marquee Was excellent !Cruise Director and her Programm to entertain Guests very good . Except for Love Riot ,deserves to be Kiel hauled !! Embarkation went Fine , Disembarkation not so .Could have been because Tent Disembarkation set up . The Ship and Cabin were fine , Shower Cubicle a bit Tired ,Floor does look a bit worn ! Service was excellent , Except for lack of Staff during Rush Hour at Pantry ! Tender Services a little shoddy ,but you can always blame the Wind. We will not go with P&O again ! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Booked two Suite cabins #11117 and #11116 - Cabin was ok but a little dated - clean and reasonable size - bed was comfortable, but pillows cheap and hard. Cabin attendants were really good. When you book a suite with P&O you have no ... Read More
Booked two Suite cabins #11117 and #11116 - Cabin was ok but a little dated - clean and reasonable size - bed was comfortable, but pillows cheap and hard. Cabin attendants were really good. When you book a suite with P&O you have no recognition or any worthwhile benefits at all and certainly don't feel like a VIP. They need to take note of what Royal Caribbean do for guests who book suite's. We were suppose to have priority boarding, but apparently there was a wedding party that they decided had priority above suite guests. It started to rain and only when bitterly complaining (as i had my mother in a wheel chair outside) that they finally allowed us in to register and board. The common areas were over crowded at all times (except when we docked at Airlie Beach) and you could never get seats around the pool. Dining areas were also way overcrowded (what i would refer to as a pig trough) and constantly bumping into people and queuing for meals. It would take nearly 20 minutes or more to get a meal then line up to get a drink at the bar - by then my food was cold. Food on the whole was really average and in some cases disgusting. The main restaurant was really old, boring and nothing more than a Coles cafeteria. If your disabled and in a wheelchair then forget it as it's so not wheelchair friendly. Had so much trouble pushing the wheelchair around and doors that were constantly closed made it impossible. Even corridors that seemed blocked all the time, which meant i had to go all the way back and around the ship. Lifts were a real pain and spent so much time waiting to get to different levels on the ship. Entertainment and activities were just average. I would never step foot on another P&O cruise ship. Read Less
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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My friend who has not cruised wanted a 3 day experience. As a 4 time cruiser the food was appalling cold, hard to put a fork into and no taste, bland and unappetising. No beverage package available. My friend doesn’t have a credit card ... Read More
My friend who has not cruised wanted a 3 day experience. As a 4 time cruiser the food was appalling cold, hard to put a fork into and no taste, bland and unappetising. No beverage package available. My friend doesn’t have a credit card as was paying cash as her load and go card was not accepted everywhere else but P&O cruises. Beds hard pillows too soft. Staff unfriendly and not helpful except our cabin staff, 1 bar staff, spa staff and 1 pantry staff member. I also had the privilege of catching up with ex work members on the cruise for the same reason and also appalled by the cruise. Good thing was leaving the ship. On exiting I have never had to take my own bags off a ship until Jewel. I will never sail P&O again and word of mouth is a powerful tool. My survey has not received by email so I am voicing my dissatisfaction on behalf of me and ny friend. I have been informed jewel is being sold off but any P&O experience will not be on my radar. You need to go Royal Carrabien and a good experience and upgrade you services. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Simply chosen on price, saw it advertised and thought we'd give P&O a go. Decent sized cabin but first let down was the TV, an old silver LG thing, very small with a fuzzy picture, you couldnt actually see the screen from the ... Read More
Simply chosen on price, saw it advertised and thought we'd give P&O a go. Decent sized cabin but first let down was the TV, an old silver LG thing, very small with a fuzzy picture, you couldnt actually see the screen from the bed so you had to sit on a small sofa to watch anything. No on demand movies. Our room was next to some really loud machine that started up when we left port for about an hour and did the same when we were arriving in port. At Cairns it started up at 4:30 am !! No it wasnt the Thrusters or the Anchor as it went on too long, never found out what it was (We were near the Bow of the ship). Overall the food wasnt great but there was the odd good meal, mostly at Angelo's the Italian restaurant The food at Dragon Lady was quite poor and Im a fan of Asian cooking. Annoying there is only the buffet on deck 11 to get a tea or coffee in a plastic cup (complimentary) and room service has to be paid for.. No fridge in room. The entertainment crew was very poor in our opinion, the cruise director Kabir was childish (way too young) and the rest of his staff didnt engage us as staff on previous cruises have. I didnt rate them. We like trivia but but could never get a seat in the Oceans bar (There is no Vista type lounge) unless you went there about half an hour before kick off. Some good music on in the Blue Room at night but again always struggled to get a seat. The Theatre was way too cold and there were no stage sets, only giant screens that changed as the show progressed, no live band for the shows only backing tapes and the singers appeared to be miming. The buffet is quite good and I like the way the food is served to you (not help yourself) although there was no enforcement on hand sanitising, there was a machine but pushed against a wall, most people ignored it. The best thing about this cruise was the crew, they were all very friendly and helpful There was a crew talent show but it was at 10:15 pm (our bed time is 10:30 so sadly missed that, why couldnt it be in the afternoon ? I never found out the Captains name, there was no Captains reception as on other cruise lines Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
To start with we are loyal Royal Caribbean guests, however after going on 5 cruises on Allure, Harmony, Ovation, Explorer of the seas we wanted to try out another cruise company just to see the difference in standards. We also got this 2 ... Read More
To start with we are loyal Royal Caribbean guests, however after going on 5 cruises on Allure, Harmony, Ovation, Explorer of the seas we wanted to try out another cruise company just to see the difference in standards. We also got this 2 night comedy cruise on scoopon for a bargain rate so thought .... why not...... well.... lets start with the positives. (Btw this was a 2 night comedy cruise from Melbourne to Sydney) THE GOOD : Boarding and disembarking was easy and fast. Service is both terminals was wonderful. (I will note we were delayed 30 mins disembarking the ship due to customs, but thats not P&O's fault) Due to the smaller size of the ship its very easy to navigate and we did not have to use the lifts once. The comedy gala was fantastic and we went to every show - there were about 5 shows over the 2 days , this was the only entertainment available other than live music in the bars . Service at the bars was very fast and reasonably priced. THE BAD : SHIP: The ship is really showing its age and a-lot of the public areas have had no attention to the wear and tear of the furniture, seats were worn, chipped and some are broken. Floor under the lovely astro turf is uneven and lumpy. The room itself was clean, and a good size, however containing everything that was in the room when they purchased the ship off the last company its old, dated and the lamps were broken and held together with sticky tape. FOOD: I can only compare this to Royal but the food that was included was horrible. The items in the "Pantry" were the same items that were available in the dinning room. Food was cooked many hours before it was serviced and was only warm with that taste "that its been re-heated". Outside of the breakfast, lunch & dinner hours there is no other options for a snack unless you want to pay for it. (When we walked past a station of nuggets, chips and hot dogs at 4.30pm we asked the lady if we could just get some nuggets as we missed lunch, she rudely told us that it was for children only and we would have to wait. I would understand if there was 50 children waiting however there was no-one anywhere near and seeing there was a tray of 300 nuggets i don't think 6 would have made much difference. SERVICE: Service was very hit and miss and the Main dinning room has no dress standards - their was a mix of suits, singlets, flip flops , shirts (and even saw a guy were a suit with flip flops) ACTIVITES : Everything except for the shows are NOT INCLUDED and are at an additional cost. we did not take part in these so cannot comment but $29 for a 30 second zipline was not our cup of tea. OVERALL : We won't be going back to P&O however it was good to experience another side of cruising. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because the price was unbelievably cheap and it turned out to be a very good cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship was after reading some of the comments on Cruise Critic tearing the ship apart saying the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the price was unbelievably cheap and it turned out to be a very good cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship was after reading some of the comments on Cruise Critic tearing the ship apart saying the ship looks old, cabins look outdated etc. But I found the cabin that I was in to be quite large and it was an inside cabin at that and very modern, the rest of the ship looked quite good and plush. I especially liked the lookout lounge in the Dome it was fantastic and it took me back to when I used to travel on the old Oriana and I would sit in the lookout lounge in the late afternoon watching the sun set and sipping on a Bourbon and Coke waiting for dinner. Pacific Eden took me back to my younger days and they even had a great piano player playing songs and people sitting around the piano singing or just getting into the beat and dancing same as the Oriana. The piano was in the the mix bar. I found this ship to be quite modern and stylish even for her age. The ship is not too big and not too small just the right size with a comfortable amount of passengers. I found the Pantry was small with less tables than the Pacific Explorer but the Eden didn't have the same amount of passengers either but to my surprise there was never any problem getting a table in the Pantry and the other passengers on board where very polite and not reserving tables and I think this made a difference. The food in the Pantry quite nice and they had different items on each day. The Main Dining Room was very nice but the menu there needs a bit more selection. I came across some passengers who reckoned the food was not as good as the food on the RCL, Princess and QE. and I tried to explain that they were comparing a 3 star ship to 5 and six star ships and the price difference too. There is entertainment all night long and so yes it is a funship. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our third cruise with P&O and our our 13th in total. There were four of us on the trip (a 4 day comedy themed cruise from Auckland to Sydney), my wife and I and my sister and brother-in-law who were taking their first ... Read More
This was our third cruise with P&O and our our 13th in total. There were four of us on the trip (a 4 day comedy themed cruise from Auckland to Sydney), my wife and I and my sister and brother-in-law who were taking their first cruise. Our overall impressions were not great. Whilst the entertainment provided by the five “resident” comedians was good and a couple of the chances to discuss comedy were excellent, the rest of the cruise was disappointing, the service was patchy and the crew weren’t particularly engaging or seeming to enjoy themselves. Dining The food was a particular issue, the pantry is very poor quality, my brother in law described it by saying you’d be very disappointed if you received similar at the food court in your local shopping mall. Some of it was almost inedible (I had an oatmeal for breakfast one morning that had clearly been made by someone who had never seen oatmeal before, it was cold and had a soup like consistency). The dining room was of better quality but only slightly and the amount of selection available had diminished significantly from our two previous P&O voyages. We dined there for dinner twice and lunch once and the organisation of the groups turning up was pretty shambolic especially on the first night when although we had booked a dining time it was just chaos trying to get in. We dined once at Salt and that was of a really good standard although at an additional $49 pp you would hope so! Accommodation We had both booked ocean view cabins on level 9 which were fine and the Jewel (along with the Dawn) have some of the best designed showers at sea with plenty of room in them. Entertainment Staff I was interested to note that P&O had changed the title of the cruise director (which sort of makes sense actually) to entertainment director. It’s a bit of a damning indictment that just a few days after the cruise I can’t recall her name and she was practically invisible the entire trip apart from introducing the evening show. One of her offsides (Steven) was far more visible and if I hadn’t known better would have assumed he was the cruise director. Misc The constant charging for every minor addition was pretty annoying and although I get that it is at the budget end of the scale, it felt like you were being nickel and dimed at every point, even the wellness lectures were a thinly disguised chance to sell over priced orthotics. I was disappointed for my sister and brother in law who had really been looking forward to the trip especially as we had been bugging them to come on a cruise with us for years but left feeling like they had a really low budget experience. On the up side the boarding and departures were very well organised and for once boarding times were actually enforced by the shore staff in Auckland resulting in manageable queues and an easy boarding experience. Even as an entry level cruise I struggle to give this more than two stars and that will unfortunately be our last P&O (Australia) cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose the option of a cruise so I didn't have to negotiate the tedious rigors of airport security and the daily pains of finding a place to eat and another to visit to fill in my holiday. I work long hours normally and get very ... Read More
I chose the option of a cruise so I didn't have to negotiate the tedious rigors of airport security and the daily pains of finding a place to eat and another to visit to fill in my holiday. I work long hours normally and get very little time off so the wife and I wanted a holiday that was out of NZ and stress free. The Vanuatu Explorer certainly achieved this. While the ship itself is a bit tired, they do well with what they have. Service and staff were excellent. Atmosphere of the ship itself fantastic and we finally got the rest we deserved meeting a lot of good Kiwis in the process. It is true that you need to be careful as there are cash traps, once on the ship you are tied to the boat and reliant on the prices there in which are a bit excessive. On the whole however our first cruise a success. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
First time with P&O as we wished to experience this cruise company for ourselves. The ship was delayed after the refurbish by a day and a half. P&O put up at their expense in a quality hotel. They also provided inconvenience and ... Read More
First time with P&O as we wished to experience this cruise company for ourselves. The ship was delayed after the refurbish by a day and a half. P&O put up at their expense in a quality hotel. They also provided inconvenience and out of pocket compensation with on board credits which were generous. The mini suite was roomy, clean and tidy, thanks to the very busy housekeeping staff. The Waterfront Restaurant was the only letdown. Served meals on bowls, including steak, while the presentation and food substandard and definitely restaurant quality. The restaurant service staff were brilliant. The Pantry was refurbished into a number of micro food service areas with various cosines. This was an terrific change which went away from the smorgasbord. The food was good quality with lots of choices. The water-slide and edge activities were another great improvement. Overall the experience with P&O Pacific Dawn was positive. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I recently (February 2017) went on a three day trial cruise from Melbourne to Sydney, l have never cruised before so l wasn't sure what to expect. I was incredibly disappointed with the whole trip, these ships, although clean, are ... Read More
I recently (February 2017) went on a three day trial cruise from Melbourne to Sydney, l have never cruised before so l wasn't sure what to expect. I was incredibly disappointed with the whole trip, these ships, although clean, are just too old. The food was lucky to be 2 star, and that was the part l was really looking forward too. The best thing l had in the 3 days was a hot dog which l purchased on board, The breakfast was ok, u cant do too much wrong with an egg Accommodation was clean l would say 3 star. If u are someone who travels 4.5 - 5 star hotels u will be disappointed. It was the spirit of Tasmania with entertainment. All in all it was ordinary, l wouldn't do it again, if u must cruise l would travel with one of the newer big ships that really have something to offer..: Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We picked up a bargain last minute cruise from Melbourne to Sydney, had an oceanview on deck nine. Cabin 9182, quiet, clean, and well maintained by Dannielle. This was my first time on the Jewel, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good ... Read More
We picked up a bargain last minute cruise from Melbourne to Sydney, had an oceanview on deck nine. Cabin 9182, quiet, clean, and well maintained by Dannielle. This was my first time on the Jewel, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The service was excellent, lots of helpful people everywhere. Bar service excellent, lots of servers who were friendly and remembered your name. Drinks were a good price too, all in Australian dollars of course. I was on Ovation of the Seas last month, and a cocktail was $13USD ($18.50 AUD) compared to $12-$13 on Jewel. Food and service in the main dining room was better than I expected. Tiramisu was especially delicious. We did the wine tasting $22 a head, which was a funny morning. The wines were good, nothing super amazing but all delicious. Lots of trivia, including music trivia, to be had. I love trivia! Entertainment was good, a Neil Diamnond impersonator who was fabulous and a comedian who was good too. Usual marriage and liars club stuff, all good for a laugh. So glad I enjoyed the ship because I have another three short cruises on Jewel coming up. I am looking forward to being back on such a fun ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We took the cruise for a rest but our cabin (with balcony and bought early at "full" price) was badly affected by noise from the galley above - starting at 4am and finishing after 10pm. We found out that P&O were aware of the ... Read More
We took the cruise for a rest but our cabin (with balcony and bought early at "full" price) was badly affected by noise from the galley above - starting at 4am and finishing after 10pm. We found out that P&O were aware of the problem of noise especially with our cabin but they never warned us and were happy to take top dollar from us. To add insult to injury, we made a written complaint immediately whilst we were onboard but nobody contacted us. Then when we arrived home we logged complaints but still no reaction. The morals of P&O leave a lot to be desired and their customer service is ZERO. They are mercenary and don't care about their passengers, just the money. To knowingly sell a substandard cabin at full rate is a disgrace. Avoid P&O and ships in the Carnival Cruise Line. The food was mediocre with no fresh seafood and little fresh fruit. The entertainment was spectacular. The cabin and bathroom size particularly were good. Apart from having to deal with dramatic noise from 4am we had a good cruise but didn't get the rest we anticipated. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Very good price for a fly/cruise Singapore to Cairns. This was another cruise unable to tender into Benoa, Bali due to swell. Diverted to Lombok. Makassar, Komodo Island, Dili & Darwin all went off well - but Cooktown too much ... Read More
Very good price for a fly/cruise Singapore to Cairns. This was another cruise unable to tender into Benoa, Bali due to swell. Diverted to Lombok. Makassar, Komodo Island, Dili & Darwin all went off well - but Cooktown too much wind for safe tendering. The buffet food was extensive with the best dessert selection I have seen on any cruise SHIP. All served from behind glass by smiling staff who would add more if requested. Waterfront & the two other included restaurants were good but with small servings. Salt Grill was praised by all we met that had used it. [A$49 pp.] Stewards & other crew all working well & now as good as Princess. Entertainment was also good with some better than others. There were even two lecturers. AC handled the hot conditions well & some thought it too cold & were issued blankets. Toilets worked & did not hear of any problems. It should be remembered that P&O Aust. is a 3 star operation. As such it is nearly as good as some & better than some of the 4 star lines. The only real disappointment was that the majority of my fellow Australians thought they were on a BOAT!!! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Sailed 18th July Freemantle to Singapore. Boarded with an open mind and was not disappointed.We really loved this ship; it's size it's ambience and overall easy running was to our liking.All the people we met were great and ... Read More
Sailed 18th July Freemantle to Singapore. Boarded with an open mind and was not disappointed.We really loved this ship; it's size it's ambience and overall easy running was to our liking.All the people we met were great and most of these were in the Waterfront where we make a point of sitting with different people each night Even though the ship left late'this was not a real problem once on board.The decor of the bars was really soft and appealing;knowing this ship had a makeover from it's previous HAL days.All the lounges were decorated in the same soft tones. We got to like a couple of bars in particular that were quieter .I think the Blu room where there was one of the best jazz bands i have ever come across on a ship.Also the Dome up the top deck which retained a quite atmosphere. I do want to add that this ship was better maintained than many of the younger ships we had been on; something which really surprised us.No visible rust on the open decks! Getting to the food.We came to like the Waterfront after a few days.Even though you could not complain about the food quality in any part of the ship.The Waterfront was appealing to us as it was less hurried;no queuing (which was not really an issue) The coffee was great in the waterfront but the self service machine in Pantry was not for us We were both lucky not to put on any weight on this cruise as the portions in the Waterfront are small but you can always ask for more or doubles so never an issue with food.As usual you have the element of overweight people that stuff their faces as if there was going to be a food shortage .Having said that they are on most cruises I will make one comment on the service even though i consider ourselves privileged to be served when most of the countries in Indonesia we stopped at; people would give their eye teeth to experience what most Aussies take for granted Sometimes the service was very slow ;other nights it was spot on.A minor detail overall.We got the impression that many of the staff in the dining room were undergoing training of some sort We did not get off at all the ports of call as this voyage was a means to an end for us as our son lives in Singapore.I must be honest and say i do not feel completely at ease with Indonesia in general;so the sea voyage was more important to us Most of the crew work pretty hard and long hours and we rewarded a few of them and they were worth it I guess my only gripe would be that they did not have any organised Bridge on board and i had to organise a group of about 12 of us.Once again not a major issue on a lovely ship Most of the entertainment was good;some shows better than others Was surprised there was no bar fridge in our outside cabin;but as we had a drinks package it was of no real concern.This was the first time we had no balcony but did not feel closed in for it as the windows are large The one island we did enjoy was Komodo island and the once in a lifetime experience to see the Dragons.Awesome to say the least Embarkation was not as smooth as normally expected because of the ships late arrival and turnaround.Getting off was very well organised and easy at Singapore I think that pretty well covers it.One last point the Adults only area at back of ship was delightful and the rule of no children was enforced.There were 115 children on board but mostly well behaved from what we could see Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This is my third visit via P & O to the South Pacific and the destinations were the calling card along with a great price. Talked into it by my travel agent at the last minute, hence the price, but the South Pacific is a wonderful ... Read More
This is my third visit via P & O to the South Pacific and the destinations were the calling card along with a great price. Talked into it by my travel agent at the last minute, hence the price, but the South Pacific is a wonderful place to go. Our Ship the Pacific Jewel at 70,000 gross tonnes, is not small and provides many activities and entertainment /dining options. I will dispense with list as P & O obviously have that info for you on their website etc. Pros & Cons together then: The embarkation ( of 2,000 of us) was handled with efficient ease from check in to gangway, and long as you have yourself organised , its easy to do. Cabin was clean tidy and welcoming , ocean view forward location. Cabin Steward was helpful and obliging. Theme nights were not widely advertised pre cruise so wing it there, and maybe do your homework with your TA. This cruise had the unexpected feature of being a wedding cruise for the brother ( and soon to be sister in-law) of the cruise director , romantic to many , but the said Cruise Director , Sandy, laid it on thick and loud and brash. Selling carpets previously I suspect. If he yelled 'BINGO' on the ships PA system one more time... anyway, the wedding was apparently nice and took the place of the Captains Cocktail Party evidently, as it wasn't held this time, senior hospitality staff informed me. Food quality varied each day from below average to very good in The Pantry ( cruise included dining) . The Waterfront ( five star dining) cuisine was excellent. The eminent arrival of Cyclone Winston while we were in the area, caused a change to our itinerary which was Mystery Island to become Champagne Bay Espirto Santo. I took the independent tours on shore at Noumea & Vantuau as these are cheaper and more personal. First time cruisers might want to take ship booked shore tours as a up front try. If your adventurous , save your money. The Islands of New Caledonia & Vanuatu are beautiful, safe and very interesting. Enjoy them. Cabin TV was poor this time, in picture quality, and the Cruise channel had the TV Guide which was hard to use. Hard copy print as an option would be better. The looping Documentary of P & Os history while interesting the first couple of time was annoying by the four day. TV on demand should be installed with better sets. Photos and Videos on board , take your own, the package is not worth the high cost. Get roaming on your phone and the internet is still extortionate in cost. Drinks cost are about the same as Pub/ club prices in Australia. Avoid the Beverage package unless you think you can drink $80 plus worth of alcohol a day , every day! hmmmm. But the Bar staff were very hospitable and efficient. Take a cheery disposition with you in all, heard and saw some couples squabbling, not on a cruise please!? The young people seem to behave themselves better than some seniors. (sigh) . Anyway a three star outing for P & O this time. OK cruise with some improvement needed here and there. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We departed on the 11th of January 2016 for a relaxing cruise. The first thing we noticed was the ease of getting on the boat, unlike an airport there was staff everywhere to help with luggage, fill out forms and give you advice. A great ... Read More
We departed on the 11th of January 2016 for a relaxing cruise. The first thing we noticed was the ease of getting on the boat, unlike an airport there was staff everywhere to help with luggage, fill out forms and give you advice. A great start. Once on board we received exceptional service from all staff who appeared to actually enjoy their jobs. Our cabin was fine 5th deck interior ( a result of booking very late) Our cabin steward Floraliza was pleasant and hard working keeping ours and I suspect 19 other cabins spotless. The food was first class the entertainment very good with plenty of activities to keep you occupied if you need it. The thing that surprised me most was the price of things. Drinks were pretty much on par with restaurants, coffee $3.50 for a cappuccino, cocktails $12 - $18. The shops selling every day items (bandaids, sunscreen first aid etc. were resonable. I expected everything to be hugely marked up. Duty free alcohol was on par with Port Vila prices maybe a couple of dollars more. Overall we had a great trip and will cruise again. Suggestion: Names on tags of staff and guests could be more prominent - makes it easier to say hello for those of us with bad memories for names. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Thiz was my 30th cruise We actually booked b2b a 2nite syd to melb then a 3 nite melb melb cruise Went with a mate59 and 60 and where not gay. havent donep&ofor about 10 yrs and i am elite with princess. The ship dad ... Read More
Thiz was my 30th cruise We actually booked b2b a 2nite syd to melb then a 3 nite melb melb cruise Went with a mate59 and 60 and where not gay. havent donep&ofor about 10 yrs and i am elite with princess. The ship dad engine problems so we actually spent first nite and full day tied up at glebe wharf to p&o credit the gave everone a days refund on their ticket and 50 bucks onboard credit. Full service happened whilst onboard. First time in pacific jewel different crowd to princess a lot younger and more tattoos.i though she seemed high density and a little worn out but spotlessly clean and reasonably well run even though i did notice she seemed understaffed. I had cabin9136 putside quite a large cabin compared to princess with a huge wardrobe area normal bathroom usual stuff fridge tv etc cabin was dated lots of wood but kept spotless by attendant Usual shipboard bars nice public rooms We went to pantry for a snack onboarding Where do i start spotlessly clean looks impressive but the food like a cafeteria You want fish and chips no thanks its basa a crap farmed fish from vietnam. Igot a chicken avocado roll beautiflly presented wtapped in paper i worked out 1 avocado does 20 rolls it was thinly smeared like butter and i actually got a finger size piece of chicken. The other stations were similar indian /mexican / roast beef/ sweets Basic ingredients but i must say well presented and visually attractive and served by servers. Havingsaid that id say 99%of people would tell you its the best meal they have ever had.. the pantry had plenty of seating stools tables but i noticed only 3 busboys cleaning up and boy did they know how to drag it out. Had brakfast there not much better scrambled eggs from a bottle i didnt have any you will never see salmon here tiny pastries ajuice in the tiniest glasses you ever see with some sort of toxic waste disguised as juice. Didnt do dinner at the pantry. And it closes at 10 am so bad luck if you get up late any way enough of that usual daytime activities in loinges or out on deck we just sat out rear deck on lounges as we had fantastic weather on run down to melb. If your hungry during day want a burger you pay a pizza chips maybe a bucket of prawns you pay same goes for room service. Drinks usual prices .same idiotic sales on ship and i think they have art auction as well.no library Lots of nitetime activity floorshows a comedy act r rated it was great and the dome and casino were very busy. They have anytime sitting at waterfront restuarant always a queue it seemed understaffed and half table were always empty. One server per table no bread rolls a guy comes around with a basket and doesnt come back unless you ask. A weird menu bucket of wings /burger / pizza the only place you dont pay thats on always available section the normal food was v ok but i must admit i cant remember anything i ate but you wont see prawns lobster big juicy steaks . Breakfast in waterfront was similar i had smoked salmon it was the bits and pieces of smoked salmon. Anyway we saied to melb then took off again to wilsons prom turned around and went back again. Wilson promnis a couple of rocks in the ocean. We had a few comedy acts on this cruise they were all pretty good and i thought hilight of trip. Went to dome as well saw a passenger abuse a staff member over a minor issue i reported the passenger to security discretely . Overall pacific jewel is ok i probably wouldnt go back unless i got a cruise for 500 bucks think i stick to princess. But if you like partying and lots of activities its great fun but take into consideration the fact you have to pay for all the little extras Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
Aria review 25 November 2015 We booked an inside cabin for this two night inaugural cruise from Sydney to Brisbane. Inside cabin 5020 was really large, much bigger than we have had before. This was our 18th cruise overall, and third ... Read More
Aria review 25 November 2015 We booked an inside cabin for this two night inaugural cruise from Sydney to Brisbane. Inside cabin 5020 was really large, much bigger than we have had before. This was our 18th cruise overall, and third time on P&O, and we usually have a balcony (we have had an inside on Pacific Pearl and Voyager of the Seas). The inside cabin had lots of storage/wardrobe space, a three seater lounge, and a good sized bathroom with a large vanity. The bedding arrangement was twin beds, which we would normally have a queen. But having the twin beds gave the room even more space, so having the twin beds was good. The mattress and bedding was all new and very comfortable. All of the other furnishings were in good condition. The only item needing maintenance was the make up mirror. Our room steward and his assistant were both very friendly and helpful, and our room was spotless. It was also a quiet room. We didn't watch a lot of TV, but there was news, sport and a movie channel, plus some others. Reception was good. Embarkation for us was 12.30pm, but when we arrived the staff advised there was going to be a delay in boarding. And there was, but only about 5 minutes. It went very smoothly, and the Sydney staff were very friendly and helpful. The muster drill was a shambles, we were all crowded onto the outside area of deck six, under the lifeboats. We couldn't hear the announcements, passengers were talking and continuing to chat even though the staff were asking them to be quiet 'so we can hear the announcements' but they didn't stop talking. We were on Port so we were in the shade but it was still uncomfortable. Our friends were on the other side in the sun. Not nice. The 5 ship spectacular concert was amazing! Our ship had four bands playing, including Jessica Mauboy. All were fabulous, and the fireworks and sail away past the other ships was just incredible. We danced for hours. They gave away souvenir hats and lanyards. Best sail away ever! Well done P&O! We had drinks in the upstairs bar in The Dome. Service was very good, our drinks waiter there was Raymond. Very friendly and professional, with quick service. Cocktails were around $11 or $12 and they had a large range. Views from up there are amazing. All bars and restaurants have been refurbished and looked like new. We also had a drink in one of the downstairs bars the second evening and the service was slow. The bar was busy and short staffed. The staff there did what they could, but it was obvious they needed more people. We ate at The Waterfront Restaurant for lunch both days, breakfast both days, and dinner once. We waited in a long queue for breakfast the first day, there were plenty of tables but not enough wait staff to attend to them. Waiting in the queue, and seeing the empty tables, was making people angry. After a few minutes an officer arrived and the line started moving. I think they started to sit people even though the wait staff were already stretched. Once seated, service was good. Some people were obviously training and the others were trying to show them the ropes. So a lack of staffing impacted on something that should have been routine, and this was poor planning on behalf of P&O. Queues for dinner the second evening formed after the show was finished, however we managed to get there just before this. We only ate at The Pantry once, and this was just to grab some dinner and go back out to the concert. The food was good, and the area was clean, and the service was good too. Friends of mine had breakfast there the second day and said the floor had not been cleaned since the day before. Another staffing issue I would imagine. Zoltina J was the entertainment director and she was fabulous. We attended trivia sessions and Zoltina was very funny and interacted very well with the crowd. She is an asset to the ship. We also used the duty free shop, service was okay. Disembarkation was delayed as we came into the dock late. The staff kept us informed and it was no problem. Instead of catching a taxi into the city, we walked about 200 metres in front of the ship to the ferry dock, and caught the ferry into the city, for about $5.80 each. What a great way to enter the city, much better than being on the roads. The ferry docks right in the heart of Brisbane, and it was an easy walk to our hotel. So overall we had a good time, the ship is smaller than we are used to but that was nice. It was easy to find your way. Some areas had not yet come on line such as The Edge outdoor area, and the machines that give you your account. There were some teething problems but the biggest issue was the lack of staff. P&O emailed us apologising the teething problems and offering a discount off a future cruise. We were offered $112.25 each, and my friends (who had a balcony) were offered $149.75 each. This is a nice goodwill gesture, and amounts to about 25 per cent of our cruise price. We have 18 months to use it, I am sure I will have no problem putting it toward another P&O cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
fistly we flew to Singapore - stayed with our son who lives & works there. We have cruised on pride of America around the Hawaiian Islands, a short cruise of South Pacific on sun princess, & lastly celebrity millennium from hawaii ... Read More
fistly we flew to Singapore - stayed with our son who lives & works there. We have cruised on pride of America around the Hawaiian Islands, a short cruise of South Pacific on sun princess, & lastly celebrity millennium from hawaii to Australia via the Tahitian islands. I wasn't sure P&o jewel would come up to our expectations, but it did. We are not demanding people, and we have an open mind. The ports of call is what attracted us, and we enjoyed every shore excursion that we booked with P&o before leaving. To come all this way & not see the. Likes of borobudur ancient temple, ancient temples of northern Bali, to walk with a guide & see the Komodo dragons in the wild, the Timor Leste - venturing up to the mountain & hinterland, alotau & ku du drum festival & markets, and lastly the swim in the aqua blue waters of doini Island. We are understanding persons, do not grumble or complain & hence we enjoy everything & I noticed by doing this the waiting staff in the waterfront restaurant looked after U.S. Very well, of course we tipped them on the last night. Not sure where will cruise next year? - we are seriously of flying back to Hawaii for a bit of stand up paddling on the waves, and possibly fly over on Hawaiian airlines to Las Vegas & Grand Canyon tour. Read Less
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