By Honida Beram
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Unfortunately, the 836 cabins on Pacific Jewel were not refurbished as part of the 2018 dry dock. However, the rooms are clean and offer different configurations of beds depending on the occupancy. There are also 20 interconnecting inside and outside rooms available, which are good for families, and 10 accessible cabins, which are a mixture of inside and outside rooms.

Each cabin has a bathroom, mini-fridge, safe, hairdryer, bedside lamps, desk, TV, phone and wardrobe. There are multiple drawers providing stacks of space to store folded clothing and lots of hanging space for dresses, coats and other items. There is ample space under the beds to store luggage. The air conditioning/heating can be a bit hit-and-miss, so ask your steward for extra blankets if the room is too cold.

Compared to other ships in the P&O fleet, the bathrooms are quite similar in size --not big but adequate.  Behind the mirrored vanities is a good amount of shelving space to store toiletries. The water pressure in the shower is very good and there's a handy retractable clothesline in the shower. The bathroom is well ventilated and well lit. Body wash, hand wash and conditioning shampoo (2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner) are provided. (Ladies, we suggest you bring your own conditioner.)

Inside:  The 208 interior rooms (with no windows) are the same size as outside cabins (with windows) at 17.3 sq. m. They can sleep two, three or four people with two lower beds and two upper Pullmans. The small bathrooms have a shower and toilet and limited storage.

Outside/ocean view: Also measuring 17.3 sq. m each, the 430 outside cabins sleep two, three or four people. Some on Deck 8 have obstructed views, and all have picture windows. The decor features medium-toned wood, with an emphasis on orange, gold and cream tones in the carpeting, striped drapes and soft furnishings. The bathrooms are small, with only a shower, toilet, basin and a little storage.

Balcony: The 162 balcony cabins are divided into two basic categories: deluxe and standard. The main difference with the standard variety is where they're positioned on the ship and whether they have a railing or enclosed balcony. The 28 deluxe cabins are all located on Deck 11 forward and have railing balconies. Balcony cabins are all the same size, just less than 201 sq. ft (19.5 sq. m) each, and although they are a tad small by today's standards, they each feature a sitting area and a deep, if narrow, balcony with a table and two chairs. These cabins are configured to sleep two. However, some of the deluxe cabins have third berths. Decor-wise, they feature medium-tone wood furniture, a brown and earth tone striped carpet with matching sofa, a desk chair and beige drapes. Generally, storage is decent, but bathrooms are small with only a shower, basin and toilet, and little storage.

Mini-suite: Deck 11 midship has 36 minisuites, each just less than 34 sq. m, so are ideal for families of three or four looking for more space. There are 18 with sofa beds providing space for a third person and 18 with sofa beds for the third and fourth passengers. The minisuites comprise one large room with a sitting area and a wide balcony featuring a table, two chairs and two sun loungers. All minisuites have the same decor, with elegant blue and biscuit striped carpeting, beige drapes, white walls and warm wood furniture, including two easy chairs, a coffee table, a desk chair and a comfy cream sofa. Accents of colour are also found in the royal blue cushions, artwork and the bronze bed throw. There is plenty of closet space, and the bathrooms are slightly larger than those of the balcony cabins, each offering both a bath and a shower. Added perks for suite passengers include priority embarkation and disembarkation, an invitation to the senior officers' cocktail party, fresh fruit and bottled water, complimentary laundry service, canapes on cocktail nights, bathrobes and slippers, an in-room Nespresso coffee machine and an iPod music system.

Interconnecting: The ship also features 20 sets of interconnecting cabins (inside, outside and balcony combinations), another bonus for groups or families. These cabin combinations are available in twin-twin, triple-triple, and quad-quad formats.

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