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Pacific Jewel Ship Details

Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel

Offering year-round cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific and New Zealand, Pacific Jewel offers guests the perfect combination of entertainment, relaxation and adrenalin, thanks to the P&O Edge Adventure Park and the largest floating spa in the southern hemisphere. So whether you're on a family holiday, romantic getaway or simply want to get away from it all, Pacific Jewel has something to suit every style.


 A little history

Pacific Jewel was built by Fincantieri, an Italian ship building company, in Monfalcone, Italy, and set sail for her maiden voyage on 8 July 1990. She has had a number of refits in her time, most recently with introduction of the P&O Edge Adventure Park and spa retreat.


Ship’s design

Pacific Jewel is spacious and modern. By the book, she is 245.08 metres long, with a beam of 32.25 metres and a draft of 7.90 metres. Her distinctive curved profile, often referred to as 'dolphin-like', was designed by Renzo Piano, an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect. The ship is propelled by electric motors and two fixed propellers, reaching a maximum speed of 22.5 knots.

Originally, Pacific Jewel had a gross tonnage of 69,845, a deadweight tonnage of 6,995 tonnes and could originally carry 1,910 passengers maximum. A refit in 2003 increased the ship's capacity to 2,014 passengers and 621 crew. Her tonnage increased to 70,285 GT and 5,758 DWT. She's quite a ship!


On board Pacific Jewel


Pacific Jewel offers a good selection of staterooms. The majority come with twin beds that can be switched into a queen bed as required. There are 206 inside staterooms, which vary in size and have between two to four berths. There are 628 standard outside cabins for two to four people, with picture windows or portholes.

On the upper decks, Pacific Jewel hosts 26 mini suites with private balconies. Each mini suite has a full bathtub in the private en suite and can accommodate up to four people.

Whichever stateroom you choose, you are guaranteed all the mod-cons you'd expect while cruising including: air conditioning with personal controls, television, hair dryer, safety deposit box, telephone and fridge. The decor is fresh, using cream colours and pastel tones throughout.

With regards to service, room stewards clean the staterooms during the day and early evening while you embark on other adventures and gourmet delights on the ship.


The Atrium

Over three decks, the Atrium is where it all comes together. This includes the reception desk, where any queries will be answered, as well as Charlie's Bar where you can relax with a coffee or drink, and the confectionary store. In the Atrium, you can also relax to the piano music, enjoy live band performances and even see laser shows!


On Deck Adventures

Whether you're a kid, or kid-at-heart, the P&O Edge Adventure Park with flying fox across the top deck, adds to the enormous array of deck activities. These include golf nets, two swimming pools and two whirlpool spas, as well as an array of café and bar options.


Spa Dreaming

If relaxation is your thing, you're in luck because Pacific Jewel has P&O Cruises' largest spa afloat in the southern hemisphere. At 14,000 square feet across two decks, the Aqua Heath Spa & Fitness Centre offers 11 treatment rooms with ocean views for the ultimate pampering experience, in addition to a hair and beauty salon, fully-equipped fitness centre and thermal suite.


Kids only

Pacific Jewel has three on-board children's zones packed with the coolest ways to entertain little ones and teens alike. There are four supervised, age-specific Kid's Clubs: Turtle Cove for ages 3-6, Shark Shack for ages 7-10, HQ for ages 11-14, and HQ+ for the older kids aged 15-17. Younger kids are entertained with educational games, toys, and other fun games and activities under full supervision. Older children aged 11-17 have their own lounge, where they can immerse themselves in the latest gaming technologies, music and films. They can also create their own short films and form music bands for the special competitions.

Younger kids will also be entertained by the P&O Cruises lovable characters, TC and Skipper, who star in their very own Junior Cruises Show. After a full day of fun activities, little ones can participate in the Sleepyheads Storytime, a nightly event in Turtle Cove featuring a mix of traditional and new release stories plus a goodnight song.

While private in-room or one-on-one babysitting isn't provided, Turtle Cove and Shark Shack provide a group child minding service from 10.30pm to 1.00am at an extra charge. It's well worth it for a kid-free night out!



Pacific Jewel offers entertainment galore: the hottest box office movies and sporting matches on the Big Screen, live music, a library and casino. It also boasts a child-free haven, The Oasis, which you can enjoy by booking only.

The hub of entertainment, The Marquee, offers a wide range of activities during the day and night including Broadway-style shows, comedy, movies, seminars, food and wine tastings and demonstrations, or simply a quiet drink.

There are eight bars and lounges to choose from including MIX Cocktail Bar, The Casbah, Connexions, Players Bar and Casino, and English-style pub, The Orient. And when you're ready to get your groove on, head to The Attic nightclub where you can dance long into the night. Otherwise, you can chill out and listen to the live music offered in most bars nightly.

In fact, there's so much to do in one day that the ship publishes a daily newsletter to help you plan your time and make the most of your cruise.


Food Glorious Food

With all this activity, it won't take long to work up an appetite. Fortunately, there are seven outstanding restaurants and cafes to satisfy your rumblings. From La Luna's Asian-fusion banquets to buffet dining in Plantation and satisfying Aussie fare in the The Grill, you're sure to find something for every palette. 

The Waterfront is the main restaurant, seating 800 for an a la carte dinner between 5.30pm and 10pm at fixed sittings, plus a casual buffet from 5pm until late.

Best of all, Pacific Jewel features P&O Cruises' first ever celebrity chef at sea with the Salt grill by Luke Mangan restaurant. Simply book a table to dine on the celebrity chef's mouth-watering creations in an intimate setting. Luke also sails regularly on Pacific Jewel so keep your eyes peeled!

Peckish during the day? Pacific Jewel offers a variety of hot snack venues, or you can relax poolside with a treat from the Ice Cream Bar. The ship also has Australia's first chocolate café at sea, The Café, which boasts a menu of chocolate indulgence, such as chocolate ravioli and baked Belgian waffles. And because it doubles as an internet café, you can sit back and enjoy a latte or cuppa as you surf the net.

And if you fancy a quiet night in, room service is available all hours, day and night.


Everyday Conveniences

Pacific Jewel has everything you need to cruise without a worry in the world. You will also find a launderette and medical centre, manned by registered doctors and nurses. The centre provides medical help during scheduled clinic times, and 24/7 for medical emergencies.

If it's shopping you crave, Pacific Jewel offers fantastic shopping where you can browse and buy clothing, souvenirs, designer brands, P&O memorabilia, electronic items (including digital cameras), jewellery, beauty products, and the usual duty-free products such as perfume, alcohol and tobacco.


Staying connected

Internet access is available on all P&O Cruises ships, and Pacific Jewel is no exception. Stay in contact with friends and family back on shore via the on board Cyber Café located at the Atrium on Deck 5, in the Library on Deck 8 and in The Chocolate Café on Deck 12 forward.  Additional WiFi areas can be found on Decks 5, 6, 7 at the Atrium and in WiFi hot spots around the ship. Wireless network cards are also available for purchase on board.


Getting Around

No need to worry about lugging yourself up flights of stairs on Pacific Jewel. There is a total of nine lifts throughout the ship so you can navigate your way between all 11 decks with ease. There are also a number of wheelchair accessible staterooms.


Something you didn’t know

On 27 August 2010, Aussie soap opera Neighbours filmed on board Pacific Jewel, with some of the crew given the chance to be extras!


Name Pacific Jewel
Owner Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator P&O Cruises Australia
Cost US$276.8 million
Christened 12-Dec-09
Maiden voyage 8-Jul-90
Class Crown Princess-class
Capacity 2,014 passengers
Crew 621 crew
Tonnage 70,310 GT
Length 245 m (804 ft)
Beam 32.3 m (105 ft)
Height 52.4 m (171 ft)
Draught 7.9 m (25 ft)
Decks 11
Speed 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h)
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