CRUISE – P&O PACIFIC JEWEL
1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?
Melbourne to Kangaroo Island
2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?
Travelled with a group of 6 other ladies on a little girls getaway and we were away for 5 days.
3- WHO DID YOU CRUISE WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?
We travelled on the recently refurbished Pacific Jewel. The bars, restaurants, Atrium and theatre have been renovated. The buffet has been replaced with a food court style dining room called The Pantry, with varied cuisines and dishes offered at stalls around the dining room. The Waterfront Restaurant, main dining room, was lovely and contemporary with a versatile menu, a little dark, which made us squint to read the menu but it was very peaceful and comfortable.
The pools were very small and the ship only. The family and adults only pools were literally back to back and were not monitored with life guards which was hair raising at the deeper adult pool with lots of little ones around.
Recent films were played on the out door over the pool screen during the afternoons and evenings and staff always around and attentive for towels and drinks.
The entertainment and hospitality staff were always smiling, offered cherry greetings and were always quick and ready to help.
4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?
Kangaroo Island is lovely, it has lots of wonderful wineries and gourmet gardens and farms, so very easy to spend an afternoon sipping and sampling. The ship anchors and tenders to shore at Penneshaw on the East side of the island, where you can visit the Penneshaw Museum and learn about Matthew Flinders discovery of the island the local history of the residents.
On a shore tour we did travel to Kingscote in the North East to do some Quad biking! Made some time to visit Dudley winery cellar door just outside Penneshaw for a glass of wine of over the view of Cuttlefish Bay and then local market for some Watermelon Chutney and Fig Balsamic Vinegar and Fig Chutney and Jam to bring home.
Also the trivia, I love trivia and on board the ship it was trivia and quizzes galore!
5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?
Unfortunately unpredictable weather did affect the start of our sailing ; a storm followed us out to sea and it was incredibly rough on the first sea day, with some venues closed, many passengers confined and their cabins and a lot of programmed activities cancelled and the pools were not filled till the final day of the cruise.
6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?
We did dine in the Waterfront restaurant for breakfast and dinner and the varied menu was delicious! Fig chutney smoked cheese wood fired pizza at Fire and Smoke pub at Kangaroo Island.
7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?
We didn’t have time to visit the Flinders Chase National Park or any of the nature reserves for the Sea lions or koalas. However we did see some Penguins on our travels.
So I would spend some more time here to see the wildlife and maybe explore some more wineries.
8- The ACOMMODATION
We all shared Ocean View cabins on mid ship mid deck location, so a great position to get around the different decks and venues.
The cabins were very clean and were spacious enough that we had single beds and chairs and sitting room and could store 2 suitcases in the wardrobe with room to spare.
I am a little fussy with pillows and usually complain about hotel pillows being too soft and not supportive. I had the best pillow ever!
9 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY & OTHER COMMENTS
Often suitcase luggage is collected the evening before an early morning disembarkation and generally you will be asked to leave your cabin quite early on the final morning also to allow staff time to clean and change the cabin for the next occupant.
It can be handy to have a back pack or overnight bag with your last day clothing and toiletries, etc, so you can get ready for your day, have breakfast, smoothly navigate around the decks and disembark the ship and collect your luggage to continue with your journey.
Otherwise you can keep case with you but will need to leave it outside restaurants, bars and dinning areas, it causes lots of crowding through the waiting areas and hall ways and delays on the lifts so you need to wait longer for available lift spaces which can be annoying.
Taking a back pack or overnight bag is definitely help full.
It was a short, but lovely little break away and departing from Melbourne’s Port Melbourne Cruise Terminal was great, easy to catch the tram straight to the pier, there was a dedicated taxi drop off and various short term parking spaces close by. It was easy to leave from home, drive to the terminal and hop straight on!