JEWEL’S NEW GLEAM

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - BRAD CROUCH

P&O’s Pa­cific Jewel has a fresh new feel. A 10-day re­fur­bish­ment in Syd­ney’s Gar­den Is­land dry dock has in­stalled new fea­tures and fur­nish­ings to pub­lic ar­eas, in­clud­ing an out­door bare­foot lawn bowl­ing green in­tro­duced on Pa­cific Ex­plorer last year.

A Shell & Bones res­tau­rant, which is also on sis­ter ships Pa­cific Ex­plorer and Pa­cific Dawn, will be serv­ing up seafood, grill and veg­e­tar­ian dishes; the Con­nex­ions Bar now has a sum­mer-in­spired pub feel, the cen­tral Atrium area has been re­vamped and new deck lounges are in the child-free Oa­sis.

Pa­cific Jewel’s sea­son ahead in­cludes a seven-night Pa­cific Is­land Hop­per cruise de­part­ing Bris­bane on Oc­to­ber 21, 2018, priced from $689 a per­son quad share.

Mean­while Pa­cific Eden will leave P&O’s fleet af­ter its fi­nal voy­age in March 2019 (it joined in 2015) as the line pre­pares to take own­er­ship of the larger 2600-guest Golden Princess in 2020. POCRUISES.COM.AU, PH 13 24 94

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PA­CIFIC JEWEL

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