Pacific Jewel sparkles

P&O’s latest superliner, Pacific Jewel, appears to wear a crown. Positioned on the top deck like a tiara, the curious adornment turns out to be a circular frame for an outdoor trapeze. Yes, on a cruise ship.

It seems apt at a time when such a circus surrounds cruising, which is performing at a height greater than ever before in Australia.

Read the full article, first published in the West Australian, by clicking below:
Sparkling Pacific Jewel lives up to hype – Yahoo!7 – Totaltravel

A record number of Australians took a cruise holiday last year, and P&O hopes its new ship will lure in a few thousand more. Based year-round in Australia, Pacific Jewel might indeed be the treasure to do the trick.

Sparkling inside and out after a multi-million-dollar makeover, she showed off her new look at a public launch party last weekend, before setting off on her maiden cruise to Tasmania.

At the naming ceremony, where she was renamed from her former identity as Ocean Village Two, there were fireworks, a concert by Australian Idol performers, celebrities, fire jugglers and plenty of other circus acts.

The ship’s godmother was no less than the Governor-General Quentin Bryce, who smashed the obligatory bottle of champagne above the decks after revealing she’d skipped her 45th wedding anniversary to attend.

Pacific Jewel lived up to the hype, and her name – she’s the precious gem of the fleet, offering indulgences more often found on high-end cruise ships.

Take, for example, the fine-dining venue, Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. As the celebrity chef’s first restaurant at sea, the exclusive room has seating for only 80 people – a tenth of the capacity of the main dining area. There’s a $20 surcharge for lunch and $30 for dinner, but it’s still a cheaper way to sample Mangan’s signature dishes, such as crab omelette and enoki mushroom salad.

Less affordable is the $180 surcharge for caviar; however, it’s a sign of the options now available for people seeking a touch of luxury, even on a P&O cruise.

To find out my tip for the best bargain in the day spa, read the full article here:
Sparkling Pacific Jewel lives up to hype

Photo (above) © Louise Goldsbury

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