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Take a break on board the Pacific Jewel for 12 exciting nights aboard the Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise exploring Pacific - South. Your ship starts out from Sydney, the cruise will take you to 7 ports in 3 countries before returning to Sydney. This 3.5 star cruise from P&O Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

BONUS up to $200 onboard cabin credit for this cruise!
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Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Tue 24 Jul 2012 Sydney, Australia 4.00pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The OPT is currently undergoing a major expansion to berth vessels with 5000+ passengers. The new White Bay Cruise Terminal, for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge, docks two cruise ships. Facilities at both terminals are efficient, though White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus to the CBD and Central Station. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

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2 Wed 25 Jul 2012 At Sea
3 Thu 26 Jul 2012 At Sea
4 Fri 27 Jul 2012 Emerald Bay, New Caledonia 9.00am 5.00pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Emerald Bay and the village of Poum sit within the world's largest lagoon at the northern tip of Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. The island is an overseas territory of France. It also provides a unique backdrop for the beautiful uninhabited Divine Island. This region is rich in Kanak culture, and with a choice of numerous white beaches and aqua waters, ideal for snorkelling, it is a favourite destination for cruise ships. Hiking and mountain biking are both excellent ways of exploring the hinterland.

If possible, visit nearby Divine Island where you can stroll along the long white beaches lined with swaying palm trees, and perhaps even have a game of beach volleyball. There is also a track that gives easy access to the beaches on the other side of the island, or you can walk around the island in less than three hours. Inland there are palm trees, evergreen trees and shrubs. A short stroll up the hill to the lookout will reward you with stunning views of Emerald Bay, more islands, and sweeping vistas of the beaches.



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5 Sat 28 Jul 2012 At Sea
6 Sun 29 Jul 2012 Wala, Vanuatu 8.00am 6.00pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Wala is located off the NE coast of Malakula Island, part of the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific. Ships can anchor between the tiny islands of Wala – a coral atoll – and Rano, so you are free to relax on pure white beaches and swim or enjoy snorkelling in the translucent waters of either island. The residents are gracious in allowing tourists to tour the island, as they consider the island to be taboo for non-natives. You can take a guided tour through the village to see cooking and hunting demonstrations, perhaps enjoy a traditional ceremony, or simply learn about their centuries-old history.

The locals are renowned for their magnificent dancing displays and these should not be missed. Also on offer are some very good quality handicrafts from the local markets and stores. This densely-vegetated island invites investigation, and hiking with a local guide through a jungle is most enjoyable. It will excite anyone with an interest in anthropology, as you will come across some fascinating ancient remains, such as the Chief Tablets, the Generation Tablets and the Namba. You will enjoy the feeling of being completely removed from modern culture.



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7 Mon 30 Jul 2012 Champagne Bay, Vanuatu 8.00am 6.00pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Champagne Bay is located to the NE of the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific. The bay, a favourite destination for cruise ships, is so named due to a fresh water spring on the eastern side of the beach that creates bubbles underwater. It offers breathtaking scenery with a spectacular stretch of beach of white sand that has a slightly pink tinge, fringed with coconut trees and crystal clear water. Natives from a nearby village greet visitors to sell their handicrafts, and suggest some activities. The island played an important role during WWII and today snorkellers can observe famous ships resting beneath the sea.

Add to this the abundance of reefs to explore, and you'll be delighted. Go horse riding, fishing, and take a trekking tour to see fascinating jungles, waterfalls and butterflies. Don't forget to shop for bargains among the many hand crafted pieces on offer. Be sure to try the local beef, together with distinctly local side dishes, as this island actually exports beef to Japan and Australia. Another 'not-to-be-missed' site is the Blue Lagoon, a delightful, tranquil, spot with crystal clear fresh water, and which was the location of the 1980 movie of the same name.



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8 Tue 31 Jul 2012 Port Vila, Vanuatu 8.00am 6.00pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu (‘Land Eternal’), is situated on the south coast of the island of Efate, and is Vanuatu's most important harbour. Its magnificent setting offers stunning views of Iririki and Ifira islands. Clean and uncluttered, the waterfront area is so unpolluted, visitors are stunned to look down from the seawall and see live corals and tropical fish. The people of the country are predominately Melanesian, but there are now more than 115 distinctly different cultures and languages that thrive here, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Vanuatu is the most popular destination for cruises departing Australia.

Clinging to the hillsides with marvellous views of the harbour, Vila also has a thriving cafe scene and souvenir, handicraft and duty-free shops a plenty. To support the locally-made products visit the 'World of Wonders' store, and the fascinating outdoor markets. A great option is to hire a taxi for the day. Bargain vigorously and pay at the end of the day. Visit the National Museum to view outrigger canoes and ceremonial headdresses, and the Ekasup Cultural Village in the rainforest nearby. Here you can learn how locals prepare food, watch weaving demonstrations, and shiver at spine-tingling tales of cannibals from olden times.

Not to be forgotten are big game fishing, and scuba diving, both very popular among the visitors. Other options include: visiting and even abseiling down the 50-metre-high Cascade Waterfall deep in the rainforest; taking a head-spinning harbour dash in a jet boat; snorkelling directly off the beach of Hideaway Island; and even taking a sea-plane ride to enjoy the magnificent views. Visitors also have the opportunity to try some kayaking around Mele Bay, go horse riding in beautiful rainforests, and even learn sailing in a shallow lagoon.

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9 Wed 1 Aug 2012 Mystery Island, Vanuatu 8.00am 5.00pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Mystery Island is located just 600m off the SW corner of Aneityum, the southernmost inhabited island in the Vanuatu archipelago of the South Pacific. The islet is uninhabited apart from tourists, and its airport that was originally a World War II landing strip for the allied forces. The twice-weekly flights serve the population on nearby Aneityum Island. Cruise ship visitors arrive by tender, and are greeted by friendly locals from Aneityum, who come across to meet them, alongside an attractive Welcome sign. They provide entertainment with a string band and singing. Of great interest is the Thong Instrument, played by banging a thong on the end of various lengths of bamboo. It is surprisingly very musical.

Locals also set up stalls with shells and handicrafts for sale. Many tourists take the opportunity to have their hair braided. Also you’ll be keen to taste from the large bowl of Cannibal Soup. The island is renowned for its white sandy beaches and magnificent turquoise waters, with a fringing reef providing excellent opportunities for snorkellers, as the condition of the coral and the life within it are in a near pristine state. It truly is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Recently a number of shore excursions have been organised in conjunction with the local community. They include glass-bottomed boats and kayaks, a snorkel safari, paddleboarding, and a tour of Anelghowhat village on Aneityum Island. Carnival, Princess and HAL are participant cruise lines.

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10 Thu 2 Aug 2012 Noumea, New Caledonia 8.00am 5.30pm
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Situated in the south of the country's main island Grande Terre, Noumea is the capital of the French Territory of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. It enjoys a sunny, moderate climate, and truly is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, where the South Pacific meets the Riviera. The city maintains much of New Caledonia's unique mix of French and old Melanesian culture, while the U.S. wartime military influence lingers. This is evidenced both in the warmth that many New Caledonian people feel towards the U.S., as well as some of the very 'American' names of several of the quarters of the city.

Noumea has excellent museums, restaurants, designer boutiques, markets, and shopping areas, which you are sure to enjoy, here in the 'Paris of the Pacific'. Some of Noumea's best-known restaurants are in the attractive tourist area of Anse Vata. The city's main square, Place des Cocotiers, is also flanked by a variety of cafes and restaurants. And to drink? Try the kava while you're in town – it's a memory you'll not quickly forget. Hiring a yacht is very popular, as are windsurfing and scuba diving. There are numerous hiking possibilities to the craggy mountainous beauty of the interior, and several ranches offer horseback riding.

There are several attractions in Noumea beyond the bays and amid the hibiscus and the bougainvillea. Learn about Noumea's history at the City Museum and Museum of Maritime, and then take in one of the most remarkable collections of Pacific artefacts in the Museum of New Caledonia. Just out of town is the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, featuring the iconic wooden round houses of the region, an Oceanic cultures library, as well as traditional dancing and music at select times. Snorkelling is popular in Lemon Bay, and wind/kite surfers take advantage of the breezes of Anse Vata in the afternoons.

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11 Fri 3 Aug 2012 At Sea
12 Sat 4 Aug 2012 At Sea
13 Sun 5 Aug 2012 Sydney, Australia 7.00am
Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The OPT is currently undergoing a major expansion to berth vessels with 5000+ passengers. The new White Bay Cruise Terminal, for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge, docks two cruise ships. Facilities at both terminals are efficient, though White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus to the CBD and Central Station. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

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Until August 2015 Pacific Dawn is based in Brisbane, offering 7-night itineraries to the Great Barrier Reef and to New Caledonia/Vanuatu. From August to September she sails from Sydney to Pacific islands, and runs many ‘sampler’ cruises over three nights. Then from mid-December Pacific Jewel will be based in Melbourne, heading for Pacific islands, Tasmania, and South Australia. Come mid-February 2016 she relocates to Sydney, for a variety of voyages to suit many tastes.

Accommodation
Cabin decor will be upgraded in July/August 2015. Staterooms come in four categories – Mini-Suite with balcony, Balcony, Oceanview and Inside – and 23 price levels (higher decks costing more). Many cabins have a third or even a fourth bed available. All cabins are spacious, with wardrobes, ensuites, and twin beds mostly convertible to queen size. Facilities include flat screen TV, fridge, personal safe, controllable AC, bathrobes and toiletries, and an interactive video system. The décor is neat and attractive. Outside cabins having a large window (or porthole in the case of a few). Forty interconnecting cabins for families and groups allow quad-quad, twin-quad, triple-triple, and twin-twin bedding.

Food and Dining
Dining-wise, there are four eateries onboard Pacific Jewel. Dining is where and when you like: “Your Choice Dining” at the main The Waterfront Restaurant or the buffet Plantation Restaurant. Expect big ship banquet catering. The décor is bright and very colourful. Dress up for the formal dinner/s. There are three alternative (pay extra) options. The line has recruited celebrity chef Luke Mangan who has added his touches to the menu in the Salt Grill restaurant, a steak and seafood venue. La Luna is a casual restaurant serving Asian cuisine. For an exceptional evening make a reservation at Chef’s Table, for a tour of the galley and commentary by the Executive Chef.

Entertainment
The main attractions are the destinations: the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, PNG, and SE Asia. During sea days there’s plenty of activity day and night to keep you entertained. The two-deck Marquee Theatre is the main venue for production shows and major cabaret acts. View all the action and latest movies on the Big Screen day and night on the pool deck, and at night the Lido deck presents an aerial trapeze display. Other entertainment includes Laser Light shows in the Atrium, game shows, and adults-only Sit Down Comedy Club. Forward on the top deck is The Dome with dance floor. There are five bars and a casino, much live music and karaoke. By day guests can join in a variety of organised activities such as Bingo. The shopping arcade offers fine jewellery, crystal, perfumes and fashion apparel.



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Take a break on board the Pacific Jewel for 12 exciting nights aboard the Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise exploring Pacific - South. When: Ship: Pacific Jewel Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: Crystal Reflections J223 Cruise
Duration: 12 nights
Ship: Pacific Jewel
Star rating:
Departs: Sydney
Returns: Sydney
Ports of call: 7
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Shops duty-free
  • Shore Tours
  • No tipping, AUD on board
  • DINING
  • Main Dining rooms (2)
  • Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
  • Chef’s Table
  • Luna (pay)
  • The Grill
  • Flexible dining, kids menus
  • Room service menu (pay)
  • Cafes
  • Lounges, bars, clubs
  • Ice cream bar (pay)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Production shows
  • Poolside Screen (movies, sports)
  • Circus performances
  • Live music, nightclub, comedy
  • Theme & Cocktail nights
  • Casino, game shows
  • Laser Light shows
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swim pools (2)
  • Hot tubs (2)
  • The Oasis adult retreat
  • Paddling pool
  • Health Spa Sauna Salon Fitness
  • Fitness, Wellness classes, bootcamp
  • P&O Edge activities (climbing, zipline, Plank)
  • Deck, board games
  • Jogging track
  • Classes for dance, art & craft, drinks, cooking, wine tasting (some pay)
  • Art auctions
  • Bingo
  • Race car simulators (pay)
  • Ceremonies, weddings, group events organised
  • Photo, video gallery
  • Library
  • UNDER 18
  • Group centres for 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-17 y
  • Group child minding (late night, 3-13 y, pay)
  • OTHER
  • Internet, Wi-Fi areas (pay)
  • Mobile (Int’l roaming; pay provider)
  • ATM on board
  • Laundrette, laundry service (pay)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevators
  • Medical centre
  • Smoking outdoor areas
  • Power 3-pin 220/240V
  • Daily newsletter
  • Advise dietary, medical, mobility needs at booking

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Gratuities - tipping is neither expected nor required
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea, milk & hot snacks
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Open/anytime or traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Valet, laundry & concierge services (Suites, Mini-suites)
  • Weddings, ceremonies, group events options
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items
  • Workshops, classes & programs
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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