Monday 20 November 2017
The day started with a leisurely coffee and snack at Starbuck’s. After, we walked to nearby Bourke Street Mall. I was amused to see that even the trees growing in the mall were decorated for Christmas.
When Myer opened I headed straight for the top floor to check out one of my favourite view from my last visit to Melbourne – it isn’t a stunning view but I love seeing the clock tower up close from here.
We returned to the hotel where we packed our bags, checked out and grabbed a taxi to the port to catch a cruise. We arrived at 11:15 ahead of our designated check-in time of 12:00 but that didn’t seem to matter at all.
Less than 40 minutes after arriving at the pier we were boarding our ship, Pacific Jewel.
We entered the ship on deck 5 in the atrium which I promptly set about exploring
The chocolate shop
We went to the main dining room, The Waterfront, on deck 7 to make our dinner reservations for the cruise and to book high tea for tomorrow afternoon
On the way we walked through the Connexions bar where I quickly grabbed a drink
and then passed the Orient Bar
We made our reservations but the dining room wasn’t open yet so we went down to our cabin on deck 6 to check it out
I was quite impressed with the cabin – there was plenty of room to walk around with no squishing. The robe area and the bathroom were really good, the shower recess was roomy and not a small boxy area like on my previous cruises
Our cabin on deck 6 is in the midship in a convenient location being not very far from the atrium
The Mix bar on deck 7 overlooking the atrium
The Marquee Theatre at the pointy end on deck 7 and deck 8
The casino on deck 8
There is a view area on deck 10 at the front of the boat – but you can only access it from the starboard side, which I learnt by trying to get to it from the port side and having to walk back, across and down again
Looking up to the bridge
There is a laundrette for passengers use on deck 10 midship
At the back end of the boat on deck 10 and deck 11 is the adults only Oasis
Deck 11 Oasis
Deck 12 has The Pantry which is like a food court, not a buffet. I like the idea of The Pantry and all the food is behind glass cases, you let them know what you would like and the crew dish it up for you. This seems much more hygienic than other ships buffet areas – people not touching the food, or the serving utensils with their grubby hands. I like it.
The small deck outside The Pantry on deck 12
The Pantry – it seemed like a good place to have a quick break from exploring and grab some desserts
Luna, a specialty restaurant, on deck 12
Still on deck 12, the pool and the pool bar
The Cafe on deck 12
Salt Grill, another specialty restaurant on deck 12
I wasn’t finished exploring but it was time for the mandatory emergency drill so I had to head down to the cabin on deck 6 and collect my life jacket, find my sister, and head to our muster point in the theatre on deck 8. One of the things I love about exploring ships when I first get on is that I have my bearings for the rest of the cruise and know where almost everything is.
After muster I quickly took my life jacket back to the cabin and went back up to deck for sailaway which was scheduled for 16:00
There was a fun sailaway party on deck 12 in the pool area
Our reservations in the Waterfront are for 17:30 every afternoon – I wanted an early seating time so that I don’t miss out on any of the shows in the theatre
Tonight in the theatre was a sample of the entertainment schedule for the next few nights
These guys were fun but it unfortunately their full show was on the night the ship was in Hobart and we had an evening tour scheduled and couldn’t attend
Tomorrow is a sea day as we head towards Hobart, so I will make sure I get a chance to finish off my exploring and enjoy what the ship has to offer