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Old November 8th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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Default Pacific Jewel makeover ?

I'm aware of the Jewel going into dry dock, for refurbishment/refitting etc... but was wondering if any of you can tell me how big/how far will they go for the makeover? Thought some of you may have first hand experience with this from sister ship P Dawn? I've looked at everything I can find of OV2 and would like to know do they also refurbish the cabins/suites? In other words I would like to know do the ships become 'like brand new'? inside and out? just can't help myself I want to know everything Nett
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I'm interested in this, too.

We cruise on her on 1 Feb and I am hoping they see sense and take out the spa from the Dome area and put in a nightclub like the Dawn.
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I'm aware of the Jewel going into dry dock, for refurbishment/refitting etc... but was wondering if any of you can tell me how big/how far will they go for the makeover? Thought some of you may have first hand experience with this from sister ship P Dawn? I've looked at everything I can find of OV2 and would like to know do they also refurbish the cabins/suites? In other words I would like to know do the ships become 'like brand new'? inside and out? just can't help myself I want to know everything Nett

http://pacificjewel.pocruises.com.au/

this is a link to their blog site and you will be able to follow her progress here..... the chocolate cafe sounds yummy

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http://pacificjewel.pocruises.com.au/

this is a link to their blog site and you will be able to follow her progress here..... the chocolate cafe sounds yummy

Joanne
Thanks but I am following the blog already I have not found information on any of the smaller detailed refurbishments like cabins/suites? are they redecorated? etc....Nett
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Hi Brushtail I believe the Spa area is there to stay ..... however looking at the plans there will be many bars and other eating areas although some will be charged...
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Having a look at all the pics of the OV2/PJ, to me personally, she doesn't need that much work!!
All the bars and public lounges look to be in good nick. Some might like a tone down in colours, but I like the scheme as it is.
I'd be interested to see any changes.
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I think Ocean Village Two had a big refurbishment in 2007, so a lot of the interior fittings and cabin fittings would be fairly new anyway, so like Jarrod says those parts of her don't need that much work.
I hope they put photos up like Princess did when Dawn Princess was having her refit, it's interesting to see how they rip out the old and put in the new!
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When they converted the Regal Princess to Pacific Dawn they did change all the televisions over to the flat lcd televisions, added extra 3 & 4 beds to some of the original twin cabins to convert them into quads, moved the casino from where it originally was in the Dome to Dolphin Deck, converted the movie theatre to the kids clubs Turtle cover and Shark Shack. These were just to name a few of the changes that I can think of that were done during the drydock.

As for the Jewel - it'll be interesting to see what else they do as the kids club are already established and in a really good spot, they are creating a new nightclub (or hopefully two), maybe some new carpet and furnishings too .

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The refurbs sound great! Can't wait!
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Hi Brushtail I believe the Spa area is there to stay ..... however looking at the plans there will be many bars and other eating areas although some will be charged...
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Having sailed on her earlier this year the public areas are all in a good condition.

The spa is there to stay, we tried to get rid of it and instead they sent the ship to you as Australians are more likely to use it!! It was under-used!

However she is only in dry dock for a couple of weeks and I think the key areas appear to be:
  • Conversion of the Waterfront restaurant from Buffet to traditional waitered style. Ripping out all the serveries, then it would need all new carpets/furniture etc..
  • Creation of the Oasis Adult only area which looks like on one of the large rear decks, probably deck 10.
  • Creation of a nightclub - it looks like they are converting the smallish teenage area deck 14 foreward, just behind the spa
  • The chocolate cafe which looking at the plan on the blog actually looks to be replacing the sunweaver bar on deck 12 foreward
  • Creation of a new teen area as the nightclub would replace their current area.
  • External re-paint of ship/lifeboats/tenders into P&O colours
I'm guessing you don't want UK plug sockets so they'll have to redo the electrics in all the cabins.

The TVs in the cabins are very, very old (14inch portable with buttons on front!) so they'll have to replace them with LCDs.

The engines are in need of an overhaul so I think there is quite a lot of work behind the scenes below deck including normal maintenance.

But the main public lounges they probably only need a bit of sprucing up. The main show lounge does not have traditional theatre seating so not sure if they will convert that!
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Having sailed on her earlier this year the public areas are all in a good condition.

The spa is there to stay, we tried to get rid of it and instead they sent the ship to you as Australians are more likely to use it!! It was under-used!

However she is only in dry dock for a couple of weeks and I think the key areas appear to be:
  • Conversion of the Waterfront restaurant from Buffet to traditional waitered style. Ripping out all the serveries, then it would need all new carpets/furniture etc..
  • Creation of the Oasis Adult only area which looks like on one of the large rear decks, probably deck 10.
  • Creation of a nightclub - it looks like they are converting the smallish teenage area deck 14 foreward, just behind the spa
  • The chocolate cafe which looking at the plan on the blog actually looks to be replacing the sunweaver bar on deck 12 foreward
  • Creation of a new teen area as the nightclub would replace their current area.
  • External re-paint of ship/lifeboats/tenders into P&O colours
I'm guessing you don't want UK plug sockets so they'll have to redo the electrics in all the cabins.

The TVs in the cabins are very, very old (14inch portable with buttons on front!) so they'll have to replace them with LCDs.

The engines are in need of an overhaul so I think there is quite a lot of work behind the scenes below deck including normal maintenance.

But the main public lounges they probably only need a bit of sprucing up. The main show lounge does not have traditional theatre seating so not sure if they will convert that!
Thanks, the engines are in need of an overhaul the mind bogles
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Thanks, the engines are in need of an overhaul the mind bogles
They have been repeatedly failing over the last few months. We had two power cuts whilst I was onboard and she was forced to sail at reduced speed as they were only use one of the two diesel-electric engines..
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They have been repeatedly failing over the last few months. We had two power cuts whilst I was onboard and she was forced to sail at reduced speed as they were only use one of the two diesel-electric engines..


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Have found the following statement on the Pacific Jewel's Blog & P&O's Twitter site

Stay tuned next week for exciting live updates from the Pacific Jewel drydock as she goes through her transformation!

Pacific Jewel Blog http://pacificjewel.pocruises.com.au/

Just hope there are plenty of pics provided.

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i hope so!i hope they do what princess does with there ships in drydock post photos.
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That sounds intristing cant wait to here all about it... let alone see it in july .
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hello,

i have these of adiablu which now is the ocean village 2 due to be renamed pacific jewel,so i thought i beat p&o and put some images up.the hull is the same as pacific dawn and so the pacific jewel is the same.

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