Pacific Jewel

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Ocean Village Two in St. Raphael, photographed August 2008.
Name: 1990—2002: Crown Princess
2002—2004: A'Rosa Blu
2004—2007: AIDAblu
2007-2009: Ocean Village Two[1]
2009 onwards: Pacific Jewel
Owner: 1990—1992: Astamar[2]
1992—2002: Princess Cruises
2002-2004: Seetours[1]
2004 onwards: P&O Cruises
Operator: 1990—2002: Princess Cruises
2002—2004: A'Rosa Cruises
2004—2007: Aida Cruises
2007-2009: Ocean Village[1]
2009 onwards: P&O Cruises Australia
Port of registry: 1990—1992: Palermo, 22x20px Italy
1992—2000: Monrovia, 22x20px Liberia
2000—2002: Hamilton, 22x20px Bermuda
2002 onwards: London,  United Kingdom[1]
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy[1]
Cost: $276.8 million[3]
Yard number: 5939[1]
Launched: 25 May 1989[1]
Acquired: 29 June 1990[1]
Maiden voyage: 8 July 1990[1]
In service: 8 July 1990[1]
Identification: IMO number: 8521220[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics (as built, 1990)
Class and type: Crown Princess-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 69,845 GT (gross tonnage)[4]
6,995 metric tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
Length: 245.08 m (804 ft 1 in)[1]
Beam: 32.25 m (105 ft 10 in)[1]
Draught: 7.90 m (25 ft 11 in)[1]
Installed power: 4 × MAN-B&W 8L58/64 diesels, combined 24000 kW[1]
Propulsion: 2 propellers[4]
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.11 km/h; 22.44 mph)[4]
Capacity: 1910 passengers (maximum)[4]
General characteristics (as rebuilt, 2004)
Tonnage: 70,285 GT (gross tonnage)[3]
5,758 metric tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
Decks: 11 (passenger accessible)[3]
Capacity: 2014 passengers (maximum)[3]
Crew: 621[3]
Notes: Otherwise the same as built

Pacific Jewel (formerly Crown Princess, A`Rosa Blu, AIDAblu, Ocean Village Two) is a cruise ship that operates for P&O Cruises Australia. She is the sister ship of the Pacific Dawn which also operates for P&O Cruises Australia. She is currently based out of Sydney, Australia.


Pacific Jewel was built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy in 1990 as Crown Princess. Her distinctive curved profile—often referred to as 'dolphin-like'—was designed by Renzo Piano. Her sister ship is Regal Princess, now Pacific Dawn. Both the Regal and Crown Princess were ordered by Sitmar Cruises and were in the early construction phases when Princess purchased their former competitor. In 2002, the ship was transferred to a new P&O Cruises brand aimed at the German market, A'ROSA.

Operating under the name A'Rosa Blu, the ship was one of two planned transfers to the A'ROSA fleet. Financial problems prevented the second transfer, and in September 2003, A'Rosa Blu was transferred to AIDA Cruises.

Refitted and renamed AIDAblu, the vessel re-entered service in 2004, and became the fourth vessel in AIDA's fleet. Like all AIDA ships, the focus is on cruising for those who prefer an active and health-conscious lifestyle.

Ocean Village Two

In April 2007, the vessel was transferred to Ocean Village, and after a small refit in Bremerhaven, was christened as Ocean Village Two by sisters Jodie Kidd and Jemma Kidd. The vessel became an informal cruise ship.

Pacific Jewel

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Pacific Jewel docked at White Bay wharves Sydney Harbour the day before the official launch.

On 30 October 2008 Carnival Corporation & plc announced the closure of their Ocean Village brand with both ships to be transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises Australia by the end of 2010. Pacific Jewel left the Ocean Village fleet on 14th November 2009 where she was refitted at the Sembawang Shipyards in Singapore. While in refit, the main Waterfront Restaurant was completely renovated together with various minor upgrading to other areas of the ship. After 2 weeks, she then sailed to Sydney and entered into service with P&O Cruises Australia.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Asklander, Micke. "M/S Crown Princess (1990)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  2. Plowman, Peter (2004). The Sitmar Liners: Past and Present. Hong Kong: Rosenberg. p. 196. ISBN 1-877058-25-4. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 495–496. ISBN 978-981-268-240-6. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Miller, William H (1995). Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994. Mineola: Dover. pp. 36. ISBN 0-486-28137-X. 

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