Cruisers are a fun-loving bunch, and they certainly know what they like when it comes to their holidays at sea. Change is brewing at P&O, and some people are concerned that the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will stray too far from the traditional cruise experience.
We had a look at the features P&O have promised for the two new vessels, and found that tradition-loving cruisers will appreciate the efforts to keep all the aspects of P&O cruising they've grown to know and love. The main difference is that everything is better! There really is something for everyone and we can't foresee any disappointment.
New specialty restaurants
Specialty dining is a time-honoured tradition across all cruise lines, offering a special night out at just a small cover charge. For the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O have gone with two classic choices of cuisine: Italian and Pan-Asian. Along with the Salt Grill, a favourite for the line which is found on all three ships in the current fleet, and the fine dining experience that is the Chef's Table, they present a solid range of options to supplement the eateries included in your fare.
The Waterfront restaurant is a staple of P&O cruises, and it remains in place on the Aria and Eden, with a fresh new decor that is inspired by Australia's beautiful nature. Likewise the familiar venues of the Salt Grill, Lido pool, all bars and rooms throughout the ship will have brand new fittings and decor for a stylish and modern look.
Adults-only Oasis, now with pool!
The pool deck is where a lot of the action happens, and it can get a little noisy when you're trying to take a nap in a lounger. The Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will feature a pool area in the adults-only Oasis, which until now had only spas, cocktails and deckchairs. This peaceful pool overlooking the ship's wake will be a revolution for those who like to get away from the younger crowd and recharge.
We can't think why anyone would be opposed to this new development. There aren't too many details out there about the Cellar Door, but we know it's all about wine. There will be tastings, seminars, master classes, and the opportunity to buy wine to be sent home or pre-order it for dinner.
Penthouses and spa baths, oh my!
From inside to oceanview to balcony to suite, those who have worked their way up the cabin categories will be glad to know that P&O has another great way to cruise. Penthouse suites will redefine luxury on mainstream cruise lines, offering in-room spa baths, sitting areas, floor to ceiling windows and more. This is a development to excite experienced hands and keen cruisers looking for something a little more.
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