The Pacific Pearl has been a beloved part of the P&O fleet since joining in December 2010, and since then has embarked on cruises with P&O cruises from Sydney and Auckland to take a huge number of Australians and New Zealanders on holiday around the South Pacific. Many memories have been created on this ship both before and after her debut with P&O in Sydney!
Her bright colours and fun facilities make passengers feel as though they have escaped real life from the moment they step onboard. Regular refurbishments have left the Pacific Pearl looking fresh and sporting all of the favourite P&O features to keep her guests entertained, fed, watered and happy.
Eating onboard the Pacific Pearl is a great experience, with menus featuring fresh ingredients and local dishes prepared from scratch in the ship's galleys. There are healthy options, vegetarian selections, kids' menus and more to make sure everyone can find something they'll like.
Both full service, sit-down dining and casual buffet-style meals are included in your cruise fare. For special occasions or just to treat yourself because you're on holiday, try out one of the specialty dining options, or pick up a delicious New Zealand Natural ice cream to enjoy by the pool.
With fun bars and venues, racing simulators, dedicated kids areas, hot tubs for adults only, and a buzzing atrium at the centre of everything, days at sea aboard the Pacific Pearl are a pleasure. Facilities to keep cruisers busy range from a well-stocked gym to an art gallery - and of course there are plenty of quiet places to relax too.
The best part of a Pacific Pearl cruise, however, is not the things but the people. The crew and the other passengers provide loads of laughs and excitement with organised activities like trivia, dance classes, game tournaments and many, many more - these are outlined in the 'Pacific Daily' newsletter.
Refurbished and freshened up public rooms throughout the Pacific Pearl set the scene for after dinner drinks, socialising and entertainment. The big Marquee Theatre at the bow end of decks 7 and 8 shows an array of productions, theme nights bring a fun atmosphere to the whole ship and the many bars are great places to gather and enjoy an evening out.
From cocktails to beers, lounges to nightclubs, there is a place for all preferences. The daily newsletter lays out the program for the evening as well, offering live music, trivia and all kinds of ways to while away the late hours.
The Pacific Pearl's 773 cabins and mini-suites are modern and elegant with updated furnishings and carpet. 176 inside cabins, 533 ocean view cabins, 28 balcony cabins and 36 mini-suites with balconies make up the full complement of guest accommodations. Both quad and twin options are available, and there are ten sets of interconnecting cabins which are great for families and groups, a priority in the P&O fleet.
Each cabin has everything one might need for a comfortable place to get away from the bustle of shipboard life or relax after a day exploring a new port. A comfortable bed, a private bathroom, a flat screen TV, and space to pack away your belongings. All are serviced daily and have air conditioning with its own unique controls for different preferences.
Dining included in your cruise fare:
The Pacific Pearl's entertainment offerings are full of fun.
Deck 12 is the ship's main open deck, and home to the two pools. The aft pool has a view of the big screen where movies and sports games are played, and is open to everyone, while the other pool with a swim-up bar is for adults only. Two hot tubs can be found in the Oasis on Deck 8.
In the cool, calm bowels of the ship, on Deck 2, is the Aqua health, spa and fitness centre. Relaxing spa therapies and beauty treatments are juxtaposed with a gym offering weight machines, cardio equipment as well as a water fountain and fresh towels for hot and sweaty passengers.
Those seeking something to do on the Pacific Pearl will have plenty of options. Shops and the casino on Decks 5 and 6 will make many passengers happy, as will the art gallery on Deck 7. Quiet time can be found in the library and internet cafe on Deck 8, and the younger crowd will love the racing simulators on Deck 14. Get a dose of adrenaline in the Edge adventure park with a high ropes course, climbing, a flying fox, abseiling and more challenges.
In the Pacific Daily, delivered to each room every morning, is the schedule for the day's organised activities. Here are just a few examples of what you might find in the line-up:
The list goes on! The Pacific Pearl's crew is waiting to entertain you.
P&O's commitment to cruising families is evident in the great facilities and programs offered to children aboard the Pacific Pearl. In the Children's Centre on Deck 11 and the teens and tweens hangout on Deck 14, the ship's qualified youth staff operate four different programs targeted at different age groups.
Turtle Cove is aimed at ages two to six, and Shark Shack ages seven to ten. Both involve age-appropriate crafts, toys and games. Bigger kids will enjoy HQ for ages eleven to fourteen and HQ+ for ages fifteen to seventeen with competitions, movies, karaoke, sports, theme nights and even a filmmaking program. The Pacific Pearl has a particularly great facility on the top deck for the older two groups, with stunning views, plenty of playstations, a dance floor, a movie screen and places to chill.
Bars and the theatre are the mainstays of the evening scene. The Marquee Theatre is on Decks 7 and 8, showing an array of productions as well as guest entertainers and the late-night Comedy Club. Bars are scattered around the ship and offer the different strokes to please different folks. The MIX is the place to be for cocktail lovers, whilst beer fans might prefer the Orient Pub on Deck 7.
You can check out the evening's entertainment schedule in your daily newsletter. It might include live music, more trivia, movies on the big screen, important sports games, discos for the teens, gameshows and more. You can always expect late-night dancing in the Dome.