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Sarah on May 13, 2015

#CSFSpotlight: P&O debuts features for a new generation of cruisers.

As we count down to the debut of the Pacific Aria and Eden, P&O are releasing more and more details about the ships and what they will have on board. Just hearing about it is making us excited for what's in store!

These are some innovative features which we think will appeal to the modern cruise market. The cruising demographic is changing, and P&O is adapting to it whilst retaining all the best parts of the cruise holidays that you know and love.

The Pantry

Eating revolution: The Pantry
The buffet is a cruise ship tradition, but we know it's become a little tired, especially for the current crop of adventurous and discerning foodies. P&O has taken this into careful consideration with the food options on their new ships.

The Pantry is, we think, the most exciting new innovation. It keeps the casual atmosphere and wide variety of your traditional Lido buffet but allows for cohesive meals with a fun, street food feel. It will also make eating with the kids a treat- they can enjoy fish and chips from Hook's or tacos from Mexicana while parents sample the meats at Fat Cow, try the range of Asian cuisines at Stix or grab a curry at the Curry House. The Sugar Bar has that important something sweet for afterwards.

Premium Cinema and new bars
Going to the movies is a favourite pastime for many, and it will be a great excuse to sit still for a few hours during your cruise on the Pacific Aria or Pacific Eden (as if you needed one). Their Premium Cinemas provide a little movie-watching luxury, and will show some recent releases as well as cult classics to appeal to all demographics. You can even order a drink right from your seat.

Of note amongst the drinking venues to be found on the new ships is the Blue Room, a funky, speakeasy-style bar playing live funk, blues, jazz and RnB.

Culinary education
The Open Kitchen is a great concept, and one which will be a hit with inquisitive food-lovers. While traditionalists might scorn the idea of cooking your own food while on holiday, we think that it will appeal to many. P&O hasn't said too much about it just yet, but it will include learning recipes, prepping, cooking and eating- and they have hinted you might be able to sip wine during the process, too. Just like at home!

Lido Pool

A fresh new look
Brand new ships mean brand new decor, in public spaces and rooms alike. The new generation of cruisers will appreciate the modern feel of the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, and we love the glimpses P&O has given so far of what we can expect. From the sultry and mysterious atmosphere of Dragon Lady to the light natural tones and ocean vistas of the Waterfront Restaurant, it looks clean and updated. The Lido pool is getting a modern makeover and a retractable roof, and all room categories will be stylish and comfortable.

This is just a taste of the new additions and we are on a mission to learn more. Our team on the scene will keep you updated with #CSFTellMeMore. Follow along as we put the spotlight on P&O's newest additions. Like what you're hearing? Check out our cruise deals on the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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  • May 22, 2015 by Desley Powell

    Only wish these new ships had cruises traveling from Auckland and returning to Auckland without having to go through airports to Fly home or to pick up the ship in Australia. Getting a little tied of travelling on the same ship all the time the Pacific Pearl. Although very nice, a change would be great.

  • May 22, 2015 by harvey dalton

    Will these two new ships have any Auckland - Auckland sailings ?????. The tired old Pacific Pearl virtually doing the same thing on its N Z cruises could do with some exchanges with having the new ships taking a turn . This would give past Pacific Pearl Passengers a boost to do more cruising from Auckland . Many potential 'Cruisors' don't want to have to fly the Tasman .

  • May 21, 2015 by Janine O'Brien

    Just want you to know Aria and Edens cabins do not have a bar fridge in them only the balcony and penthouse suites. This is a concern to many cruisers that need refrigeration for medication especially insulin for diabetics. Thank you

  • May 21, 2015 by Lisa Waterreus

    Note the spelling mistake on the billboard in that top picture!!! ( Enought) Looks awesome, can't wait to cruise on her!