P&O's Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will make their debut to Australia in November, bringing heaps of exciting new features and itineraries to the table. New ships, new destinations, new eateries, new facilities and a whole new era for Australia's very own cruise line. We are excited, and we know a lot of our cruise-loving customers are too.
We're on the case
Two members of our cruise team, Meghan and Sarah, are on a mission to learn as much as possible about the new ships ahead of their debut, and it is a task which is taking them all the way to Norway. They will get on board Holland America's Ryndam before it begins its transformation to become part of the P&O fleet and will have the opportunity to ask questions, get a feel for the ship that will soon be Pacific Aria, and get the inside scoop as the process begins.
This is your chance to hear it all from Cruise Sale Finder's team on the scene. Use the hashtag #CSFTellMeMore in your questions and comments leading up to and during the week of the cruise, May 16th- 23rd, and Meghan and Sarah will do their best to provide you with the news, views and gossip as they hear it.
What's on the cards
P&O Cruises have released some details of what we can expect on Pacific Aria and Eden, and they are living up to the hype. Here's what passengers can expect from the ships arriving in November this year:
- An all-new Waterfront Restaurant, and The Pantry, an innovative and unique replacement for the traditional cruise ship buffet.
- Two new specialty restaurants, Dragon Lady for Pan-Asian cuisine and Angelo's Italian. These are as well as the Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, a P&O favourite.
- A stylish indoor-outdoor climate-controlled pool deck, and another pool area which is adults-only. Bliss!
- A fun and educational culinary experience, and a Cellar Door for wine tasting.
- Newly renovated rooms and the introduction of penthouse living at sea.
- The Chef's Table is not new, but will be back and better than ever on the Aria and Eden, offering a fabulous multi-course dining experience with the Executive Chef introducing each dish and its perfect wine match. The new setting for this incredible soiree will blow you away.
What's NOT on the cards
Many passengers have expressed concern that the removal of the buffets will mean paying for dinner. Rest assured, the value you've come to expect from a P&O cruise remains the same. Meals from the Waterfront Restaurant and all parts of The Pantry will be free of charge. Like with most cruise lines, only the specialty dining options (Dragon Lady, Angelo's, Salt Grill and the Chef's Table) will incur a reasonable extra fee - also incredible value compared to dry land fine dining!