The Pacific Pearl is an older ship (built in the 1980's) that was added to the P&O Australia Cruise fleet in December 2010. Overall impressions of the ship are very good. You can clearly see that it is an older vessel while at the same time you can clearly see that a lot of money has been spent on
the public areas, particularly the dining areas and the atrium/lobby.
The food is of an excellent standard, and if your budget allows then I would say an evening at Salt Grill is a must. The cover charge for this restaurant is AU$40pp and worth every cent. The main dining room is also of a high standard with plenty of menu choices.
The only low light would be cabins. No money has been spent in this area apart from the flat screen TV's and linen. Hopefully a refurbishment of the cabins is planned sometime soon.
Overall the ship is of a higher standard than previous P&O Australia ships and the product is definitely moving in the right direction. I would certainly take another cruise on the Pacific Pearl. Hopefully one day soon.
First time cruisers, we went on to celebrate Husbands 80th Birthday and we had a fantastic time. Staff were always smiling and friendly, cabin lge and comfortable. entertainment excellent. Loved the cocktail nights, it was lovely to get all dressed up, and the cocktails were yummy. Could not find
fault with anything. We are now saving to go again for my 70th Birthday August 2012. Thank you P&O for a great cruise to Tassie.
The main part of the ship was very good. The bathroom in the cabin was a bit tired. I had got impression that the ship had been re-done, but now realise only parts had. The service was very good and even when I saw that they had to deal with some of the not so poilte passengers.Food was very good,
good choices. The entertainment was fabulous as were the activites and plenty to choose from. We did our own shore tours. I have reccommended the Pacific Pearl cruise to others and I will definitely like to go on another.
I thought the Pacific Pearl would be a good introductory cruise for New Zealanders and Australians. The food was very good, the cabin were clean and configured well. I like the large TV outside it was nice to lay out by the pool and still be able to watch a movie. The down side... the wait staff
were not familiar with the ship and could have been a bit more friendly but I'm sure this will come with time and training. Overall, I had a wonderful time on this ship. Happy cruising!
Love Love Loved it !!!!!
This was my first cruise ever.Eternally grateful to my son and his girlfriend to shout both mothers for a get to know each other cruise.1 mother from NZ & 1 from Germany.,son & girlfriend live in sydney. The 4 of us had the most fantastic time.The crew were absolutely the best. Friendly,smiling,helpful,using our names etc.cabins were kept spotless.Spacious cabins with everything you need.Wait staff were excellent and very quick to clean up after you,and with a friendly smile.Service was excellent.Plenty of good food.Lots of food lol.(but I own a bakery and that was not mudcake.Mudcake is not made of coconut.)
There was so much enternment we didnt get to partake of it all.I think that's a guise to get you back to finish it.! Im saving now.!We had fun getting to learn our way around,(good exercise)and yes,sometimes SOME of the lifts were out of order,others to choose from.And they were quickly fixed.But after all that food there are perfectly good staircases and faster than lifts anyway by the time the lift takes you up and down all over the place and stops at every floor but yours.Loved the shore tours.Son taught me to snorkel for the first time ever.Walked round Mystery Island in 53 mins.Perfect beaches.Went to Lifou,Noumea and Isle of Pines as well.So many shows that we missed some.All highly entertaining and I saw shows I don't go to on land.It's opened my eyes to new possibilities.
So,P&O Cruises,I will shout my praise loud and clear.(I did & now another son and his fiancee going cruising for honeymoon in jan 2012). On the Pacific Pearl.
We booked this cruise because we wanted to see norfolk island.On the first day on board we met a couple from new Zealand who told us we had only a 20% chance of going there as from the last 7 cruises only 2 had managed to visit the island.We met the captain by chance the next day in the corridor and
we asked him if this was correct.He told us that anyone who wanted to go to a specific destination should take a plane not a cruise ship.As it was we hit a large storm and there was no way he could have launched the tenders,but there was no apology given or any compensation offered even a drink would have been something.We would not have booked this cruise if we had known the chance of getting there was this small, and I feel let down by P&O as this was my third cruise in just over 12 months.There were many other passengers feeling the same and I feel that this will cause many people to reconsider cruising with P&O in the future.
Enjoyed every minute of the cruise. Our steward 'Marvin' on Level 9 was exceptionally helpful, informative, and well mannered - full credit to this very valuable crew member. We enjoyed the ship, all services, cabin was great, food fabulous and great selection, entertainment great, activities
great. Thank you heaps. Will definitely do it again and happy to recommend to anyone!!!
Retired after 52 years working! Could only afford short cruise. Loved every moment.
Smooth sailing. Good Company. Wonderful Steward. Won Art Auction Prize. Enjoyed variety and Human Circus Shows. Learned how to make Crepe Paper Roses and quite a bit about astronomy. Scored well in Trivia qiz and listened in to fitness lecture.
Everyday enjoyed! Not seasick at all. Happy Husband! Happy Me...
FOR A FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE IN CRUISING MY WIFE AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT..COULDN'T PRAISE HIGH ENOUGH AND YES WE ARE CONVERTED.EVERY WEEK WE ARE LOOKING AT DEAL FOR OUR NEXT CRUISE !!!.THE PACIFIC PEARL BEING THE LATEST AQUISITION TO THE FLEET EVEN THOUGH IT WAS REFURBISHED WAS EXCELLENT..GREAT
ATMOSPHERE.SERVICE WAS NEARLY INSTANT UPON REQUEST,LOVED THE CABIN WITH THE PANORAMA WINDOW ON DECK 5.LOVED THE FOOD(TOOOOO MUCH)SO CONSEQUENTLY PUT ON A LITTLE.WE WERE VERY HAPPY WITH ALL THE OPTIONS GIVEN TO US AND WERE NEVER BORED AND MADE FRIENDS WITH SOME GREAT FELLOW CRUISEY MATES.WE CHOSE MOSTLY TO DO OUR OWN SHORE THING BUT THE TRAIN TOUR WE TOOK WAS SUPERB OF WHICH WE BOOKED ON BOARD,COULDN'T BE EASIER,EVERYTHING SO WELL ORGANISED AND FOR FIRST TIMERS WE DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE PROBLEM..RECOMMEND P&O TO ANYONE...REGARDS STEVE AND JEANETTE
For our 53rd wedding anniversary we chose the Pacific Pearl for a cruise to Norfold Island and then to Cairns, working our way down to Brisbane and back to Auckland.
We were fortunate to have calm seas, and a very pleasant cruise indeed. I understand not many ships are able to land passengers on Norfold . . . we were fortunate for this.
One down side of the cruise was the smutty stories and inuendos by the Zoltina J. We didn't appreciate her crudeness - it should have been kept for the very late comedy sessions. The worst was when she talked about her uncle having sex with pig.
You'll find a more intimate setting on board the Pacific Pearl with a capacity for just 1,800 passengers across 11 decks. The ship measures 247 metres in length and can travel at speeds of up to 21.5 knots.
There are rooms to suit all budgets, with mini-suites, suites, balcony staterooms, ocean views, cabins, and options for interconnecting rooms for larger groups and families.
All rooms offer space to relax, unwind and unpack, along with amenities like safes, flat-screen TVs, fridges, desks and daily service. Booked a suite? You'll find a nespresso coffee machine awaiting your use! There are 10 wheelchair-accessible cabins throughout the ship.
P&O prioritises the dining experiences with their own Food Revolution, a focus on fresh and innovative meal options on board all its ships.
The Cafe is a great place for a sweet chocolate fix, and the Salt Grill is the place to go for a P&O exclusive menu from celebrity chef Luke Mangan. Enjoy a buffet at the Plantation or opt for a la carte at the modern Waterfront Restaurant.
The Pacific Pearl is special for its circus performances in the Atrium, the Pacific Cirque. There are trapeze artists, acrobatics, jugglers and fire twirlers.
Head to the two-storey Marquee Theatre to see the spectacular production shows created especially for P&O cruises. There will be music, dancing, lights, and action, all performed at a level worthy of any top-end land production.
You can also try your hand at rally driving in the race simulators, watch what's on the LED big screen on the deck, take a dip in one of the two outdoor pools and enjoy a drink at the swim-up bar. Grown-ups can take some time out in the Oasis retreat, and the hot tubs, library, gym and day spas will have you feeling refreshed in no time.