Brilliant ship...much better than Jewel or Dawn(haven't been on since refurb), had an Oceanview on Deck 6 midship starboard - very roomy cabin, loved the settee in these rooms(was informed by cabin stewards that they are in all cabins)...bathroom - shower over bath but was informed that internal
rooms have regular step in showers & that apparently on Deck 5 rooms slightly larger not sure of this but we had plenty of room...great nightlife as opposed to other P&O ships we've been on...food at Waterfront was as usual excellent/ Pantry food & set up much better than other P&O ships/ Angelos - it was ok but other 2 in party of 4 absolutely loved their experience there...Dragon Lady got thumbs down from us all(4) - no drink service, food extremely poor (we won't bother with it on next cruise)...smaller ship than we've cruised on prior but we had a fantastic time - highly recommend Aria.
Well first cruise and was very set on having a great time. Trip up to Morton Island was good but signs of things to come was there.
First stepped into room and open bathroom to mould in shower and pubic hair on floor.
Bed was like lying on concrete.
Well thought won't be there much so does not matter.
Then off to check food. Was I so wrong. The hot food bar was so cold that this inturn made me sick with food poisoning on day three from not server at correct heat.
On arrival I had booked ATV ride for 9 am on arrival and because the ship arrived 10 minutes late sorry you cannot partake in this event. They offered to give me another booking but because food poisoning was setting in that was lost money from P&O event. sorry no refund.
So with illness setting in it back to bed for 18 hours went to sick bay got some relief with pain killers and slept for few hours.( if only they did not repeat Movie 6 straight time. xXx was good movie once but 5 times in row is to much.)
So after recovering on second last day went to another restaurant that a friend took me too and there again even table service food was cold and portion so small enough for a toddler may have had enough to eat.
So no a good impression and the other people who commented to myself felt the same.
First time ever on cruise and will never go with P&O again. Suggestion on future ones that are better would be great.
The actual cruise itself was delightful...no problems or anything to complain about. However, after disembarking my husband discovered that his iPod had been stolen from his suitcase (which you have to relinquish hours before you disembark) and I discovered that my duty free bag had been opened,
carefully taped up and that the bottle of Midori I had purchased in Port Vila had been replaced with an inferior brand of melon liqueur (see photo attached).
Took Mum on a short cruise to see how we both cope on Cruise liners - as this was both our first ever cruise. The buffet was nothing pretty 'meh' but the Waterfront restaurant was AMAZING! Comedy shows were brilliant - definitely recommended for first timers!
I travelled with family and we all had a great time. Food was good, entertainment was great and you could not get bored as there is so much to do. Staff were excellent all round. A great meal in the Salt Grill and the staff were excellent there as well. Pondering about my next cruise.
this was a first for us both and at first what had i let us infor but after the first night on the ship i was convinced that this is the life and was thinking about where to go on our next cruise.
the food and entertainment was great,the staff on the ship great so over all the whole experience was great and still get talked about over morning tea most days of the week.
so guess what we are hooked on cruising.
First time cruising with P&O. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Entertainment was great and varied to suit all kinds of people. The Pacific Eden is a smaller ship but had everything you needed. I enjoyed the adrenaline (The Edge) activities that they had to offer on board to kill some
extra time. However, on a longer cruise I feel you would be bored towards the end of the cruise. Some more fun activities to engage you around the ship on sea days would be good. Food was outstanding. Plenty of choice and the specialty restaurants were very nice with the Italian and Asian restaurants at no extra cost (You just had to book, get in early or miss out) I enjoyed the ship, staff and facilities and visiting Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and have already booked my next cruise back there. :)
Room and Crew were lovely. Top price for very average food in package, lovely if you paid at one of the restaurants. Entertainment poor unless you liked Bingo or Trivia. Shows very basic. Booked for Rock and Roll-ended up being food and wine with charges for the food and wine tastings. Bronte and
Dom were just fantastic as was Chef Daniel. I also enjoyed the very rough weather! Many cruislings didn't, so pleased we did finally head out on Saturday morning as staying at White Bay Terminal would have been....the final straw!
Not a good experience for my first ever cruise.
we went on state of origin cruise in 2016 to syd would have to say it was the most enjoyable cruise we have done met some great people from both sides of the border and had plenty of friendly banter going back and forward,most meals in the plantation and dined with complete strangers each night but
by the end of the night they were like old friends.only down side was the trip out to the ground for the game we struck a bus driver who did not seem to know his way round syd to well and it took nearly two hours to get there different driver going back to the dawn 55 mins.all in all great trip and doing again this year on aria hope it is just as good and meet some old friends again plus some new ones.