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Pacific Pearl Cruise Review by ecjohnston: Our best holiday yet

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Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 2.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 3.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

Our best holiday yet

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)

Hi all

We have just finished our 10day cruise on the pacific pearl. visiting ports - isle of pines, mystery island, port vila, lifou and noumea.

Being our first cruise we weren't quite sure what to expect - and after reading a few reviews there isn't much explanation of the cruise - so I'll try and be as detailed as possible.

Cruise - Pacific Pearl P215 Sydney - Sydney 10day 25apr-5thmay

We were advised of a 1230pm boarding time - so we decided to leave our hotel at 1030am - arrived at the port around 11:15. After being dropped off - our bag drop off was quick and painless and walked right through to checkin - didn't need to wait. Process was quick and simple. We were given a number and we waited to be called. 15 minutes later we were called in - went through customs - and was onboard 10 minutes later. After finding our cabin our luggage was already there.

Platation: Buffet restaurant. Meals were good and always hot - More however the such a line up for each meal with the poorly designed buffet with lines from both directions to the middle of the buffet. We ate here the first 2 days and decided to try others.

Waterfront: Ate here for breakfast, lunch and dinner once we had our first dinner here. Such a nice restaurant with quick service - on occasions F&B staff a little on the rushed side - however meals were perfect in size and always good. Did not have to send a meal back at all. No cover charge for this restaurant.

Salt Grill: $40ea Cover.
A remarkable restaurant with the best meal we had on the ship. was intimate surroundings fantastic service and a range of meals from seafood - steaks. Side selections was good for those that don't like the fancy foods.

The Grill:
Only ate here a few times - good for a quick bite without havig to dress up for our meal.

Coffee shops were pretty much the same - nice coffees etc - bars - connexions, orient, mix were all nice quite places - and only went to the dome once.

P&O really tried to put on a good range of activities and entertainment shows which were all good. Also had different theme nights which changed the ship to party nights.

Ship was fantastic for our first cruise - was built in 1987 originally as ocean village 2 - however was looked after cleaniness wise. For our expectations it was amazing and great value then spending a week on the Gold Coast or similar. However we are definately looking to do another cruise but won't be with P&O - with new ships coming to Australia we will try these first. Less

Published 05/08/12

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Cabin review: dd10192

Good Size Cabin, in the middle deck ten 10192 not much noise however cabin had few creaks in it when ship moving - but think that's normal. All cabins on the pearl are the same size - so no point in getting balcony or suite.

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