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56% of cruisers loved it
Why Go?
  • Major refurbishment in August 2012
  • Interconnecting cabins great for families and groups
  • Features a New Zealand Natural ice cream parlor
  • Great facilities and entertainment for kids
  • Outdoor circus arena for acrobatic performances
  • Two pools, including a swim-up bar for adults
  • Offers cruises from Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne

Pacific Pearl Cabins

If there's one major drawback to this ship, it's the lack of balcony accommodations -- only 64 out of a total of 773 -- which is unfortunate for a ship that spends most of its time cruising the Australian and South Pacific tropics. While the mini-suites were a major focus of the refurbishment pre-launch in 2010, the remaining accommodations have thankfully been updated to a higher standard, with the last remaining traces of the ship's former lives, such as old furniture and closet hangers, largely erased.

Of Pacific Pearl's 773 cabins, the 64 with balconies are made up of 36 mini-suites and only 28 balcony staterooms; unlike Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn, Pearl has no multiroom suites. Of the remaining staterooms, 176 are insides, and the largest percentage is handed over to oceanviews -- 533 in total. There are 10 staterooms suitable for people with disabilities, all of which are outsides.

All balcony staterooms and mini-suites are located together on Deck 11. Balcony staterooms that sleep two are grouped forward, with the mini-suites midship.

The 36 mini-suites are uniform in size at just less than 366 square feet (34 square metres) and are simply extremely large staterooms with sitting areas and slightly longer balconies featuring tables, and two chairs and two sun loungers each. They also have the same decor, further updated in the 2012 refurbishment. Each boasts elegant blue and brown striped carpeting, a blue chair, blue soft furnishings like cushions, and beige drapes. They have slightly larger bathrooms (with baths and showers) than balcony staterooms. Mini-suites also each have a single rollaway bed if needed and can accommodate a crib; added perks include preferred check-in and disembarkation, bathrobes and slippers, fresh flowers and fruit, a balcony blanket, a welcome glass of Champagne and canapes on cocktail nights.

Outside staterooms with balconies are also all the same size, just less than 201 square feet (19.5 square metres), and although they are a tad small by today's standards, they each feature a modest sitting area and a deep, if narrow, balcony with a wooden table and two chairs. They are each configured to sleep two; however, a lower berth can be removed to accommodate a crib if necessary. Upgrades in the 2012 refurbishment included new photography artwork and updated soft furnishings with an accent on elegant earth tones and navy blue. Cabins each feature dark wood, a dark blue upholstered chair and desk chair, beige drapes and dark blue striped carpet. Bathrooms are minimalist, with only a shower, sink and toilet.

Standard outside staterooms are distributed throughout the ship, and they're slightly smaller at about 186 square feet (17.3 square metres) without the balcony, sleeping either two or four people. Their decor features lighter wood, with an emphasis on orange and cream tones throughout by way of the carpeting, drapes and soft furnishings, and the bathrooms are also on the tiny side, with only a shower, sink and toilet.

Inside staterooms are also distributed throughout, and they're the same size as their outside counterparts at about 186 square feet (17.3 square metres). They can sleep two, three or four people, with the four berths being wide rather than long, and featuring two lower beds and two upper Pullmans. They also have small bathrooms with only a shower, sink and toilet.

Standard inclusions across all categories, including mini-suites, are safes, televisions, telephones and mini-fridges. In-cabin TV's feature a range of channels, including news, ship safety information and movies, as well as a selection of first-run movies and what's happening onboard that day on P&O's Splash TV. In all but mini-suites, bathrobes and slippers are available for a charge of A$29.95 per person. There are some complimentary toiletries provided, including body wash in a refillable container in the shower and sachets of environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner.

One of the main changes to accommodations in the 2012 upgrade was the conversion of 10 pairs of interconnecting staterooms, now configured with quad-to-quad, twin-to-quad, and twin-to-twin bedding to suit the changing dynamics of different traveling parties.

Pacific Pearl Cabin Reviews
   Cabin 1150
August 2014

Brilliant, big surprise. Roomy, lots of storage, very clean. Cabin steward, Ramesh was terrific.


   Cabin 10186
August 2014

As you would expect, the room was small but we were pretty happy with it. The queen bed was two single beds pushed together which was a little annoying. I was very glad I took a power board as there was only 1 powerpoint in the room and we had a myriad of devices to...continue

   Cabin 11129
July 2014

Good size, very comfortable bed, bath a size that you can actually use.


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Crew: 700
Launched: 1987
Decks: 11
Tonnage: 63,500
Passengers: 1,800
Registry: London
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
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