2nd time with P&O, I like the Pearl, she's a nice old girl, and looking smart after her recent dry dock. This cruise was to Napier for the Art Deco Weekend. Travelled with my mother, outside cabin on Deck 10 was nice and had lots ... Read More
2nd time with P&O, I like the Pearl, she's a nice old girl, and looking smart after her recent dry dock. This cruise was to Napier for the Art Deco Weekend. Travelled with my mother, outside cabin on Deck 10 was nice and had lots of hangers and drawers. Bathrooms are tiny but showers are surprisingly large and have a pull-out line to hang wet togs etc. Only complaint was the hard bed. Mum said hers was fine.
Great vibe on board, lots of people were in deco costume and the entertainment director said the Gatsby party was the biggest he'd seen. Swell was noticeable the first 24 hrs and the strongly patterned new carpet in Plantation restaurant was not good if you were feeling a bit queasy. Food was great though, fresh, tasty and plenty of it. We always ate at the buffet/pantry as we liked being able to pop in and grab something when we felt like it. Sometimes we had to share a table but we enjoyed talking to new people. This cruise was not food and wine theme (doing that one in a couple of weeks). Breakfast was available until 10.30, then closed for an hour before opening for lunch. Free tea and coffee is always available from the machines, also a variety of herbal teas.
The ballroom dancing was not advertised as a lesson but as pre-recorded music for people to dance to, which some did. We joined a dance class led by one of the show troupe, a stretch session and trivia. The talented young singers and dancers put on a different show each night except one, and there was a good crowd enjoying the stand-up comedian. Piano player/singer Paul in the Orient bar was fantastic and really engaged with his audience. Free shuttle buses for 5 min ride into Napier. Bit of a queue in the hot sun to get back on board early afternoon, but the lines disappeared later on and the buses went on until 10 pm so passengers could make the most of their visit. Ship sailed at 11 pm. The day at sea on the way back was perfect weather, calm seas and everyone was up on deck, enjoying the pools and the sun loungers and generally having a relaxing time.
Thanks P&O for providing cruises out of Auckland, especially the 3/4 night ones – great way to spend a long weekend. Read Less