124 P&O Australia Pacific Explorer Cruise Reviews

We travelled on the Dawn Princess ,Pacific Explorer a few Times before she became the Explorer . We had to have a look what she was like after the Refurbishing in 2017 ! Dining Rooms lost their Charm . Waterfront looks like a Container ... Read More
We travelled on the Dawn Princess ,Pacific Explorer a few Times before she became the Explorer . We had to have a look what she was like after the Refurbishing in 2017 ! Dining Rooms lost their Charm . Waterfront looks like a Container Dining Room , with Food to match . Items on the Menu , when they came to the Table could not be Identified as the Item you ordered . Garden fresh Vegetables was a term used on the Menu ,yet on most Dishes we ordered they could not be found on the Plate . After alternating between Dragon Lady and Waterfront for 3 Days ,we gave the Dining Rooms a miss ,and went to the Pantry where you could see what you where eating ! Most Upgrades in the Public Areas were ok .Some were obvious Money generating changes , we did not use .We could not Comment on them . Food in the Pantry was fine . The best Idea was that Passengers could not serve themselves .What happened after the Food got to the Table is a different Story . Cleanliness in the Dining Room and Pantry left a lot to be desired . It is either Lack of Staff or inadequate Training causing these Problems . Entertainment in the Marquee Was excellent !Cruise Director and her Programm to entertain Guests very good . Except for Love Riot ,deserves to be Kiel hauled !! Embarkation went Fine , Disembarkation not so .Could have been because Tent Disembarkation set up . The Ship and Cabin were fine , Shower Cubicle a bit Tired ,Floor does look a bit worn ! Service was excellent , Except for lack of Staff during Rush Hour at Pantry ! Tender Services a little shoddy ,but you can always blame the Wind. We will not go with P&O again ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
we chose this cruise because the first port of call was to be Norfolk Island. The weather did not allow a tender boat to take us on the island. We had two days at sea to get there and two days at sea to get to Tonga This meant five days ... Read More
we chose this cruise because the first port of call was to be Norfolk Island. The weather did not allow a tender boat to take us on the island. We had two days at sea to get there and two days at sea to get to Tonga This meant five days at sea before getting on land. My complaint is that we heard afterwards that ships rarely get onto island because of weather and small jetty. Cruise ships and travel agents should not sell a product that they can't deliver Buyer beware! Also this ship sells internet packages that don't work. After we couldn't get on Norfolk, to get over cabin fever, I thought i would purchase a package that gave me 500mg. After two days of trying to connect i noticed that just over half my data was already used and i hadn't even sent one email or done one search of what to expect in Tonga. I went to reception to complain and get money back, they said nothing can be done. We warned that sometimes it is slow. As soon as i said i would be writing to the Ombudsman he did some typing and said refund would be in your account later today!! Again Company shouldn't sell a product that doesn't work! This cruise was cheap for 16 days and excellent value if you are on a food fest. The entertainment was good and the director of such, Zoltina J was the one saving grace on the cruise Generally speaking the ship was overcrowded for the seating in most areas. some people would go to venues up to an hour before so that they could get a seat. On several nights we literally had to argue with other customers to get a seat at the 9pm show. On one night we arrived five minutes before only to find no seats available. We stood at back for five minutes and then left. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Old out dated cruise ship even though it’s supposed to be renovated. Almost like staying in a back packers hostel. Really small rooms. Food wasn’t really good only if you decide to pay for it. I’ve been on quiet a few cruises with ... Read More
Old out dated cruise ship even though it’s supposed to be renovated. Almost like staying in a back packers hostel. Really small rooms. Food wasn’t really good only if you decide to pay for it. I’ve been on quiet a few cruises with other cruise ship and have cruise 29 days in total with p&o and explorer is the worst. Even the crews on top deck told us that the like pacific explorer because it’s a bludge job and easy going. Cruise director on this cruise from 18/10/18 to 3/11/18 was lazy and was hardly seen and this was mentioned by a lot of customers. Hardly no entertainment on top deck and played same songs and movie clips over and over. P&O has fallen way behind its competitors. Never again will I cruise with them again . Not enough room for anyone all areas are way to small and tender service was a joke borderline fire hazard Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I have recently been on the Pacific Explorer from 18/10/18- 3/11/18 and I agree with Micheal Graham review of this cruise journey of 16 nights. I was also on this same ship last year when it was the Dawn Princess and I noticed quite a few ... Read More
I have recently been on the Pacific Explorer from 18/10/18- 3/11/18 and I agree with Micheal Graham review of this cruise journey of 16 nights. I was also on this same ship last year when it was the Dawn Princess and I noticed quite a few changes since it changed to P&O. I have travelled with different P & O ships, Princess and Carnvial for last 10 years and I found this time that the cruise ship was lacking in several areas and I am not someone that usually writes reviews but felt a need to this time. I agree with the size of the staterooms as we were on deck 10 with an inside cabin with all the balcony suites surrounding us. I was on board Pacific Aria earlier in the year that is a smaller P&O ship and our interior room was on a lower deck and it was larger than Pacific Explorer that is a bigger ship. We called our room the closet as a joke. In the waterfront restaurant on two occasions they forgot two items that I had ordered as well as one night our party of 4 was served a cold main meal but we didn't complain as we didnt want to get the staff member attending to our table in trouble but we were not impressed. Also in waterfront restaurant there was not a lot of choice in menus and same menus repeated over several days. Not enough seating in lounge areas for the passengers. Repetition of same movies and documentaries on televisions in our rooms and not enough entertainment on top deck and repetition of same songs. Showroom shows were ok but I have been to better on previous cruises. The 10th deck launderette had washing machine out of order and only 3 for whole deck and when it was put back in the steward told me it still had a leak and had to be taken away again to be looked at. The public areas looking very tired and need to be updated, painted or replaced. The marquee especially had broken seats and several of the tray table openings on the arm rests were broken and the red seats reminded of the old mecca movie theaters and they were uncomfortable as well. I decided to take the plunge and have a massage on the ship even though I knew it was ridiculously expensive at $170.00 and this was the discount! but then when I was there I got conned into having the hot stones at $20 a pop for my back and feet so add another $40 onto that at $220.00. At the beginning and end of massage I was continually trying to be sold products or services that I didn't want and I didn't appreciate the hard sell either on my holidays. I know it was of my own doing but never again. I also didn't appreciate that every time you went anywhere near the Elemis Spa or on your way to the pantry for food that you were greeted at the lifts by the spa staff trying to do the hard sell and con people into buying expensive Elemis products or services trying to con them into buying off the shelf orthotics etc. I overheard a staff member telling a passenger that had custom orthotics by a podiarist at home, that the ships orthotics were better! So in summary I didn't like the hard sell of the spa and their promotions that suck people in and then sell them things they didn't want. There were a lot of hidden costs that you had to pay for including ice cream from kiosk on deck that I was already aware of but on other ships it is included and we were charged a surcharge for booking a specialty restaurant of $10 just to name a few. The coffee in the pantry was average at best so if you wanted a cappuccino it was at a cost in the pantry and it was quite weak as well. After speaking with quite a few passengers, we were all disappointed that our cruise due to unfavourable weather and swell conditions and safety of passengers could not land on Norfolk Island. After speaking with some passengers they picked this cruise due to the shore tour of Norfolk island in particular and some passengers were meeting friends on shore who lived there. People who booked shore tours not with P&O lost their money on the shore tours booked privately. I don't have a problem with not landing at a shore destination due to weather and safety conditions but when a ship promotes a shore destination that they hardly ever get to due to weather conditions and lack of quality wharf to land tender boats on from what I have read on internet and heard from other passengers, then they should not advertise that location as a shore destination but rather scenic cruising as this is what we did when we couldn't land there. As our cruise was called ' the mutiny on the bounty' cruise it was a destination that was part of the history of this story so it is a destination that you can't really cut out of the itinerary. The tender service was a bit chaotic at times. It took over 1 hour to get to the Tongan island on the smaller tender boats due to the wharf size there but they could have advertised that this was the case the day before so we were aware of the wait period. When we docked at Noumea I heard that they had problems with the gangway so everyone was crowded in the stair wells and lift areas and stressed trying to get off the ship so they didn't miss their shore tours and one passenger was even in tears. It was cold and hot respectively in different parts of the ship so you didn't know whether to take a jacket when visiting different areas of the ship. Our room thermostat stayed the same temperature it felt like no matter where you situated the thermostat dial in the room. The internet connection wasn't great and granted were were on satellite in middle of the ocean but for what they charge you for internet on the ship and the amount of times you are actually connected is very limited. Overall I still enjoyed my sixteen night holiday that included our bonus drinks package included as part of our deal when booking this holiday so that was a big savings but still quite disappointed in a number of areas with this ship. I have the say the crew were wonderful and I could not fault them in their attentiveness towards us throughout the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I went with my family on this cruise and for the most part we enjoyed ourselves! Pros: Our luggage arrived to our room on the first day really quickly. Embarkation was a fairly quick process. Our room steward Gemma was amazing. ... Read More
I went with my family on this cruise and for the most part we enjoyed ourselves! Pros: Our luggage arrived to our room on the first day really quickly. Embarkation was a fairly quick process. Our room steward Gemma was amazing. The room was always spotless and she was always asking us if we needed anything else. I loved coming back to my room and seeing yummy chocolate, a note or a towel animal. Cocktail prices were surprisingly cheap and the service time was really quick. A lot of times at night there was hardly anyone around due to there being an older demographic. We loved the themed nights The food was pretty good. We loved the specialty restaurant Luke's however the deserts in the Pantry could have been better. At peak times it was also hard to find a set. Cons: There isn't a large variety of activities and the good activities such as the mechanical bull riding or walk the plank aren't free. It would be much better if this was included. The entertainment venue (Marquee) is way too small and you had to arrive an hour early if you wanted a seat. The entertainment offered here was also poor so we didn't really bother. The cruise director was highly annoying and talked for ages about pointless things. The tender process was slow and we had to wait quite awhile. The professional photos are really overpriced as is the spa. We enjoyed our hot stone massage however. The gym also needs a makeover. It is tiny. Don't bother with the "Love Riot" show. I had seen other reviews on here that it was amazing but it was such a let down and not worth the $15. Ports We missed our first point of call - Norfolk Island. We didn't mind that much as we were having a good time on board. Tonga ports - there wasn't much to see and do. Wouldn't go back. Suva, Fiji - good for getting souvenirs Dravuni - Fiji - we loved this place. Snorkeling, beach and water is amazing. Port Denarau - We did a shore excursion where a boat took us to a separate island. It was great. We got a buffet lunch, free drinks, snorkeling, use of paddle boards and went on a glass bottom boat. Noumea - We did the duck island tour, it is a must! Such amazing snorkeling, we saw turtles, big fish and reef sharks. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We really enjoyed this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very well organised and fast. The Pacific Explorer feels smaller than it is, and it can be hard to get seating, especially in the Explorer Hotel. We only went to ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very well organised and fast. The Pacific Explorer feels smaller than it is, and it can be hard to get seating, especially in the Explorer Hotel. We only went to the Waterfront Restaurant once - the husband's meal was fine, mine was cold and quite unpleasant so I didn't want to go back again. Every meal we had at Luke's was fantastic, and we really like the new Pantry. Food wastage is obviously much reduced and we never over-ate. The blue room is nice, the band "SoundBlasters" was great fun. Bonded Store was too expensive for us so we didn't use it at all. we enjoyed Dragon Lady and Antonio's - I recommend the Primitivo red wine. We also really enjoyed 400 Gradi - the salads are so good we didn't even need to have the pizza - especially the roasted carrot salad - I could eat that all day. Love Riot dinner and show was great fun. The dinner beforehand was a bit disappointing but the dessert made up for all of that - quite a spectacle. We went to Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. The snorkling was great at Mare and Isle of Pines. There's a lady on the beach at Mare who cooks chips in oil over an open fire. They were the best chips we've had for a long time. We also went to nearly every show and enjoyed them all. Finding a seat was not a problem except for the last night when there was only one show. Marius, who was tasked with the bingo events, is very funny indeed and made bingo a lot of fun, even though he was a bit too fast when calling out the numbers. The trivia competitions were far too hard (except for the majority rules, and pub quiz). I saw more than a few people give up on the trivia competition because they only had a handful of answers; two, or maybe four, out of 20. All in all, we were sad to leave. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Hello All, Having just returned from our first P&O cruise after 6 cruises with carnival - I thought I would share some relevant comparisons that would highlight what each provide and what potential cruisers may find appealling ... Read More
Hello All, Having just returned from our first P&O cruise after 6 cruises with carnival - I thought I would share some relevant comparisons that would highlight what each provide and what potential cruisers may find appealling Our family has sailed on Carnival Legend twice and Carnival Spirit 4 times and now on Pacific Explorer last week - all trips to pacific islands for snorkelling as the main event out of Sydney BOARDING - both lines have a smooth and efficient entry to the boat - we have never been delayed in 7 total cruises (always choose the earliest time possible to get lunch on boat - and arrive even earlier at Circular quay as they will let you board in the previous 30 minutes time slot if you dont have the earliest possible). Expect a 20 minute process. If possible book a cruise leaving from Circular Quay as White Bay terminal is a nightmare to get to, especially on day of return when all you want to do is get home fast !! ROOMS - we have always booked a Balcony room. Rooms on Carnival are well designed and include a lounge and desk with chair along with the beds - so reasonable size and comfortable. Room on P&O was alas a broom closet - with no lounge at all and poor use of space so for us with an additional 18 months old cot in the 2m x 2m living space - there was basically no room to live ! Bathroom tiny on P&O - functional on Carnival. Carnival have suitcases fit under all beds - P&O did not ! Toilets notorious for blocking on P&O - ours blocked on 2nd last day (and was fixed in about 8 hours)- Carnival we have never had an issue BALCONY - Carnival have lights on the balcony - whereas putting children to bed at 7 pm - lights out - with one parents staying with our 18 month old and 5 year old - naturally that parent would sit on the balcony reading etc etc - EXCEPT - you may not believe this but the P&O setup had balcony light built right next to curtain runner - BUT THE CURTAIN WAS ON WRONG SIDE OF LIGHT - meaning that the light shone into the room, not onto the Balcony when curtain closed !(rendered our balcony useless after 6 pm - kids were trying to sleep). We asked reception for a portable lamp but they refused our request. P&O actual balcony design is better - there is some shade areas on the side so if sun is out in force - you can sit there all day and find some shade - Carnival it is wider full view but sun blaring means its just too glary and hot at times out there -------------------------------------------- FOOD - the real difference here was one of frustration with P&O - in that they monetise all the great foods that you hope for on a holiday and that kids are looking for. Hamburgers - all paid $7 each on P&O - all free on Carnival. The burgers are both really nice with the Guy Fieri burger (free) slightly better and with more options than the Luke Mangan cafe paid burger. Pizza - 24hours and free on Carnival - rolled in front of you fresh for trad Italian thin crust pizza ready in 10 minutes. Pizza all filtered into specialist restaurant on P&O - $16 each - nice and more restaurant quality but Carnival was the nicer pizza and for free (there is no food after 9 pm on P&O - except small paid cafe) Ice-Cream - 24 hours and free on Carnival - none available on P&O except branded shop NZ Ice cream all paid Restaurants - both very high quality food and cant be faulted - cant separate them - 3 courses and can have anything you want and however much. Specialist restaurant on P&O - Italian - was really lovely. Dinner reservations were easier and better organised on P&O as it was a simple phone call but you did have to book every day - Carnival if you have any time dining you get a pager when you turn up and need to wait usually (but fixed dining you just walk straight in to your table with same waiters). P&O are going for more upper class quiet atmosphere in restaurant - muted lighting - whereas Carnival go for family oriented brighter lighting and have a song and waiters dancing (5 minute intrusion - Im not a fan of the silly carry-on)! Buffets - this is where there is a difference. P&O have gone for a food court, always served by staff approach with seven different stations - quality varied widely - Pantry layout worked very well in that we rarely if ever waited too long - lines were not too long. Stations are 1 Indian 2 Asian 3 Roasts 4 Pasta 5 Mexican 6 Fish and Chips 7 Desert Sugar Bar The Indian was disappointing as I was looking for the classic butter chickens, masalas, kormas and hardly ever had these sort of dishes - just dal after dal and lots of vegetarian naturally. Asian - this was the worst option - Australian want westernised Chinese like your honey chicken, lemon chicken, mongolian lamb, sweet and sour pork - instead this was really old stale boring trad Chinese - nasi goreng, lamb stir fry (hoi sin sauce with wet cabbage sitting in wok for ages with the toughest boot leather lamb ever) - and it rarely ever changed Fish and Chips - fantastic - as good as this can get Mexican - really nice variety and especially the beef dishes with nachos or wraps Pasta - alas really big dry pasta bakes - you would hope for fresh and replenished pasta staples but it really was average quality at best without much choice Roasts - seemed quite good - irish stew, hams, leg of lamb with a few veggies Desert Bar - the most disappointing of all - you really better like light cream cakes - they were nice but repeated every day ad nauseum - saw the Butterscotch cream cake 5 days in a row. We were hoping for some mousse, eclairs, donuts, slices, ice-cream, mud cakes, tarts, cookies but it was all so similar Ice Cream - none - see above - monetised Carnival buffet is different - self serve and served by staff - a lot more variety with multi dishes at many stations - but also some really average stuff but really delicious stuff - so I found Carnival winning in end because I could find really great things amongst stuff I didnt like but with P&O - quality was as described above and variety wasnt there Seating - could not find a seat at lunch time on P&O a number of times - so seating was inadequate - also happens a little on carnival but apart from first day - could always find a booth - overall same for both lines. --------------------------------------- SHOWS - Carnival have a 3 tiered theatre so that you can walk in with 1 minute to go and find a seat no problem. P&O have a 1 level theatre with massive seating issues - 2 times out of 4 I had to walk out as there was not 1 seat left. On last night - our children loved the Rock concert 2 nights previous - we intended to go back for the 90's pop concert - wetn early to get an aisle seat with an 18 month old - instead - we found 3 seats in the mobility seating - were told to move - and there were 80 people standing at back aisles on each side - there were simply not enough seats. I had to leave with my family arguing and staying in the back row - awful experience. P&O musicians superior to Carnival - rock concert they had a live band as well as the singers - and the musicians and mixing were superb - incredibly good - where Carnival show is more cabaret and still OK - but P&O better in terms of their musicians throughout the whole ship --------------------------------------- TENDERS Both lines do them pretty well -with P&O seeming to be better organised and not as rushed ---------------------------------------- SHIP LAYOUT - I absolutely love the top deck round lounges (pods) with cover and privacy - on Carnival boats - they would be the spot I spend the most hours in. Pillows - ocean views - wind protected - lounges angled so they are private - perfection ! Much to my chagrin I found the P&O boats had nothing to cater - simply nothing. Every single deck chair was turned facing inwards towards the pool / middle of boat squashed in like sardines and the two glass angled panels and framework blocked view to the ocean really badly. Generally P&O boat was cramped and no where near enough chairs - whereas Carnival I could name 4 or 5 reading spots or quiet spots where I loved to sit - indoors and out. The bigger boat pays off with this sort of stuff. Just not a lot to do on P&O - no basketball court, no soccer court, no running track, hardly any standup comedy - adult area was really lame and small on P&O. Bowls was complete waste of time because the ships movement meant the bowls did not track with curve - and space was too narrow - so no one ever played it. Elevators were a slow nightmare on P&O - much quicker and more of them on Carnival. With a pram, we waited for endless minutes as elevators did not come or were filled (ended up carrying the whole pram up 4 levels up stairs after standing for over 10 minutes after safety drill) OVERALL - we will not be cruising with P&O again - Carnival from now on. It really depends on what you are looking for but we found P&O signicantly inferior in many areas that affected the quality of the holiday. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
we choose this cruise for the destination to New caledonia, it was our first time cruising. some points we found about this trip; getting on and off the boat was good no drama. our cabin was horrible we got upgrade which was more ... Read More
we choose this cruise for the destination to New caledonia, it was our first time cruising. some points we found about this trip; getting on and off the boat was good no drama. our cabin was horrible we got upgrade which was more like a down grade 3 adults in single bunkbeds when it was supposed to be a double/queen and a single. food was pretty average. entertainment was the highlight of the ship. service was great when ordering drinks. weather was poor at the time with tours. also we were to have $300 worth of credit and only recieved $150 untill we had to chase that up and our cards werent linked up so it made it difficult. most of the stuff on the boat is over priced. the boat was amazing after the refurb but i wouldnt be booking another cruise anytime soon after this one please double check everything Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The refurbishment (with the exception of the Marque which was VERY tired) was good. Our cabin stewards were very helpful and happy. Communications however were woeful including the daily newspaper, (nobody including the local bus ... Read More
The refurbishment (with the exception of the Marque which was VERY tired) was good. Our cabin stewards were very helpful and happy. Communications however were woeful including the daily newspaper, (nobody including the local bus driver knew that there was a festival parade and a wonderful fireworks display in Cairns while we were there. Many of the crew were very hard to understand as their English was not good and this included a number of public anouncements. The hygiene policeing in the dining areas was nonexistant. Having just comleted a cruise witl the Royal Caribean where you were not allowed into a dining area without "washy washy" we were a bit worried. Most of the cruise and ship was ok but we left with a feeling that improvements were required sooner than later This ship could be good value for money but management need to work on comms and hygeine before these things cause some major problems Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was my second of back to back cruises on the Pacific Explorer. I had sailed a few times when this ship sailed as the Dawn Princess. P & O destroyed everything about this ship. The food was horrible. One youth would only eat in ... Read More
This was my second of back to back cruises on the Pacific Explorer. I had sailed a few times when this ship sailed as the Dawn Princess. P & O destroyed everything about this ship. The food was horrible. One youth would only eat in the Dragon Lady and another youngster described the offerings as prison food. Quality is disgusting and variety boringly non existent. The 12 day refurbishment left just about all public areas in a very unkempt condition. The Marquee Theatre should have all the seating replaced. Seats throughout other public areas sadly need refurbishing. The Explorer Hotel has wood border trims near ceiling all scratched up. It needs to be completely sanded down and varnished. Several nautical theme items on the walls have been removed, which is a pity as it used to be a very attractive lounge and dance venue. When the cruise director announced on two occasions that it was the last day of the cruise, it was met with applause on both occasions. That says it all! In my many cruises, this was a first. The 9th deck launderette had 3 machines out of order...washing machine, token dispenser and detergent dispenser. The 10th deck launderette had all 3 washing machines out of order. The target demographic is now young families. It seemed like over 80% of passengers were first time cruisers with over 300 aged 19 and under. So they have nothing to compare with. The mirrors during refurbishment were covered on all lifts (elevators) and replaced with questionable looking wallpaper. There are charges for delivery of tea, toast and all food items to cabins. There are charges for ice-cream and pizza as well. So surf and turf night on this ship. The skimping and cost cutting is blatantly apparent. Seriously, DO AVOID AT ALL COST. OH NO, P & 0. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Picked this cruise going to the barrier reef. As we have sailed on the Dawn Princess previously as it was before transferring to P&O we thought to give it a try. It has been refurbished only in certain area, but not in cabins nor ... Read More
Picked this cruise going to the barrier reef. As we have sailed on the Dawn Princess previously as it was before transferring to P&O we thought to give it a try. It has been refurbished only in certain area, but not in cabins nor the theatre which had broken armrests and torn chairs. The food in the restaurant was disgusting and the menu changed every 5 days or so. the only decent meal we had at Angelos and even then the menu changed after 5 days. You could not get anywhere near the swimming pools nor the hot tubs as they taken over by children. The mattresses in the cabin were shocking and we had to ask for overlays to be put on the bed which did not improve much. Because the ship arrived in Sydney late which causes our departure leaving at 9pm instead of 4pm. We misses Willis island and Airlie beach due to strong wind Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I joined this cruise as part of a group so I didn’t take advantage of the onboard activities and bars. Our departure from Sydney was on time and boarding was pretty straightforward. Luggage arriving from a 12-1 boarding by 2:30. ... Read More
I joined this cruise as part of a group so I didn’t take advantage of the onboard activities and bars. Our departure from Sydney was on time and boarding was pretty straightforward. Luggage arriving from a 12-1 boarding by 2:30. The boat was clean but in places worn. We had a twin bed layout. The beds were pretty hard. The balcony cabin was compact with litte space apart from the balcony and a 1 meter area adjacent to the beds. Fortunately the beds have space for luggage below. The desk is tiny - just enough space for a laptop and bed side accessories. Storage in the wardrobe was good for 2 people. There were 4 PowerPoints 1 us on the desk, 1 US below a tiny hallway shelf and a European and Australian by the TV. The bar fridge below had enough space for 6 water bottles or 12 cans. I ate at the waterfront on a few occasions food was good but. It spectacular but the space was often cramped. Better for breakfast or lunch. 400 Gradi had excellent pizza’s and there was usually spare space for additional diners. The pantry food was average. Think food court in your local mall. I enjoyed the breakfast options, the Indian and carvery. The Chinese was poor the times I tried it. The deserts looked great but the were little more than sugar and food colouring. When cheese and biscuits were offered they were good. The soups I tried were usually bland. The staff were friendly and helpful. There were many activities available but often these prevented use of the facilities. For example when a movie played above the pool deck it was so loud that I had to leave the area. Similarly activities in the explorer bar made it hard to enjoy a social drink if you were not participating. Fortunately there were many other bars to use. On the whole I got what I paid for. Perhaps i’ll Go more upmarket next time or budget for meals in the pay restaurants most of the time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
First time cruiser and very impressed with P&O Pacific Explorer. After reading every single review about this ship I wasn’t sure what to expect. I must admit I did wonder if I was wasting my money booking with P&O but that was ... Read More
First time cruiser and very impressed with P&O Pacific Explorer. After reading every single review about this ship I wasn’t sure what to expect. I must admit I did wonder if I was wasting my money booking with P&O but that was definitely not the case! Just a quick background I cruised with two other adults and my son (4yo). Cabin: 9097 Balcony. I chose this room because it was very close to the launderette and lifts. Would choose again. The bed configuration was bunks pushed together. The room was small but adequate. There was enough drawer & closet space for all 4 of us to empty our suitcases and pack them away. I asked the room steward to take the little seat under the desk, and that’s where the 2x smaller suitcases were stored. We loved the balcony – mostly used to dry our swimmers every afternoon. We used the tv and fridge which were both great. My 4yo packed a few toys and there was enough space for him to play with them on the ground in our room while watching tv in the evening. Food: The Pantry was great but got pretty boring pretty fast. Breakfast we dined at the Waterfront. Same menu every day but always beautiful food. Lunch was usually at the Pantry (sometimes great, sometimes not) and dinner reservations at any of the free restaurants. We did not try any of the restaurants you had to pay for. Didn’t see the point. I would recommend booking the restaurants you want to go ASAP as they fill up fast. The wash / sanitize stations at the front of each restaurant was great. Entertainment: Although we did not attend the Gatsby, Back to School or Bianco parties (too late for us) they looked great! We did however attend the Adele Experience which was amazing. P&O Edge / Waterslides - did not use so no comment. Kids entertainment: Turtle cove – my son absolutely LOVED it. He would stay there all day every day if I let him. They had so much for the kids to do: face painting, games, songs, play stations, dancing, acting, everything. They did have a super hero themed day which would have been good to know about beforehand so I could have packed an outfit. Other passengers: A great mix of families / elderly / 20-30 year olds. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The kids in / around the pool area was abit much sometimes, but nothing to complain about. I found if you got to the pooling are early enough to score some great seats you were fine for the day. We did come across a few ‘angry, disgruntled’ passengers. But it seemed like they would just whinge for the sake of it. (Your on holiday, relaaaaaaax) Money: Used Aussie dollars on all islands. I would recommend changing big notes (50, 20) at the reception on the ship to smaller notes before going on the island. Noumea: We done the Amadee Island shore tour. $200 pp and $130 for kids, and it was an 8 hour tour. Expensive but well worth the money. We traveled on a bus (5 mins) to a boat where we all jumped on and traveled to Amadee Island (45mins). Once there we were broken into two groups and went on a glass bottom boat tour around the coral reefs of the island. Saw plenty of fish and sea turtles. After this it was free time (there was a shop you could hire snorkles and goggles from) We spent our day swimming and relaxing. Banquet bbq lunch was provided with juice, wine and punch. After lunch was a show from the locals. Was nice to sit there and watch them dance while eating. Beware plenty of snakes every where. If you don’t bother them they wont bother you! Lifou: Spent the day at the beach the tenders dropped us off. No shore tours available. Nothing spectacular, stayed a few hours and then went back to the ship for lunch. Mare: Again, no tours available, but did buy return bus tickets to Yejelle beach. Absolutely beautiful beach! The best sand and water ever. There was snorkles and canoes to hire during the day which was great. They did have a few stalls with food & drinks which I thought was well priced. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Pacific Explorer Voyage X839 - (13-21/08/18) In general, the cruising was well organised until the disembarkation, which was chaotic. The embarkation was fine, no issues, the luggage was delivered outside my cabin. There was a little ... Read More
Pacific Explorer Voyage X839 - (13-21/08/18) In general, the cruising was well organised until the disembarkation, which was chaotic. The embarkation was fine, no issues, the luggage was delivered outside my cabin. There was a little party on the main deck arranged by the crew just to keep passengers in the mood of an holiday. The port of calls were Noumea, Lifou and Mare in New Caledonia, they were all fine. About the restaurants, they were all OK which comprises of 3 main a la carte restaurants and the buffet area. About the duty free, not much of a saving buying on board, better deals in bottle shops ashore. Entertainment on board were not that spectacular but fine for that particular cruise. Smooth sailing throughout except on the last day a little bumpy with strong headwind caused an 8 hours delay on arrival causing chaos at the reception desk for interstate and international passengers. There was an information sheet which every passenger should have read in relation to the disembarkation in: - Groups / Tag / Meeting Venue / Meeting Time. Most passengers were actually waiting at the gangway and some did the right thing waiting to their respective meeting venues. I was in the Airport Grey 3 group 1 - Explorer Hotel and as soon as the all clear given the ship staff mentioned to a few groups to leave the ship together, that's same time. The issue was that passengers who were not meant to be at the gangway wanted to leave first blocking those who had priorities even though the Luggage Tags were supposed to be check. Now the terminal hangar was crowded even though their luggage were not ready to collect as yet. I left my luggage the night before outside my cabin, had priority to disembark at early stage to catch my Airport Transfer Group and my luggage did not arrive at collection area until the last pallet, that was a wait for more than ONE hour. In conclusion, staff should ensure that no one should be at the gangway and all passengers have to wait at their respective meeting venue, leaving the ship in an orderly manner as per their meeting time and the “Luggage Tags” are checked at the gangway by security staffs accordingly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Embarkation was faultless. The welcomed me and placed this solo traveller in the Priority line. My mini suite was very well equipped, 2 televisions, spa bath, marble shower and vanity, plus a comfortable bed. Champagne on arrival in ... Read More
Embarkation was faultless. The welcomed me and placed this solo traveller in the Priority line. My mini suite was very well equipped, 2 televisions, spa bath, marble shower and vanity, plus a comfortable bed. Champagne on arrival in the room from my lovely steward and a bowl of fresh fruit made me feel special. The Pantry was my choice for early morning breakfast, served by friendly attendants. Lunch at Luke’s was nice, but felt rushed as it is so popular. Dinner at Dragon Lady and Angelos and Waterfront were included in the fare. Shell and Bones was sensational. Solo ladies expecting service at the bars and lounges are not treated well at all. Ignored for up to 30 minutes. Cultural methinks. Shows in the Marquee was top quality however patrons left a bit to be desired. Looked back to see 10 toes on the back of the seat next to me. phew....and isle huggers annoy me. Tender priority ticket made life easy too. Loved the brand new Tenders too, very smooth sailing. Noticed a distinct difference in the clientele from when I sailed on Dawn Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have previously done two cruises with P & O in 2017. Both cruises where on the Pacific Jewel.Both cruises were excellent. we decided to try pacific explorer and although we had a very good time it was not as good as the Jewel. The ... Read More
We have previously done two cruises with P & O in 2017. Both cruises where on the Pacific Jewel.Both cruises were excellent. we decided to try pacific explorer and although we had a very good time it was not as good as the Jewel. The Jewel was more user friendly for the older generation.The only real complaint with the explorer is the entertainment venues were rather small and hard to get a seat. The Margee and the Black Circus were very good and usually easy to get a seat. The entertainment on board was very good and the bands that we saw were excellent.The cruise director Joanne and her staff were very funny and were instrumental in guests having a good time. The food for the most part was good and of an acceptable quality.We only ate in the Pantry The service was for the most part excellent and the waiters were very attentive. Reception staff were very helpful and friendly getting of the ship when in port was easy and very quick.The only down side to the shore tours was that e could not get of at Moreton Island as the weather was to rough. all in all the cruise the was very relaxing and we both had a good time. Embarkation and disembarkation was handled very professionally and with the minimum amount of fuss. Overall very happy with this cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Sailed the lovely Pacific Explorer. The choice of ship wasn't our main concern, it was the right time and going to the somewhere other than Melbourne winter. We stayed in Sydney the night before and stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel ... Read More
Sailed the lovely Pacific Explorer. The choice of ship wasn't our main concern, it was the right time and going to the somewhere other than Melbourne winter. We stayed in Sydney the night before and stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks. The location is perfect, right near the OPT and literally a downhill walk to the terminal. Could not fault the hotel. The embarkation went smoothly, keep to the time allotted and you won't have a problem. Disembarkation was quick, so quick we ended up disembarking earlier than allocated. Once again keep to you allocated time and you won't have a problem. The ship is beautiful, well layed out. We loved everything and l don't have a bad thing to say about our cruise, (unsual to hear l know) personally we go with an objective of having a great time and thats what we had. The service was very good and as always they do a terrific job of running a huge ship with thousands of passengers. Why would you complain when everything is handed to you, no cooking, no cleaning and being waited on! So don't listen to all the bad reviews you hear. Everything will not be perfect their will always be something that you can find fault with but overall it was dam good. The ship tendor process to the islands was absolutely faultless, l have been on many that you have to wait around, but for some reason Pacific Explorer have this running smoothly. On every occassion we pretty much walked straight onto the tender. Food was great as well, so much choice and l love the way they have redesigned the pantry. We dined at the pantry for dinner as well as breakfast. It was great having a choice of foods (mexian, italian, fish n chips, curries, asian, roasts etc). We dined at Angelo's and Waterfront restuarant which were also good (free) We dined at 400 Gradi which was superb. (chargeable) but so much cheaper than if you dined at this resturant off ship. Entertainment was good Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Fantastic cruise, staff were amazing ,so full of energy and will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable,food in the 6 restaurants was 5 star and was excellent in the bistro area (plenty of it).We had a inside cabin,bit small but ... Read More
Fantastic cruise, staff were amazing ,so full of energy and will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable,food in the 6 restaurants was 5 star and was excellent in the bistro area (plenty of it).We had a inside cabin,bit small but comfortable.The stage shows were brilliant and other activities were great,service was top notch. All the Islands were fantastic and well worth going to. Our Cabin steward were great always with a smile and nothing was too much trouble for him. Restaurant staff in our opinion were amazing,my wife is coeliac and they couldn't do enough for her to the point of going to another restaurant to get her gluten free food when they had ran out. The Shell & Bones restaurant was quite cheap and delicious,(we had 2 full lobster Morney's for $30.00 each),and the Waterfront restaurant was delicious and included in the fare as was 3 other restaurants. Overall a fantastic holiday,would recommend P&O and the Pacific Explorer Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Food; 4 stars really excellent given this was an inexpensive holiday where the quality was much better than most average pubs/restaurants around town. We are Italian, cook well and are generally fussy about quality so I think we can say... ... Read More
Food; 4 stars really excellent given this was an inexpensive holiday where the quality was much better than most average pubs/restaurants around town. We are Italian, cook well and are generally fussy about quality so I think we can say... It’s not the best food but it is definitely good. Ship public areas: it’s beautiful. The interior designers have nailed a contemporary comfortable classic look. Again not 5 stars but really excellent 4 and1/2 star. Entertainment: 5 star! Brilliant. One performance had me up asking for an encore. I’m not a fan of the musical genre we prefer dance, modern circus, and theatre but the shows onboard are fantastic. We have been on a Celebrity cruise and P&O in the uk and these were so much better. Cabin: 3 star .....interior cabin 9197. Small and sad with mattresses which were a lower in the middle but after getting a sore back they replaced it with a hard mattress which was better. Bathroom small but functional. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first family cruise. We have two teenagers 16 and 14. My husband and I really enjoyed the whole experience. However I did feel there was a lack of things to do for the teens especially in the evening. Out of the 10 days 6 ... Read More
This was our first family cruise. We have two teenagers 16 and 14. My husband and I really enjoyed the whole experience. However I did feel there was a lack of things to do for the teens especially in the evening. Out of the 10 days 6 evenings were adult only shows. While there are other things happening at the same time options are much the same karaoke or trivia. The things they could go to they did enjoy. However we felt each thing didn’t last long enough 45 mins was the average. In order to secure a seat you needed to arrive at least 20 mins before. Which leaves you stuck with no seats for anything else. There seemed a massive shortage of seating anywhere there was anything on. Shows at 7 pm and 9pm were packed and many standing. Getting a seat in explorer hotel forget it. We seem to spend most of the night hunting for seating, some nights just giving up and going back to our room. The activities on board that the teens enjoyed cost extra laser tag Hover ball archery and mechanical ball only happened at time slots on varying days and they needed to be booked a day ahead. Table tennis tournaments my son loved , except when he waited for the advertised teen tournement to be told it was only for hq members( kids club) yet in the daily good times there was no mention of having to be in kids club. If your kids like to spend time in kids club then I think it would be ok although my daughter did go once and said it was quite boring and activities were very young. I would cruise again but without the kids as we spent a lot of time trying to entertain them. Bingo was great fun and Marius was an absolute joy and brightened our day. Only down side at $30 a go for the family was $120. The session is 5 games. Would like to see bingo extended maybe instead of two sessions a day one longer session. The entertainment team were outstanding and a real asset we can’t fault any of them. We ate at the pantry breakfast lunch and dinner and visited 400 grandi for pizza eat in and take out. The pantry food we found to be nice. I’m vegetarian and there was enough variety. The only downside is by the time you have found a seat often food is luke wArm. I didn’t like the sweet bar much and found the cakes to be quite dry and the taste the same. The pastries however for breakfast were a huge hit. Drink wise. My hubby and son got the soft drinks package $75 and my daughter and me the one that included coffee and mock tails water and soft drinks. $250 We found these to be well worth it. Hubby was undecided if to go for alcohol package, he was only one drinking. He brought individually and prices are standard a Vb was $6.5 and bourbon and coke $9. He ended up spending a lot less than the package so worked out well. Our cabin was better than I thought it would be after reading past reviews. We had a balcony room and the kids in one next door. They are basic but adequate. The room stewards do an amazing job and they were very clean and accommodating for extra blanket towels etc. the only negative I had ,was the double bed was two singles pushed together which were different heights. And one was rock hard and I had a bad first night as I suffer with chronic pain. But then hubby and I switched sides and he didn’t mind the very firm side. The other side (bed) was very comfy. Every where you go you see staff cleaning I was really impressed at the level of cleanliness. Toilet attendants are always around and everything shined. Bannisters were polished and hand sanitisers are located around food areas. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth and the longest we queued for a tender was around 45 mins, but mostly was quicker. Getting on at the start was smooth and problem free and likewise getting off was easy and quick and well organised. Shore tours we only did one through p and o which was jinek bay passes for snorkeling. I recommend you order them on line before departing as only 200 people a day are aloud in. And was amazing experience. We arranged our own tour through Viator for Port Vila which great. Although Port Vila is a little intimidating with the locals trying to get you to use there taxis etc. once we found our guide the day went very smoothly. The main pool area we only used once but the water was pleasantly warm for winter. The kids did use the water slides but got stuck half way down and felt they were more suited to younger kids. The main pool area was very crowded most of the time with young kids and my two felt they would have like to have gone to the adult only area. I didn’t use the adult area as I felt bad the kids had to be splashed and crowded by young kids and we wanted to hang out together. They did visit the gym and said it was adequate but basic. We didn’t usterlise the onboard spa but think maybe if we travelled without the kids we may do. Overall we had a good time. But not something I’m in a rush to do again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Where do i start...First tip. If you've cruised with either Carnival or any decent cruise company do not expect much from P&O. Don't expect a decent size room (especially the bathroom). Ship was refurbished 2017 (not ... Read More
Where do i start...First tip. If you've cruised with either Carnival or any decent cruise company do not expect much from P&O. Don't expect a decent size room (especially the bathroom). Ship was refurbished 2017 (not impressed). On day 4 i decided to wash some clothes...big mistake....not only was there only 1 out of 3 washing machines working but whilst my clothes were washing, machine broke down...had to take wet clothes next level up where 2 out of 3 washers working. Be careful eating in the Pantry....you get Luke warm food and very little variety (maybe try Angelo's for dinner and the waterfront for breakfast). Don't expect any decent entertainment at night (unless you pay for it). Cruise really only caters for kids under 12 or big drinkers over 18. I wanted to play poker on the table in the Casino only to be told the table had been broken for a month (but noticed no poker machines were broken down...funny that) We wanted to maybe enjoy some music on the top deck every second night or maybe a decent stage show that we didn't have to pay for (isn't that why we payed almost $1700 each for?) but forget it they only have games for kids or movies for kids. The best days we had were when we visited the Islands. If your looking for a good cup of coffee in the morning then don't go to the Pantry unless you like a weak tasteless coffee, you need to go to the Cafe ( where you pay $5 for a coffee). I hope i gave you an informative review. P&O you lost my trust. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Having read previous reviews after booking I was a bit nervous. As first time cruisers with 4 young children I was unsure how it would go. There were no issues to speak of the plumbing or smells mentioned in previous reviews. Our kids ... Read More
Having read previous reviews after booking I was a bit nervous. As first time cruisers with 4 young children I was unsure how it would go. There were no issues to speak of the plumbing or smells mentioned in previous reviews. Our kids aged from 4 to 11 really enjoyed the different kids clubs on offer for the differences age brackets. Food was good, as was the service. We really enjoyed the entertainment on offer. A great time had by all. Our group consisted of eight in total so we had two balcony cabins with bunks. Although not large we only really slept in them and we were able to get the door on the balcony between the two cabins unlocked which worked well. We tried some of the pay extra option restaurants on board and really enjoyed them. We booked the drinks package but didn’t drink enough to make this worthwhile next time. Would just stick to the soft drink package and pay for the rest as we go. We missed out on a couple of the shore tours we booked as they were over subscribed, so book early. So overall we had a great time and would have no hesitation travelling with P&O in the future, thank for a great holiday Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We travelled as a family of four (2 adults and 2 teenagers) and this was our 4th cruise and our 2nd one with P&O, the previous one being 10 years ago. EMBARKATION – We arrived at the cruise terminal in Circular Quay at 11:30 ready ... Read More
We travelled as a family of four (2 adults and 2 teenagers) and this was our 4th cruise and our 2nd one with P&O, the previous one being 10 years ago. EMBARKATION – We arrived at the cruise terminal in Circular Quay at 11:30 ready for our 12 noon check-in, and were ushered through straight away. 30 minutes later we were on board (and it would have been even quicker had it not been for a delay at the customs counter, which required information from all our passports having to be re-entered manually). We were really impressed with how efficient the process was. CABIN – We were booked into a quad share ocean view cabin on deck 6. As expected it was compact and cosy – okay, it was tiny! However, we were pleasantly surprised with how much storage was available to us and we were easily able to stow away all our clothing and other belongings without having to have any clutter on the desk etc. There was enough room to store our 3 large suitcases, 1 mid-sized case and 2 smaller carry-on cases under the 2 lower berths. As recommended by other members on this page, we took along a couple of suction hooks to use in the ensuite – these were very handy. Our cabin attendant was a real legend – he was always very cheerful and friendly and kept out cabin spotless. Nothing seemed to be any trouble for him. INTERIOR PUBLIC SPACES – All of the lounges, restaurants etc are very tastefully decorated and we loved the large window seats. Unfortunately, so did everyone else! Given the size of the ship though, a lot of the lounges felt too small and it was often difficult to find somewhere to sit. This was particularly so on one sea day when the weather was rather inclement and 2 of the bars were closed for private functions. I understand most of the public spaces were refurbished when P&O took over this ship. This was obviously not the case with the Marquee Theatre though as the upholstery on those seats is definitely in need of being replaced and, surprisingly, all of the drink trays in the seats were very sticky from previous passengers’ drinks. They obviously don’t get wiped down regularly. I say surprisingly because everywhere else on the ship was so spotlessly clean. The seats were comfortable enough though and neither of these issues hampered our enjoyment of the shows. FOOD & BEVERAGES – We ate in The Pantry, The Waterfront, Angelo’s and Dragon Lady and found the food in all of them was hit and miss. In fact, we were a little disappointed to find that overall the food quality had gone down compared with our P&O cruise 10 years ago. Sometimes the meals we ordered were overcooked and dry and other times they were cooked perfectly and delicious. In any case, the food was always nicely presented, we didn’t go hungry and I didn’t have to cook for 10 days! We made dinner reservations on the first day for the whole cruise and then decided after the first 2 days that we would prefer a later dining time. We were able to change most of them without any trouble. As far as the beverages go, it would have been nice to see more variety in the range of non-alcoholic drinks available. Other than water, it seemed the only drinks available for children were sugary, fizzy drinks and 3 sickly-sweet mocktails. On previous cruises, including our previous P&O cruise, our children have drunk non-alcoholic pina coladas and other similar drinks and we would happily have purchased them this time had they been available. All the waiters and bar tenders across the ship provided a superb service – always prompt and friendly. ENTERTAINMENT – The Entertainment Team, led by Joanna (Cruise Director) and Andy (Deputy Cruise Director) were brilliant – all very quick-witted with huge personalities. The banter between them all and between them and some of the passengers was entertaining in itself. We went to all the evening shows and enjoyed them all, whether they featured the production cast or guest entertainers. The musicians on board were all very talented and a joy to listen to – our favourites were the Pacific Showband and pianist, Anthony Quimby. DISEMBARKATION – We were horrified to find out on the second to last day that we’d been given a disembarkation time of 7:35am! That was way too early to get up on the last day of our holiday. However, we went to Reception and they willingly changed it to 8:30 for us. Phew! Disembarkation was just as smooth and efficient as embarkation. Overall the service provided by the crew was fantastic. All the crew we encountered seemed to genuinely want to do whatever they could to ensure we had a good holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
There is only two positives to this cruise. I got to see Glenn Shortock sing and I bought two handbags. I have cruised on this ship when it was the Princess Dawn to Fiji and had a wonderful cruise. Now it has changed to the Pacific ... Read More
There is only two positives to this cruise. I got to see Glenn Shortock sing and I bought two handbags. I have cruised on this ship when it was the Princess Dawn to Fiji and had a wonderful cruise. Now it has changed to the Pacific Explorer and attitude change. Staff were rude and ignorant. I went to Charlie’s bar at 8.15 pm last night to get a coffee(no one around) and there was five staff behind the counter and I waited 7 minutes (yes I timed it) before asking if anyone was serving and a reply back that they were a bit busy. ( they were standing there talking between themselves) The food in the pantry was the same every day. The entertainment was appaling. If you are going to have theme nights such as Gatsby night at least play music related to that period, not have a young band playing all the latest hits. Also the bands should at least know some songs which suit all age brackets as 75 percent would have been over 50. (The male dou weren’t too bad) I have on 17 cruises, 5 being this type of cruise and this would rate as the worst. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is is the 3rd cruise for my wife and me and while that doesn't probably make us cruise experts, we know what we like....and WE LIKED THIS! This ship is now fresh, clean and staffed by some of the friendliest and most attentive ... Read More
This is is the 3rd cruise for my wife and me and while that doesn't probably make us cruise experts, we know what we like....and WE LIKED THIS! This ship is now fresh, clean and staffed by some of the friendliest and most attentive people we've had on a cruise. For a crowd of this size, embarkation went seamlessly with us getting through the terminal and to our cabin in half an hour. Our balcony cabin was spotless and was kept that way for the entire cruise by our courteous cabin stewards. But here lies the only negative of our trip...the mattress on our bed really needed replacing! The room was airy and the bathroom clean and fresh with a continuous supply of clean towels. The food on this ship was outstanding! We were slightly hesitant about the new 'Pantry' but what an improvement over the tired old buffet. Served by gloved staff from behind glass..nice sized serves and more hygienic. The other restaurants on board served a wide variety of choices and I can't recall a single below-par meal. 'Dragon Lady' soon became a particular favourite. The entertainment crew on this ship made it our most memorable cruise so far. Funny, witty, gregarious and while we aren't ones for production shows there was plenty of great activities going on around the ship. We are looking into our next cruise and if we decide to go with anyone else they will have to be right up there to compete with this! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Pacific Explorer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.3
Dining 4.0 3.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.3
Family 4.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.4

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