322 P&O Australia Pacific Eden Cruise Reviews

We did the Eden cruise departing Cairns on 27 July to New Guinea. We are sorry that P&O has sold this ship on, as we found it to be a delightful, smaller ship. We hope her sister ship, Pacific Aria, will be as good when we sail on ... Read More
We did the Eden cruise departing Cairns on 27 July to New Guinea. We are sorry that P&O has sold this ship on, as we found it to be a delightful, smaller ship. We hope her sister ship, Pacific Aria, will be as good when we sail on her in the future. The ship had a lovely "happy" feel to it - the staff all seemed to be genuinely happy. (This is in contrast to our last cruise on Golden Princess! It did not have a good feel at all). I was a little concerned about what to expect, having heard that P&O had bought her from Holland America line and the ship's age. No need to have worried - we just loved this ship. (We are disenchanted Princess cruisers and this ship has restored our love of cruising). It has a fairly stylish decor (as opposed to the fairly garish one of Pacific Dawn). The fixtures and fittings are great and we just loved the layout. It has so many little bars/relaxing areas tucked away. This makes for being able to sit and relax with a drink, without crowds in large areas. Great coffee is also available at these areas, so no need to wait 20 mins at the ice cream area for coffee (as on a previous review). It also had a "quiet room" where we enjoyed being able to sit quietly and read. Each night there are different musicians in the above bar areas. If you have a favourite area, you can just stay put there, as the musicians all move around during the evening. We found the quality of the music excellent although a little too loud at times. There were 3 theme nights and it was great to see so many people dressing up for the them. The crew-provided entertainment was very good - particularly choosing the best "towel animals" and the music trivia "play". The Entertainment Director was excellent - the best we've had on any cruise. We had a fairly calm cruise but unfortunately on the morning of our arrival at Kitava Island, the wind had come up and it was too strong to put the tenders out. We did a local tour of Alotau which we organised ourselves and found this excellent. We also took donations for the children (as we had read on prior reviews) such as band aids, pens, pencils etc. so we were a bit sad to have missed Kitava for this purpose. You can barter for some of the baskets and wood products on Kiriwina (& Kitava if you get there) Islands but if you go to Conflict Island (which we did love) there is no bartering and the prices are higher. We had hoped to try the Flying Fox with Edge, but unfortunately it was too windy for that. Food: I too would suggest booking at Waterfront at 6.15 or 6.30 pm so you can go to 7 pm shows. Food there was excellent and the waiters great. We were thrilled to be able to get a table for "two only" whenever we wanted without "grumbling" from wait staff (again on recent Princess cruises). Food at The Pantry had a good selection, although we did have the usually heard grumble that it needed to be hotter. Our (second) visit to Salt Grill was excellent. We will do that again!! We didn't go to Dragon Lady but friends did and they enjoyed. We went to Angelo's on our last night and were disappointed. I have to say I think there was something drastically wrong that night as the waiters and the atmosphere was not good. I suspect this may have been a one-off, and we will give them another try in the future. We did a shore excursion at Conflict Island on a glass bottom boat. I have to say I was very disappointed with this. We were in the queue well before the appointed time but our group of four were the last aboard. They obviously over-booked this session as the last two people really couldn't see much at all as they were sitting too far out from the viewing window. We did enjoy the commentary from both a marine biologist and a native gentleman giving us the history of the island. If you are doing this excursion, make sure you get at the front of the queue. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
As a complete novice cruiser, I had no idea of what to expect. I had read quite a few forum comments and by the time we departed I was expecting the worst, cold food, poor service, an old shoddy boat and anything that wasn't free I ... Read More
As a complete novice cruiser, I had no idea of what to expect. I had read quite a few forum comments and by the time we departed I was expecting the worst, cold food, poor service, an old shoddy boat and anything that wasn't free I assumed would be overpriced. I was pleasantly surprised. We stayed at the Ibis Hotel King St. It is only a short walk from the ferry terminal linking the Sydney Cruise Terminal with Sydney City. Our departure day went smoothly without any stress or overexertion. The ferry trip was hugely exciting from Barangaroo around the point to the wharf with the Pacific Eden proudly waiting for us. Whilst there is no doubt that the ship is an old lady of the sea it was in fine order and felt very sturdy. Unlike the Manly Ferry, there was hardly a rust spot to be seen and a few times during the cruise we noticed some fresh painting and varnish sprucing the floating beauty up for it's continuing adventure. Unlike many of the forums I had read, the food was hot, tasty and varied. The staff were happy and helpful, though occasionally looking a tad tired. They do work long hours. Only once did I have an issue with a member of the crew who said I couldn't use the machine that allows me to top up my card. He said the satellite phone was out, however, he did say I could use the $3.50 per use ATM, and give him cash to top up my account... Don't they use the same satellite??? We packed for fun. Out clothing included a little extra for the parties, and they were great. The chance of seeing anyone we knew was slim so we thought why not just go for gold, be a bit daring and have a blast. Our favourite day ashore was on Tangalooma Island where there is more than enough to do. The wrecks and the coral were amazing and the winter timing was perfect. I would have melted in summer. All up... this was an awesome holiday on a beautiful old ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I recently got back from a cruise to New Caledonia on the P&O Pacific Eden. The cruise was so relaxing and we really enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this cruise. Here are just some things that I wish I had known before ... Read More
I recently got back from a cruise to New Caledonia on the P&O Pacific Eden. The cruise was so relaxing and we really enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this cruise. Here are just some things that I wish I had known before boarding. Dinners: We had read all the reviews that said we should book all restaurants on the first day and now I also strongly recommend it to you as we heard grumblings that people didn’t know and had to wait for seats. What I wish I had known before making the bookings is the ships activities and show times. We booked for 7:15pm every night but there were so many activities that took place while we were eating that we missed them with no option to change our bookings due to everything being booked out. I personally would do a 6:30 dinner next time. Dinner at the Waterfront changed every day with a theme every night (Italian, German etc). Angelo’s and Dragon Lady only changed once, at the halfway point. Port Tours: Noumea has the most options for port tours but now having spent the money to book though the ship I would strongly recommend booking once you get on shore. The port building has many options for tours but at 1/3 the cost offered on the ship. Additionally you could just get a cab (you will need to get some cash) to The Meridien hotel in the south of the city, here you will find excellent beaches and food plus you can hire paddleboards, canoes, and snorkelling gear. Maré: There is truly nothing to do if you don’t get the bus “tour” to the other side of the island. You will be stuck with nothing but a craggy rock shore and about 3 stalls selling crafts. We did, however, see a manta ray at the jetty. If you don’t’ want to get the bus then stay on the ship and enjoy yourself there. Chateau Royal Spa: The Shore tour we organised though P&O was the Chateau Royal Spa at a cost of AU $149. P&O advertise it as a 2 hour spa experience but in reality we only got about 40min in the spa once we got there and had to change we were then told that we needed to be out and dressed so that we can spend 40min sitting in the hotel lounge waiting for the “French sweets” which was some macaroons and mini cakes. I would recommend making your own way to the spa and then you can spend as long as you wish in the water; the spa cost is about AU $40-$50. In addition, the spa has very strict rules on what swimsuit you can wear and if you are wearing anything other than lycra short shots then you will be forced to wear a loan pair. Board games: I am a big board gamer and I was excited when I heard they run board games on the ship. I reality though this is just a time slot every morning when they put out a few copies of chess, backgammon and monopoly. Now this might be fine for some but I was hoping for more, there isn’t even anyone to organise groups of players. If board games are your thing then I would take some with you. Soft Drink Package: The drinks package is advertised as Pepsi products however I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to also get Coke, diet Coke and Coke No Sugar (Zero). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
we decided to take my mother on the Elvis cruise departing Sydney Friday 1st June 2018 and everything was a nightmare. Poor weather meant the cruise was delayed which was understandable but we were delayed at first from 12 until 2pm and ... Read More
we decided to take my mother on the Elvis cruise departing Sydney Friday 1st June 2018 and everything was a nightmare. Poor weather meant the cruise was delayed which was understandable but we were delayed at first from 12 until 2pm and then 8pm and stuck in a terminal with hardly any seating available, as another ship was also delayed. My mother is almost 80 and I had to beg for a seat and many others were also in this position but no apologies were offered and no offer of any refreshments for people waiting for hours. The weather was horrific most of the ship suffered seasickness. The food was disgraceful nothing fresh the only fruit offered were of poor quality such as honey melon that was rock hard and everything else tasted like it was from a packet and very processed , Breakfast was by far the best option. Most of the time you had to wait for tables and the main coffee lounge at the New Zealand Icecream palour was over a 20 min wait for a coffee. The staff at the bistro area were rude and hardly smiled even though customers thanked them they just slopped the food on the plates. The attendant to our room was by far the best part of the cruise as he was attentive and polite , The entertainment was average and only a few activities were available. I heard so many people complain about this cruise it was by far the worst trip I have ever taken Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
So here is my full review of the P&O Pacific Eden 10 night cruise 'Discover Vanuatu'. It's quite long and detailed, but for a first time cruiser (like I was) hopefully this provides enough information to know what's ... Read More
So here is my full review of the P&O Pacific Eden 10 night cruise 'Discover Vanuatu'. It's quite long and detailed, but for a first time cruiser (like I was) hopefully this provides enough information to know what's what. Starting embarkatiom: this was easy and simple. Check your bags in when you get to the port and then wait around for embarkation start. Pretty straightforward going through the basics. Children get a wrist band to wear the entire cruise with your lifeboat station number. I think this is a great idea.(As I went with myself and my 3yr old son) Once you're on the boat someone will help direct you to your room if you need it. And either your bags will be waiting outside your door or delivered shortly after. Disembarkation is very easy as well. Put your bags outside your room the night before and wait around the next morning until it's your turn to disembark. Plenty of time to eat breakfast and get organized before having to leave the ship. Collecting your bags is straightforward as is customs. And then you're out to either wait for your organized airport bus or whatever your doing. We had an oceanview cabin on the bottom deck (4). Personally I would choose the bottom deck again as it was generally quiet with no foot traffic other than occupants of the same deck. The cabin is a pretty decent size and included a bath. Bed was comfy. Aircon/heating. Couch with t.v. I was quite happy and comfortable in our room for the duration of the cruise. Decor a little outdated but honestly it's a minor detail and didnt contribute to my opinion. The room stewards are beautiful and very happy. You can choose to have morning and turn down service. I choose both and am happy I did as was nice to have a clean room both morning and evening. Food: There are 3 sit down restaurants. I'd reccomend booking for your entire cruise either the first day or second day if you plan on choosing this dining option. Bookings arent required but you may have a wait time if you decide eating there last minute. You also don't have to show up if you've changed your mind regardless if you've made a booking. There was the Waterfront, Angelo's and Dragon Lady. I cant provide much info about these as I only dined at the waterfront once. But it was a lovely experience and you get waited on fully (they even pour your water for you). It had a good menu for children and adults which changes daily. I preffered eating in the Pantry. It's made up of different eateries, each with their own menu which changes daily for lunch and dinner (breakfast was usually the same). There was Indian, Mexican, Asian, soup bar, salad bar, a roast and hot veggie bar and a desert bar. All the food was pretty good for the price you pay. Just like the food you'd get at home (Adelaide). I'm sure there are definitely other cruise ships with much better food tho. Not a lot of options if you're lactose and gluten intolerant. Although there is milk alternatives for your coffee and tea. In saying that I managed to always find something to eat even if it was just a plate of assorted veggies and salad (not complaining as I love salad and veggies). Dining is not 24/7. There is food available outside dining times if you want to pay. Personally I never did because why would you when you can wait an hour for the buffet to be open again. Entertainment: Again I can't comment on this much as I preffered to go out onto the decks away from everyone. But there is always something on. You get a 'Good Times' newsletter each night which tells you everything that's going on the following day. Plenty of options that also looked very fun. So if you are interested in that I'm sure there will be something for you to do. There was 2 pools, an adults only which was never really busy, and the main pool. Usually this was closed on sea days as it was too rough for people to go swimming in, but on port days and the sailing away parties (embarkation day and the day before disembarking) it was open and generally full of children as there was a lot of children on the cruise. They hound you the first couple of days to go through the spa and gym, I always said no and they soon learn who to latch onto and who to leave alone throughout the cruise. This was probably the most annoying thing I encountered throughout the cruise. Kids club: If you have children this is a good option for you. The kids club was great and my son quite enjoyed going there. You get a newsletter for the relevant group (turtle cove for under 5yrs is what I'm detailing this on), so you can see what and when you want to send your kids. The activities were fun and my son won a few things and made a lot of keep-sakes. The staff were also very lovely and great. You get a pager so if something does go wrong they can contact you instantly. I give a lot of praise to P&O for their kids club. This was free and available from 9am - 12pm. 2pm - 10pm. There is an option for late night babysitting which cost extra. I never used this tho. I never did any shore excursions through the ship as I wasn't interested in this. And personally id rather spend my money on the island as there was a lot of on shore tours being offered by the locals. But there is a lot of options for tours for each destination if this is what you want to choose. The only time I booked through the ship was on Marè as I'm not sure of there is an option on the island to purchase bus tickets to the beach (which is really all there is on Marè). So for convenience, get the bus tickets for Marè on the ship. You get over by tender, which is about a 10min boat ride from ship to jet. There are a few stalls with the locals selling knick knacks. The beach is beautiful and there are a few markets there mainly for hairbraiding and massages. Local food and some packaged aussie food and fizzy. I'd reccomend Reef shoes on this island. Port Vila: Ship docks at the port and there is a maze of stalls selling various items. Once you get past that immediately you get hounded by the locals trying to pull you to their taxi serices. Even though you need to do this to get around, I found this to be incredibly overwhelming and daunting and had no idea what to do. Eventually I got a taxi driver who was lovely. It's something you need to do only once to know how to do the next time. Organize the price before you go. They generally do fair prices. I paid about 200$ aus for a full 7hour day of touring. I'd reccomend Tanna coffee, The secret garden, the hidden waterfall. But just ask your taxi driver which is what I did. They're honourable and want you to enjoy your time there so will show you good places. Also duty free is probably the best here so make sure you go. Mystery island: again you get the tenders over to his island. Beautiful place. Takes about an hour to walk around the full island. Wear reef shoes and bring your snorkel gear. The beaches are idyllic and can easily spend 4 hours relaxing in the sun and water. Markets stalls are there to buy things with. I found a lot of the same stuff to be on all of the island markets. Isle of pines: not much here, you get the tender over and there is a short walk to the beach for snorkeling. Not much room to sunbathe or anything. Beaches are like what you see on a postcard tho. Absolutely stunning. Not many markets here. Just enough to buy a souvenir. Also a few stalls with some local food to buy. Easy enough to navigate yourself by walking. Just follow the crowd. There were locals advertising tours. I didnt do this but i noticed a few other passengers stopping to do this. Noumea: you dock at this port and get off at the terminal building. I purchased a hop on hop off bus ticket on the boat but I'm pretty sure you can get cheaper on the island. Tonnes of locals offering all sorts of tours so you wont be lost for something to do here. If you're unsure just ask. The locals in the terminal were incredibly helpful. Tonnes of market stalls upstairs to buy all kinds of things. This was probably the easiest place to navigate and feel confident in, even if you've never left your street at home. Wonderful place. Would definitely reccomend the HOHO bus ticket as I found this the easiest way to see all of Noumea and not miss out on anything. Well I hope I covered all bases. I know this was painfully long but I would have definitely appreciated such a detailed review before I went on my first cruise, so hopefully this can benefit someone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Booked to celebrate my 50th birthday, took a girlfriend with me and we left our husbands at home. To all who complain about the food, quality, and staff, you are obviously a bunch of WHINGERS who expect to pay a budget price and step ... Read More
Booked to celebrate my 50th birthday, took a girlfriend with me and we left our husbands at home. To all who complain about the food, quality, and staff, you are obviously a bunch of WHINGERS who expect to pay a budget price and step aboard the QUEEN MARY. Won't happen. We loved everything about it, especially our cabin steward ,JETT. THANKS JETT FOR MAKING THINGS EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!! We even got a free upgrade from deck 6 ocean view to deck 10 balcony, invite to the Captains cocktail party and free prawns and wine for my birthday. Only problem was the one day Jett was off and the replacement steward didn't even leave towels or turn down beds. This was fixed promptly and with a free bottle of wine. Be realistic and give it a go, what a great 50th Currently saving to do it all again for my friends 60th in 2 years time. Comfy cabin, cheerful and helpful staff, food fab, great shows, even some surprise freebies. Give Pacific Eden a go. Wonderful holiday for a reasonable price. Don't listen to the complainers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We won this cruise - well a 2 for 1 voucher brought us here My partner and I didn't know what to expect and were dubious. Would we like sailing and there weren't great reviews about Eden. BUT it was the most relaxing holiday ... Read More
We won this cruise - well a 2 for 1 voucher brought us here My partner and I didn't know what to expect and were dubious. Would we like sailing and there weren't great reviews about Eden. BUT it was the most relaxing holiday we had ever had. Walking onto the ship, so much better than an airport process, then sailing out of Sydney harbour - wow! We loved the quaintness of the ship - it was older, you could tell, but there is something really special about her. Clean, comfortable, great restaurants, adult areas (we sailed without kids) and our cabin - a balcony cabin on level 9 was just fantastic. Wonderful staff. Beautiful islands to visit. There was nothing to fault (well, okay don't go to the spa for a cheap beauty treatment). Within a month of coming home, we had re-booked the same cabin for Eden's farewell sail from Adelaide to Singapore in 2019. We know that people say P&O is the basic cruise line, but not being able to compare, we just loved it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We just came back from Noumea and New Caledonia 7nts cruise on the Pacific Eden and can say we were really impressed. Thank goodness we didnt listen to some of the reviews online as our experience was really a good one. The balcony cabin ... Read More
We just came back from Noumea and New Caledonia 7nts cruise on the Pacific Eden and can say we were really impressed. Thank goodness we didnt listen to some of the reviews online as our experience was really a good one. The balcony cabin was the biggest one we have ever been in (this was out 4th cruise)and ample room for all our clothes and was really roomy and the beds were amongst then most comfortable beds we have ever tried. Good one P & O ! The entertainment got better as then cruise went on (especially Steady Eddie and Andre King a comedian was terrific but a live band for the theatre would have been better than pre-recorded music. The only real negative was the temperature of the food - it was warm to cold nearly every meal which was disappointing but the Pantry gave a good selection of dishes and the fish and chips on board were fantastic (the only thing that was hot). We had dinner in Angelos (Italian complementary restaurant) and it was really first class and the food was much hotter in there and we would recommend it to anyone. Overall we were greatly surprised and happy with our holiday cruise. The stateroom attendants were terrific and the staff overall was really helpful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife booked this cruise as a surprise for my 60th birthday. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the time with my family and friends, but this ship is really showing it's age. The embarkation process was reasonably smooth and once ... Read More
My wife booked this cruise as a surprise for my 60th birthday. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the time with my family and friends, but this ship is really showing it's age. The embarkation process was reasonably smooth and once they started boarding, we were on the ship quite quickly. Where as the disembarkation process was very poorly managed, with large numbers of passengers standing in the areas on deck 3 outside the lifts, preventing some passengers from exiting the lifts. the other problem was that the ramp to exit the ship was quite steep, further slowing down the process. I could not fault the public areas on the ship, as that part of the ship looks quite modern, with lots of choices for sitting. The Pantry on deck 11 has quite a limited selection of food choices. If you want a burger or slice of pizza that is an additional cost, as well as ice cream and coffee, which i found the pricing equal to some cafes in Sydney. We had dinners in the Waterfront Restaurant, where the service was quite slow and on the first night our waiter came to our table 3 times to take our orders after being interrupted by another impatient passenger behind us. The cabin, an inside cabin towards the rear on deck 6, was what we had expected after many sailings on Holland America ships. Unfortunately nothing had been done to the cabin since being moved to P&O Australia. on the Sunday, my wife had to have a cold shower after the hot water stopped unexpectedly, with no notification by staff. The hot water problem was on the whole ship and we were not made aware of this until after numerous phone calls to reception. Hot water was finally available on Sunday evening. Entertainment was excellent in the theatre and an adults only comedy act was provided late on Sunday night. For first time cruisers this sort of cruise would be ideal and a good introduction to cruising. But for those that have cruised many times, like us, go and find somewhere nice to stay for the weekend. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
While the cruise itself was very good there are a few things that I was disappointed about, the first being the smoking area. Why do the cruise ships allow smokers to smoke on the promenade deck? The promenade deck is advertised as a ... Read More
While the cruise itself was very good there are a few things that I was disappointed about, the first being the smoking area. Why do the cruise ships allow smokers to smoke on the promenade deck? The promenade deck is advertised as a place to walk around the deck to get some exercise, yet every time we attempted to go for a relaxing walk, we had to walk through the smoking area and the fumes followed us all the way down to the stern of the ship. Smokers should be put in a place where they do not effect anyone else except themselves, in fact I would think that these days the WHOLE ship should be smoke free. If that is not possible than they should be set aside somewhere down the back of the ship or up near the smoke stack away from where anyone else can be effected by the fumes or even given a room with an exhaust fan to get rid of the fumes. As a non-smoker and particularly an asthmatic I find the fumes offensive and can’t stand the smell. This was made worse when I witnessed a woman smoking outside our room, well outside the smoking are, and butting out the stub on the railing and then throwing the butt overboard. The second problem was housekeeping on the last day. We were requested to vacate the room by 0830. So we scheduled our breakfast and morning activities around that time. We returned to our room at 0730 only to find that the bed had been made. While it’s good that housekeeping was on the ball, it has a tendency to create a potential problem. What if we need to use the bed, for a quick nap or something else. I don’t think that the next guest would have appreciated it and then if they had not changed the linen, the they would need to remake the bed anyway. I would have thought that it would be better to wait until after the scheduled vacate time of 0830. As soon as housekeeping saw that we had left our gear in the room, they should have moved on because it was obvious we were coming back. I am aware that there is a lot to do during the changeover of passengers, but that is the problem of the cruise line, NOT the passengers. Lastly, while this is not a big concern, we were not given an activity newsletter on the first day so we had to get it from reception, while not a huge problem I find this a bit slack. We have done several cruises with other cruise lines and this is the first time I have had any complaints. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Originally we were thinking to hire a campervan and drive to KI stopping along the way at various sites, but when I checked the availability for short cruises, this one turned up as a viable alternative to a self drive and far cheaper. ... Read More
Originally we were thinking to hire a campervan and drive to KI stopping along the way at various sites, but when I checked the availability for short cruises, this one turned up as a viable alternative to a self drive and far cheaper. I read many reviews before booking, many of them unfavorable to the old girl, Pacific Eden, so my expectations were not high. Having cruised with Celebrity the last 3 times and Norwegian Pearl on KISS Kruise 7, I understand there are certain levels of ship and accommodations. The booking process was easy and printing e-tickets and bag tags all straightforward. We were allocated a 1.30pm boarding time and we arrived around 12pm and still got straight through and on board in about 20 mins. Cabin 5083 was set up with 2 singles and 2 bunk singles where a sofa would normally be. We were 2 adults and 2 boys 12yo, my son and his friend. We had requested a queen and the room steward would have made the change for us but we decided to stay with the singles. The cabin was reasonable size with a window type porthole. Plenty of wardrobe space and draws, suitcases slide under the beds. Small curtains that extended about a foot and a half at the base of each single bed served no purpose and looked silly. The curtain that was at the entrance to the room was good as it gave a bit of privacy for bathroom and dressing area. Bedding and towels were very good, almost new I would say. Bathroom amenities we OK and in refillable dispensers in the shower. I didn't know which was the shampoo and which was the body wash as the printing had washed off! Overall the bathroom was functional and although quite old still reasonable looking. Toilet function was fine. Shower over small bath and water temp was mainly good and pressure high enough. Overall the cabin was fine but dated and could use a refurb. Picky people might point out the rust around the window and other such signs of age, but my wife thought it was quite rustic, both metaphorically and literally! Pac Eden is not a big ship, but for 4 days and a smaller passenger list it provided more than enough options for what we wanted. Virtually all the internal guest areas, bars, restaurants, theater, and lounges had been refitted with contemporary decor and looked really good. Outdoor areas including the 2 pool areas were all fine the decks clean and always a bit of ongoing maintenance here and there, but no water or other issues were encountered. The main pool area had a small pool by most standards and 2 hot tubs one of which was out of use for last 2 days. Most of the time the usable tub was full of kids as the pool wasnt that warm and the weather in low 20's. Plenty of chairs and lounges usually available. The adults pool area was not very well frequented, and could have used more shade covers. The kids clubs were just standard level of fitout, a bit small and our boys didnt use them at all. P&O Edge was a big area at the bow end and provided a program of activities which the boys took up on the last day. For $130 they got to do rope walks, flying fox, mechanical bull, laser tag and ride segways. As they enjoyed all the activities I thought it was quite reasonable value. They also got a lot of fun out of playing table tennis on the pool deck and soon they had organised comps with the other kids. Mostly the guests ages would be averagelate 40's- 50's and quite a few over 70's, and there were not that many kids on board but the ones that were seemed all to be well behaved. Now to the food, this is what I enjoy about cruising, especially the variety of restaurant options. We are not big foodies and are not big eaters but we do like variety and quality and Pacific Eden delivered both in spades. Waterfront restaurant is the main dining room. We ate there 1st night and it was quite good. You will have to pay a little extra if you want a steak, but the other options were all pretty good. We ordered all 6 desserts which we shared and they were all delicious. The Pantry really appealed to the kids. Its a bit different to the casual dining on other ships, but I thought the concept worked quite well. Variety of stations including Indian, Mexican, Soup and Salad, Carvery, Pasta and Asian noodles. Sandwiches at lunchtime, 2 dessert stations and fruits always. This was our go to for lunches, and the boys also had 2 dinners there as they loved the stir fry, In my opinion the quality and taste was above average and if we tried something that wasn't to our liking, well just go and try something else! wasnt always easy to get a seat at peak times, but we never waited too long and the serving lines moved quickly. Portion sizes were not what I would consider small. We had breakfast the first morning at the pantry and it was ok, but opted for Waterfront thereafter which was much better, except for the toast which was always cold. The orange pancakes and the eggs florentine you couldn't fault. Service could be a little slow at times but overall quite good. Specialty restaurants, we went to all 3. Angelos was fantastic, I enjoyed a birthday dinner of top quality, and the waiters led the whole restaurant in a happy birthday song. There were 2 other birthdays and 2 anniversaries that all got the same special treatment. Service was excellent and the decor contemporary styling with lots of pictures of Sofia Loren on the walls. What a gorgeous woman she was! The kids had the spaghetti and meatballs and it was superb. I enjoyed a veal cannelloni with wild mushroom sauce which was exquisite. I cant remember the desserts but they were polished off quickly! Quality wines but not a huge selection by the glass and reasonably priced. Dragon Lady was equally good and real fun experience due the the waitresses ever smiling faces. Nothing was a problem. We dined late that night and they just wanted to bring us pretty much everything on the menu. We tried most of it and all was great especially the fried chicken. Luke Mangan Salt was the highlight. Efficient and knowledgeable waiters, a nice clean feel to the place, and exceptional food. $59 extra is worth every cent. We both had steaks which were outstanding, although a little rarer than the medium. Truffle mash a delight. For dessert a combination of my 2 fave desserts, apple crumble and creme brulee which worked a treat. All in all a delightful experience and one that exceeded our expectations. I cant understand some reviewers knocking the food. Either Pac Eden chefs have made a huge improvement recently or some people are just hard to please. Bars, always an important aspect of any cruise! So no drinks packages on a 4 day cruise. Oh how I miss the drinks package. I like my Vodka Martinis and on this cruise you will get served up Smirnoff or Absolute depending on which bar you go to. For me its got to be Belvedere or Grey Goose and they wanted to charge me $32 for one of those which was outrageous. So I mainly stayed with the Absolute martinis from the Mix Bar for $15 and the bar staff at the blue room made a decent Long Island for $15. Most cocktails around the $12-$15 seemed decent value and usually tasted nice and not under poured. Theatre entertainment was surprisingly good. We saw 3 shows and the standard of the singing and dancing reasonably high. The last night party jam in the Dome was great fun. Jazz musos in the Blue room were smoking and the duo acts around the bars also good standard and fun. Kangaroo Island was wonderful but you would need 3 days at least to see everything. We went to Remarkable rocks and Admirals Arch. Both amazing sites. Seals were plentiful. Up close encounters with an Echidna and Kangaroo crossing the road in front of us. Lucky I wasn't going too fast! Overall a lovely place and one we will go back to stay for a week. If you want a hire car go to KI Connect car hire. $80 per day for a new Mitsubishi was good value. Tenders onto the island was 10 mins but it got a bit choppy on the return boat and we were on the water for 45 mins which starting to get a bit of a pain and the pilot wasnt at all communicative about the delay. Oh and the casino was small and had a bad feeling to it. As a punter, the odds were unders on 3 card poker and the grey table covers were quite depressing. I usually do all right on previous cruises and the casino atmosphere on Celebrity is way better and way more fun. I kept a $5 poker chip as a souvenir reminder of how I turned $500 into $5 on Pacific Eden. Overall this cruise exceeded our expectations, and for 4 days/nights it was hard to fault given it is a 3.5 star ship at best. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Ideal sailing from Adelaide for our family group of 7. 2- 65+. 2 - 88+. 2 - 57+ and 1 - 35. Have sailed on Eden twice before and really like her. Embarkation was very smooth and we were in our cabins by 11.45 and having lunch at ... Read More
Ideal sailing from Adelaide for our family group of 7. 2- 65+. 2 - 88+. 2 - 57+ and 1 - 35. Have sailed on Eden twice before and really like her. Embarkation was very smooth and we were in our cabins by 11.45 and having lunch at Waterfront by 12. We had treated ourselves to a suite and loved it. Good space, very comfy bed and a very large balcony with table and 4 chairs as well as 2 sun lounges. However major problem with air conditioning and the spa bath which took too long to fix. In the end we were compensated with cash. Found the reception staff to be less than apologetic and they failed to keep us updated with repair progress. Nevertheless putting that outside we sampled all the included food venues. Dragon Lady and Angelos couldn’t be faulted. Waterfront also was more than adequate. The Pantry continues to improve. Loved the fresh prawns for lunch. The whole pantry concept is one I approve of. Have found the food has improved from our first cruise. The servings are more than enough and mostly the temperature of the food was good. Great show in Marquis Lounge which had people dancing and singing in the aisles. Crew worked hard and were wonderful with my 92 yr old mum. Disembarkation was a shamozzle with long queues. Tricky with wheelchair. Will we cruise again on Eden? Absolutely. She is a ship that looks and feels like a ship should. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Went on this cruise because it left from outer harbor. Ive been on 20 cruises in as many years- all Australian based. After cruising on the Jewel with 7 family members, I was more than disappointed in everyway with the ship and was ... Read More
Went on this cruise because it left from outer harbor. Ive been on 20 cruises in as many years- all Australian based. After cruising on the Jewel with 7 family members, I was more than disappointed in everyway with the ship and was reluctant to cruise ever again- BUT I was already booked on Pacific Eden with some 1st time cruisers, and I'm so thankful I didn't cancel as it was a trip to remember.. As soon as we stepped on board the friendly smiling faces of the crew were there to greet you. Everything ran in ship shape order. It continued through out the cruise. Staff always smiling and ready to help if needed. The maître de was tops and his staff happy and willing to assist. Needless to say the food was fantastic- every day. The entertainment was tops best I've seen. Willie Lee the cruise director gets a special mention as an outstanding 'entertainer' Very very funny- the Dawn will miss him for sure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I have just returned from a short cruise on the Pacific Eden. I was impressed with the cabin, the most comfortable bed. Our cabin stewards were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble. There were so many on board activities, you ... Read More
I have just returned from a short cruise on the Pacific Eden. I was impressed with the cabin, the most comfortable bed. Our cabin stewards were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble. There were so many on board activities, you could be busy doing everything or busy doing nothing, I loved the adults only pool and deck. Angelo's was our favourite dining experience, the Pantry offered a wide selection of dishes. The only complaint I have is that some of the bar/coffee lounge service staff were more interested in chatting amongst themselves than giving service. The barman in the Pantry may be mute as I went to the bar 3 times and he did not speak once. We needed wheelchair assistance off the ship and the staff were wonderful, taking us all the way to a taxi and another young man took our cases for us. Booking was easy ad every request that I made was met. This was my "tester" cruise and I am hoping to go again on a longer trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
First cruise ever and what a disappointment it was. Started as soon as we got to our room we paid extra for a suite didn't realize a working toilet was extra. Rang housekeeping 3 times to get it fix and someone showed up 24 hr later. ... Read More
First cruise ever and what a disappointment it was. Started as soon as we got to our room we paid extra for a suite didn't realize a working toilet was extra. Rang housekeeping 3 times to get it fix and someone showed up 24 hr later. When the boat was in port or travelling at low speed there was the worst vibration in the room so bad that you could not sleep at night. Life boat drill was just as bad, crew sent us the wrong way, PA system not working. some of the lifts where broken the food in the pantry or restaurant was bland and had no tast had breakfast in the room on morning ordered the big breeky,stone cold not even a hint of warmth. condom on the pool deck from the night before and this was about 12 pm the comedy show was excellent sadly the boat has passed it use by date and needs to be given to the refugees FIRST AND LAST CRUISE WITH P&O Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because the price was unbelievably cheap and it turned out to be a very good cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship was after reading some of the comments on Cruise Critic tearing the ship apart saying the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the price was unbelievably cheap and it turned out to be a very good cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship was after reading some of the comments on Cruise Critic tearing the ship apart saying the ship looks old, cabins look outdated etc. But I found the cabin that I was in to be quite large and it was an inside cabin at that and very modern, the rest of the ship looked quite good and plush. I especially liked the lookout lounge in the Dome it was fantastic and it took me back to when I used to travel on the old Oriana and I would sit in the lookout lounge in the late afternoon watching the sun set and sipping on a Bourbon and Coke waiting for dinner. Pacific Eden took me back to my younger days and they even had a great piano player playing songs and people sitting around the piano singing or just getting into the beat and dancing same as the Oriana. The piano was in the the mix bar. I found this ship to be quite modern and stylish even for her age. The ship is not too big and not too small just the right size with a comfortable amount of passengers. I found the Pantry was small with less tables than the Pacific Explorer but the Eden didn't have the same amount of passengers either but to my surprise there was never any problem getting a table in the Pantry and the other passengers on board where very polite and not reserving tables and I think this made a difference. The food in the Pantry quite nice and they had different items on each day. The Main Dining Room was very nice but the menu there needs a bit more selection. I came across some passengers who reckoned the food was not as good as the food on the RCL, Princess and QE. and I tried to explain that they were comparing a 3 star ship to 5 and six star ships and the price difference too. There is entertainment all night long and so yes it is a funship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Cruise in a Quad share room On the Pacific Eden in 2017 Perth to Margaret River 3 day cruise. It was either 12/5/17 or 22/6/17 We chose this cruise as they advertised a special deal for a quad room. I made many enquiries by email and ... Read More
Cruise in a Quad share room On the Pacific Eden in 2017 Perth to Margaret River 3 day cruise. It was either 12/5/17 or 22/6/17 We chose this cruise as they advertised a special deal for a quad room. I made many enquiries by email and by phone and was lead to believe we would have a quad room i.e. double bed and 2 Pullmans to sleep 4 of us - me, my wife, daughter and grandmother. When boarding and going to the cabin, we were surprised to see 2 single beds and no Pullman beds at all in the cabin. I immediately went to the service desk and they tried to say that it sleeps 4 in the cabin on the bedding provided. My argument went no where with them. My wife and grandmother did not proceed with the cruise. The service desk staff including managers did not listen or offer any alternatives and left us with a bitter taste of resentment for P&O cruises that will never be recovered. This was the worst customer services we have ever experienced. The food on the trip was apauling and entertainment less than expected for a family. It is a very old ship and needs major renovations, like most of the P&O cruisers. I would rate P&O as the worst cruise line we have experienced in our many years of cruising. It is about as good as the backpackers ferries going to the greek islands. My advice is "Don't Do It", you deserve better than this! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
A group of us chose this cruise as it was an easy way to get a taste for the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne. We departed 7 hours late due to rough seas from the previous cruise. This can't be helped and it was very different ... Read More
A group of us chose this cruise as it was an easy way to get a taste for the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne. We departed 7 hours late due to rough seas from the previous cruise. This can't be helped and it was very different having Sailaway at 11pm. This was an ideal way to get to see the tennis with a bit of relaxation on the way. When we reached Melbourne we were transported to the venue via coaches and could come back via the coach as well. Very well organised for the 2 days we were there. The ships is a great size, and with 1,200 passengers, just right. No great line up for most things. Eden is showing her age in parts and friends complained of lack of sleep due to creaking Windows during rough seas on the way down. Food was generally ok with the Italian restaurant (no extra charge) being the pick. Sometimes the food was just warm in the main dining room at breakfast. We had a scrumptious high tea for an additional $20 each which we enjoyed very much. Would possibly do this themed cruise again as its a lovely relaxing way to do the tennis. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This Cruise was a 80th Birthday surprise for my father. We had planned to take a cruise with our immediate family for my dad's 80th. After much planning and secrecy we managed to celebrate this momentous occasion with 6 nieces and ... Read More
This Cruise was a 80th Birthday surprise for my father. We had planned to take a cruise with our immediate family for my dad's 80th. After much planning and secrecy we managed to celebrate this momentous occasion with 6 nieces and nephews joining in the celebrations, making a total party of 12 people. We had decided on the Fraser Island cruise as this was one destination my dad had wanted to visit, but had never gotten around to. Unfortunately due to poor port conditions and bad weather we were unable to visit the island. All of our party had planned different shore tours, and we were disappointed about the missed port, but understood the safety implications the Captain had to make. This means we will have another chance to visit, hopefully in the near future, but not by the means of a Cruise. We had booked 3 Balcony cabins on deck 10. They were the perfect size with comfortable bedding, a decent sized lounge and bathroom and a very spacious balcony. We were positioned close enough to the oasis pool area which made it an ideal spot when we wanted to take a quiet dip in the pool. As always the case with P&O the cabin stewards are always helpful and efficient. In fact all the staff on the ship were friendly and professional. They not only had to deal with passengers that were disappointed with not disembarking at Fraser Island, but the weather was wild and rocky with many people suffering from seasickness. Overall the ship is in need of an update and maintenance. There was rust coming through on the balcony in places and some of the public areas were looking a bit warn. Considering the ship went through 45 knot headwinds with swells up to 8 metres I think it was doing alright. The Pantry is a new concept that I liked as it kept unsanitary hands away from the food, but it did create longer lines and slower serving times with people. We found that if you wanted to visit the Pantry do it in the quieter times very early or very late breakfast. We only visited the Pantry for lunch on the boarding day and never went to the Pantry for dinner. Most of our meals were taking at the Waterfront and Angelo's, both come very highly recommended. The food in all the service areas was top notch, with much variety. We found the Gym and excercise classes were a great way to get the day started. The main criticism I have with the facility is they don't open until 7am. As we are early rises this can throw you out of your routine for the first day, but eh we are on a holiday so it's good to be a little flexible. The equipment is first class, with great cardio equipment and very good strength conditioning machines. The instructors not so enthusiastic, I took a class which was meant to be a kick boxing class, but ended up being a circuit class with some boxing components, what made it worse was the instructor was as excited as a deflated balloon. The shows were pretty good, I think they had entertainers that could actually sing this Cruise. The comedian was very good and well received. The other activities on the ship were conducted by a variety of staff who did their jobs with a lot of humour, which was very well appreciated by the Australian passengers. As the cruise was an 80th that turned into a family reunion, it was great to get together with family members we don't get to see very often as we live in all areas of Australia. Well done P & O for making a difficult cruise due to poor weather conditions into a resounding success for our family holiday. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to do something special for New Year's 2017/18. As not many cruises go to the South Pacific from Melbourne, we flew up to Sydney to board P&O Pacfic Eden for a 12 night cruise to Vanuatu and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to do something special for New Year's 2017/18. As not many cruises go to the South Pacific from Melbourne, we flew up to Sydney to board P&O Pacfic Eden for a 12 night cruise to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Before I talk about the cruise I would briefly like to mention P&O's room allocation procedure. Unlike Princess, which you usually choose not only cabin type and deck and number when you book (and which results in different prices within the one category) with P&O unless you wish to pay extra to pick your cabin, this is done automatically within the type you select, eg. interior, oceanview etc.. On the P&O cruise control website it says that you can print your documentation two weeks before the sail date. We tried to do this but the website said, that it can't be done as the rooms hadn't been allocated yet. When I rang P&O they informed me that room allocation could occur up to one day before the sail date, which I personally think is unsatisfactory, as there may be an issue with room location. I was manually emailed the documentation, but when we picked up our documents from Escape Travel, the consultant didn't believe me until i showed him the error. The embarkation procedure for the cruise was very good, with only a small wait time. When we have sailed on Princess, their wait times have been quite a bit longer and they are fairly rigid with making you wait until your boarding number is called. So we got on and were settled in fairly quickly. I shall provide a brief paragraph on each of the main areas of the cruise. The ship Pacific Eden was smaller than the other ship Pacific Jewel which we went on and was newer looking with more of a boutique and elegant feel to it. Everything was fairly accessible, although some corridors led to dead ends which could make finding some areas more troublesome. Dining on the ship was very good, with a reasonable selection of food available in the pantry, although it taking a while to get served due to their no self service ability. We dined at the waterfront restaurant which had good food and service apart from sporadically slow drink service and inconsistent enforcement of dress codes. At some times the pantry wasn't open for food and on these occasions you had to pay more for snacks. We won a dinner at the Luke Mangran salt grill which was exceptional and well enjoyed. As to be expected, snacks from the convenience stores on board were quite expensive. The activities were probably the best aspect with usually there being something to do. All the entertainment directors such as Louie, Lauren etc.. always made sure people were enjoying themselves. I got a pass for the Edge activities, which included rock climbing, cargo net and flying fox and these were all handled professsionally. The tv choices were somewhat limited with shows often being repeated during the cruise. It was good having trivia at least 3-4 times a day, but the location in the ocean bar tended to get very full and you needed to be there quite early to get a seat. The excursions were alll ran well and went off smoothly, but there could have been more tender boats going to quicken the process of leaving the ship. On one occasion we went to where tender tickets were being issued and were told by other passengers that they weren't being issued and instead we had to wait for an announcement regarding getting off without a ticket (this took at least 20+ minutes with no announcement). The ports were all easy to get off at and information was available. The port information booklets could have done with a map, which princess usually provides with theirs. Drink service was fairly good throughout and was used by my partner mainly who purchased a soft drink card. This was with the exception of when we were in the casino and she ordered a drink and the waitress forgot before going on her break! We inquired about the situation after some 20 minutes and when told of the situation I informed them, that this wasn't acceptable service. The waitress came back very apologetic and was thereafter better with her service. It was just the two of us so no children. Because of the nature of the cruise there was definitely a younger crowd which was usually fine.We think we would probably not do another New Year's cruise as it was just one of those once off things to experience. We are frequent cruisers however and usually go on one a year, with this being our 6th one. Apart from the minor issues mentioned here, the cruise on the whole was very enjoyable, especially the entertainments. We have as I mentioned previously cruised on Princess and they are our first preference, although their prices have gone up considerably recently. P&O are still an acceptable second and if the circumstances and price were right we would definitely consider cruising with them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My partner and I went to Moreton Island, QLD on the 7th of December 2017 aboard the P&O Pacific Eden. We had booked the Suite - Value Plus package for his birthday and quite enjoyed our trip greatly. We boarded from White Bay Cruise ... Read More
My partner and I went to Moreton Island, QLD on the 7th of December 2017 aboard the P&O Pacific Eden. We had booked the Suite - Value Plus package for his birthday and quite enjoyed our trip greatly. We boarded from White Bay Cruise Terminal which we found was quite inconvenient for public transport so to get there, you need to either use TAXI/UBER/Cruise Transfer Coaches or have someone you know drop you off to the terminal because there is no public transport that can take you there. It would've been much easier if it was in the Circular Quay Terminal. Being a VIP passenger, we skipped the queue for check-in which was very convenient as there was a long line of people trying to check-in. The process was pretty quick, they asked us general questions, confirmed our details, took our pictures and handed our cruise cards to us (cruise card: room key and onboard spending card). Our Suite Room looks bigger in pictures - which happens most of the time, but it was very clean, tidy and had a fresh feeling to it. The food at The Pantry could be better. They have many different choices to offer ranging from Indian, Mexican, Asian, Western, Vegetarian, Meat, Fruits and Desserts. The food at The Waterfront was OK, they had a 3 course-style dining and the interiors were very nice and the presentation was stunning. This goes for Angelo's Italian Restaurant as well. The main Pool was filled with kids nearly 24/7 being that it's school holidays of course so we did not get a chance to be able to have a dip. The Pool on The Oasis was also filled most of the time and by the time it was empty, there were strong winds and it got pretty cold so there was no point. The pools could have been bigger and a little better. They both were pretty small and can only fit a handful amount of people. The ship it-self is quite old, it's not very modern although the restaurants, bars and cafes are quite modern but this did not bother us whatsoever. The activities were mainly for middle-agged to pension-aged passengers, being 21 years old none of the activities they had to offer really appealed to us i.e. bingo, trivia, guess the tune, gatsby night (seems like they always do this one on every cruise which gets pretty boring). Then again, this did not bother us, we were happy to just lounge around in different areas of the cruise just finding things to do. We docked at Moreton Island as expected. It was one hell of an amazing island. We have never seen water so clear, we went swimming in the beach and had fish swim right underneath us which was pretty cool. We went ATV Quad Bike Riding and Kayaking and they were very awesome. We were blessed with such beautiful weather and the whole experience was pretty damn good. I would definitely go back to Moreton Island. I don't really have amazing comments or very negative comments to share as my experience was pretty average, I obviously did not expect high standards as I knew P&O Pacific Eden isn't the Emirates or Singapore Airlines First-Class quality. Then again I am a pretty laid back person, not really fussed with things. I probably would not recommend Pacific Eden if you are in your teens or 20-30's hanging out with your friends as there aren't really much to do for young and energetic people. Maybe Carnival or the Pacific Explorer might be more ideal. If you're just looking for a weekend out to relax and not wish to participate in any activity but to sit in the sun or just have a lazy trip then I guess Pacific Eden isn't so bad, you can have a go at the 'Food & Wine' they offer. This experience was what had happened during my trip, it may vary to different passengers so please don't expect exactly the same as what I had experienced, maybe you can just get an idea of what you may experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We cruised on the P & O Pacific Eden on 1st December 2017 for a six-night cruise to Tasmania. We were rather worried because of all the negative reviews which we had read. Contrary to this we had a very pleasant trip when all our ... Read More
We cruised on the P & O Pacific Eden on 1st December 2017 for a six-night cruise to Tasmania. We were rather worried because of all the negative reviews which we had read. Contrary to this we had a very pleasant trip when all our expectations were exceeded. It is an old ship, but our room 'Stateroom' was very comfortable and clean. The bathroom also old with a bath to step into for a shower but clean. It was serviced every day. Our room was tidied and cleaned each day including our bed made each morning and turned down before the night. The aircon was nice and cool and we slept well each night. The crew was very helpful at all times, but I guess it always helps if there is a mutual exchange of respect. The meals were totally opposite to the negative reviews - food was always hot, and satisfying. The Pantry was our favourite...the variety was amazing! The 'Waterfront Restaurant' very nice and I feel sorry for the poor waiters carrying those burning hot plates. I have included some photos which you can judge for yourself. With taste I think there is a phenomenon of being at sea... tastes are slightly different, for example my cup of tea. using the same tea as back at home tasted not as strong. Not sure why but the food was fantastic. At the Pantry you could go for second helpings if so desired, but tried to resist and used the stairs for exercise instead of the lift. Sadly because of adverse weather, the Ship Captain made the decision to sail West and around Tasmania and to Hobart, wisely choosing passenger safety over the stop over at Port Arthur. This choice made sailing more comfortable for us. Although we missed out on Port Arthur, spending time on the ship made up for it in comfort. The shows were very entertaining, and we enjoyed the Jazz Band at the bar, the Trivia, games and activities all very good. The decks were never overcrowded. We thoroughly enjoyed our stop over at Burnie and Hobart. Our pre-booked on-line Shore Tours tickets were delivered to our room. Overall we had a great and restful holiday and don't understand why people complain so much? We recommend this cruise as a great holiday for a very affordable cost. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Went on my first cruise and booked 12 months ago with a $1 deposit and had a wonderful cruise. Yes it’s a old ship and yes there are a few things that can be fixed but the ship was really great and the staff where nice and friendly and ... Read More
Went on my first cruise and booked 12 months ago with a $1 deposit and had a wonderful cruise. Yes it’s a old ship and yes there are a few things that can be fixed but the ship was really great and the staff where nice and friendly and always there to help. The embarkation was very smooth and was very quick. Got the ferry from darling Harbour to white bay and had a check in time at 1.30 and was on the ship about 2.pm We then had nice lunch at the pantry. Ate far to much food the whole time and had a free soft drink package which was great Disembarkation was also a breeze. Got up at 6 and had breakfast and was off the ship at 8.30. Weather was really unkind to us as we had really rough weather and the had to cancel Port Arthur and go around the west coast of Tasmania which was really nice Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We had to cancel our 4x4 trip to the Simpson desert. I was looking forward to this trip , the car was ready and the bags was packed. Then my husband had to have an emergency hip replacement. This would have been his 3 in just 5 months. ... Read More
We had to cancel our 4x4 trip to the Simpson desert. I was looking forward to this trip , the car was ready and the bags was packed. Then my husband had to have an emergency hip replacement. This would have been his 3 in just 5 months. Holding back the tears with the lump in your throat as the specialist explains the procedure once more , To help my husband to heal I thought of a cruise, he got the ok from the doctor and all I had to do was book. ITS THE BEST THING WE HAVE EVER DONE LAST MINUTE CRUISE. Was relaxing , healing , exciting , it gave us something to look forward to. Booking the cruise was easy , I had a cruise booked within weeks. Our cabin was perfect, especially the cabin crew. They made us laugh everyday. We ate breakfast and dinner in the restaurant every morning and night, and enjoyed every meal. We had a ball with the passengers as they where all friendly. My husband and I was able to visit the islands as disembarking was easy . For the entertainment well , we only watched a few. As we enjoyed sitting by the bar playing the games and chatting with other passengers . We had a ball. This cruise was healing, exciting, relaxing , comfortable and very friendly Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Pacific Eden Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 3.0 N/A
Dining 3.0 3.1
Entertainment 5.0 3.6
Public Rooms 5.0 3.8
Fitness & Recreation 3.0 N/A
Family 3.0 3.5
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 3.0 3.5
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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