56 P&O Australia Pacific Eden Cruise Reviews

It was somewhere I wanted to go. I wish to thank DR Google from the Waterfront Resteraunt, who looked after my allergies, and made sure I had wonderful meals. I thank you so much you really took care of me and was a lovely friendly person ... Read More
It was somewhere I wanted to go. I wish to thank DR Google from the Waterfront Resteraunt, who looked after my allergies, and made sure I had wonderful meals. I thank you so much you really took care of me and was a lovely friendly person who made me feel relaxed about being allergic. Unfortunately, my friend was put out about my kind caring treatment and I was unable to thank you personally, and give you a good tip. So sorry about that, I felt so bad. Because you were wonderful and I never had any symptoms on board, it was great not to worry about the food myself, I am so grateful. I hope you get to read this, you said say you are Marlon Brando as a joke. Very nice and kind Dr Google I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made my cruise much easier and enjoyable. :-) 9198 Overall the whole Cruise was fun and exciting. To find places on decks was easy due to information at the lifts. The rooms were lovely with the large balcony. Had an awesome view of the sea. The cabins were looked after very well, staff attending were wonderful and helpful. All food on board was really tasty. The food staff were excellent and caring to my allergy needs. Gatsby party was fun away to sea party was fun and the white party was fun, but what I liked most was the Blue Room where they played Jazz every night. Great musicians, loved the saxophonists playing, really really great to see and hear. The best thing about the whole Cruise was being at sea, loved it. The crew made the trip really easy and relaxing. Thank you P&O I will definitely be looking forward to my next Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise was from Sydney to adelaide, so it worked perfect for my friend and I who live in both of these places. Loved leaving from Sydney harbour and how they played some opera music I thought that was awesome. We saw a pod of dolphins ... Read More
This cruise was from Sydney to adelaide, so it worked perfect for my friend and I who live in both of these places. Loved leaving from Sydney harbour and how they played some opera music I thought that was awesome. We saw a pod of dolphins and some seals which was amazing and going pass Wilson’s promentry was spectacular. I particularly enjoyed the comedy and the piano playing by John Milligan. I went to his show two nights because I enjoyed it so much. I was just very relaxed and loved being at sea. Our cabin was great but maybe a little smelly when we got on, a bit of room spray and was all good. Our cabin person Nash was really friendly and helpful. We used the gym and the spa which was really lovely. It is a bit hard to do yoga and do the exercise machines when the boat is swaying, but was an experience. It was sad to dock and have to come back to reality. Thanks for a great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our 3rd P&O short cruise - this one for 40th Wedding Anniversary. We booked a suite, 10010, and P&O offered special services for suite customers. So did Holland America (HM) but they failed to deliver on all counts - P&O went ... Read More
Our 3rd P&O short cruise - this one for 40th Wedding Anniversary. We booked a suite, 10010, and P&O offered special services for suite customers. So did Holland America (HM) but they failed to deliver on all counts - P&O went well above expectations. 1. Express check in - YES, very fast and friendly. 2. Cabin fine, really clean, a little old but the ship is going to another company in a month or so. It did not detract from the experience. 3. Tried all the food outlets; ie restaurants, the buffet, and the speciality ones - the Luke Mangan Salt Grill and the Chefs Table- ALL were Fabulous, especially the Chefs Table! At first the price appears expensive but in reality what you get the food, the wine, the afters it would be cheap at twice the price - DO try it! NO bad food on the ship and plenty of choices for everyone. 4. All the various crew members were always happy, helpful and ready to assist. 5. The entertainment was a 1000% better than on HM. The Blue room music variety was outstanding. So many different entertainment venues to keep everyone happy. The shows in the main theatre were amazing! Loved the magician. 6. P&O has restored my faith in big ship cruising after the HM experience killed enthusiasm. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our second time on Eden - the first time was two years ago and we loved it which is why we returned. If anything the ship was better second time around. Beautifully furnished, spacious, friendly and attentive staff - could not ... Read More
This was our second time on Eden - the first time was two years ago and we loved it which is why we returned. If anything the ship was better second time around. Beautifully furnished, spacious, friendly and attentive staff - could not fault it. The food on the whole was good, tasty and beautifully presented. Temperature appeared to be a problem with many meals lukewarm at best. Waterfront (the main dining room) has a great menu with something for everyone. Dragon Lady was great but Angelos not as good. Drinks are a reasonable price, and again a great selection. Our cabin (deck 4 oceanview midship) was spacious and spotlessly clean. Itinerary was great - I wasnt sure about visiting NewGuinea and was actually talked into the cruise but we thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. We were not able to tender to Gizo Island due to rough seas but full marks to the Entertainment team for putting together a great day at sea at short notice. Cruise was ex Cairns - embarkation very easy, well organised. Disembarkation just as easy - we were off the ship and in our hotel within 30 minutes. Disappointed that Pacific Eden had been sold on but I have been told Pacific Aria is exactly the same so will have to find out for ourselves (hopefully soon!) Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Hi everyone My daughter and I have returned back to Cairns after 7 days on the Pacific Eden for her voyage to PNG for my daughters 13th birthday and it was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from docking at Kitava ... Read More
Hi everyone My daughter and I have returned back to Cairns after 7 days on the Pacific Eden for her voyage to PNG for my daughters 13th birthday and it was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from docking at Kitava which was terribly sad for the locals as many of us on board had donations for the children. However, the rest of the trip was just awesome. The staff went above and beyond for us and I cannot thank them enough for their sheer hard work and hospitality. Too often, I see complaints about cruise ship service, however all I saw were extremely hard working staff who do very long days but always have the energy for a chat and smile. Massive thanks to Adam Mark and Ruby at P&O Edge for their fantastic efforts, you sure made my daughter smile, especially after arranging for her to meet the Captain for her birthday :) She was absolutely shell shocked that her dream to meet the Captain came true :) Matthew, well words cannot justify just how utterly awesome and brilliant you are! Our cabin stewards Rothy and Cazy, you work so hard and we thank you so much for looking after us! Neil, Shaun and so many others, you made our holiday just the best. Sadly this was out last trip on the Eden as she is being sold but we hope to see you on another cruise line next year. Cheers and all the best! X Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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
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
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
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
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 choose our cruises for the availability of when we want/can cruise and also very importantly, the destination. My brother had previously sailed on the Eden and had a wonderful experience on their first ever cruise, so I had no qualms ... Read More
We choose our cruises for the availability of when we want/can cruise and also very importantly, the destination. My brother had previously sailed on the Eden and had a wonderful experience on their first ever cruise, so I had no qualms about sailing on her, even after the negatives I had read on this site and Facebook. We do like our privacy and time on our own so we chose a suite for our accommodation, the fact that P&O are a cheaper cruise line than others we have cruised with, we were able to afford the extra for our suite, the suite amenities were excellent, the perks included; free laundry, room service breakfast, separate dressing room with ample cupboard space, priority embarking, disembarking and tenders. We ate in all of the restaurants except for Salt and enjoyed every morsel we ate. The Waterfront had a good selection and we always found something that appealed, we ate there for breakfast and lunch on most sea days. We also ate in the Pantry, but not as often although what we did eat there we couldn't fault, when we did choose to eat at the Pantry we usually took our meals back to our cabin and ate them there, I think seating can be a problem there during peak times. Salt Grill had very tasty burgers, hot dogs, pizza and my husband scoffed a whole bucket of prawns to himself, all for a nominal fee. Both speciality restaurants served gourmet food and the service was excellent, both menu's changed half way through the cruise. It is a good idea to book all your restaurants at the beginning of the cruise, quite a few people who didn't book were turned away during the cruise as the Waterfront was booked out. On the first day we went straight to the Monkey Bar and booked for the whole cruise. Plenty of on board activities, we participated in a few Trivia contests, Bingo and had a dabble in the Casino, the duty free shopping was also good, they had daily sales on watches, hand bags, wallets, jewellery, perfume and makeup. For the first time on a cruise I utilised the Spa, having my eyebrows and eyelashes tinted, waxing and a hair treatment. All of these services were excellent and a very reasonable price, although I did choose to go on days when they had discounts. All of the public areas, bars and seating areas were lovely, we found all of the bar staff to be friendly and we never ever waited more than a few minutes to be served. Entertainment was very good, we didn't go to all of the shows as some didn't appeal, but what did see was very entertaining. All of the ports we visited were amazing, we did the Alotau Cultural Festival in the morning and then my husband went on the Milne Bay WW2 tour in the afternoon. Kitava is a beautiful untouched island, no actual tours but the locals take you across to the smaller island on their sail boats, or you can take a walking tour to the skull caves. In Rabaul we did the half day Volcanic tour and it was fantastic, it included a visit to the Volcano Observatory, perched high on a hill where you get a fantastic view of the port and the Eden, it also takes you to the base of the volcano that blew in 1994, it is acutally a Caldera (super volcano). We didn't do a tour on Gizo, we had originally booked the Sanbis Resort tour but it was cancelled so we just walked around had a drink at the hotel and purchased some souvenir's. Honiara we walked outside the port terminal and picked up a tour with Manahem tours, excellent, it cost 100AUD for the both of us, we had our own tour guide and driver in a late model van which was air conditioned, they also supplied water and coconut water, they took us to where we wanted to go, which really appealed to us. We came across a few serial whingers on the cruise, who were never going to be satisfied but you get that on any cruise. All cruises are what you make of them. P&O go out of their way to help, we met a lady who's luggage went astray, (Virgin was her airline and they couldn't care two hoots) it didn't turn up until our last port Honiara, the ship sent a crew member to the airport there to collect it for her, they also let her choose some clothing and items from the shop for free. It seems her luggage was put on the wrong flight and sent to Canada!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had heard some not great reviews of P&O, but loved the idea of PNG as a destination. We have cruised four times before and we thought P&O was great. We loved the Australian feel of the ship, the smaller size, awesome ... Read More
We had heard some not great reviews of P&O, but loved the idea of PNG as a destination. We have cruised four times before and we thought P&O was great. We loved the Australian feel of the ship, the smaller size, awesome entertainment, great dining choices, and great kids club. We chose to eat in the Waterfront or specialty restaurants for most meals where we found the food really good. Service was mixed....some people were very attentive and others not so much. Salt really was exceptional and worth the surcharge. We are vegetarian and always found at least a couple of options we could choose. The Pantry was okay and I liked the Asian and Indian stations. Sometimes seating was hard to come by. Everything we ate there was delicious. Our kids loved going to Kids Club each day and did all the Edge activities as well, which were huge highlights. We were lucky in that we were able to get to each of our 4 ports in PNG. Tendering service was slow the first day (it was rough), but more efficient the other days. We thought the entertainment was really great with a variety of bands, singers, and productions each night. The main areas of the ship were modern and bright. I particularly loved the soft loungers by the pool and the comfy seating on that deck. We were super impressed with our first cruise experience with kids and would definitely sail with P&O again. You can read our full review of our itinerary here: https://www.5losttogether.com/papua-new-guinea-cruise-tips-ports/ Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Local friends of ours found an amazing promotional rate for this short term cruise and so we decided to join them. We were a little apprehensive as we had heard the line had a reputation for party makers and could get a little rough but ... Read More
Local friends of ours found an amazing promotional rate for this short term cruise and so we decided to join them. We were a little apprehensive as we had heard the line had a reputation for party makers and could get a little rough but our cruise was nothing like this. Embarkation was quick, friendly and efficient as was disembarkation - which was also the most relaxed we have experienced with a nice late morning departure. The ship is obviously quite old and my guess is it is an old HAL ship as it has a gorgeous complete promenade which is very wide and a great quiet spot to watch the ocean from. We were in an inside cabin which was a decent size with plenty of storage. The bed was very comfortable. I didn't like the shower design and the water temperature was very inconsistent (read boiling or freezing), while we were lucky our friends and others experienced numerous pluming issues and many of the public toilets were often closed. The interior public spaces had obviously had a refit and were the decor was superb - especially in the dining and bar areas. Dining was reasonable depending on where you ate and what you ordered. Typically we found simple dishes like salads, roasts etc done very well whereas Asian dishes in particular tended to be very ordinary. Make sure you get reservations for the main dining room and the complimentary specialty restaurants. We loved the Italian, thought the Asian was just ok (but liked the space and service). The main restaurant was a nice area especially for lunch. The buffet was an interesting concept more like a food court, unfortunately we found the food to be plain and didn't eat here very often.Service was very good throughout. Our only port was Fraser Island and unfortunately due to mechanical issues we didn't make it but the ship gave everyone obc as compensation and most found it fair and there were very few complainers. In fact by mooring in Hervey Bay we got to see whales and dolphins while enjoying a few "complimentary" beverages due to our obc. Entertainment was reasonably good, the singers and dancers were enthusiastic and the stage design and costumes were some of the best we have seen. Unfortunately there is no live orchestra but there were plenty of live musical acts around the ship. The guest comedian was not funny at all unless you simply like to hear swearing replacing punch lines. There were more activities on this ship than any other we have been on (and I thought NCL was amazing in this aspect). You could not have been bored. There were numerous parties held, trivia, arts and crafts lessons, silly sports and loads of dance classes (which we loved). This ship was great for those who like to do things or socialise. 2 pool areas, full promenade deck, crows nest bar, multiple restaurants and several bars made it a fun ship to explore. Would probably try again but still concerned by its reputation out of the bigger ports on longer itineraries. Think we were lucky with our fellow passengers (very few troublemakers). Bravo to the wonderful crew (proves inclusive tipping doesn't detract from service levels and if anything improves them) and the well designed ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Pacific Eden has just returned from a multi million dollar refurbishment, mainly of the public areas. The results are stunning. Fresh and vibrant colours and quirky but interesting artworks. I was expecting something of a much lower ... Read More
Pacific Eden has just returned from a multi million dollar refurbishment, mainly of the public areas. The results are stunning. Fresh and vibrant colours and quirky but interesting artworks. I was expecting something of a much lower standard (which would have been fine as it is a P&O ship, not Princess or Cunard after all). Upon first boarding it was hard not to say "wow- that is nice" upon entering every new public area. Boarding in Cairns - efficient (although we had priority as a suite guest, the queues were well controlled and moved quickly) The Suite (10011) - the largest most spacious cabin I have ever been in. Plenty of room around the beds, coffee table that converts to a dining table inside and balcony dining table for 4 as well as two loungers, Large ensuite with spa bath, new looking carpet (the rest of the furnishings were still a bit dated but this did not bother me as overall the impression was good). Public areas (bars, lounges, dining rooms, auditorium, atrium) - all refurbished and a delight to be in and to walk around (pictures attached) Food - generally of good standard. I can see some people would complain about certain specific meals but if you choose wisely from the menu the quality was generallly great with just a few misses. The specialty restaurants were all great but hard to get a booking for some unless you are a suite priority booking passenger or prepared to queue at 6.30am each day. No need for bookings at the main restaurant Waterfront. We just rocked up and got a table straight away when we did not have bookings elsewhere but recommend you do so at 5.15 or 7.15pm which is the two main sitting times (although it is available at any time during the dinner and breakfast and is open for lunch on sea days. Chef's Table - I would highly recommend, especially early on in the voyage as this then introduces you to the chef and maitre' d and can unlock doors for the rest of the trip. 7 course degustation of very high quality food and wines with generous pours (virtually bottomless top shelf wine for the whole 3 hours) at just $99 pp. There was room for plenty more Chefs table bookings on our cruise - it is held subject to 12 bookings per night but was only held on about every 2nd night due to lack of demand on our voyage Entertainment - the 3 main musical acts we frequented were all fantastic and played often in a variety of venues. Highly Strung (similar to the Coors), Willowspeak (solo accoustic guitar with a wide variety of pop songs and a great personality), and Karowayova (sp?) a Kiriwina local who has moved to Australia and has the most divine singing voice and some great songs she wrote herself. The ship's singers and dancers and band were also very good - better than most cruises I have been on. Itinerary - Alotau - Least favourite of the stops but still interesting. It was Commemoration day public holiday so the shops and markets were closed until midday but still plenty of things to see within an easy walk of the ship. Hundreds of private tour operators touting for business just outside the wharf, a few nice bars to sit and relax nearby in the resorts. Kitava - unfortunately turned into a sea day due to poor weather Rabaul - Great stop. We did a private prearranged snorkel tour with Rabaul-Kokopo Dive. We were picked up at the ship, had a high speed boat trip close past the volcano to a dolphin area (35 minutes) to be towed beside the tenders amongst the playing dolphins with supplied snorkel and mask, then taken to a sunken WWII Japanese zero plane wreck still in good condition just below the surface. Some of the clearest water and most interesting unspoiled coral you will find anywhere. Dropped off at their HQ for lunch at Rapopo Resort and we stayed relaxing at the resort until a tender took us back to the ship just before final boarding. Others in our group took a half day bus tour with them to see the highlights of Rabaul. If you have nothing planned, again there are hundreds of private tour operators touting just outside the terminal Kiriwina Island - Due to the steep drop off from the fringing reef, we anchored about 100 metres from shore. An impressive sight with the ship so close to the beach that the ship's wifi even still worked fine on the beach. A large friendly local community greeted us warmly with local markets, performances, escorted village walking tours etc and again great snorkeling on the edge of the reef in crystal clear waters. This was the best stop for picking up a wide variety of crafted souveniers (although we missed Kitava which could have been equally as good). Best to use Kina and if you have too many Kina remaining for the remainder of the itinerary, they were very eager to exchange Aussie Dollars at a very good exchange rate 2:1. Conflict Islands - this would have turned into another sea day due to the strong SE wind, but the island has just completed a new floating 320 metre pontoon jetty on the Western side out over the coral reef, and we were the first ship to try it out. A big thanks to the captain who positioned the ship off the jetty with the bow and stern thrusters all day (too deep to anchor) and gave us the chance to experience this amazing coral atoll island. It is privately owned by an Australian conservationist, so they preferred Aussie Dollars (exchanged for vouchers to buy food drinks, etc when you step ashore). Great beaches, plenty of shade, a nice walk around the whole island (about 5 KM) where we got to see how rough it was at the Eastern wharf and why we would not even be there were it not for the new Western wharf. Food was so-so (purchase BBQ, stale buns etc) but purchase drinks readily available and lots of extra activities to purchase if you were looking for other things to do. Doini Island - Much smaller than Kiriwina so a more intimate setting with very friendly locals selling their (more limited) wares. Lots of school children performing dances and singing with a pleasing very generous amount of donations coming forth from the cruise passengers (last stop so a chance to offload any remaining Kina). Well developed bar with toilets and a small gift shop at the tender wharf for resting and listening to a local band playing. Good snorkelling off the easiest access beach of the cruise (no fringing reef to get over, just a lot of isolated bombora reefs, mostly unspoilt and close to the surface) Disembarkation - The Cairns terminal is very small so baggage claim can be congested, and due to the large number of passengers buying wooden and shell artifacts, customs was very busy with a long queue. It is fine to bring wood and shell products back into Aus as long as they are clean and free of any visible signs of insects. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our first cruise and I was really worried, due to the reviews that I had read. I was absolutely pleasantly surprised how fantastic the cruise was. None of the reviews that I had read previously, applied to our experience. Cabin ... Read More
This was our first cruise and I was really worried, due to the reviews that I had read. I was absolutely pleasantly surprised how fantastic the cruise was. None of the reviews that I had read previously, applied to our experience. Cabin was great, bedding was comfy, food was fantastic, even though we only ate at the pantry, but I have to say, probably the best fish and chips I have ever eaten. Entertainment was fantastic. The only thing that might have room for improvement, would be the smoking sections. There could me more of them and some chairs might be good. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and the ship and would definitely go again. Also I have to say embarkation and disembarkation worked like clockwork and so well organised. Onto the ship within 5 - 10 minutes and off the ship within 5 minutes. The services staff was also very helpful and friendly. Service with a smile!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, ... Read More
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, staff were great, so helpful, nothing too much trouble, the shows were the best we have seen on board other ships, entertainment staff and all acts were second to none and we had a ball. The attention to cleanliness was very impressive and the choice of restaurants were excellent (both Angelo's, Dragon Lady were like dining in any top restaurant in Perth, the Waterfront was great if you wanted to be waited on; if you wanted to do your own thing, you had lots of choice in the "Pantry" (food hall) the best thing was that your food was served up to you instead of it being open to everyone breathing and coughing around it, causing health risk and shocking waste, though there was still no limit to the amount of food you could have on any serving, hence I saw no evidence at all of sickness on board and we would not hesitate to book on the Pacific Eden in the future. We were especially surprised at the space we had in our cabin and bathroom compared to previous trips. Embarkation and disembarkation ran like clockwork as did all stops, with very well run excursion times on and off the ship,extremely professional. Thanks to the fabulous crew, especially the entertainment guys, second to none. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Having cruised with P&O in the past it was a no brainer to book this cruise when I came across the incredible deals they were offering. Some reviews of the ship would have you think that Pacific Eden is a floating pile of rust that ... Read More
Having cruised with P&O in the past it was a no brainer to book this cruise when I came across the incredible deals they were offering. Some reviews of the ship would have you think that Pacific Eden is a floating pile of rust that serves up food worse than you'd get in prison - this couldn't be further from the truth! Whilst the ship doesn't fall in to the category of 5-star (nor does P&O try to sell it as 5-star) it is a beautiful, well kept ship with a more classic layout and design. Whilst smaller than your modern super liner, she is by no means tiny and offers up ample public spaces for passengers to relax in and partake in activities. Food options are plenty and of a high quality with three all inclusive restaurant options (The Waterfront, Angelo's Italian and The Dragon Lady), one set price restaurant (The Salt Grill), The Pantry (a healthier, cleaner take on your classic cruise ship buffet) and the Ocean Grill (Pizza's, Burgers, Nacho's etc for a small price). Highlights for me were The Dragon Lady's second menu and The Salt Grill where we ended up eating on two occasions. It's worth every cent! The Pantry is also a huge improvement on the old buffet style setup for three reasons - 1) There is a lot more choice 2) It was evident that from looking around there was a lot less waste as portions were somewhat controlled (with that being said, if you wanted more you could ask for it and the servers would happily oblige) 3) It is significantly healthier as food isn't being handled by hundreds of passengers The Entertainment staff were great and highly visible throughout the cruise. The original shows were of a higher standard than I have seen on P&O in the past and the activities on offer seemed to keep everyone engaged on sea days. The only thing I would say was a negative on the entertainment side of things was the poor quality of the comedians. There are better comedians out there than ones who get their jokes off of the internet! The only shore tour we booked through the ship was for Komodo Island as it was required due to the World Heritage Site restrictions imposed on the island. The Tendering process was wall organised and involved very little waiting around. Once on the island the English speaking guides were very interactive and informative and made it an overall enjoyable, once in a lifetime experience. In summary if you're looking for great quality and value, P&O cruises are for you. If not, spend the extra money to cruise with someone else or quit your whinging. Some of the reviews on here are appalling and incredibly misleading. Comparing Princess, Celebrity or Holland America with P&O is not comparing apples with apples. I have never had a bad experience with P&O (nor Celebrity or Star) and will continue to sing their praises and recommend them to family and friends. P.S. I hope that Marius one day gets the Australian passport he so desperately desires Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Liked the size of the ship, to get away from the large liners with thousands of passengers and the fact it was Fremantle to Fremantle. I do not like food from buffets so I was really impressed with The Pantry. The reason I ... Read More
Liked the size of the ship, to get away from the large liners with thousands of passengers and the fact it was Fremantle to Fremantle. I do not like food from buffets so I was really impressed with The Pantry. The reason I don't like help yourself food is I have seen too many people touch food and put it back, coughing on food etc. The Pantry is excellent because the food is dished up and handed to you, so no one touches it and I like the fact that the glass partition is between the public and the food. I also liked the amount of water fountains around the ship. Overall I liked the layout and the size of the ship, not so far to go from A to B. This will be our second cruise on the Pacific Eden this year and we even booked the same cabin again as we liked the location. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise, with a little bit of trepidation, because we had booked the Indian Pacific and it fit in with that schedule, plus we had never been into Broome before. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We thoroughly enjoyed ... Read More
We chose this cruise, with a little bit of trepidation, because we had booked the Indian Pacific and it fit in with that schedule, plus we had never been into Broome before. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and everything about the ship. Everyone was friendly and the crew were excellent as they always are. The activities on board were great and the quizzes were amusing and most enjoyable. Marius, one of the entertainment staff, conducted our choir, which was great. He has the most fantastic laugh and sense of humour. The dining room was a little off, not the best food and system of booking but the buffet-style up top was extremely well done. Plenty of choice, even for me who is a vegan. I liked the idea of being served rather than a free for all. A much more sanitary way. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Family of six. Four teenagers. First cruise. Was worried after reading previous reviews. We all had a great time. Lovely restaurants, bars and public areas. Cabins bigger than expected and well kept by excellent crew. We attended shows, ... Read More
Family of six. Four teenagers. First cruise. Was worried after reading previous reviews. We all had a great time. Lovely restaurants, bars and public areas. Cabins bigger than expected and well kept by excellent crew. We attended shows, movies, trivias, guest speakers and even craft activities. Children did two activities each a day with the Edge. No problems booking restaurants or activities. This was a casual, family cruise with 300 children aboard due to Easter holidays. Great atmosphere and mix of passengers. It is a 25 year old ship which is looking a little tired in some areas. This does not impact on the cruise.The children did not want to get off the ship when it docked on the islands as they were enjoying the ship so much. We did DIY tour on Lombok and Bali and cruise tour on Komodo. Would do this cruise on this ship again but would not bother with going ashore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have been trying for years to get a good friend of mine to come on a cruise, my husband and I have done over 17 cruises with a lot of cruise lines. I had not done a P&O cruise for a long time, but loved the fact it cruised out of ... Read More
I have been trying for years to get a good friend of mine to come on a cruise, my husband and I have done over 17 cruises with a lot of cruise lines. I had not done a P&O cruise for a long time, but loved the fact it cruised out of our home state Adelaide a cruise to nowhere, the weather was perfect, the entertainment on board was fantastic, our beds were the most comfortable on any cruise line I have been on. Sure she has some rust in the bathroom, and the windows, we had an oceanview, but our cabin steward came and explained everything and what was on, we booked our restaurants for the 3 nights, I really liked the decor on the ship, loved the blue room, along with the entertainment, jazz band the lady had a really smooth silky voice. The food in the pantry was o.k. you are never going to get 100% of everything, but this ship is lovely, enjoyed being on a smaller ship, staff amazing and entertainment great, would I go P&O again yes, as was pleasantly surprised. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first cruise we wanted to do a short cruise to see if we both liked cruising. To be honest are reading some of the reviews from last year we were both concerned as some of the reviews were not very good. However our ... Read More
This was our first cruise we wanted to do a short cruise to see if we both liked cruising. To be honest are reading some of the reviews from last year we were both concerned as some of the reviews were not very good. However our experience was good and we had a great cruise, the food, service, entertainment was great. Lots of variety of entertainment, bars to enjoy the various singers etc. Our cabin was clean, and our bed very comfortable, we had Jaime looking after us and he was great and looked after any requests we may have had. We did not have a fridge initially in our cabin, however with Jaimes and the reception desk help we had once delivered to our room on our first night of the cruise We dined at most of the restaurants onboard and they were all good. We did a short cruise to Pt Lincoln and enjoyed the cruise very much we did not do any tours and we met family there. Now looking at booking a future cruise. The Pacific Eden both my husband and I would recommend cruising with this ship. And would consider another cruise on the Pacific Eden as well. Read Less
Sail Date March 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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