Pacific Aria Cruise Review by Your Average Guy
- Sail Date: January 2016
- Destination: South Pacific
If you put a 18 year old dress on a 90 year old woman, from a distance (and on the net) it looks fantastic. When you get up close and personal (board the ship) it is obvious the refurbish was only partial and not that well done.
One the first morning Elemis at sea, (the spa area) spoke to me so rudely that I cancelled our bookings we made the day before. When you then complain to reception you find out that the spa, casino and shops have nothing to do with P&O and P&O dont care if there are problems or concerns. You have to take it up with the units on board the cruise..... the same people you see sucker a confused older gentleman who attended the so called 'seminar' get swindled into signing up for over $900 worth of spay Detox packages...... Such a con. NEVER have anything to do with Elemis at sea.... basically witches ....... so many wonderous brews and potions and they talk to you like crap.
On the Aria we upgraded to a balcony room. For those on level 5 they had to put up with the constant cleanup of over flowing toilets into their rooms. Family on this level had a lovely 4 problems and one that lasted all night before a cleanup crew was sent.....
Hint. Never leave anything on your floor in your room on the Aria because the crew tell you they have the constant poo problems they have with their outdated toilet suction system. Even all the toilets on the ship went down for a time..... but not P&O problem......
On other cruises the crew have been welcoming and inviting. On the Aria the crew are more tolerating and abrupt.
One moment you will get good drink service, next you want see anyone for hours.....
The ship performers were wonderful and the highlight of the cruise.
But yes the Aria is a ship of lines and buckets... lines to get on, lines to get off, (good luck with the tenders), lines for food. where the whole time of the cruise you have to also walk around buckets and rags in the dinning area.
My only advise is pay the little bit more and book your cruise with Carnival.
We will NEVER cruise with P&O again. It is clear that they now take the Australian market for granted and service and gone done hill from our first cruise 4 years ago.
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