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We are experienced cruisers, this was our 14th cruise holiday. Having sailed on HAL twice previously we embarked on this beautiful ship, Pacific Aria, with so much hope and the ship itself did not disappoint. Lovely cabins, wonderful beds (thanks HAL for leaving them on board!) and the fit out overall was lovely. Oodles of public spaces to relax. And then we went to dinner ..... the main dining room service and food is very average. The Pantry (bistro) is much better for main meals, however sweets is another story, they looked good but had no taste at all. And Ice cream - you can have it if you pay for it!!!! No Morning and afternoon tea - not a biscuit or scone or little cake to be seen but you can have a big sandwich or burger from the Kettle and Bun. Then again, you can PAY for something suitable. Internet charges were reasonable but the coverage was mostly poor. We are card payers and there is no card room or library on this ship, which is a pity as there is so much public space that could be used if the tables weren't low coffee tables. We did ask if we could use one of the meeting rooms which were always empty, but that wasn't allowed. The only option was The Pantry, when we could get a table. The crew seemed to be inexperienced and not sure of us or what to do for us. The entertainers were mostly very good, and the organisation of tenders at Ports of Call was very good also. The drinks were expensive, cheapest cocktail was $12 with no daily specials offered. I think we have had our first and last P & O experience, we will head back to RCI.

Beautiful ship, but unhappy with P & O.

Pacific Aria Cruise Review by MaJoeJoe

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We are experienced cruisers, this was our 14th cruise holiday. Having sailed on HAL twice previously we embarked on this beautiful ship, Pacific Aria, with so much hope and the ship itself did not disappoint. Lovely cabins, wonderful beds (thanks HAL for leaving them on board!) and the fit out overall was lovely. Oodles of public spaces to relax.

And then we went to dinner ..... the main dining room service and food is very average. The Pantry (bistro) is much better for main meals, however sweets is another story, they looked good but had no taste at all. And Ice cream - you can have it if you pay for it!!!! No Morning and afternoon tea - not a biscuit or scone or little cake to be seen but you can have a big sandwich or burger from the Kettle and Bun. Then again, you can PAY for something suitable.

Internet charges were reasonable but the coverage was mostly poor.

We are card payers and there is no card room or library on this ship, which is a pity as there is so much public space that could be used if the tables weren't low coffee tables. We did ask if we could use one of the meeting rooms which were always empty, but that wasn't allowed. The only option was The Pantry, when we could get a table.

The crew seemed to be inexperienced and not sure of us or what to do for us.

The entertainers were mostly very good, and the organisation of tenders at Ports of Call was very good also.

The drinks were expensive, cheapest cocktail was $12 with no daily specials offered.

I think we have had our first and last P & O experience, we will head back to RCI.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 6120
Loved our cabin, beautiful bed and linen, all left on board by HAL.
Generous hanging space and good size bathroom with great shelf storage.
Very comfortable.

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