Pacific Eden is a pretty ship. I liked the fact that it was smaller than other cruise ships mainly because I liked the feel of the movement of the ship over the waves. I slept like a baby every night and afternoon nanny naps. I found the bed to be extremely comfortable. Many people complain they are too hard but I like a firm mattress, and I so wish I knew where to buy pillows like P & O supply on their ships. I did not like the fact they put doonas on beds instead of sheets and blankets... too hot.. Glad I knew beforehand and bought my own sheets and requested a few blankets off the cabin steward.
Embarkation was a breeze and the new Wynyard Walk from Wynyard station great..straight to the King Street ferry wharf and within 15 minutes was on the ferry and around to the whitebay cruise terminal. Bought the ferry tickets online so nil problems.. In fact we were the only ones who availed ourselves of this service. Sort of felt like James Packer as the ferry was 2 storeys with a bar..seats about hundred.. and 2 passengers..us. Disembarkation..was again without a hitch. We had fine weather all the cruise.
The cabin 4115 was clean..silent.. and superb cabin stewards.. Ferdy and Jo. The air conditioning leaves a lot to be desired.. barely on.. one night I spent a few hours on deck as it was cooler.. another I complained and it worked reasonably well.. I have seen others on this forum say it was too cold.. I found the opposite.. my airconditioner at home works better. P& O also should really do away with the baths in the cabin.. This is Australia and most Aussies use showers.. not to mention that a few days into the cruise.. someone obviously ( I found this out from the staff) left their plug in the bath.. and it flooded not only their cabin but the one next to it.. The passengers were moved to other cabins while they dried out the cabins but in doing so made a great inconvenience to us further up who had to put up with the sound of loud dryers well into the night and reduced airconditioner.. it would have gone on if I had not complained.
Great,.. large, clean, tidy... fantastic beds and pillows. Cabin Stewards were superb. Air conditioning. absolutely terrible.
The excursion were way too expensive... Most of the shops close to the ship were closed except one coffee shop.. oh and they had some markets open near the ship.. that was it.. a dump.
Very very expensive.. 15% mark up on everything from a soft drink onwards because it was boxing day.
This is my home port