Pacific Eden Cruise Review by Florrie
- Sail Date: August 2017
- Destination: South Pacific
Cabin 4115, well serviced. Shore excursions unsure as we did our own in Bali, Lombok was dreadful (when we know it can be lovely). Dili, Timor not good with a $40 Visa charge, told not to use taxis - but $80 pp for a tour with ramshackle buses, no air con, broken seats, spare tyre in middle of the bus! P&O are running these - once 2 buses returned from the early (short) tours no one bothered. Also some passengers were left (for 10 mins supposedly) at different points of interest, not picked up again for 1.5 hrs in such heat.
Ship-First, it was cheap $1065 pp 14 days, Singapore to Cairns. Check in wasn't too bad but passengers walking around with suitcases in the Singapore mall had no idea they could relieve themselves of them early, I felt like a Tour Guide as I (we) constantly approached people with luggage, telling them where to go to leave it. Checking in appeared Ok but no information where to wait etc and people already felt 'uninformed' about what was going on. Then 4 international forms to fill in. Sitting for a while we then asked when would we be boarding, and were told, 'now' if we want too (really) how odd is that? On board, luggage in our room, all good, buffet all good OK. Never been with P & O before. OK, by about Day 5 you are fed up with The Pantry (buffet) food, the (Fine) Dining Room is lovely but never seen so little served on a plate! Amazing to see the tables mostly empty! Asian restaurant, setting was lovely but food so pour, very little Asian about water broth with a noodle in it. Can't remember the main meal, followed a huge bowl of so called sticky rice and mango. Sorry this was rice and mango sauce. Dining Room food - went for lunch a couple of times, such a lovely venue but no one there - such poor food - 1 tiny scoop of ice cream half melted by the time it came all the way up from the kitchen. Same at breakfast, the poached eggs were hard & cold. Again, very few bothered to use this lovely venue.
Aircon was dreadful, freezing in our quite nice cabin. 4 layers of clothes, socks and doona and still got sick. Eventually aircon fixed (NO) turned off. Now for 12 more days no aircon. $400 to see doc, quarantined so couldn't see the Komodo Dragons, hubby also forced to pay for tablets too just in case he got sick. Money Money, Money. Pay $9.50 for pizza, $5 for hot dog (we don't eat them). Brekky is OFF at 9.30, no supper after the late show. Cakes, fortunately we don't bother much, but I chose an apple slice one night, crap! Panacotta - crap - it was milk jelly! Ship has just come out of dry dock, looks lovely but back pool was leaking into rooms, had to be emptied, elderly people sitting around in lounges wondering where they would sleep that night. So much lack of information, mini suite (s) flooded. General use pool, after 2 days a child was sick in it, so no pool again while it was cleaned, refilled & now freezing. Shows were quite good and we went most nights, but a cuppa and bit of supper & chat with new found friends is nice before heading off to bed - but not on P&O. General areas are lovely but something was/is missing, so many unhappy people who had cruised with other lines, buffet crew obviously told not to serve too much, but scrapings off the board of ham is just that 'scrapings'. Chili (no taste) curry (no flavour) wine was warm when served from a deck bar, had to ask for glass of ice! Why? No Diet drinks when I have a diabetic husband and we'd purchased the lemonade package because it says there were Diet drinks included. (I think $149 for nothing). Salad items were lovely, so fresh and crunchy even the celery was not stringy. NO cheese, asking was a real shock to the poor girl. A cheese platter consisted of less that 1/2 slice of sandwich cheese cut into 4 pieces. Maybe we chose the Weight Watchers Cruise by mistake! First and Last time with P&O. We also consoled ourselves it was CHEAP and that's exactly what it was. Even lifeboat drill was odd, our station was No7 I think but we had to go to lifeboat station 11 to find the crew member with a No7 placard - guess we wouldn't bother in a real emergency-but it was a joke - why are we not laughing.
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Aircon - freezing and eventually null and void. (It was 'fixed' they meant 'turned off' !
We had a shower over the bath tub, not the best at 73 + 77 although we are pretty able bodied and 3 handles to hang on to. So not too many problems. Plenty of hot water, cabin attendents were lovely.
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