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Pacific Eden Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Go P & O - NO

Review for Pacific Eden to the South Pacific
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Florrie
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2017
Cabin:
Our Cabin 4115 Midships wit window
The Pantry (Buffet Area)
The Pantry (Buffet)
Main Pool Area - very nice
Main Pool Area
Cabin - Towel fun each night
Arriving at Port Benoa, Bali
Market at Benoa Port
Turtles at Turtle Conservation
Free, interesting.  
Charged 2 people $20
Turtle Conservation
Lombok - what a dump of a port.  
$20 for donkey ride to 'market'
Lombok

Leaving from Singapore - good - visiting Bali & Lombok but mostly for Dili and Komodo Island.

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.

Cabin Review

Cabin ?

Being an old ship we had a good size cabin with couch, not like on Queen Mary 2 where it was so tiny.

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.

Port Reviews

Bali

SOOO expensive for car hire, taxis not allowed in to port area, so cars charge $50 to Kuta when taxi back is $7

Lombok

I began to think we were being conned on this cruise at the ports we were going to were rubbish and we know the surroundings are beautiful. P&O are ripping people off with the charges for tours - half the cost would be fine for new tourists.

Komodo Island

Hubby got off (I was sick) he said I would have enjoyed it. Some shade and reasonably good guides (rangers)

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