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A short mid-week cruise for a birthday celebration outside the main cruise season saw our party of six booked on Pacific Eden. Mixed reviews had lead to low expectations but these were exceeded in almost every way. While the pantry and the main pool were somewhat dominated by families and children our somewhat older group was able to find quiet places inside and outside and for dining. Booked a guarantee suite on deck 10 and when room allocation was due I was offered an upgrade to the penthouse for an nominal fee. This gave our group a spectacular oasis with dining room, lounge, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. It also conferred VIP treatment when booking or visiting any of the restaurants. For Dining we tried Salt, where the food was excellent, Angelos and Dragon Lady where the food, service and ambiance was very good (particularly for a venue included in the cruise fare) The Pantry had a selection of good food but was a bit crowded and busy for us. While I could pick individual dishes as being not quite worthy of compliments overall the dining even including the maligned waterfront were better than expected based on other reviews. We did not see much of the production shows but did catch a comedy quiz in the theatre and some live music in various bars around the ship. DJ's tended to be not to our taste but live bands were varied and entertaining. The gym was well equipped with cardio and weight machines and held a number of classes in various disciplines. Thermal suite was one area showing its age with some rooms out of order. One Spa treatment was a massage with hot stones and bamboo which was effective in relaxation. For overall value short cruises tend to be a higher cost per day than some longer cruises on special. For a celebration the bar bill can also rack up quickly without the option of a drinks package. Public areas look quite modern for the most part. Cabins are a bit dated and showing wear and tear. *as are the Thermal Suites) Service throughout the ship was friendly and available if not quite as skillful as on some other lines specialty venues. No long delays getting drinks and room service was also good. I have marked enrichment activities and shore excursions as average only because we did not use them. I would have gone snorkeling but the water still a bit too cold so we enjoyed a relaxed and peaceful day onboard. Would I book P&O over Celebrity or Princess. No, but if you do find a short cruise that works for you or your group don't be afraid of going on P&O as it can be an enjoyable experience. And if you ever get offered the Penthouse, take the option.

A much better experience than expected

Pacific Eden Cruise Review by Silverez

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A short mid-week cruise for a birthday celebration outside the main cruise season saw our party of six booked on Pacific Eden. Mixed reviews had lead to low expectations but these were exceeded in almost every way. While the pantry and the main pool were somewhat dominated by families and children our somewhat older group was able to find quiet places inside and outside and for dining.

Booked a guarantee suite on deck 10 and when room allocation was due I was offered an upgrade to the penthouse for an nominal fee. This gave our group a spectacular oasis with dining room, lounge, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. It also conferred VIP treatment when booking or visiting any of the restaurants.

For Dining we tried Salt, where the food was excellent, Angelos and Dragon Lady where the food, service and ambiance was very good (particularly for a venue included in the cruise fare) The Pantry had a selection of good food but was a bit crowded and busy for us. While I could pick individual dishes as being not quite worthy of compliments overall the dining even including the maligned waterfront were better than expected based on other reviews.

We did not see much of the production shows but did catch a comedy quiz in the theatre and some live music in various bars around the ship. DJ's tended to be not to our taste but live bands were varied and entertaining.

The gym was well equipped with cardio and weight machines and held a number of classes in various disciplines. Thermal suite was one area showing its age with some rooms out of order. One Spa treatment was a massage with hot stones and bamboo which was effective in relaxation.

For overall value short cruises tend to be a higher cost per day than some longer cruises on special. For a celebration the bar bill can also rack up quickly without the option of a drinks package.

Public areas look quite modern for the most part. Cabins are a bit dated and showing wear and tear. *as are the Thermal Suites)

Service throughout the ship was friendly and available if not quite as skillful as on some other lines specialty venues. No long delays getting drinks and room service was also good.

I have marked enrichment activities and shore excursions as average only because we did not use them. I would have gone snorkeling but the water still a bit too cold so we enjoyed a relaxed and peaceful day onboard.

Would I book P&O over Celebrity or Princess. No, but if you do find a short cruise that works for you or your group don't be afraid of going on P&O as it can be an enjoyable experience. And if you ever get offered the Penthouse, take the option.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 10003
A little dated and showing its age but still by far the most luxurious cabin I ever expect to cruise in. Huge rooms and balcony, separate bedroom, lounge, dinning room (table for eight), walk in wardrobe, two bathrooms and a kitchen.

Plus..VIP treatment and service at all the restaurants.

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