Pacific Explorer Cruise Review by NickPet
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
The cruise-liner I'm reviewing today (P&O Cruises 'Pacific Explorer') is by far the most outdated ship we have traveled on to-date.
It was previously known as P&O Dawn Princess and was supposedly refurbished in 2017, but most of the common areas feel worn down and dated.
Apart from the extremely small rooms and dilapidated common areas, it features eight restaurants (including the all-day eating area known as 'The Pantry'), four swimming pools, five spas, seven lounges and bars, and two places to look after children.
See the cabin review below for further details.
For entertainment it also has a water slide, a zip-line, a 'walk-the-plank', and you can do the 'Titanic experience', as well as things like a rock-climbing wall.
Whilst the ship itself feels out-dated, the service from the staff was second to none - they could not bend over far enough to help make the cruise an enjoyable one, which is good, because without them I'd be rating the experience as 1 out of 5 stars.... with the staff I can give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars..... I'd still rate Carnival Cruise Lines 'Carnival Spirit' as the best in its class out of the 4 ships I've been on.
The review is apples for apples - we have chosen a Balcony cabin on all 4 cruises.
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It is unable to (despite what the pictures show on P&O's website) accommodate a 3 adult family - the only way for you to have your room in this configuration is to put two lots of bunk beds together to form a bottom and a top double bed.
On the previous three ships our balcony cabin has been in the format of a queen bed and a separate sofa which folds down into a bed at night - leaving more than enough room to move around.
Also on the previous three cruises we have been able to fit our suitcases in our room - on the P&O Pacific Explorer we were forced to place them on the balcony leaving us less room to sit - they also decided to hose down the balcony on the second last day without moving the suitcases. This meant that the night before disembarkation I spent 4.5hrs of my day using a petty hairdryer to dry the suitcases so our clothes weren't destroyed when we put them in for the trip home.
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