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Pacific Aria Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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P&O Explorer Comedy Cruise

Pacific Aria Cruise Review by ZanaH

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific

IN THIS REVIEW: Kids Club, Dining, On Board Credit, Pools, Comedy Shows, Shopping, Cabins, Service.

Being that it was our first time doing a cruise, we decided to do a weekend cruise for a feel.

What better way to do it than a comedy cruise which also advertised that it is kid friendly and suitable...

It is not kid friendly unfortunately.

Yes they have an on board kids club and the Edge Adventures but it is very poorly set out.

The adults flocked the Edge Adventures and the kids club centred around kids being in a designated room for most of their time within the club surrounded by electronics (times: 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm & 7pm-1am > between 9am-10pm children are free to sign themselves out and roam the ship unsupervised - which is fine for the teenagers but not OK for the younger kids).

What makes this even more worrying is that the older kids clubs are directly below the casino (with only a set of stairs dividing them) and next to the on board nightclub.

The comedy shows are repeated daily so there isn't anything new.

There are two outdoor pools, rather small ones at that, which are ice cold at all times (heating the pools would be the smart thing to do) two small hot tubs and two small pool showers.

There is a designated smoking area near the pools which is, surprise surprise, next to the little kids club (aged up to 7 years i think - not sure as my 10 year old was in the older kids, not teenagers, kids club).

The food is delicious and as an added bonus is completely HALAL - obvious exception of the bacon, however, it is a real shame that all the restaurants and eateries close at 9pm.

Room service is from 10am-11pm but the selection is limited.

It would be smart to take cash or your savings card on board - they have an ATM - to load your cruise card with on board credit. DO NOT pre-load your cruise card online before the cruise because if you don't use all the credit you won't get a refund of whats left but if you load it on the ship then what you don't use gets refunded to you in cash at the reception.

We found that $100 each for on board credit was perfect (this is not including shopping expenses just alcoholic drinks and dining that isn't inclusive of your fare).

First thing to do when you board the ship is to make your reservations at any of the restaurants because they fill up FAST!

The seafood restaurant is absolutely divine but it does come at a cost.

Shopping is limited but don't rush on the first day or the second day, wait till the day before your cruise is over because that's when they have fantastic sales and when they bring out new items!

We had an Ocean view cabin and two balcony suites. The ocen view was larger than the balcony suites but the bathrooms were the same. Let me tell you this, the bathroom is NOT made for tall people or larger people. It is very confined - functional - but confined.

What was worrying was the security camera outside our ocean view window facing into our cabin...

The lifts are painfully slow and they have six of them for the passengers.

Our designated steward for our cabin was outstanding! All other staff on board were fantastic but we found that on our final day/night on board the staff - specifically within the hospitality area - didn't give much of a damn in listening or serving us the way they did the previous days, to the point where one staff verbally abused my son and my sister over a mocktail which he was adamant about being an alcoholic drink.

When told to leave the whole issue and we move on he continued to severely bad mouth my son and sister to other staff - who stayed silent - and in ear shot of other passengers.

All in all, this cruise is great for adults who love to drink and party and laze around in minimal attire and speak freely with every second word being a profanity.

Book a family specific cruise if you want to take your kids, of any age, with you.


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We had an Ocean view cabin and two balcony suites. The ocen view was larger than the balcony suites but the bathrooms were the same. Let me tell you this, the bathroom is NOT made for tall people or larger people. It is very confined - functional - but confined.

What was worrying was the security camera outside our ocean view window facing into our cabin...


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