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Pacific Encounter Review

4.5 / 5.0
42 reviews

Winter escape

Review for Australia & New Zealand Cruise on Pacific Encounter
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2023

We chose this cruise as a winter escape and a mid-year break from work.

Even though the ship itself was old, it had been beautifully maintained. The public areas were both casual and tastefully decorated. Among our favourites were the Bonded Store, Angelo’s restaurant, and Charlie’s Bar.

The Entertainment team did an excellent job of being inclusive of people with disability and there was always a good selection of activities available to participate in.

Cabin Review

The cabin, though not spacious, was very comfortable and the Room Stewards (Judith and Edgardo) were excellent.

Port Reviews

Airlie Beach

We visited on a wet, miserable day in July, but the port is simply not big enough to handle a ship the size of the Pacific Encounter. It took one and one-half hours to get on a tender to the port and two hours to get back to the ship. It just wasn’t a pleasant experience.


Cairns was an excellent port to visit. There was gangway access which made going to and from the ship very easy and the waterfront area was very nice.

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