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19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Fantastic fun filled girls weekend away..... Thank you Pacific Eden you put on a great Adelaide comedy 3 night cruise. Gosh, where to start, embarking couldn't of been any easier our luggage was taken before we boarded the ship then ... Read More
Fantastic fun filled girls weekend away..... Thank you Pacific Eden you put on a great Adelaide comedy 3 night cruise. Gosh, where to start, embarking couldn't of been any easier our luggage was taken before we boarded the ship then delivered to our rooms. We were upgraded to an ocean view rooms (big thumbs up). Rooms were spotless and smelt clean. Between the 5 of us we were given $125 in credit and 2 soft drink packages straight off the bat that was a great start to the weekend. So the drinking began in the Ocean bar where we met some great friendly staff that looked after us throughout the trip and even appreciated our sense of humour. So a massive thank you to Lanoan and Marie Joy in the Ocean bar and Margaret in the Mix @ Casino bar These guys made our girls weekend the best yet. The entertainment was some of the funniest comedians I have seen in a long time. Two in particular was Jarred Fell and Mr Bingo!. Jarred, Thankyou I haven't had a good belly hurting laugh like that in a while fantastic! Mr Bingo, I have never been a fan of bingo but if every bingo could have their very own Mr Bingo I would go to them all! Oh yes and we won the jackpot so yay for bingo!!!! The food was great we mainly ate at the Pantry so much to choose from and all was very tasty and such friendly and helpful staff. The Passenger Stewards on deck 4 were hard working, friendly and so helpful. So I would recommend to anyone thinking about a weekend away jump on board the Pacific Eden great value, great food, friendly helpful and entertaining staff you would love it as the 5 of us did. We will be back!!!! Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This is not the first cruise I have been on, have previously been on P&O Pacific Dawn. This was a food and wine cruise. To be honest the rooms were ok, bathroom was smelly and damp. The was a lot of noise from the staff areas above ... Read More
This is not the first cruise I have been on, have previously been on P&O Pacific Dawn. This was a food and wine cruise. To be honest the rooms were ok, bathroom was smelly and damp. The was a lot of noise from the staff areas above moving furniture around at 4-6am. This was some sort of storage area above the room. I like the idea of The Pantry, but the food was well below the standard we were expecting. It was bland, overcooked, the food in Waterfront Restaurant was no better, terrible to be honest. We also managed to get a table in Dragon Lady and again thought we would get better food but were sorely disappointed. The food was inedible and 3 dishes were sent back. A few of the staff on board were happy and helpful but overall we found the crew to be very bored, rude and unhelpful. It was like they REALLY hated their job and you were a big inconvenience to them. They really did not want to be on that boat doing that job it was plainly clear. Seemed like a lot of staff were in training, just didn’t have a clue. Some were quite rude too. Overheard some other conversations and this was the feeling for most people, food was terrible and staff rude and not trained. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I was worried about going on the Pacific Eden after reading some bad reviews, but I loved it. Our cabin was large comfortable and very clean. The ships decor was lovely and very stylish. Loved the entertainment and the food was good. ... Read More
I was worried about going on the Pacific Eden after reading some bad reviews, but I loved it. Our cabin was large comfortable and very clean. The ships decor was lovely and very stylish. Loved the entertainment and the food was good. We ate in the pantry , waterfront restaurant and Angelo's Italian restaurant and never had anything that we didn't like. We had breakfast in our room one morning and it was delivered on time and hot, so no complaints. Overall we had a wonderful time and came away feeling happy and relaxed. Even though it was only 3 nights we did a lot and it felt like we had had a proper holiday away. love that the cruise left from Adelaide.That's where we live so no flights and hotels to worry about. Will definatly think of sailing on the Pacific Eden again. Read Less
51 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Like many others have mentioned I was worried leading up to our cruise after reading the negative reviews. We are loyal Princess cruises and this was our first P&O Australia cruise. I decided to go with a positive, go with the flow ... Read More
Like many others have mentioned I was worried leading up to our cruise after reading the negative reviews. We are loyal Princess cruises and this was our first P&O Australia cruise. I decided to go with a positive, go with the flow attitude ... after all a day on a cruise ship has to better than a day in the office. I loved every minute of our cruise and want to thank P&O for allowing Adelaide passengers to embark and disembark in our home port! Checkin was painless and fast. Loads of volunteers to point you in the right direction and then plenty of P&O staff to check you in fast. We dropped our bags at the cabin, met our cabin steward (both were excellent and friendly) and then headed straight down to book the speciality restaurants. This was a full sailing. On the walk to the monkey bar, I keep taking photos and commenting on how beautiful the ship was. There were loads of different bars each with its own theme and all newly renovated. Loads of comfy chairs in all the bars to suit any size group. Lots of natural light with large windows. We managed to get a table for 4 at Angelos & Salt but couldn't get into Dragon Lady. There were lots of people lining up to register for the various food and wine events and am sure most would have been a sell out. From here we headed up to the pool to grab some lunch. We walked through the pantry and I am a fan! We found a spot by the pool, again beautiful decor and did a bit of people watching, everyone seemed happy, as we waited for our hamburgers to be made at The Grill. Burgers were great ($3 each) and I was happy to see Carona beer available. Muster was painless and out on the open deck. Then it was off to Oasis Pool (adults only area) for sail away. Loved this area and spent a lot of time here. Beautiful thick padded lounges, large cushions, private cabanas, relaxing/chill out music, no problems getting towels, a bar and also walk around bar tenders. From here you can watch the ships wake and also kids on "the edge" . I'd like to thank the captain also for giving us such a smooth and scenic sailing. At night were were close to the Adelaide coast line so you could see lights the whole time and then during the days we were up and down the Yorke Peninsular with great views of land on either side of the ship all day and always changing. It was really nice to track backwards and forward along Kangaroo Island coast line. Bring banoculars! There were loads of activities on all day and night and the ship never felt crowded. We attended one cooking demo which was very good, walked past trivia which was packed, played a bit of tennis (the court is now a volleyball court, but we could still hit over the net) this was a bunus for cruising from homeport we could bring our racquets. Attended one show, went to bianco party which was well attended, walked the open decks and spent loads of time at The Oasis Pool. No complaints at all about our cabin, outside deck 5. Large, loads of hangers and draw space, big picture window and normal bathroom (shower over bath). No fridge but no big deal for a 3 night cruise. Dining - we ate at Angelos the first night. Georgous looking restaurant, beautifully renovated. Food was all good, no problems with service. (No cover charge) Salt was an absolute highlight for our entire party of four. Great service, nice restaurant, never felt rushed, waitress happy to chat and seem proud to be working there. She was very helpful with suggestions on food and explaining the menu. Large wine list and Salt felt private and quiet with a door at the enterance to stop outside noise. Would highly recommend. Waterfront restaurant was dinner on our last night. We went down at 7pm to get a buzzer for 8pm and it worked perfect. Not sure on why people complain about getting a buzzer. Went to a pre dinner show and then chilled at a bar listening to a guitar player. We were buzzed at 8.01pm and when we arrived we were shown straight to a table of four. Not made to share with strangers which was nice. Food was all good and hot, plenty of options including steak, another newly renovated restaurant with modern decor and various size tables and plenty of tables by the windows. Pantry - ate here twice. No complaints from me. Maximum I ever saw in a line was 5-6 people and always moved fast. Loved the concept of staff serving you. I didn't find serving sizes small, loved the idea of sandwhich and salad bars. I've read complaints about lack of seating at the pantry. I never saw this and we would take out meals out the back and sit in Oasis Pool area. All in all I had a great time and I would cruise on Pacific Eden again. I'm looking forward to welcoming her back to Adelaide in 2017. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We recently boarded the Pacific Aria on a 3 night Food and Wine Cruise to nowhere. We have cruised several other times on both the Australian based Carnival ships and the Pacific Dawn and Jewel. I was looking forward to seeing this ... Read More
We recently boarded the Pacific Aria on a 3 night Food and Wine Cruise to nowhere. We have cruised several other times on both the Australian based Carnival ships and the Pacific Dawn and Jewel. I was looking forward to seeing this "new to P&O" ship. As far as first appearances go, most areas seemed to be beautifully re-furbished. There were several bars and lounges that were decorated nicely. Very sophisticated. Except for the interior of the lifts. They were ugly. I loved the outdoor areas around the main pool. Loved the lounges and the retractable roof. Great in the rain. The bars looked great but it was a pity I could not enjoy them because the air-conditioning was freezing and due to the warm weather we had been having, I unfortunately did not pack a jacket. Our cabin was an interior double on deck 6 and was spacious enough. The room had not been refurbished but the was not an issue. What was an issue was the toilet that didnt flush, the shower that was tricky to turn on and the temperature changed from hot to cold to hot again and also the room temperature was so cold, that it was uncomfortable to be in without laying under the doona. We had it turned to heat as far as it could go, and it was still freezing. We ate in the Pantry, the Waterfront and Salt Grill and we thorougly enjoyed all venues. We had a dinner in the Italian restaurant but I didn't rate it. I felt there could have been more events centred around the Food and Wine theme. We really wanted to do the Mix Academy but it was booked out by midday on day one before we had even sailed. Disappointing. We did a wine tasting by Watershed Wines and we enjoyed that. We also enjoyed the presentations by Chef Daniel. Very useful tips just wish there were more presentations like this. And menu sheets after the presentation so I could remember how he cooked things would have been great. I would have also liked to have been able to do some type of Galley Tour in keeping with the theme, and maybe a presentation from the captain or executive chef about the inner workings of the ship and/or galley. We didn't see any shows so can't comment on these. It was too cold to sit in the cold theatre on those uncomfortable chairs (tip for the ladies, the backs of the chairs rub right on the bra strap and after a while it hurts). I know I must sound like I'm wingeing; I'm not usually a complainer. I am booked to go on the Aria again next year and I'm actually looking forward to it. I'll just be better prepared next time. I just feel that the re-furbishment didn't go far enough. Even in the lifts, there was a sign with the old Holland America name " MS Ryndam". You can make an old ship look pretty, but you can't change the old bones and you will notice some problems due to the age. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Did an overnight 'port party' on the Astor before she headed back to the UK. Boarding was a bit of a joke. Stood around waiting for a long time with nothing happening until a couple of minutes after boarding was supposed to start. Then ... Read More
Did an overnight 'port party' on the Astor before she headed back to the UK. Boarding was a bit of a joke. Stood around waiting for a long time with nothing happening until a couple of minutes after boarding was supposed to start. Then everyone enters en masse and ushered down to the restaurant, but it was full, so we were told to wait in the bar. Went to the bar, told to go sit down, then waited for over 20 minutes and no one came to take a drink order. We finally went to see what was happening with lunch, and found a long line waiting to get into the restaurant. Lunch was a bad experience - although talking to other passengers, advised that this was not the norm. It was a buffet, and while the waiters were very good, the quality of lunch left a lot to be desired. As a vegetarian, had some limp salad and some very unappetising pasta, although got a free glass a champagne and the table settings were nice. We expected some afternoon entertainment, but there was nothing on offer, so we explored the ship. The cabins are a really good size and nice and spacious. They are old style and key operated, not swipe, and they don't lock on closing, but require key locking. The ship is not big but there are beautiful sitting areas along the corridors and plenty of nice bars and places to sit. The gym was small and not that well equipped. The pool was empty while in port. Dinner was a more formal event with a meat and vegetarian option. We got there early and were seated at a table for two, but the restaurant was not big enough for everyone on the ship and there were long lines waiting to get in ( again, this is apparently not the norm, and usually two restaurants open so the lines would not be an issue ). Waiters were delightful and very polished and the food for dinner was superb. Could not fault it. Some nice evening entertainment. Classical musicians and some live music. The evening show was in the lounge - nice venue, but unless you were at the front, you could not really see the performance that well. Some beautiful voices of the performers. Then the party out the back of the ship - live music, great atmosphere, and really good entertainment. Drink prices reasonable. And the party went til late for those that wanted to dance the night away. Breakfast once again had long lines to get in, and then huge lines for the hot food, although variety and quality of the food was nice. Staff around the ship were all pleasant and helpful. As we only did the overnight event, its probably not a true reflection of how the ship normally operates and the fact that there was a norovirus outbreak prior to boarding also made things more difficult. I thought it a nice old ship with lots of charm and would be perfect if you were happy to sit around and watch the world go by, but there was not enough entertainment / activities during the day for my liking so I would not sail on her again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
When I booked this "cruise", I knew there would not be much cruising involved. However, if I'd known the boat would be completely stationery except for 8 hours during our whole stay, I would not have booked! When did the ... Read More
When I booked this "cruise", I knew there would not be much cruising involved. However, if I'd known the boat would be completely stationery except for 8 hours during our whole stay, I would not have booked! When did the Michelangelo move? Once, for a short hop between our initial mooring at San Basilio and our main mooring at the Giardini Bienniale; once for a two hour meander around the North Lagoon (no stops, no commentary); and a short cruise down to Chiogga and back (two and a half hours each way). When we booked, the brochure said the ship sailed to Murano and Burano but apparently larger ships are no longer permitted to moor there. DINING AND BEVERAGES The Michelangelo is fully inclusive - all meals including unlimited beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and water (including bottles of water to take on excursions). The bar is open most of the day and very late into the night. The meals are all a set menu with no choices. Helpings were generous but there was a weird disconnect between the published menus and what was served - for instance: - "orecchiette" on the menu became plain penne on the plate; - "roman piccata" was pork schnitzel with spaghetti and the wrong sauce; - "caprese" salad was made with mozzarella instead of bocconcini; ..and so on. It felt as though Head Office had created an Italian menu to suit the ship's Venetian location, but the chef had never tasted Italian cuisine and just made it up (I recommend he spends some time with Google to find the recipes, and eats a few meals at real Italian restaurants!). The British guests seemed happy with the food but the French passengers were critical and said it was well below what they expected from Croisieurope. We were disappointed with the standard but felt it must've been difficult for a kitchen of four people to cater for so many passengers, so if there was a tendency towards institutional cooking perhaps it was unavoidable. EXCURSIONS Some passengers had booked inclusive of all excursions - we had not. The Doge's Palace is walking distance from the ship's mooring at Giardini and the queue is short, so apart from the commentary (which was good), we felt we had wasted our money on this excursion and should have done it ourselves. The trip to Murano and Burano seemed expensive, considering that local excursion operators do a similar trip for 20 euros which includes Torcello (which is more interesting than Burano). The ship goes to Chioggia on the last full day, from where there's an excursion to Padua. Chioggia itself is a large town with a few old buildings on its main street, and is not worth a visit (the Michelangelo staff recommended the fish market "with lots of interesting fish" as the highlight of the town...). We chose not to go to Padua as the excursion sounded rushed. The cruise back along the edge of the lagoon was pleasant on a spectacularly sunny day, but it would've been far better with some basic commentary telling us what islands we were passing. ENTERTAINMENT We were concerned that the entertainment consisted of ONE local musician on two of the evenings, but we need not have worried as she was a brilliant clarinetist who also sang, played the piano and acted as DJ. The large lounge had ample space for all including a good dance floor. SUMMARY This is not a cruise! To be fair, it is not Croisieurope's fault - the Venetian authories have severely limited where larger ships can go in the Lagoon. However, perhaps that means it's time for Croisieurope to reconsider whether it's worth offering this "cruise" at all, or be more imaginative about the way they run it. Read Less
44 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Hi everyone, I was on the Anthem of the Seas last week. For months and months I have read horrible reviews about everything on this ship, from slow service to the food being bad to the people not knowing whats going on. I am sure you ... Read More
Hi everyone, I was on the Anthem of the Seas last week. For months and months I have read horrible reviews about everything on this ship, from slow service to the food being bad to the people not knowing whats going on. I am sure you can read the other reviews. I can tell you one thing which was the worse thing about this cruise: The passengers. Not all of them but the loud, frustrated individuals who come on the ship as if they are the queen and king of England. They were so rude and loud and obnoxious. So let me say something to all the people who are reading these reviews. They are lying. The ship and staff are awesome and it was a great cruise! When you drive to the area to drop off your car at Bayonne, they tell you where to drop your car, $20 per day, but well protected and clean. Rooms are super clean and proper. Boat is gigantic and absolutely beautiful! I wont go on and on about the small details, but here is one thing: You wont be disappointed, if you do your research about what to expect on the boat. We,my wife and I and 2 small kids, ages 3 and 5, went to dynamic dining at the grande , Chic and American Icon. All the were awesome, food was good and the head waiters, servers and everyone were always asking us if everything was ok and to our liking. Kids had a great time! It is worth the money and worth the trip, and no, I dont work for the cruise line. The frustrated people should just call Dr. Phil and get on his show. He will never be out of work.. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The check in process was absolutely terrible. My husband and I were already frustrated after being stuck in traffic for over two hours, and then got to the chaos of this horrible port. So unorganized! We got through security and were told ... Read More
The check in process was absolutely terrible. My husband and I were already frustrated after being stuck in traffic for over two hours, and then got to the chaos of this horrible port. So unorganized! We got through security and were told to "have a seat" with about 100 other people. There were about 5 staff members with iPads checking people in and taking pictures. There was no organization whatsoever. The staff looked panicked and the guests were shouting at them to come to their family and check them in. So the staff would leave the line and go start that line, and this process went on and on. Eventually, we had to tell the staff member in our line to finish this and stop leaving to go to some family that was yelling at her. It was a hot mess. Not a great first impression. Once on-board everything was okay. We went to our cabin and made a list of the things we wanted to do that day. We went to eat at buffet near the Solarium and that was alright, but we were starving so it didn't matter. We then walked around the ship just to see where things were. We had dinner at Silk that night and it was pretty good. We didn't buy the drink package and I was kind of upset that I had to pay for a soda. That just seems like something that should be included in the restaurants. So I stuck with water for the next 3 nights. We saw Spectra's Cabaret that night and that was so weird. I still don't even know what it was about. Then we went to Michael's Pub and had some beers and hung out there watching the guy playing guitar and singing (he was excellent). There were quite a few extremely drunk people and I couldn't believe the bartender's were still serving them when they could barely stand. But, that's not my problem, right? The next day we woke up and decided to go in the hot tub in the Solarium. The water was NOT HOT at all. It felt so odd and there were so many people jammed in it that we just left and did not return for the rest of the trip. It felt so gross. Then we went to Seaplex and played ping pong and Air Hockey - which they charge for...I don't know. The cruise is not cheap and I can't even get a game of Air Hockey for free? My husband did the Ripcord (the indoor sky diving) and he really enjoyed that. He did not have a reservation but luckily some people did not show up on time and he went right in. We saw the We Will Rock You show and that was ehhhhh, alright. Way too long. Like almost 2 hours long. We literally fell asleep. We saw the comedian after and he was hilarious. We really enjoyed that. We also went to the casino, but it was a little too smokey for us to stay too long. Then went to Chic restaurant and that was a poor experience. The waiter was cocky and annoying and the food was not that great. Overall, the trip was just okay. We did alot of fun stuff, but the staff was not that friendly and completely unorganized throughout of whole stay. I can't imagine being on a 12 day cruise with them. Not sure if we will sail with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
After all the hype about this ship I couldn't wait to get on it. I watched videos of it all the time. I don't know if a longer cruise would have given me a better impression or not. I feel like I was gypped. Too many people trying to do ... Read More
After all the hype about this ship I couldn't wait to get on it. I watched videos of it all the time. I don't know if a longer cruise would have given me a better impression or not. I feel like I was gypped. Too many people trying to do the same thing in a short time so you missed a lot. I took my 16 year old grand daughter on this cruise. They didn't get my reservation for North Star & had no more openings so we couldn't do that. I really wanted to do it. Didn't care about Ifly. They changed my reservation for We Will Rock You to a time that interfered with my dining reservation. I had to change it to an afternoon show. They changed Spectra's to a different day than I had reserved also. I wasn't even notified of the changes. I read about people's reservations being changed so I checked mine & found out they were changed too. My grand daughter wanted to do the bumper cars. It was a 1 1/2-2 hour wait for a 3 minute ride! We didn't wait. Another thing we didn't get to do. The only seats we could find for Spectra were in the last row off to the side. I don't understand why the lights were so dim for this show. With that & our seats being so far away, you couldn't really see that great. It was a pretty good show though. I think the design of this room was poorly done. Went 1/2 hour early for We Will Rock You to get a good seat. I did enjoy it although the character of Galileo was a bit annoying at times. Trying to get a seat at the Music Hall was impossible. Three times we went, 3 times there were no seats. Not even a place to stand & watch. The juggler was amazing and very funny. One of my favorite things on a cruise is a Caribbean band. It was in the planner but never saw them. I like line dancing too. None of that either. What's a cruise without the Electric Slide, the Wobble etc? Couldn't find a seat to play Trivia either. They even ran out of forms to write your answers on. We ate at Grande. It was good but not hot. No waiters entertaining you on this ship. Miss that! Had breakfast & lunch either at Windjammer or Solarium Bistro. The scrambled eggs were awful. I believe they are powdered. They use that on a lot of the ships now. Had real bacon one day, after that it was turkey bacon. On the last night we had steak at the Solarium Bistro for dinner. It was good & it was hot. Wish I had tried dinner there before. Tried the infamous roast beef sandwich at 270. It was tough and had a lot of gristle. The self serve ice cream was closed down. The ice cream at the Windjammer had no taste to it. Waits for drinks and elevators were very long. The cabin was small but it had plenty of room to store clothes. Bed was comfortable. There was an engine type noise in the room constantly but I was able to get to sleep even with it. The Virtual balcony wasn't very clear. It looked like there was no sun out but when you got up on deck it was sunny. Pool was too cold for me but my grand daughter loved it. They weren't crowded either. Hot tubs were great. Was disappointed in the Royal shop. Nothing much in there. I was looking to replace some T shirts I bought on another RC ship but they didn't have them. That is the only shop I went in. Couldn't afford the other ones. Staff was good except for one gentleman at the service desk. I went two more times after that & had really good polite service with a young Asian girl. My cabin steward Eniko Brown was the best steward I ever had. Very pleasant, always greeted you, asked how your day was going & if she saw you coming she would open your door for you. She did a great job on the cabin too. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze but it took about 45 minutes to drive down the street to the terminal! Leaving the terminal there was no traffic. Not really impressed by this ship. I won't return again. I think Explorer of the Seas was much prettier, food was better & Leigh the cruise director was great. Too bad it's gone. I will not do a 3 night cruise again on any line. Read Less

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