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Pacific Pearl Cabins

3.5 / 5.0
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Joanna Hall
Cruise Critic Contributor

If there's one major drawback to this ship, it's the lack of balcony cabins. There are only 64 out of a total of 773, which is unfortunate for a ship spending most of its time cruising the Australian and South Pacific tropics. While the mini-suites were a major focus of the refurbishment pre-launch in 2010, the remaining accommodations have now been updated to a higher standard, with the last remaining traces of the ship's former lives -- including old furniture and closet hangers -- largely erased.

Of Pacific Pearl's 773 accommodations, the 64 with balconies are made up of 36 mini-suites and only 28 balcony staterooms; unlike Pacific Dawn, Pearl has no multiroom suites. Of the remaining accommodations, 176 are insides, and the largest percentage have ocean views, 533 in total. There are 10 staterooms suitable for people with disabilities, all of which are outsides.

All balcony staterooms and mini-suites are located together on Deck 11. Balcony staterooms that sleep two are grouped forward, with the mini-suites located midship.

The 36 mini-suites are uniform in size at just less than 366 square feet (34 square meters), and they're simply extremely large staterooms with sitting areas and slightly longer balconies, each featuring a table, two chairs and two sun loungers. They also have the same decor, updated in the 2012 refurbishment, featuring elegant blue and brown striped carpeting, a blue chair each, blue soft furnishings and beige drapes. Closet space is decent, and these cabins have slightly larger bathrooms than balcony staterooms, boasting both a bath and shower.

Mini-suites also each have a single rollaway bed if needed and can accommodate a cot. Added perks for these passengers include priority embarkation and disembarkation, an invitation to the senior officers' cocktail party, fresh fruit and bottled water, complimentary laundry service, canapes on cocktail nights, bathrobes and slippers, an in-room Nespresso coffee machine and an iPod music system.

Outside staterooms with balconies are also all the same size at just less than 201 square feet (19.5 square meters), and although they are a tad small by today's standards, they feature a modest sitting area and a deep, if narrow, balcony with a wooden table and two chairs. They are configured to sleep two; a lower berth can be removed to accommodate a cot if necessary. Upgrades in the 2012 refurbishment included new photography artwork and updated soft furnishings with an accent on elegant earth tones and navy blue. Cabins feature dark wood, dark blue upholstered chairs, beige drapes and dark blue striped carpet. Closet space is quite good, but bathrooms are small with only a shower, toilet and little storage.

Standard outside staterooms are distributed throughout the ship, and they're slightly smaller at just more than 186 square feet (17.3 square meters) without balconies, sleeping either two or four people. Their decor features lighter wood, with an emphasis on orange and cream tones throughout by way of the carpeting, drapes and soft furnishings. The bathrooms are also on the tiny side, with only a shower, toilet and minimal storage.

Inside staterooms are also found throughout the ship, and they're the same size as their outside counterparts; just larger than 186 square feet (17.3 square meters). They can sleep two, three or four people, with the four berths being wide rather than long, and featuring two lower beds and two upper Pullmans. They also have limited storage, with small bathrooms featuring only a shower and toilet.

Standard inclusions across all categories, including mini-suites, are a safety deposit box, television, telephone and fridge. In all but mini-suites, a bathrobe and slippers are available at a charge of A$29 per person, and complimentary toiletries are provided, including body wash in a refillable container in the shower, and sachets of environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner.

One of the main changes to accommodations in the 2012 upgrade was the conversion of 10 pairs of interconnecting staterooms -- configured as quad-quad, twin-quad, and twin-twin -- to suit the changing dynamics of different traveling parties.

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