Tiana Templeman
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Pacific Aria's cabins have not been overhauled in recent years and are looking tired, especially compared to the rest of this spiffy ship. Australian three-point plugs (220/240 volts at 60 Hz) are available in each room, all of which are larger than average compared to other ships based in Australia.

Every cabin has personally controlled air-conditioning, a small freestanding TV, wardrobe, desk with chair, safety deposit box, hair dryer, phone and Wi-Fi (extra charges apply) as well as plenty of shelves and drawers for storage in the main room and bathroom. There are only fridges in suite and balcony cabins (not in interior and ocean-view cabins).

Ocean-view and balcony rooms, suites, and penthouses have a shower over the bathtub with a high step into, and out of, the bath. Ocean-view cabins have a regular bathtub; balcony cabins have a whirlpool bathtub. There are numerous grab rails but passengers with mobility issues may prefer an inside cabin with a shower cubicle instead of a bathtub. Shampoo, body wash, and hand wash is provided. Rooms are serviced twice daily, including replacement of towels.

Twin rooms have two beds that can convert into a queen bed, while quad rooms have two lower and two upper (bunk) beds. The bottom bunks in quad rooms cannot be configured to a queen bed. The main bed in the suites and penthouse convert into a king-sized bed. There are 129 inside cabins, 352 ocean-view cabins, 120 balcony cabins, 28 suites with larger balcony, and one penthouse with balcony.

Of these, 52 ocean-view and balcony cabins can be inter-connecting for families and groups of friends. These adjoining rooms with a connecting door are available in interior, ocean-view and balcony categories in quad-quad (for groups of eight), twin-quad (for groups of six), triple-triple (for groups of six), and twin-twin (for groups of four).

Interior: These cabins are located on the inside of the ship and have no window or natural light. Many of Pacific Aria's inside cabins are larger than the norm; some interior rooms even have a living area with a three-seater lounge. The size ranges from 13 sq. m to 21 sq. m. Interior cabins have an ensuite bathroom with a shower (no bath).

Oceanview: These cabins have a window or porthole for some natural light and a view of the sea. Sizes range from 16 sq. m to 24 sq. m. There are 36 inter-connecting cabins (18 sets of adjoining rooms) on Deck 6, the ship's promenade deck, for families or groups, though some of the forward and aft cabins have an obstructed view due to the lifeboats stored outside. As this deck is a wraparound deck, other passengers will be walking past your window, but sheer curtains and heavier curtains at night maintain your privacy. Decks 4 and 5 are not promenade decks.

Balcony: A balcony cabin has its own private verandah with table and chairs. Located on decks 9 and 10, balcony cabins are 27 sq. m. The balcony itself is 2.7 m x 2.1 m (almost 6 sq. m). Balcony cabins are designed for two passengers, but have the option of a third berth. Sixteen of the balcony cabins are inter-connecting (eight sets of adjoining rooms).

Suites: At almost 54 sq. m, the Deck 10 suites are about twice the size of regular balcony cabins, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Suite balconies are massive -- enough for a table and four chairs, plus two sun loungers, and plenty of space in between. The main room accommodates up to four passengers, has a living area with a sofa (that can convert into a double bed) and table. The rest of the suite offers a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room with table, chair and mirror; a bathtub with shower in the bathroom; and ample storage for up to four passengers. Extra perks include priority check-in and disembarkation, a welcome aboard gift, complimentary laundry service, a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod music system, in-room dining (afternoon tea and canapes delivered on request), and free bottled water and soft drinks in the fridge,.

Penthouse: There is one Aria Penthouse on Deck 10, which has the same features and perks as a suite but is more than double the size, spreading across 118 sq. m. Other extras include a second bathroom (one with a big spa bath), a larger walk-in wardrobe and dressing area and a dining room. The balcony is the same size as found in the suites, but the decor is decidedly more elegant.

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