Awesome cruise, no complaints whatsoever. I had read a lot of negative reviews before we set sail and I was quite apprehensive because of this. Have now reached the conclusion that they are professional whingers. IT was everything we ... Read More
Awesome cruise, no complaints whatsoever. I had read a lot of negative reviews before we set sail and I was quite apprehensive because of this. Have now reached the conclusion that they are professional whingers. IT was everything we had wished for and more.
Spent the day prior at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, this was a repeat as we enjoyed it 7 years ago and were not disappointed. We selected an early embarkation time, which in hindsight wasn't necessary, they were still boarding at 8pm. By this stage we were unpacked and on deck watching the city lights of Singapore. Our cabin was on the 5th deck, 5075, and it was perfect. Only one neighbour, not that this mattered as they were soundproofed. Bath tub was ideal for me, I am only short in stature, so it suited me perfectly and I enjoyed 4 invigorating tubs during the stay. Showers were always hot, and has its own temp control.
Dining was brilliant, so many options, Most nights we chose the Waterfront dining option, some nights we opted to sit alone and other nights we shared tables. Equally enjoyable, food was most palatable, the portions were adequate as there were 3 courses on offer each night. The Pantry was a foodies heaven, so much variety nothing was too much for the waiters,
Entertainment was variable, Magician, comedians, musician/vocalist and of course the usual P&O Entertainers. Games, trivia, bingo, cards, etc etc once again as much or as little that you wanted to do at any given moment.
Shore tours were varied and I might add expensive. We had opted to do our own research prior and booked some online operators in different ports, and on others we decided to just wing it, which was not at an issue at all. Many of the ports were relatively new to the cruising sector so we were spoilt with options and pricing.
In Pattaya we took the Shore Tour to the Sanctuary of Truth, this was the only tour that we felt was suited, only to find out the day before that there was going to be a shuttle to Pattaya for $20 return per person. This would have been suitable but not informed of the option until after the cancellation period had surpassed. Anyway it is a marvel and we were happy that we had the opportunity to see it.
Room service was as always, excellent, and there was nothing that we requested that wasn't delivered, including the ice bucket for the wine that we won in a raffle.
We were just 2 travellers, my husband opted to do the P&O Edge programme, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even when he managed to get stuck on the Zip Line?? It was an adventure to say the least. He enjoyed it so much the first week he signed up again for the second week. (he is 62)
There was an eclectic mixture of passengers, toddlers, kids, teens, genY, Middle Aged (us) and senior cits. All appeared to be having a great time .Pacific Eden is not a big ship which meant everything was easily accessible. Lifts were quick and at both ends. Shops were adequate and had 50% off specials every day at selected outlets.
2 pools, gym, spa's, bars on top of bars, open seating, seating nooks, library, movie theatre, internet accessibility, and the list goes on.
This was the most amazing cruise, smooth sailing as there was no open ocean crossing, we had one port that was not accessible by tender, but this was unforseen and the Captain is not responsible for the weather, although some passengers may think otherwise. All in all I could not fault this cruise and we will definitely be doing this exact same trip on the Eden if it becomes a regular destination and I sincerely hope it will. And to all the people who have berated the service personnel, dissed the quality of the food, found err with the quality of the staterooms and even went as far to trash the décor and ambience of the Eden, to you all I say, find a hotel that can give you all that the Eden has to offer, including ports of call within the tariff and I can guarantee that you would not get the same for under $600 per night, weigh this up with what you paid per night and there I rest my case. You are not going to be happy with whatever is on offer, so my suggestion would be to just stay home, if you believe that nothing is going to reach your high expectations, then don't travel. Read Less