REVIEW: P & O Australia’s Pacific Aria

Our manager Alison recently got to experience the Pacific Aria and she has written a review:

My husband and two young babies (aged 10 months) recently embarked on the Pacific Aria for a 3 night cruise out of Brisbane to celebrate with friends for a 60th birthday.


The ship looked very impressive sitting in dock and when we boarded the process, staff and crew were fantastic, very friendly and helpful. It is always exciting to see people boarding a ship and getting ready for their holiday as everyone is happy and in winddown mode.


The Blue Room

1st impression of the ship from embarkation level was that it was a bit tired, but in hindsight, I think that was just because they had the lifts taped up to save them from being damaged during embarkation.. how wrong was I !  The ship is lovely, the public areas are bright, open and stylish.  I did a good tour around the ship and was very impressed, the Blue Room & Ocean Bar were stunning, the ship is well laid out and easy to find your way around.  The pool area is large and a lot of people during the cruise took part in the various activities up there, like water aerobics. The pool deck had a lot of deck chairs, shade for those that didn’t want the sun and plenty of towels – always a must.



The Pantry

Food was great, Waterfront Restaurant reminded me of other P&O ships, however The Pantry, buffet restaurant is very nice and even though I did not get to try the other two restaurants Dragon Lady and Angelo’s I wish I had.. two smaller restaurants that you would expect to be at an additional charge are included in the cruise fare – but be warned, you need to book them as soon as you board the ship as space is limited and they are very very popular.


Salt Grill by Luke Mangan










We paid the AU$ 49 surcharge per person to eat at Luke Magans restaurant, Salt Grill, this never disappoints, food and service was amazing, that liquorice ice cream, always a winner ! We took the twins in with us and they were well catered for and looked after, two little high chairs were waiting for us when we walked into the restaurant and they were the highlight of the night for the staff, for a fine dining restaurant, they certainly didn’t mind two children enjoying themselves and enjoying the food, the other guests didn’t mind either.. our children were quieter than some tables of girls enjoying themselves ?  And that is exactly what cruising is all about!



The twins enjoying their first cruise

Everywhere we went on the ship and the children were welcomed with open arms and huge smiles from staff and guests. We were made to feel very welcome and having two children that were too young for the kids club was not a problem, although we will certainly be encouraging them visit the kids clubs when they are old enough ?




Our cruise was 2 days at sea and there was plenty for our group to do, some did nothing at all, just enjoyed the pool, sun and relaxation, others went to lectures, cocktail making classes and Bingo, where one of our group was lucky enough to pick up AU$ 500 for her day at Bingo!




Hanging out with friends on the pool deck


All in all we had a fantastic break, we didn’t see any of the shows so I can’t comment on those, we did attend some quiz nights and some late night musical quiz’s which were hilarious .We enjoyed good times with our friends from Australia, good laughs and good food – what more could you ask for.







I would definitely go onboard Pacific Aria again, in fact I have already sold friends on this ship for a great cruise up around Australia.


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