I was privileged to be part of a ship inspection aboard one of P&O newest ships, the Pacific Eden on Monday. One of two ships that were originally part of the Holland America Line fleet, the Pacific Eden is a mid-size ship with 1500 guest capacity and she looks like a ship rather than a floating white hotel.
Inside of course she is a hotel – we saw a spacious inside cabin, an ocean view, a balcony cabin a suite and the Penthouse – the ultimate in space and luxury. With all the facilities one would expect from a ship, she has the Marquee Theatre, an extensive spa, thermal suite and gym area, two pools, casino, several lounge areas, and the Waterfront hotel where we were treated to lunch.
Salt, Luke Mangan’s restaurant at Sea, plus specialty Italian and Asian restaurants give you additional choice of food styles and are especially good for that special occasion. The Market Place restaurant (which replaces the old buffet style restaurant) will ensure you will not be hungry, and there is New Zealand ice cream in case you get peckish between meals!
Based out of Adelaide in March and April this year and next, the Pacific Eden cruises are a great chance for those who prefer not to have to fly to another port to sail, and for those who are new to cruising to try out something local.