Cruise virgins which ship?

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#21
Tasmania
1,444 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Pacific Pearl gets my vote. Have been on Pacific Dawn a few times but Pearl is just that bit better in my opinion. The dining room was just georgeous, so many areas to sit, never ever felt crowded. Top deck has lovely timber furniture and lounges outside coffee place on top deck. (not the plastic/metal) like on other P&O ships. As said the theatre is a bit of a shocker and the revolving doors out from the buffet to top deck is bit scary, they would have to be the only 2 negatives...... Loved Pearly, can you tell Fiona
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Pacific Pearl - South Pacific - April - 2011
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#22
Sydney, Australia
633 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Having sailed on the entire P&O fleet the Pacific Pearl is absolutely 100% hands down the best ship they have in their fleet.

Excellent staff, great public areas, heavily refurbished and the best entertainment staff. Only things I can possibly fault with the Pearl is it does creak a little bit more then other ships in the cabins in inclement weather and the theatre has an odd setup with poor sightlines.

Jewel, Dawn and Sun would all come in equal second as they have areas that they do exceptionally well and others not so well, the Pearl is just the most well rounded ship, particularly for a first timer!

I don't think Princess is the best cruiseline for a first timer really, they are a specific style of cruising most preferential to more 'mature' aged cruisers so to say.

RCI are pretty well rounded as well, if only they had better entertainment and more activities/ fun stuff during the day and night then they would definitely be the ideal choice as they have pretty much everything else perfect.
#23
Sydney
2,975 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
A definite NO to the Jewel on a shortey. You would hate it! It's crowded, it's overly noisey and the food is yuk :P

Dawn and Pearl - yes
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#24
Central Coast NSW
5,030 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
I think they have settled for a shortie on the Radiance in November but the price will have to come down as it is way too expensive for two days to nowhere.

Sue
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#25
Australia
1,116 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Enjoy your cruise tomorrow Rugbypopsie
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#26
Central Coast NSW
5,030 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by wildweston
Enjoy your cruise tomorrow Rugbypopsie
Wish it was tomorrow cruise clock would not let me put in real date which is 14th March. Now looking at 18th Sydney to Bris as well.

Sue
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Way back, Fiji (Blue Lagoon), Queensland coast (NCL), (Fairstar), Islands, NZ, Tonga, Solomons.

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2004 Pacific Princess (Fiji, Vanuatu,New Caledonia)
2006 Star Princess (Darwin to Bangkok)
2008 Diamond Princess (Sydney to Auckland)
2009 Dawn Princess(Cherry Blossom, Asia, Japan, PNG,)
2009 Diamond Princess Bangkok to Sydney
2010 Diamond Princess Singapore to Sydney
2011 Volendam Sth Pacific
2011 Radiance of the Seas Long Dinner Party
2012 Dawn Princess Mel/Syd
2012 Dawn Princess Syd/Brisbane
2012 Aegean Odyysey Instanbul to Venice
2012 Radiance of the Seas
2013 Ocean Princess Honolulu/Tahiti/Tonga
2013 Celebrity Solstice New Zealand
2014 Voyager of the Seas
2014 Azamara Journey India to Athens via Suez Canal
2014 Celebrity Solstice Hawaii/Tahitii/NZ
2015 Celebrity Milennium Singapore/Thailand/Malaysia
2015 Caribbean Princess Norway
2015 Caribbean Princess trans Atlantic
2016 Pacific Eden Sydney to Melbourne
2016 Dawn Princess Brisbane to Sydney


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#27
Central Coast NSW
5,030 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Ended up booking balconies on the Radiance for our friends (the cruise ship virgins) but have booked Pacific Dawn for the PNG cruise next October. Have a balcony on Aloha..bit concerned about the Lido Deck above...how is that deck (Aloha) for noise penetration we are near the second lot of stairs port side..not worried about noise from people using stairs just deck furniture etc. from above.

Sue
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Princess Elite, 2 Star Mariner (HAL)
Way back, Fiji (Blue Lagoon), Queensland coast (NCL), (Fairstar), Islands, NZ, Tonga, Solomons.

More Recently
2004 Pacific Princess (Fiji, Vanuatu,New Caledonia)
2006 Star Princess (Darwin to Bangkok)
2008 Diamond Princess (Sydney to Auckland)
2009 Dawn Princess(Cherry Blossom, Asia, Japan, PNG,)
2009 Diamond Princess Bangkok to Sydney
2010 Diamond Princess Singapore to Sydney
2011 Volendam Sth Pacific
2011 Radiance of the Seas Long Dinner Party
2012 Dawn Princess Mel/Syd
2012 Dawn Princess Syd/Brisbane
2012 Aegean Odyysey Instanbul to Venice
2012 Radiance of the Seas
2013 Ocean Princess Honolulu/Tahiti/Tonga
2013 Celebrity Solstice New Zealand
2014 Voyager of the Seas
2014 Azamara Journey India to Athens via Suez Canal
2014 Celebrity Solstice Hawaii/Tahitii/NZ
2015 Celebrity Milennium Singapore/Thailand/Malaysia
2015 Caribbean Princess Norway
2015 Caribbean Princess trans Atlantic
2016 Pacific Eden Sydney to Melbourne
2016 Dawn Princess Brisbane to Sydney


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#28
Sydney Australia
16 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Despite the influx of other cruise lines P7O still uses Australia as the last stop before the breakers yard for ships, the Radiance is a far better choice.
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#29
Queensland
6,781 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Originally posted by rugbypopsie
Ended up booking balconies on the Radiance for our friends (the cruise ship virgins) but have booked Pacific Dawn for the PNG cruise next October. Have a balcony on Aloha..bit concerned about the Lido Deck above...how is that deck (Aloha) for noise penetration we are near the second lot of stairs port side..not worried about noise from people using stairs just deck furniture etc. from above.

Sue
Sue, won't you be too busy partying to notice the chairs being scraped along?
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Pacific Dawn - Week Fantastique - 12 Jun 2010
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Sea Princess - Aotearoa - 13 March 2014
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Sea Princess - Fiji, Vila, Isle of Pines - 10 Feb 2015
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#30
Central Coast NSW
5,030 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by Sandielle
Sue, won't you be too busy partying to notice the chairs being scraped along?
Only if you come too!

Sue
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Princess Elite, 2 Star Mariner (HAL)
Way back, Fiji (Blue Lagoon), Queensland coast (NCL), (Fairstar), Islands, NZ, Tonga, Solomons.

More Recently
2004 Pacific Princess (Fiji, Vanuatu,New Caledonia)
2006 Star Princess (Darwin to Bangkok)
2008 Diamond Princess (Sydney to Auckland)
2009 Dawn Princess(Cherry Blossom, Asia, Japan, PNG,)
2009 Diamond Princess Bangkok to Sydney
2010 Diamond Princess Singapore to Sydney
2011 Volendam Sth Pacific
2011 Radiance of the Seas Long Dinner Party
2012 Dawn Princess Mel/Syd
2012 Dawn Princess Syd/Brisbane
2012 Aegean Odyysey Instanbul to Venice
2012 Radiance of the Seas
2013 Ocean Princess Honolulu/Tahiti/Tonga
2013 Celebrity Solstice New Zealand
2014 Voyager of the Seas
2014 Azamara Journey India to Athens via Suez Canal
2014 Celebrity Solstice Hawaii/Tahitii/NZ
2015 Celebrity Milennium Singapore/Thailand/Malaysia
2015 Caribbean Princess Norway
2015 Caribbean Princess trans Atlantic
2016 Pacific Eden Sydney to Melbourne
2016 Dawn Princess Brisbane to Sydney


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#31
NSW, Australia
1,064 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by rescue
Despite the influx of other cruise lines P7O still uses Australia as the last stop before the breakers yard for ships, the Radiance is a far better choice.
As I mentioned before....... Obviously it is well known that we get ships deployed to P&O Australia that are not new, however your comment is incorrect......again.

Apart from Fairstar (which was 47 years old when she went off fleet and was not repositioned here at the end of her life) all other P&O Australia ships that have gone off fleet in recent times have gone on to other lines, NOT to the breakers.

I can list them if you didn't know this.

I notice from your signature that you haven't cruised on P&O...try it you might like it.
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Past cruises
Tjiwangi x2 - 1971 and 1973
Marco Polo - 1972
Cathay - 1974
Fairsky - 1975
Arcadia - 1975
Fairstar x5 - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980
Pacific Sun - 18 September 2010
Pacific Pearl - 3 June 2012
Carnival Spirit 12 March 2014

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