Posted May 13th, 2011, 02:17 AM
We have just returned from an excellent 10 night cruise on the Pacific Pearl. You will love it! It was our first cruise and it totally exceeded our expectations, but we were prepared for the worst (if you know what I mean?).
Beer was $5.50AU, wine ranged from around $8AU upwards, but bottles started at $24. Spirits were $5.75 and I was able to buy a soda that would last two drinks. Most cocktails were $9.25 including Pina Coladas (which were far too sweet for me and yes, I am a sweet tooth! The barman in the Splash Bar said it was because they use a mix-up pineapple juice and not a fresh one. So, I avoided anything with pineapple and it was fine!). Try a Kiwi Apple Cooler... Mmmmmm...
You MUST go to Salt Grill. The food is divine! Right up there with some of the best silver service meals I have ever had. We justified the $40 surcharge (which is only $30 for lunch, with the exact same menu) by saying if we were have a land based holiday, we would easily spend $80 for an average meal out. It was delicious! We booked for 2 nights, including our last night. Enjoy!
We tipped some of the wait staff, when we felt it was warranted. We tipped our spectacular cabin steward, Arvin twice during the trip. He was amazing!
Enjoy your cruise. Once you have been, all the crazy-mad cruising fanatics on here will make more sense!! ~~~~ducking~~~~ Hehe!