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Dining, show seats, free "wifi"


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We recently did a 10 night South Pacific Trip on Pacific Explorer and LOVED IT. The first tip I was given and recommend absolutely is to book your restaurants as soon as you embark. You can always change later. (which we did upon discovering the time slot didn't suit. We booked various days dinner at the three free restaurants - Waterfront, Angelos and Dragon Lady. Ended up going for 5.30pm timeslot. By the time we ordered and got our meals it was closer to 6pm so really not too early. This enabled us to totally finish a 3 course meal, followed by cuppa and get to the Marquee or Black Circus for 7pm show. If you're not fussed at the time you eat, or don't need to get to a show then just play it by ear daily.  2nd tip, you need to get to the shows at least 20 minutes before start or miss out on a seat. This generally applies too to the trivia etc.  The 3rd tip that a lot don't know about is the P&O free "intranet". Not to be confused with the internet for which you pay, this enables you to add and chat with shipboard friends. So handy to message them..."where are you.... we're in the xx lounge 3rd row down". Only downside is no notifications of new messages. You have to regularly check if someone  has messaged you. However, sooooo convenient when you've "lost" someone or are waiting for them.

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