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My wife and I have just returned from a P&O cruise around the Pacific Islands, departing from Auckland, New Zealand. We have been on four cruises previously, one with Royal Caribbean and three with Princess. This was our first and I think that you will pick up from this report that it will definitely be our last P&O cruise.

 

The ship itself is called the Pacific Star, it is 25 years old but has been refitted. It is dated, it is grubby and compared to Princess it is a very poor cousin. The crew were the most unfriendliest we have experienced and we felt more like school children than adults. You were told what you could do, where you could sit it just was not relaxing what-so-ever. They have just installed 500 cameras on the boat and there are security guards everywhere. This would be OK but they don’t leave you alone, two of our party were "carded", meaning that your cruise card no longer allows you to purchase drinks. One of our party was given a formal warning about indecent exposure, guess what at a Pyjama party! Same scene, the security guards publicly march you outside and in front of all get their little black book out and lecture you. Now I am 43 and a company director, I have never experienced such appalling Customer Service in my life.

Our room was filthy, it had not been cleaned, there was all sorts under the bed and in the bin. The cabin staff made you feel like they were doing you a favour when you asked them for something. Half way through the cruise we were no longer allowed to serve our selves at the buffet and had to be served, because there was an outbreak of something and many people were confined to their cabin. The food was average, very average.

The entertainment was excellent an the dancers/singers were the only P&O ambassadors in the ship! The destinations were very good and the snorkeling awesome!

 

Believe me, you do not want to take this cruise, it will put you off cruising for ever. I would be more than happy to share our experience in more detail if you want to contact me.

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Hi rack62, it's a shame you didn't enjoy your trip. I have only cruised on the Pacific Sun and could not find one fault with the ship or crew. It was clean, extremely so, the food was first class, and our room was spotless. I can only think that with the 'Mrs. Brimble' case that they have become very security minded. Don't let one experience on one ship put you off the whole fleet.

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Oh dear - this is the first really negative review I have read about the Pacific Star which I have been looking forward to sailing on in September. Everyone has said the food was fantastic, the Stewards very friendly even remembering your names, and the cabin cleaning done on a regular basis. What's going on? The beefed up security and CCTV don't worry me as that can only be a good thing. I hope our holiday in September is not a disaster after all the planning, saving etc that has gone into it.

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Oh dear - this is the first really negative review I have read about the Pacific Star which I have been looking forward to sailing on in September. Everyone has said the food was fantastic, the Stewards very friendly even remembering your names, and the cabin cleaning done on a regular basis. What's going on? The beefed up security and CCTV don't worry me as that can only be a good thing. I hope our holiday in September is not a disaster after all the planning, saving etc that has gone into it.

 

Rallo, this person probably just had a bad personal experience or went with too high expectations after travelling Princess and RCI. It's best to go with an open mind and make your own judgements once onboard, that's what I will do. I'm on the first one out of Brisbane on the Star's return season on 19th August, and I'm really looking forward to it. There are a lot of people here with good experiences on the Star, I'm sure if it was so bad, we would have heard more about it.

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Hello rack62.

 

I am sorry you were disappointed with your cruise. You must feel very let-down and unhappy. :(

 

Have you perhaps considered making a formal complaint to P&O and addressing all these issues in a letter to them? I'm sure that they might consider a formal apology and possibly a reimbursement or incentive to cruise with them again? It's worth a try.

 

I hope that your next cruise is a happy, relaxing one. :)

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Your right firstimercruiser. I will make my own judgements. I haven't cruised for 25 years so I haven't much to compare it to and am easily pleased. It's just that we are a large group and I am the main organiser so I will feel responsible if it turns out to be a disaster.

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Oh dear - this is the first really negative review I have read about the Pacific Star which I have been looking forward to sailing on in September. Everyone has said the food was fantastic, the Stewards very friendly even remembering your names, and the cabin cleaning done on a regular basis. What's going on? The beefed up security and CCTV don't worry me as that can only be a good thing. I hope our holiday in September is not a disaster after all the planning, saving etc that has gone into it.

 

 

I definetely wouldn't worry either. I have been on Pacific Sky and Sun and never ever seen cleaniness issues or rude staff! In fact the staff are so friendly and gracious that they will bend over backwards for you. Don't worry, you will have a teriffic cruise. :)

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Hi Tinalou, I have just posted a formal complaint the the CEO of P&O Cruises and will let you know the response, if any.

 

Just to be clear, I dont have a problem with the security or the extra cameras, what I do have an issue with is being treated like a school child. There was a 70 year old that was told she could not drink anymore! If cruising has changed beacuse of security issues then it is indeed a shame as we love cruising!

 

I have copied this to others that travelled so that you get feedback more than just mine.

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It is a shame that you had such a dissapointing experience as my own on the Star and other P & O ships has been excellent. I have never had a problem with staff and the cleanliness of the cabin, if my cabin was not clean when I arrived I would immediately contact the pursers desk and have someone inspect it. :rolleyes:

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Sorry your cruise wasn't up to your expectations,I know its a bit hard to come down from a 5* to a 3* but you knew that when booking. The room should be clean though.I suppose you took these issues up with the Purser right away,then it can be documented and fixed.In regard to the Camera and Security,they should have no impact on your cruise.If everyone is behaving ok.What exactly did the 70 yo do to be blacklisted? For P&O to lose money on drinks :eek: there has to be more to this. Its a bit harsh to knock the whole ship and company without giving some details

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......,I know its a bit hard to come down from a 5* to a 3* but you knew that when booking.

 

That's exactly right Brenda. the old saying "you get what you pay for". However, I didn't think of our cruise on the Sun as 3*. I thought the service & food was far better than that. As for the cabin, it was spotless and someone came into fix something one day that we didn't even know was broken. The cabin steward had noticed it while cleaning & reported it. We had clean sheets & towels everyday, even when I hung the towles on the rail to show that I was happy to use them again. As for the security (ie cameras and stopping passengers from buying too much alcohol), it seems P&O just can't get it right. They are copping so much flack with the Brimble case and now they're trying to stop it from happening again and passengers aren't happy.

 

Karen

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karmac,I'm not knocking Sun I loved my cruises,but it is 3* in the world of cruising thats a fact.The service is first rate I agree.You only had to look around you to see things eg like dated furnishings,wear and tear,paint,rust.the lifts had graffitti scratched on the mirrors. I know these are all small things in life but that is what makes a differerece between a 5* and a 3* whether a hotel or ship :D It will be interesting to see what reviews say from Dawn Pax, especially those that have done others

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The ship itself is called the Pacific Star, it is 25 years old but has been refitted. It is dated, it is grubby and compared to Princess it is a very poor cousin.

Compared to which Princess???? Yes, compared to Diamond or Sapphire Princess you are probably right - but then you would have paid a hell of a lot less to go on Pacific Star than you would have to go on these bigger ships.

They have just installed 500 cameras on the boat and there are security guards everywhere. This would be OK but they don’t leave you alone, two of our party were "carded", meaning that your cruise card no longer allows you to purchase drinks. One of our party was given a formal warning about indecent exposure, guess what at a Pyjama party! Same scene, the security guards publicly march you outside and in front of all get their little black book out and lecture you. Now I am 43 and a company director, I have never experienced such appalling Customer Service in my life.

You can thank 8 charming "gentlemen" from Adelaide for most of this.

Half way through the cruise we were no longer allowed to serve our selves at the buffet and had to be served, because there was an outbreak of something and many people were confined to their cabin.

 

Probably an outbreak of Norovirus brought on board by a passenger. If these measeures weren't put in place a lot more people (maybe you included) might have been sick, and then really had a reason to complain about not enjoying the cruise.

 

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My wife and I have just returned from a P&O cruise around the Pacific Islands, departing from Auckland, New Zealand. We have been on four cruises previously, one with Royal Caribbean and three with Princess. This was our first and I think that you will pick up from this report that it will definitely be our last P&O cruise.

 

The ship itself is called the Pacific Star, it is 25 years old but has been refitted. It is dated, it is grubby and compared to Princess it is a very poor cousin. The crew were the most unfriendliest we have experienced and we felt more like school children than adults. You were told what you could do, where you could sit it just was not relaxing what-so-ever. They have just installed 500 cameras on the boat and there are security guards everywhere. This would be OK but they don’t leave you alone, two of our party were "carded", meaning that your cruise card no longer allows you to purchase drinks. One of our party was given a formal warning about indecent exposure, guess what at a Pyjama party! Same scene, the security guards publicly march you outside and in front of all get their little black book out and lecture you. Now I am 43 and a company director, I have never experienced such appalling Customer Service in my life.

Our room was filthy, it had not been cleaned, there was all sorts under the bed and in the bin. The cabin staff made you feel like they were doing you a favour when you asked them for something. Half way through the cruise we were no longer allowed to serve our selves at the buffet and had to be served, because there was an outbreak of something and many people were confined to their cabin. The food was average, very average.

The entertainment was excellent an the dancers/singers were the only P&O ambassadors in the ship! The destinations were very good and the snorkeling awesome!

 

Believe me, you do not want to take this cruise, it will put you off cruising for ever. I would be more than happy to share our experience in more detail if you want to contact me.

 

Maybe exposing yourself, whether it be at a pjyama party or not really isn't a good idea.

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Damn, I posted a detailed reply to this but it seems to have disappeared.

 

I wanted to say that I didn't mean to sound critcial or dismissive of rack62's review in the post I've already done on this topic.

 

My experience of Pacific Star was completely differnent to that which he's describing. Admittedly my cruise was before the security/behaviour crackdowns resulting from the coronial enquiry into Dianne Brimble's death, and we also didn't experience a Norovirus outbreak.

 

But 90% of the staff we encountered were excellent at their job, and the 10% that weren't excellent certainly weren't rotten. We were greeted, but name, by several staff who'd been on Pacific Sun when we sailed on her in June 2005, and even some staff who didn't know our name, could remember what deck/cabin we were in on Sun.

 

Most of the security/behavioural controls that have been introduced only bring the practice on board cruiseships in line with practice on land. Why should securiity and behavioural standards go out the window just because you're on a cruise ship?

 

Kym

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Here is something I found. Not too bad I say for a few extra dollars!!

So you don't have to pay too much more for a 5* ship:D

 

 

flights.gifReturn economy airfares with Air New Zealand from BNE / MEL / SYD

 

bed.gif1 Night at Crowne Plaza, San Francisco

cruise.gif11 Nights cruise accommodation onboard Dawn Princess

 

food.gifMeals onboardOnboard

 

Entertainment

 

Onboard activities

5 Star service

Princess Theatre and Vista Lounge

 

Gym, pool and fitness area

 

Room service and 24 hour dining option

 

Port charges & Government taxes

 

 

 

Prices are:

18 October 2006

Cabin Grade

Inside (from)$2,299.00

Outside (from)$2,599.00

29 October 2006

Cabin Grade

Inside (from)$2,299.00Outside (from)$2,599.00

9 November 2006

Cabin Grade

Inside (from)$2,299.00Outside (from)$2,599.00

20 November 2006

Cabin Grade

Inside (from)$2,299.00Outside (from)$2,599.00

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart San Francisco

Day 2 At Sea

Day 3 At Sea

Day 4 Mazatlan, Mexico

Day 5 At Sea

Day 6 Acapulco, Mexico

Day 7 Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo), Mexico

Day 8 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Day 9 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Day 10 At Sea

Day 11 At Sea

Day 12 Arrive San Francisco

 

Sorry about the formatting, or lack thereof!!

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Just to add to the discussion.

 

Having been on 6 cruises now, Marco Polo, Grandeur of the Seas, Grand Princess, Coral Princess, Norwegian Spirit and Pacific Star, I have to say that the Pacific Star was the only disappointment, the others were all absolutely terrific cruises. Even though I wouldn't go on an older ship like the Marco Polo again (having then been spoilt on all the luxury liners), you couldn't fault the food, entertainment, cost, tours and service.

 

The Pacific Star sadly lacked any sparkle. The ship is 25 years old and has recently had a refit. The refit must have been in the public areas, because the buffet restaurant is a very dated canteen style and the cabins are looking tired.

In it's favour, the entertainment was superb! The Cruise Director, Dan is one of the best I have come across. The shows were excellent!

 

The food is very average. Club Bahia is well worth a visit ($20 pp cover charge) to have food cooked especially for you that is hot and freshly prepared as opposed to the canteen style mass catering downstairs in the Bordeaux.

 

There are 2 pools, both of which were filled with freezing cold sea water, and therefore not used by any of the passengers. Consequently, the 2 small heated spa pools were all full to busting with mainly children in them.

 

Security was oppressive. Decent people seemed to have their cards 'stopped' for really minor offences and we saw many people being seemingly 'reprimanded' by Security Guards on a power trip.

 

The alcohol policy is a shame. Most people like to enjoy a pre dinner drink in their cabin without having to pay the earth for it. We have always taken our own wine on board, but not this time, it gets confiscated on check in and you are forced to pay the $25-30 AUD for a half decent bottle of wine on board.

 

I know they are doing what they think is best in the light of the Brimble case (or are they?), but hang on, this is a holiday and people want to let their hair down a bit. I saw no-one who was behavingly badly, no streakers, sex in the open, aggression or even anyone openly intoxicated, yet there seemed to be plenty of controlling going on by Security.

 

Sorry if this review disappoints people, but the board is here for people to express their open and honest opinions.

 

Those people I talked to on the cruise who were cruising for the first time seemed to really enjoy, and that has always been my understanding too..

Regular cruisers get harder and harder to please ;)

 

Cheers and enjoy cruising..

 

Kath

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quote [Decent people seemed to have their cards 'stopped' for really minor offences ]

 

It might make us understand better what you are saying if these 'minor offences' were explained. Could you give us an example please? I really would like to know because I have only been on the Pacific Sun and it was fantastic.

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After having now sailed on one of the American cruise ships I can say that our Aussie ships don't compare in some respects. I feel that the staff are as friendly helpful, the quality of the performers/entertainment are as good except perhaps the showiness due to size constraints.

 

Our ships are certainly older and more run down, but I still find them overall clean and comfortable. I have always found enough food to keep me happy (fussy eater). However, the American ship did have a lot more choices on offer. If you are expecting 5 star standards when booking a 3-4 star holiday then you may be disappointed.

 

I will still happily travel on our ships, after all a lot of the time the holiday is what you make it.

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I saw no-one who was behavingly badly, no streakers, sex in the open, aggression or even anyone openly intoxicated, yet there seemed to be plenty of controlling going on by Security.

 

 

Kath

 

Maybe the fact that there was "plenty of controlling" going on was partly the reason for no bad beahviour.

Having said that, on my cruise where security probably wasn't as tight as it is now (although I considered it to be adequate) there was still no unruly behaviour.

And Kath, I appreciate your honest opinion of your cruise, as you said, these boards are here to discuss cruises, positive & negative aspects. I guess your biggest problem was the fact that you have cruised luxury liners previously but as someone pointed out, you knew when booking that you were going on a 3* cruise not a 5* and therefore should have been prepared for less luxury.

Although I have not sailed on luxury liners before I don't really have any inclination to in the future.I much prefer the less formal, more casual way of holidaying.

 

Karen

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Maybe the fact that there was "plenty of controlling" going on was partly the reason for no bad beahviour.

Having said that, on my cruise where security probably wasn't as tight as it is now (although I considered it to be adequate) there was still no unruly behaviour.

And Kath, I appreciate your honest opinion of your cruise, as you said, these boards are here to discuss cruises, positive & negative aspects. I guess your biggest problem was the fact that you have cruised luxury liners previously but as someone pointed out, you knew when booking that you were going on a 3* cruise not a 5* and therefore should have been prepared for less luxury.

Although I have not sailed on luxury liners before I don't really have any inclination to in the future.I much prefer the less formal, more casual way of holidaying.

 

Karen

 

I agree Karen, and I for one am not critiscising anyones reviews (I hope I haven't come across that way) - but I do think it's difficult to compare Pacific Star to Grandeur of the Seas (for example) as they are two completely different ships aimed at two completely different cruise markets.

 

Like you Karen - we last cruised before the security crackdowns in the wake of the Dianne Brimble inquiry - so we haven't really experienced this, but I believe P&O are only doing what they've been pressured by certain areas of the media in this country to do, so that they can retain their passengers and keep cruising. It's an unfortunate fact of life that we live in a society where the media can make or break things - and at the moment they seem out to break P&O.

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I agree Karen, and I for one am not critiscising anyones reviews (I hope I haven't come across that way) - but I do think it's difficult to compare Pacific Star to Grandeur of the Seas (for example) as they are two completely different ships aimed at two completely different cruise markets.

 

Like you Karen - we last cruised before the security crackdowns in the wake of the Dianne Brimble inquiry - so we haven't really experienced this, but I believe P&O are only doing what they've been pressured by certain areas of the media in this country to do, so that they can retain their passengers and keep cruising. It's an unfortunate fact of life that we live in a society where the media can make or break things - and at the moment they seem out to break P&O.

 

Whilst I think that the security on our cruise was adequate I do not have a problem with P&O adding extra security, whether it be in the form of guards, cameras etc. After all, I have nothing to hide and I think the only people that would object are the ones that do have something to hide.

Also, when it comes to "comparing", I don't think any ship should be compared as far as "crimes" go because as it has been pointed out before, all cruise lines are subject to this and RCI appears to be one of the worst (yes I know they have more ships than P&O Aust). As far as P&O Aust goes, the Brimble case was an isolated incident and unfortunately that particular cruise had 8 b******s on board that have given P&O a bad name. Let's hope they can regain their credit so that we Aussies have many more years of cruising ahead of us.

 

Karen

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I'm assumung you were on the same cruise as us [July 1]. We had a wonderful time and had no problem with any of the crew or the state of the ship. We weren't expecting a "luxury" ship but a "fun" ship and that's exactly how we found it. The extra security cameras were appreciated, especially as we had three children with us. The only time I heard of people being redirected to other seats were children sitting in the front rows of the show lounge. Given the risque [but very entertaining] nature of the shows, I thought this was entirely appropriate. As for being served at the buffet, in light of the number of people coughing, I was pleased with this extra hygiene measure. Especially after witnessing several people refusing to use the sanitiser before helping themselves to the buffet. I cannot comment on the refusal to serve drinks, as this was not an issue for us. However there were several large groups on board, and a couple of these groups were very loud. I would presume that P&O were trying to avoid any more criticism of out of control passengers, especially in light of the tragic Brimble case. It was a school holiday cruise, and as a mother, I was very pleased with the family friendly approach. We would go again tomorrow!

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Goes to show that everyone's opinion is different - here we have two different views of the same cruise.

 

Thanks Bomber for sharing your views.

 

Kym

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It has been interesting reading the various positive and negative reviews of the P&O Australia cruising experience. I'm not meaning to criticise anyone here (after all, the holiday is what you choose and make of it) but there is no way we would consider a cruise on the local ships for ourselves or our children. When we sailed Diamond Princess recently, our children had a wonderful experience and we all had a great holiday and met some interesting people from all over the world.

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There are 2 pools, both of which were filled with freezing cold sea water,

 

No pool on any cruise ship is ever filled with sea water. For a start the corrosion on the pumps from the salt water would be too much, let alone all the health and safety issues.

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No pool on any cruise ship is ever filled with sea water. For a start the corrosion on the pumps from the salt water would be too much, let alone all the health and safety issues.
Although I have no idea how it's done, many ships have saltwater pools on board. I can't speak for P&O specifically.

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Although I have no idea how it's done, many ships have saltwater pools on board.

 

Salt water maybe (although I have never come across it on any of the ships I've sailed on) but a swimming pool needs all sorts of hygeine treatment so they wouldn't just scoop water out of the sea and put it in the pool. Pools are regularly tested for disease and cleanliness so using just seawater wouldn't be an option.

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Salt water maybe (although I have never come across it on any of the ships I've sailed on) but a swimming pool needs all sorts of hygeine treatment so they wouldn't just scoop water out of the sea and put it in the pool. Pools are regularly tested for disease and cleanliness so using just seawater wouldn't be an option.
Seawater, no. Salt water yes.

 

Again I have no idea about the process but I'm quite sure the saltwater in pools would be created on board, not brought in from the ocean. And for the very reasons you cite; hygiene and health.

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Sorry, it was salty water, and not sea water...but it was very cold...and salty.

 

I'm not the only person who is unhappy about the standard of this cruise, but obviously those other people don't post on this board.

 

Our friends on the cruise were on deck 5 (we were on 7), and they were lucky if their cabin had been made up before dinner!

 

Our cabin bin contained 2 used cotton buds and the head of a disposable razor....yuk!

 

We enjoyed our cruise because we were there with some very good friends. The entertainment was superb, but sadly the accommodation and food was very average, in my opinion.

 

The good thing about boards like this is that you get a diverse range of opinions to allow each and every one of us to make their own minds up.

 

I personally wouldn't travel again with P&O. If you like informal, then try NCL's freestyle cruising. We travelled to Alaska last year on the Norwegian Spirit. It was outstanding...took the posh frock with us, but way too relaxed to be bothered. That's the great thing about this ship...so much choice and very few rules. Nine restaurants, five of which are included in the cruise price.

 

Enjoy your holidays....

Kath:)

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Our cabin bin contained 2 used cotton buds and the head of a disposable razor....yuk!

 

 

On a recent trip to Melbourne, I stayed in a very expensive, 5 star hotel. Upon entering the room, I found rubbish still in the bin and crumbs on the table. So, if it can be overlooked in a place like that, it can be overlooked anywhere. I simply called the desk and had it fixed.

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I believe that Australia's P&O ships are fantastic. Please if you are considering going on a cruise, don't change your mind because of negative reviews.As others have said it is what you make of the cruise! It really depends what kind of holiday you want.

 

I have always found great service, beautiful food, clean rooms, excellent shows and stunning and interesting different islands. P&O Cruises Australia is great and not at all bad like others have suggested. Also I find it hard to believe that the food could be average or like canteen food. I love the food. it is one of the reasons I enjoy cruising!

 

People can make up their own minds but I believe you can't really judge until you have been on Pacific Sun or Star.

 

Anyway, everyone's entitled to their own opinions and i hope people will want to cruise with P&O still. :)

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I agree with you strawberrypatch. I had only one complaint about our cruise & that was it wasn't long enough. The cabin couldn't have been any cleaner, the food absolutely fabulous and the serice impeccable but at the same time casual & relaxing. I know there are cruise lines out there that offer more but from the impression I get they are not as relaxing & informal as P&O Aust. Many other cruise lines casual nights are like our formal nights. Not my idea of a holiday but I know it appeals to many others. I also think that as far as a family holiday is concerned, the more casual the better. And P&O Aust certainly cater for families and as I have no intention of holidaying without my kids until they are "off our hands", P&O Aust suits us just fine. Would also like to add that at the time we booked our last cruise they were the only ones that catered for a family with 3 children. That alone gets a big thumbs up from me.

 

KAren

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I agree with you strawberrypatch. I had only one complaint about our cruise & that was it wasn't long enough. The cabin couldn't have been any cleaner, the food absolutely fabulous and the serice impeccable but at the same time casual & relaxing. I know there are cruise lines out there that offer more but from the impression I get they are not as relaxing & informal as P&O Aust. Many other cruise lines casual nights are like our formal nights. Not my idea of a holiday but I know it appeals to many others. I also think that as far as a family holiday is concerned, the more casual the better. And P&O Aust certainly cater for families and as I have no intention of holidaying without my kids until they are "off our hands", P&O Aust suits us just fine. Would also like to add that at the time we booked our last cruise they were the only ones that catered for a family with 3 children. That alone gets a big thumbs up from me.

 

Karen QUOTE

 

I agree with you Karmac, the beauty to me of cruising with P&O Aust is the casual and fun environment on board the ship. I'm the same, I wouldn't want to cruise on a ship that is formal all the time.

 

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Hi Guys,

 

Where do you get the impression that other cruise ships are 'formal all the time'?

 

That certainly isn't my impression....

 

...and with P&O, on formal night you have to go formal or have the buffet (canteen food), or pay in the only other restaurant..

 

On any other cruise ship I have been on, there have been many choices....and no need to take posh frock if you don't want to...

 

Enjoy the Pacific Sun/Star...but also know that there are other cruise ships out there offering much more choice on new ships, with flexible dining, great entertainment ...and kids clubs....

 

Hey have fun....but don't dismiss what else is out there...

 

Kath :)

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Hi Guys,

 

Where do you get the impression that other cruise ships are 'formal all the time'?

 

That certainly isn't my impression....

 

...and with P&O, on formal night you have to go formal or have the buffet (canteen food), or pay in the only other restaurant..

 

On any other cruise ship I have been on, there have been many choices....and no need to take posh frock if you don't want to...

 

Enjoy the Pacific Sun/Star...but also know that there are other cruise ships out there offering much more choice on new ships, with flexible dining, great entertainment ...and kids clubs....

 

Hey have fun....but don't dismiss what else is out there...

 

Kath :)

 

Well firstly the impression about how formal other ships are I get on these boards. Secondly, you DON'T have to be formal on P&O. You can go to dinner casual on formal nights if you like. Thirdly, there is no buffet for dinner on P&O (certainly wasn't on my cruise anyway).

I know there are other choices out there if I want to travel to another country to cruise & believe me there is nothing more that I want than a cruise to the Scandinavian Fjords but as a family of 5 living on 1 income we don't have a lot of choice and I'm very happy with the choice we have.

 

Karen.

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...and with P&O, on formal night you have to go formal or have the buffet (canteen food), or pay in the only other restaurant..

 

That is simply not true.

 

On any other cruise ship I have been on, there have been many choices....and no need to take posh frock if you don't want to...

 

Yeah, sad how standards are slipping on the other lines.

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Hey guys, just a word from someone who has never been on a cruise and is very much looking forward to it.

 

We are on the Pacific Sun end of August. Reading so much on the boards is great and you do get a fair idea of what to expect - a BIG thankyou to all for all the "silly" questions we may ask.

 

Now from what I understand is that the P&O ships here may not be in the lap of luxury cruising but nonetheless are still very good, and from what 99.9% have said are very up to standards. Yes I know they are not the newest ships and possibly may look a bit tired to those who have sailed in the newest and the best but they are what we have here and it seems you are all having a great time - ISN"T THAT WHAT IT"S ALL ABOUT!!!

 

We get on them to enjoy and it doesn't really matter how dressed up you get or how many restaurants there are or if the food wasn't 6 star - there are places you go for these things and I don't think anyone is kidding themselves that our ships are 5 star.

 

I did a lot of research beforehand and am daily talking of cruises in my line of work. I love to eat out and we often do it in style and we stay in nice places AND I am SO looking forward to this cruise cause it WILL be great, I will make it great. I think less negativity in thought would go a long way to enjoying a cruise

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Absolutely fine....and pleased that you are all happy with the Pacific Star.

 

I won't bother to post any of my opinions or findings in future, as they seem to be not wanted..or taken on board...that's fine...I was merely trying to add value to a discussion, with another dimension maybe.

 

I don't live in a world of make-believe. I am a Mother of 3 year old and have a career which is full on and full-time.

 

From my experience of other cruise lines, I found the Pacific Star very disappointing. To me, these issues were such that we made the decision not to cruise with P&O again.

 

Enjoy the Pacific Star and I will keep my mouth shut and enjoy the cruises I feel that meet the standard.

 

Happy cruising,

 

 

 

 

Kath

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Hey guys, just a word from someone who has never been on a cruise and is very much looking forward to it.

 

We are on the Pacific Sun end of August. Reading so much on the boards is great and you do get a fair idea of what to expect - a BIG thankyou to all for all the "silly" questions we may ask.

 

Now from what I understand is that the P&O ships here may not be in the lap of luxury cruising but nonetheless are still very good, and from what 99.9% have said are very up to standards. Yes I know they are not the newest ships and possibly may look a bit tired to those who have sailed in the newest and the best but they are what we have here and it seems you are all having a great time - ISN"T THAT WHAT IT"S ALL ABOUT!!!

 

We get on them to enjoy and it doesn't really matter how dressed up you get or how many restaurants there are or if the food wasn't 6 star - there are places you go for these things and I don't think anyone is kidding themselves that our ships are 5 star.

 

I did a lot of research beforehand and am daily talking of cruises in my line of work. I love to eat out and we often do it in style and we stay in nice places AND I am SO looking forward to this cruise cause it WILL be great, I will make it great. I think less negativity in thought would go a long way to enjoying a cruise

 

Well said, Mystte, and you will have a great time on the Sun, unless illness bugs you, I cannot understand how anyone would not enjoy themselves. Keep your positive attitude and you will love it!

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