MV Pacific Aria - Seven Night Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise Review November 9, 2018
Please Note: Mobiles, Tablets & Firefox and other search engines may not suitable
Please use Internet Explorer & Google Chrome for this page to load perfectly!
Please Note: Cruise-Australia and related maritime sites are 100% non-commercial and privately owned sites. Please be assured that the author is NOT associated with any Cruise Company or Cruise-Travel Agency. The author has been in the Passenger Shipping and Cruise Industry since 1960, and although now long retired, but remain delighted to continue to share my vast knowledge with those who love to take their vacation by sea! Thus I continue to write on worthy Cruise Companies and their wonderful ships in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts to ensure that you, my wonderful readers will make the best-informed choice possible on which company or ship will be just perfect for your next cruise vacation, regardless which part of the world you wish to sail in!
Note: All photographs on this page were taken by & © the
Lets Have Entertainment
A Reminder: Cruise-Australia and all of its associate sites are 100 % non-commercial and I am not connected to any agency or shipping company, and as you may have gathered my sites do not feature any paid advertising. Thus the ratings below are from my long experience, having been in the Passenger Shipping and Cruise Industry since 1960, although I have now long been retired. Thus, I am able to provide ratings that are 100% without any bias!
As we had already seen all the Production Shows in the Marquee Theatre a good number of times before, we did not attend any, but we know well that each one is of a very high standard and well worth watching for those who have not cruised before. As I say to first time cruises, you would pay a great deal of money to see one of these top quality shops ashore, and here it is free!
The lover level of the Marquee Theatre seen on Deck 7
One of the great shows on board; ; please do NOT miss this delightful show for !
Please Check Your every morning and plan your day, especially your evening!
Production Shows rate from 8 to 9.5 out of 10:
On Sunday November 11, at 7 & 9 pm, the
Guest artist was
After our evening meal on November 9, we decided to head to the Blue Room and listen to some music and as it turned out The Pacific Showband was playing that night. The band leader on bass guitar, his pianist, guitarist and drummer played an excellent set of music with many tunes from the movies. The vocalists all had fine voices and their instrumentation was perfection, it was a great evening of entertainment.
The Pacific Showband on the night of November 9, 2018
The Good news was that they would return the
next evening with a great set of the
The Pacific Showband I rate as 9.8 out of 10:
The Mix Bar has two small Bandstands, one aft which has a grand piano surrounded with bar stools and a place for drinks, and the aft Mix Bar of course. The second Bandstand at the forward Mix Bar where usually there will be a guitar vocalist, a vocalist, or a duo.
At the MIX Bar forward (mid) a versatile duo would often play by the name of, the Shivon Cohelio Duo. Their excellent harmonies, and beautiful songs, combined with guitar playing that was simple perfection, listening to them was a delight. Thus we enjoyed their performances greatly!
The Shivon Cohelio Duo seen at the (mid) MIX Bar
Of course the other music options available on board the Pacific Aria, such as The Sound Blasters, and guitarist and singer Ian Berry, although I did hear them, in passing they sounded very good, but sadly I was heading elsewhere and did not stay or even see them, but what I heard was just fine.
As stated above, on this cruise we would call
at the Whitsundays (
Sunday November 11 - Whitsundays:
Pacific Aria dropped anchor around 7am and soon tenders as
well as rather luxurious vessels from various operators would
take those who were on excursions, or passengers desiring
to visit for Hamilton Island. My friend Eng Tan having been to
the region whilst on the MV Oriana on the way to Southampton and
did an excursion, decided to just head o Hamilton Island and take
a look around and take the bus around the Island. Eng was
fortunate to board one of
A view of the Pacific Aria as the Hamilton Yacht heads off to its destination
All photographs of the ship and ashore were taken & are © Mr. Hun-Eng Tan
Upon arrival he was amazed by the magnificent
roof of the Hamilton Island Yacht Clubs what
can only be called a sculptural roof. As the photograph taken by
Eng will show it looks like the tail of a Humpback Whale, as well
as its huge Fin, and
Right at the
A view from One Tree Hill Lookout towards the main Hamilton Beachside Resort
A view of the Pacific Aria upon Engs return
PS: As I remained on board it was so wonderful that just before 11am the Captain came on the ships speakers and gave a beautifully prepared speech in remembrance of November the 11th, and there was a minute silence throughout the ship, completed with the last post heard everywhere on the ship, and it was very moving!
November 12&13 -
Of course there were a host of excursions available, be it to Green island, out to the Barrier Reef and a huge pontoon that is more like a multi level restaurant, bar and lounges and other facilities, as well as sun decks, etc. Of course the Skyrail Kuranda and the Historic Train ride down is always popular, or there is the coach scenic drive up to Kuranda, giving time to spend there,
A view of the main street of Kuranda
Then comes the exciting Skyrail down hill, and it needs to be known it is in stages, as you disembark, you will be at a timber platform high in the treetops and you can walk around for a short time, before caching the next stage down.
Engs photo taken from his Skyrail gondola
A view of lower part of the Waterfall
Having arrived at the bottom, the next stop is the Butterfly House, which was exciting and very colourful, as can be seen below.
Just two of the countless butterflies seen, in fact one was pale orange and so delicate it was difficult to photograph
Having two full days in
This is the forward part of the Cairns
Cruise *Liner Terminal, but we were berthed aft at
The photo is deceptive, but that is clever shooting with the right lens!
PS: Forgive me for one of my
longstanding rants, but being an old time maritime historian and
recognised worldwide as a maritime authority. I do have to say
that the term *Liner cannot never be used for a cruise
ship. The term liner used to be a passenger ship that
was scheduled on a regular basis to sail from point A to B and
return, even though there may have been ports in between A &
B, such as long voyages from
But sadly the days of the
great liners have now long gone, and that happened when the Jet
age came into being, and most of the grand old liners began to
lose their clientele and money. These ships were either sold, or
where converted into cruise ships, as holiday cruises had become
profitable! Thus, technically liners no longer exist
today, although Cunard owned by Carnival likes to pretend their
big cruise ships, like the QM2 is still a liner, but it is an
huge glorified American designed hotel on water, and she and all
ships much like her are not liners, even though a few may
undertake the occasional Trans-Atlantic cruises! When P&O
ended their liner services, they changed the prefixes of their
On November 13 - we departed
Wednesday November 14: After a hardy
breakfast, we prepared ourselves for the Aria to stop along the
east side of
Our view of
The ship arranged a two way radio conversation
with the weather stations Officer in Charge and we received
an exciting insight f what actually happens on the
A close up of the Weather Station on
Voyage back to
: Cruise & Destinations Review - Page One.
: Continuation of the Cruise & Destinations Review.
: 2-Page Review
& 3-Page Photo
: P&Os new 77,441 Ton Flagship.
Deck Plan & Accommodations.
: Popular 70,285 Ton
: New 114,147 Ton Grand Class Ship Due in 2020.
Enter the Cruise-Australia -
Email the Author
Where the ships of the past make history & the 1914 built MV Doulos Story
Featuring over 1,250 Classic Passenger & Passenger-Cargo Liners and Cruise Ships!
Photographs on cruise-australia.com & .net are: 1. by the author. 2. From the authors private collection. 3. As provided by Shipping Companies and their Publicity Companies as well as by private photographers or collectors. Credit is given to all contributors. However, there are some photographs provided without details regarding the photographer concerned., therefore I hereby invite if owners of those images to be so kind and make them-selves known to me, in order that due credit may be given!!
This notice covers all pages, although, I have done my best to ensure that all photographs are duly credited and that this notice is displayed on each page, that is, when a page is updated!
& .net is owned/operated and © Copyright by