P&O Cruises Australia MV Pacific Aria Official 2017 PNG Cruise Review

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P&O’s M.V. Pacific Aria

Two Cruise Reviews


Photograph by & Mr. Hun-Eng Tan - cruise-australia.com

Cruise Review:

In November 2017, my friend and I did a 14-Day Papua New Guinea Cruise, which was yet another of our amazing experiences on the delightful Pacific Aria. The PNG cruise was so much enjoyed, by Hun-Eng Tan (Eng) my friend and carer that we decided to book another PNG cruise departing Brisbane on February 2018, which was also great. But, as we took so many photographs on the first PNG cruise, I decided to leave this one online.

This particular contains a comprehensive updated cruise review, and it coverers the entire ship; its services, all her public venues, entertainment and so much more. You will find that I have rated the ship as I have done with most ships for countless years. However I am happy to say that the Pacific Aria certainly rates very highly, that I will be happy to sail on her again and again! As the second cruise on this page proves!

Young villagers seen at the Special “Madang Festival”

Photograph by & Mr. Hun-Eng Tan - cruise-australia.com

This the PNG Cruise Review contains Two Pages covers my review, the ships interiors and exteriors, as well as her accommodations, a Deck Plan, however there is a great deal regarding services on board, as well as the excellent dinning facilities, etc! Then there is a three pages special, entitled; “The Papua New Guinea Experience” although the Pacific Aria is a star; we need to remember that … Papua New Guinea was without a doubt the main feature. My travelling companion Hun-Eng Tan (Eng) stated a day before returning home; “This was the Best Cruise Ever!” And believe me he really meant it, even though he had sailed around the world in 106 days, taken many line voyages to and from the UK, countless cruises from 57 days to 14 days, and to so many great, as well as some of the most exotic destinations, he simply loved the PNG and the people of Papua New Guinea. In the past we sailed mostly on 5 Star luxury cruise ships. Yet on this cruise we both felt we felt delighted, as she is such a good ship and one which was perfectly designed, well let’s face it she was designed by the Dutch, as she was a luxury “Holland America Line” ship, and P&O did an amazing refit on her public venues! Thus we loved the ship  and beautiful Papua New Guinea the land and its people! This is a MUST DO cruise!

Pacific Aria seen at anchor inside the lagoon at Mystery Island Vanuatu on May 14, 2018

Photograph by & Mr. Hun-Eng Tan - cruise-australia.com

Thankfully for our May 2018 Vanuatu Cruise, I was able to obtain the same suite (#10058) as these days sadly I require a “Special Needs” Bathroom. It has a large shower complete with a fold down seat, and there is a fold down armrest beside the WC, ideal for those who have mobility problems, such as myself being confined to a scooter. All other suites and balcony cabins have a Spa-bath, which have rather high sides and less space.

The Pacific Aria is P&O’s finest and most intimate ship, and I know for a fact, that the Aria has the highest satisfaction rating in the entire P&O fleet, and that was when I sailed on her in 2016, and also in May 2018! And knowing my background, it is important to note that I would not be sailing on her on a regular basis if she was not up to my high standards, considering we had been sailing mostly with Holland America Line and Princess Cruises etc, and even higher classed ships!

Read MY Brand new Review

ENTER: Vanuatu Cruise May 10, 2018

Two Pages covering our 8-Day Cruise Review


ENTER: Papua New Guinea Cruise November 14, 2017

Two Pages covering our 10-Day Cruise & Ship Review

Links are on each page to the Three Page PNG Photo Feature

Please Note: All exterior photographs of the ship and ports visited are by Hun-Eng Tan, my friend and carer. These days, I no longer leave the ship in any port, and thus I enjoy shipboard life on all cruises, regardless the length of the voyage! Interiors are mostly by the author, whilst some photographs may be by P&O or persons noted.

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