MV Pacific Aria – Refurbished at Singapore August 2018

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P&O Cruises’ Reveals the Newly Refurbished

Pacific Aria


Pacific Aria is seen departing Brisbane

Photograph by & John Wilson


Please Note: All Photographs on this page were provided by P&O Cruises Australia. Unless stated otherwise

P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Aria has undergone her 12-day dry dock and refurbishment, which has now been completed in Singapore on the 1,500 passenger cruise ship.

Pacific Aria’s new look bow, details down the page

On August 20, 2018, she will depart Singapore for a 14 night voyage home to Brisbane, Sailing via; Lombok, Komodo Island, Dili, Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach returning to Brisbane on September 3, 2018. That afternoon she will head off for a 4 night Whitsunday cruise.

Whilst in Singapore the Pacific Aria has certainly undergone a considerable overhaul, for in total, 1,000 pieces of new furniture has been installed, 6,000 metres of fabric and more than 10,000 square metres of new carpet have been fitted. Also a new selection of modern and stylish pieces of artwork and new contemporary wallpaper adorns the ship’s public spaces, thus for past passengers there is much to discover. But one of the highlights is one very popular venue witch has received a great deal of attention and it is now the “New-look Dome”.

The Dome is a popular venue topside far forward on Deck 12 and it offers wonderful ocean views, but it has been fully tranformed and has taken on a new contemporary nautical theme with dark blue and white hues, as well as new drapes and soft lighting.

This was the first illustration released by P&O of the new dome

By day, the Dome is an attractive venue for board games, trivia, dance classes as well as a favourite place for passengers to relax on the lounges with a coffee or read a book. In the evening the Dome transforms into a fashionable dance-spot.


Above & below: Two photographs of the newly refurbished “Dome” seen at night


The adult only Oasis on Deck 10 has received luxurious sun lounges and chairs making this an een more attractive place to go and enjoy the pool and ennoy a drink from the Oasis Bar.

The Adult only Oasis Pool and bar that now has all new furnishings


Here we see one of the new luxurious and comfortable Sun Lounges at the Oasis

The Elemis Spa has also been beautifully enhanced during whilst the Pacific Aria was in dry dock, and there is now a new Barber Shop. Complete with luxe curtains, gold framed mirrors and a leather swivel chair.

Here is just a part of the all new Barber Shop, I like the leather swivel chair!

On offer at the Barber Shop will be a professional grooming service for the modern man, and offering hot towel shaves, and beard trimming as well as hair styling.

In addition, the ship’s 28 suites, 120 balcony cabins and the Penthouse have all been fitted with new carpets and outdoor furniture.

Pacific Aria’s finishing touch is the Southern Cross livery that now is emblazoned on her shapely bow and this is now a signature feature across all five ships in P&O’s fleet.


Above & below: Two views of Pacific Aria’s new Southern Cross Livery along her Bow and forward hull

Compared to hull decorations of other companies, I feel that this is one of the finest in the world!

I we Ausies used to say, “Its Bonza Mate!


Pacific Aria retuning to her Brisbane home-port and she will undertake a range of longer cruises to the South Pacific Islands and shorter breaks closer to home.

Pacific Aria’s upcoming cruises include a 10-night Pacific Island Hopper voyage departing Brisbane on October 9, 2018. Fares start from A$998.52* per person quad share.

For Interest: The dry dock and refit is the ship’s first since she joined the P&O Cruises’ fleet in November 2015, and I will be sailing on the Pacific Aria early in November and will be writing an updated review and will add it to the review links.

Enter the Five Page Pacific Aria PNG Review

This review also includes a special three page “The Papua New Guinea Experience” Feature

This feature is packed with countless exciting photographs taken by Mr. Hun-Eng Tan!

Reuben Goossens.


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