In an unusual step which is sure to be popular with its passengers, Cruise Advice can exclusively reveal that P&O Cruises Australia has abandoned plans to impose a surcharge on dining experiences at Angelo’s Italian and Dragon Lady Asian, two of its speciality restaurants aboard Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, with use of both outlets now included in all cruise fares.
Slight modifications have been made to the menus at both Dragon Lady and Angelo’s in order to facilitate the higher guest numbers now visiting the venues, however both still retain a wide variety of options. The specialty dining outlets will now take “day of” reservations only, meaning that should you wish to dine at either, it is strongly recommended booking earlier in the day to guarantee your preferred time for that evening as seating is still limited.
Despite the passenger-friendly changes to Angelo’s and Dragon Lady, the ever popular Salt Grill by Luke Mangan retains it’s $49 cover charge for dinner and $39 cover charge for lunch while there is also no change to the Chef’s Table dining experience and its additional fee.
Also new to Aria and Eden is the introduction of a special “Matinee Dinner” – a complementary “early bird” dinner in the ship’s main Waterfront Restaurant. The dinner, which P&O advises is for “Early diners and those who want a quick dinner before the first show” requires guests to be seated by 5.15pm and has proven extremely popular and also now requires guests to reserve their tables in advance.
P&O’s final dining option, “The Pantry”, its revolutionary take on the synonymous buffet dinner concept in which food is served from individual stalls depending on cuisine, will now advertise dinner specials on offer for that evening during the lunch service, providing guests with the ability to know their options in advance, without having to wander between stalls.
Going forward, passengers on Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden will be advised of the new dining options through a booklet placed in cabins on embarkation day.