Approaching its first anniversary as part of the P&O Cruises fleet, Pacific Eden has certainly been on the move – spending short seasons in Perth, Cairns and Sydney – from where it has sailed to all corners of the country, to the South Pacific, PNG and the Solomon Islands.
The 1,260-passenger P&O Cruises ship is definitely on the smaller end of ships classified as mid-size but it is now well established as a much lover member of the fleet.
Prior to its arrival in Australia, Pacific Eden was a recipient of a significant bow-to-stern refurbishment which saw the former Holland America Line ship converted to offer the P&O guest experience. Now with a full winter in this part of the world under its belt, the vessel is raring to go for summer with a full catalogue of itineraries from Sydney.
Among all of the aforementioned destinations, the ship will also sail along the Queensland coast to Fraser Island, Moreton Island, Far North Queensland and on themed Christmas and New Year’s Eve voyages to the tropical Pacific islands. If you’re planning a cruise on this ship, you will have a range of accommodation options at your disposal, which we’ll now look at.
1. Interior Stateroom
Where are they? Decks 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 (Categories IA, IB, IC, ID, IE, IF)
The most economical of the P&O Cruises accommodation standard. Interior rooms have private ensuites and all the comforts of home, with the only exception being their location where passengers exchange a view outside of the ship for the best prices.
All of these rooms are able to accommodate up to four people with third and fourth berths, however not all of them feature four beds, so you’ll need to make sure you select a cabin with space for four people at the time of booking if you need to.
Interior rooms feature an ensuite with a shower and vanity, flat screen television, wardrobe and personalised air-conditioning. Unlike Pacific Pearl, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel though, these rooms DO NOT offer a personal refrigerator, however you can request a portable one if you need to keep medication cool.
2. Ocean View Stateroom
Where are they? Decks 4, 5, 6, 9 (Categories OA, OB, OC, OD, OE, OF, OG, OH, OI, OV)
By far the most plentiful of all the room categories, largely due to the age of the ship as a whole, which was built when windows were more popular than balconies. Largely identical to the Interior cabins albeit for the large picture window behind the bed, guests in most of these cabins can open their curtains to gaze out on the ocean.
On some of the Ocean View rooms on lower decks 4 and 5, your window will come in the form of a Porthole instead of a rectangular window. Interconnecting rooms for families to share a larger space are also on Deck 4. One deck higher up is where you’ll find some rooms with a partially obstructed view.
3. Balcony Stateroom
Where are they? Decks 9 and 10 (Categories BB, BC, BD, BE)
In line with the older ship design, Balcony staterooms on Pacific Eden will be found on the upper decks 9 and 10. These staterooms feature the same amenities, including private ensuite with shower, flat-screen TV and plenty of the comforts of home.
The balcony door is not a sliding door so you’ll need to use a bit of strength to do so, and these cabins are not really set up for wheelchair accessibility as there is a skirting board on the bottom which wheelchairs will likely struggle to overcome.
Where are they? Deck 10 (Category SA)
Found on Deck 10, all of the suites are in a mid-ship location providing good access to the ship’s elevators and staircases.
Suites are nearly double the size of regular staterooms and also feature a larger balcony, a separate bedroom and living area with floor-to-ceiling windows as well. Guests have access to a walk-in wardrobe, coffee machine and a lounge setting inside the stateroom.
Guests booking a suite will also receive perks such as priority embarkation & disembarkation at each end of the cruise, priority access to spa treatment bookings, shore excursions and specialty restaurants on the nights you wish to utilise them. Inside the room also will be a pillow menu with six different offerings, complimentary bottled water, laundry service and a breakfast and afternoon tea served in suite if you wish. You’ll also be invited to the Senior Officer’s Private Cocktail Party if your cruise is five nights or longer.
Where are they? Deck 10 (Category PS)
You’ll need to be quick to snap up one of these rooms on Pacific Eden, or very flexible with itinerary choices, because there literally is only one Penthouse available – Room 10003.
Located on Deck 10, right near the ship’s Bridge, the Penthouse is designed for two, can sleep four but can also easily accommodate parties of six for an evening’s entertainment as it includes a full dining table with six seats. Along with the full dining room, there is a separate seating area beside the bedroom, which can be closed off with curtains for privacy.
For the two guests staying in the Penthouse, they also have access to a spacious bathroom with not just a full size shower but a sizable spa bath as well. There is also a spacious balcony with furniture in the form of a table and chairs to enjoy.
A number of those little perks which highlight your VIP status are included in the form of a personalised welcome letter from the Hotel Director, a fresh fruit bowl, canapes you can take inside the suite, plus all the perks afforded to your fellow Suite guests such as priority embarkation, disembarkation, tender access, spa, dining and shore excursion reservations.