Pacific Eden, A Weekend Gateway in Style

Pacific Eden, one of the newest members of P&O Cruises Australia since late 2015, has been renovated into a modern and nicely styled cruise ship aimed at the younger crowd. Tillberg Design (of Sweden) art director Fredrik Johansson, stated that the company had looked to hotels and restaurants to create the radically different residential design feel for Pacific Eden and her sister Pacific Aria. The brief was to move away from the formal, upright mass-market look and in to a private, intimate feel, more like a boutique hotel.

The cabins and main theatre haven’t been renovated at this stage, but we noticed the new sense of fun and style as soon as we stepped on board, especially in areas like The Blue Room which has been modelled on a New Orleans speakeasy. With rich velvet and chrome furnishings and instruments turned into artwork adorning the walls, this area has become a music hub especially for lovers of jazz.

30.8 metres wide and 219 metres long, Pacific Eden has nine passenger decks and room for 1,500 passengers in addition to 597 crew members. 630 rooms consist of 129 interior rooms, 120 balcony rooms, 325 ocean-view, 28 suites and 1 penthouse.

We stayed in a Suite Cabin located on the 10th floor. The décor was rather dated as it hasn’t been refurbished, but still comfortable and functional. It comes with a separate living area, a walk in robe, bar and a huge balcony with sun-bed and outdoor dining setting.

The colours throughout the ship are calming and the furnishings relaxing, inviting you to bring your book, sit down and relax as the bartender pours your favourite drink.

Looking to take advantage of Australia's love affair with food, Pacific Eden will offer at least 13 different daily dining options with the boldest decision being to dump the infamous cruise ship buffet in favour of its game-changing The Pantry.

The Pantry is a new concept that is being introduced by P&O Australia. Essentially a buffet restaurant, however the chef will serve you in a food stall instead of you piling your own plate, encouraging diners to eat what they enjoy rather than as much as they can. It has the ambiance of an upmarket food court in a shopping centre, with a much more refined design. I like this idea more than a buffet as it’s a bit ‘gourmet’, presented nicely and portioned appropriately. If you’re still feeling hungry, you can always go past for more food. Cuisine wise, there’s Mexican, Indian, Japanese/Korean, Grill, Soup, Salad and of course, desserts! The décor is surprisingly pleasing with bright colours, funky chairs, communal benches, cluster seating options and a contemporary cafe design. The seating ranges from bar style seats, normal dining sets, and couches. Occupying the rear of the ship, it offers a magnificent view of the ocean from every single window.

Another option are the fine dining rooms. There are 5 fine dining restaurants on board, Dragon Lady - serving a modern Asian fusion cuisine, Angelo’s - serving a classy upscale Italian dining with modern charm. Next is The Waterfront (Pacific Eden’s main restaurant) serving modern Australian cuisine and lastly, Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, from the Australian celebrity chef and Chef Table (which was not open during our cruise). 

Pictured above: Chef Table 

My first impression of Dragon Lady is that it’s very well designed. It captures modern Asia without forgetting its Asian roots. The dark, neon blue lighting creates a mysterious and calm ambiance which is reflected well in the dishes.

Angelo’s has a vibrant, bright and simplistic décor. A Vespa scooter is parked at the entrance with large photographic portraits of Italian movie stars like Sophia Loren adorning the walls. Here you can select from modern takes on osso bucco, linguine vongole and sardines.

The Waterfront has an ambiance of grandeur. As the main restaurant in the ship it tells the passengers that size really does matter! Located at the rear of the ship the restaurant features big windows overlooking the ocean. 

Salt Grill by Luke Mangan is exclusive to P&O Cruises and the first Australian celebrity chef restaurant at sea. The décor is clean, bright and modern. The red theme suits the whole ambiance and all crockery and cutlery is branded with Luke Mangan.

On top of these are various drinking and snack bars, there’s even a New Zealand Natural Ice Cream stall on board. The ship features a lot of entertainment, from numerous bars, a cinema, comedy and endless party options like the Bianco Night and The Great Gatsby gala. 

As a suite guest, we had the option to have our breakfast and afternoon tea in our room, which we found to be pleasing. Imagine having breakfast on your balcony, looking out over the ocean with nothing between you and the water, bliss!

The Elemis at Sea spa, has so much to offer from facials and massage to acupuncture and reflexology, you can even get your teeth whitened or your hair cut. Elemis also has treatments like a seaweed massage, a poultice-powered muscle release massage and a beauty bar for hair, nails and lashes. 

If you’re wanting heat treatment, head to the Thermal Suites, where you can recline on heated mosaic-tiled couches and take in the sea view. 

As a suite guest at the end of the trip and before we disembarked we were invited to spend time with complementary drinks and canapés in the Salt Grill Bar, located next to the Salt Grill Restaurant. The design theme is coherent with the restaurant and features comfortable couches with a piano and has a majestic ambiance.

Pictured above: Gift from the Housekeeping

1 comment:

  1. Omg!! Looks amazing! Wish I could have been there!!!