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Ralph S

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  • 4 Helpful votes
  • 1 Cruise reviews
  • 0 Cruises

P&O - Pacific Aria

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4

"Declining standards!"

Jul 2017

This was our 2nd cruise on Pacific Aria and our 4th P&O cruise; and probably our last! I want to be clear that I do not have an issue with the ship, the cabin, the entertainment or the crew (for the most part). I DO have an issue with the penny-pinching decline in standards in the catering departments! Since our first P&O cruise in 2015 on the Pacific Dawn, we have seen the quality, the quantity, the variety and the general standard of food declining exponentially. The Waterfront menu is now a very sad, boring and unappealing ghost of what it was 3 short years ago. Menu choices have more than halved, and portion sizes have been reduced. Standard items from the old menu, such as Pasta courses and vegetable sides have been removed. On this last cruise, pretty much the only vegetables available, was a woefully bland mixture of mainly turnip and swede. Dessert choices are a joke. Maybe 4 selections, one of which is fruit and the other cheese. The so-called desserts that are on the menu are pretty underwhelming! No WOW factor as of old. Service was slow and disorganized, and food was rarely hot. Add to that, that previous favourite staples, like steak, are now on the menu as 'specials' which P&O feel justified in stinging you $17.000 for! What a joke!! The Pantry, which is not a patch on the old buffet, was uniformly appalling on this trip. Food on the serveries was barely warm, and much of the time cold, especially at breakfast. The Pantry food suffers from a never-ending sameness day after day, and the fact that on this trip food was often under-cooked, over-cooked or dried out did little to whet the appetite. The only light in the darkness was the Dragon Lady and Angelo's especially, where food was decent and service was excellent. I don't have a problem with anybody making a reasonable profit, but P&O are taking the mickey charging what they do for such pedestrian food, which makes a shopping mall food precinct seem like haute cuisine. If you want to throw your money away on second rate cruising, be my guest. P&O won't be seeing us on one of their ships in a big hurry, that's for sure!

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  • Cruise Name: P&O - Pacific Aria
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Sailed: June 2017
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Robert H

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  • 0 Helpful votes
  • 1 Cruise reviews
  • 0 Cruises

Legend Of The Seas

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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"First cruise success"

Jul 2017

Our first cruise met all our expectations in every way.

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  • Cruise Name: Legend Of The Seas
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Sailed: June 2015
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Sonya W

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  • 2 Helpful votes
  • 1 Cruise reviews
  • 1 Cruises

Carnival Spirit

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    4
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"Exceeded expectations "

Jul 2017

Carnival Spirit exceeded our cruising expectations from the moment we checked-in! They have a free onboard app to plan our days which we could add events to a planner that would alert us to our selected events, these events ranged from wellbeing seminars, trivias, bands, comedian, sales, art auctions and the list goes on. We enjoyed the various bars which all had signature cocktails, the bands and singers were fabulous and even took requests. The food was in abundance, from the free eateries to the fine dining we were catered for no matter our tastes or desires, offering gluten free and vegetarian options. The crew and staff are amazing, so helpful, friendly and always up for a chat and a laugh. No wonder we had cruising withdrawals! Carnival, you will definitely be seeing us again!!

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  • Cruise Name: Carnival Spirit
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Sailed: June 2017
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Nicholle T

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  • 8 Helpful votes
  • 1 Cruise reviews
  • 1 Cruises

P&O - Pacific Aria

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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"1st Time on Aria"

Jun 2017

Brilliant ship...much better than Jewel or Dawn(haven't been on since refurb), had an Oceanview on Deck 6 midship starboard - very roomy cabin, loved the settee in these rooms(was informed by cabin stewards that they are in all cabins)...bathroom - shower over bath but was informed that internal rooms have regular step in showers & that apparently on Deck 5 rooms slightly larger not sure of this but we had plenty of room...great nightlife as opposed to other P&O ships we've been on...food at Waterfront was as usual excellent/ Pantry food & set up much better than other P&O ships/ Angelos - it was ok but other 2 in party of 4 absolutely loved their experience there...Dragon Lady got thumbs down from us all(4) - no drink service, food extremely poor (we won't bother with it on next cruise)...smaller ship than we've cruised on prior but we had a fantastic time - highly recommend Aria.

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  • Cruise Name: P&O - Pacific Aria
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Sailed: January 2012
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John S

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  • 15 Helpful votes
  • 1 Cruise reviews
  • 1 Cruises

Majestic Princess

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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4
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    4

"Disappointing"

Jun 2017

Especially being a new ship we were disappointed in most aspects of this cruise.

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  • Cruise Name: Majestic Princess
  • Destination: Africa / Middle East
  • Sailed: May 2017
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