Pacific Aria deck 11 plan (Lido-Pool-Spa)

Deck layout and review

Review of Pacific Aria deck 11 (Lido-Pool-Spa)

  • Lido Deck layout starts with the ship’s Wellness Centre (branded “Aqua HealthSpaFitness”). The complex as facilities includes Day Spa (massage rooms), Thermal Suites (Sauna, Steam Rooms, 1 whirlpool), Fitness Centre (modern equipment gym plus a separate room for classes at surcharge /personal trainers on Yoga, Pilates and fitness classes are provided), Changing Rooms, and “Hair & Beauty Salon” (hair cutting-styling-coloring, manicures and pedicures, teeth-whitening, botox, plus barber services). The first Elemis spa onboard a P&O Cruises ship, Elemis at Sea offers a range of facials with brand's high-end products, many types of body wraps, massages, waxing, brow tinting and shaping, lash enhancements. Some treatments claim to offer slimming and detoxifying effects. Discounts are offered in case more than one treatment is purchased. A thermal suite provides 5 heated benches, aromatic steams, saunas, warm air, and powerful monsoon showers. The cost is US$179 PP or US$299 per couple for a full cruise pass on 7- to 8-night cruises, or US$99 PP and US$149 per couple on shorter cruises. A day pass is US$29 PP, regardless of the duration of the cruise. The gym, which is in prime position at the front of the vessel, has several exercise bikes, treadmills and strengthening equipment used by passengers aged 16 and over free of charge. Daily complimentary fitness classes are offered, including stretching and abs workouts. Also offered are fee-based Yoga (US$13), Pilates (US$13), indoor cycling (3 sessions for US$30), personal training (US$97 per hour) and body sculpt boot camp (a trio of 30-minute sessions for US$112). 
  • The Pacific Aria ship’s main pool area has a large-size swimming pool, 1 whirlpool, 2 hot tubs, a giant chess board, tennis tables. The whole area is covered with a retractable glass roof. The luxury resort experience here is provided by deluxe day beds, white curtains, outdoor rugs, lamps. This is also the place for the open-air deck parties held in the evenings.
  • The Pool Bar has a few barstools, stylish lounges, tables and chairs. Its retractable roof and covered spaces enable open-air drinking. The entire bar is non-smoking.
  • The Grill / “Lido Bar” serves the pool area with light snacks and drinks. Burgers (pulled beef or pork), wraps, nachos, chips, pies and gourmet hot dogs cost US$3 each; pizza is US$9; prawns in a bucket US$15. All-day brekkie (bacon & egg roll/chorizo & egg wrap) costs US$3. 
  • New Zealand Natural Ice Cream (prices from US$5) also sells iced coffee, thickshakes, specialty coffees and teas, even liqueur coffees with cream.
  • “The Pantry” is a big-capacity, self service buffet restaurant (the P&O Australia line’s new marketplace dining concept) with both indoor and outdoor seating (an open-air terrace). Dining times vary (sea / port days): Breakfast (6:30-10:30am), Lunch (11:30-3pm), and Dinner (5:30-9pm). Kettle & Bun remains open from 11am until 9:30pm. On sea days, the outlets close 30 minutes earlier, at 2:30pm after lunch. Food is complimentary, provided via various food stations, including Salads Bar (McGregor's Garden), Indian (Curry House), Fat Cow (AU BBQ fare), The Grill (burgers, hot dogs), Fish & Chips (Hook’s), Pasta & Pizza station, Kettle & Bun (gourmet deli sandwiches), Mexicana Bar, Stix (Asian stir-fried food), drinks bar (incl wine by the glass, beer, specialty coffees /barista-made), Desserts Bar (Sugar Bar, also offering the “New Zealand Natural” ice cream). In the morning, breakfast items are offered at each outlet, including fresh fruit and yoghurt, hot English breakfast, congee and fried noodles, breakfast carving with poached eggs and muffins, pancakes, French toast, pastries, fresh and stewed fruit, as well as the usual toast, cereal and bacon. According to P&O Cruises, The Pantry provides more seats than the former buffets because there are new high tables along the windows with enough stools to seat 20 people. Families and groups can choose from regular tables with chairs and padded-back banquettes, that can accommodate up to 8 people.