Pacific Pearl Review and Specifications
Specifications of Pacific Pearl
|Builder||STX FRANCE NANTES SAINT NAZAIRE FRANCE|
|Year of built||1989|
|Gross Tonnage||63786 gt|
|Former name||FairMajesty, Star Princess, Arcadia, Ocean Village|
|Passengers||1546 - 1855|
|Decks with cabins||7|
Review of Pacific Pearl
Launched in 1988 as FairMajesty, Pacific Pearl is the smallest and oldest of the PO Australia cruise ships. The cruise ship was previously operated as part of the Princess Cruises fleet under the name Star Princess (1989-1997). The Pearl ship cost US $200 million to build and was last refurbished in 2015. The ship will be transfered to Cruise & Maritime Voyages in June 2017 and will be renamed Columbus.
History - construction & ownership
P&O Cruises is based at Carnival House in Southampton, UK, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corp. & plc. This British-American cruise line was originally a constituent of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. P and O Cruises is the world's oldest cruise line, having operated the first passenger ships in early 19th century. It is sister company of P&O Cruises Australia. P and O Cruises was de-merged from P&O group in 2000, and became a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corp. to form Carnival Corp. & plc. PO Cruises currently operates eight ships with a total guest capacity of 14,970 and 5% market share of worldwide cruise lines. Its most recent ship, mv Britannia, joined the fleet in March 2015.
The 63,786-ton, 1,817-passenger cruise ship Pacific Pearl is the latest cruise liner to join P&O Cruises’ Australia-based fleet. Debuted in New Zealand in December 2010, she has been re-designed especially for the Australian mass market. Pearl has continued a number of innovations represented by her sisters, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel, but also introduced a few of her own, like the swim-up bar. All cabins have new LCD screen TVs, with a few TV channels and 2 film channels; bedding has been upgraded. Other amenities include a hand held hairdryer, fridge and safe. Although the cruise vessel’s wi-fi is only meant to work in public staterooms, some cabins near them also pick up a signal.
In March 2016, it was announced that Pacific Pearl will be farewelled in 2017. A commercial arrangement was reached to transfer the vessel, as part of the ongoing fleet expansion and renewal program of the line. The 1987-built Pacific Pearl will leave the PO Cruises fleet in April 2017, after completing 294 cruises for the line, carrying more than half a million travelers over 5 years. However, the older ship has to make room for the latest additions, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, as well as Pacific Explorer, which joins in 2017, and a bigger, newly built vessel in 2019. After launching in December 2010, Pacific Pearl became the first superliner of New Zealand, beginning with an 8-night cruise to the South Pacific from Auckland.
Later in March 2016, it was announced that Cruise & Maritime Voyages will raise UK capacity by 25% to 95,000 passengers in 2017 with the addition of P&O Cruises Australia vessel Pacific Pearl. The former Ocean Village cruise ship was launched in 1989 and since then operated by Princess Cruises. The ship, which has been part of P&O Cruises Australia since 2010, will start year round operations from Tilbury from 9 June 2017 under the name Columbus. The 1,400-passenger vessel has 150 single cabins. Columbus will become the flagship of CMV fleet alongside 550-passenger Astoria, 600-passenger Astor, 800-passenger Marco Polo and 1,300-passenger Magellan. Adult-only mv Columbus will run 2 sailings in August 2017 for all age groups.
Cruise itinerary program
Pacific Pearl itinerary program is based on Australia cruises from Sydney and Auckland, including roundtrip “South Pacific Islands” voyages to Fiji, Vanuatu, Santo, New Caledonia; “cruises to nowhere” and short breaks; Queensland cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea; round-trip New Zealand cruises.
The last New Zealand cruise of Pacific Pearl - a 4-night cruise to Bay of Islands - will depart from Auckland on March 23, 2017. Ship's final P&O cruise will be a 16-day sailing to Singapore departing from Auckland on March 27, 2017.
Most Pacific Pearl staterooms are 190-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (533). Of all Pacific Pearl cabins, only 8% have a private balcony. There are a total of 773 staterooms in 22 categories. The largest aboard Pacific Pearl are the Mini Suites (370 ft2).
Dining options - Food & Drinks
The primary dining venue on Pacific Pearl is the Waterfront, situated on Deck 7 aft, which looks more like a contemporary restaurant, rather than a traditional dining room. The line has recruited its first ever celebrity manager, Luke Mangan, who adds his touches to the menu in the Salt Grill steak and seafood restaurant. Pacific Pearl was the last in the fleet to receive the Salt Grill. The buffet restaurant, á la carte main dining room and The Grill give a chance to choose from. For a little fee passengers can sense the flavors of Asia with an 8-course banquet at La Luna. Back by popular demand are favourites, such as the exclusive 14-seat Chef's Table.
Follows the complete list of Pacific Pearl restaurants and food bars.
- Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room; each of all three dining rooms on Pacific Jewel is operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte) menus for breakfast and lunch, and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Tables seat up to 10 guests. Dining times vary according to sea/port days)
- The Luna room (Asian-cusine banquets; features Japanese and Thai specialties)
- Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via partnership with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan)
- The Pantry (self service buffet restaurant with an open-air terrace)
- Chef’s Table (in the Wine Room; specialty dining venue with gourmet private dining and tour of the galley)
- New Zealand Natural (ice cream bar).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Pacific Pearl is created for family fun and a lot of the multi-million-dollar refurbishment has been focussed on amenities that include the new Aqua Health Spa Fitness Centre, bars and restaurants. The atrium has been converted into a multipurpose cafe lounge, bar and retail venue. The vessel has an awesome 2-level amusement venue, The Marquee. Daytime activities include karaoke, bingo and trivia. The big-screen on the pool deck proved to be a big hit, and is largely used for broadcasting full-length concerts, live sports and movies. Evening entertainment is standard cruise ship fare with a mix of guest entertainers and Broadway-style production shows. For kids, innovative activity clubs include Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ for teens.
Follows the complete list of Pacific Pearl lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Pacific Pearl Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub)
- Charlie’s Bar; The Orient bar (English pub); MIX (specialty cocktails bar); Connexions Bar; The Cafe
- Essentials Store; Tax & Duty Free Shops; PANDORA shop (jewelry); Aqua Hut (snorkeling equipment)
- The Marquee Theatre (2-decks, featuring large scale shows, magic and comedy acts; during the day, the theatre hosts Jackpot bingo games, trivia quizzes)
- Wine Room (boutique winery)
- The Big Screen (outdoor LED screen for movies, show programs, sports games)
- The Dome (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor and a full service bar; transforms into a disco nightclub in the evenings)
- Players Bar & Casino
- Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery & Shop); Art Gallery; The Lounge (Internet computers)
- The Oasis (adults-only relaxation complex)
- Aqua HealthSpaFitness (Wellness Centre with Day Spa, Thermal Suites, Fitness Centre with a separate room for classes, Massage Rooms, Aqua Beauty Salon)
- Fun Zone kids’ centre; Teen- and Kids club lounges (offering complimentary activities by P&O youth programme:
- “Turtle Cove”;
- “Shark Shack”;
- “HQ” lounge; “HQ+” teen lounge)
- P&OEdge Adventure Park experience (“high adrenalin” program with 20 different activities, such as climbing, jumping, racing, flying on ropes); V8 Simulators room (high-speed car racing simulators)
- Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shufflleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Putting Green.
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Pacific Pearl Itineraries 2016
The below listed Pacific Pearl cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|26 May||Departing from Auckland, New Zealand|
|29 May 08:00 - 18:00||Suva, Fiji|
|30 May 08:00 - 18:00||Port Denarau, Fiji|
|31 May 08:00 - 18:00||Dravuni, Fiji|
|02 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Nukualofa, Tonga|
|03 Jun 08:00 - 17:00||Vava'u, Tonga|
|05 Jun 07:00 - 16:00||Rarotonga, Cook Islands|
|10 Jun||Arriving in Auckland, New Zealand|
|13 Oct||Departing from Sydney, Australia|
|16 Oct 07:00 - 16:00||Norfolk Island, Australia|
|19 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Nukualofa, Tonga|
|20 Oct 08:00 - 17:00||Vava'u, Tonga|
|22 Oct 09:00 - 18:00||Suva, Fiji|
|23 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Port Denarau, Fiji|
|24 Oct 08:00 - 15:00||Dravuni, Fiji|
|26 Oct 09:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|29 Oct||Arriving in Sydney, Australia|
|14 Nov||Departing from Sydney, Australia|
|17 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|18 Nov 07:00 - 17:00||Mare, New Caledonia|
|19 Nov 08:00 - 18:00||Port Vila Harbour, Vanuatu|
|20 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|21 Nov 08:00 - 16:00||Isle of Pines, New Caledonia|
|24 Nov||Arriving in Sydney, Australia|
|17 Dec||Departing from Sydney, Australia|
|20 Dec 08:00 - 17:00||Isle of Pines, New Caledonia|
|21 Dec 08:00 - 17:00||Mare, New Caledonia|
|22 Dec 08:00 - 18:00||Port Vila Harbour, Vanuatu|
|23 Dec 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|24 Dec 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|27 Dec||Arriving in Sydney, Australia|
Pacific Pearl Itineraries 2017
The below listed Pacific Pearl cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|28 Feb||Departing from Auckland, New Zealand|
|02 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Napier, New Zealand|
|03 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|04 Mar 08:00 - 16:00||Akaroa Harbour, New Zealand|
|05 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Oban, UK, Scotland|
|06 Mar 09:00 - 17:00||Fjordland National Park, New Zealand|
|08 Mar 08:00 - 18:00||Picton, New Zealand|
|10 Mar||Arriving in Auckland, New Zealand|
|27 Mar||Departing from Auckland, New Zealand|
|31 Mar 07:00 - 15:00||Gladstone, Australia|
|01 Apr 09:00 - 17:00||Airlie Beach, Аustralia|
|02 Apr 09:00 - 18:00||Yorkeys Knob, Australia|
|05 Apr 15:00 - 13:00||Darwin, Australia|
|08 Apr 08:00 - 16:00||Komodo Island, Indonesia|
|09 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Bali, Benoa (Bali) Indonesia|
|12 Apr||Arriving in Singapore, Singapore|