Review of Pacific Encounter deck 7 (Promenade-Lounge-Shops3)
Promenade (outdoor/open-air deck space for walking/strolling) with a fore-located Promenade Deck (observation area, lower level 1 of 2)
Marquee Theater (upper level 2 of 2)
The Piazza Atrium (upper level 3 of 3) houses the Ocean Bar (Atrium bar with lounge seating, dance floor, a stage for live performances; hosts art auctions) and Tax and Duty-Free Shops (part of P&O Retail/shopping complex, upper level 3 of 3).
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Luke's Bar & Grill (Luke Mangan Restaurant) is a fast food bar by celebrity chef Luke Mangan (open between 11 am - 11 pm) for burgers, hotdogs, chicken wings, kebabs, fries, prawns. Food is complimentary, drinks cost extra. This outdoor eatery replaces the Salt Grill, found onboard the rest of the P&O fleet. Food is not free, but the prices are reasonable and burgers are from US$5, a hot dog with kimchi, wasabi mustard and cheese is US$4, BBQ soy-glazed chicken wings with fries and pickles is US$4, a large plate of fries is US$3. The popular Salt Grill breakfast burger features Cajun-spiced pork pattie, egg, cheese, bacon, pickle, kimchi aioli, and lettuce. Vegetarians can order buffalo mushroom and mozzarella burger with onion jam, lettuce, tomato, and raita. Wine and beer are also offered. Luke’s Bar also functions as a specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner. Luke’s Restaurant offers signature Luke Mangan dishes, like Kingfish Sashimi and liquorice parfait, Barramundi for two, Kitchen beef slider. The daily burger menu includes dishes like Spiced Sydney sirloin and Cajun-spiced ocean trout (plus takeaway option).
Opposite to Luke's is the Noosa Room (doubles as Conference Center/Meeting Room and Wedding Chapel).
Encounter Hotel is a daily piano bar that transforms into a traditional English pub bar in the evening. The bar features comfortable furniture, dance floor, stage for live performances and offers fine alcohol and craft beers. During the day, the bar serves English pub lunches (complimentary) and whiskey flights (brand malt whiskey alcohol sampling, at surcharge).
Blue Room is the Atrium Lounge & Bar featuring a large dance floor and live music entertainment, turned into a dance club with DJ at 11 pm. The lounge is served by its own piano bar. The late-night blues session named Blues@Blue feature several very talented musicians getting together for a 1-hour-long jam, rotating with excellent guitarists and different singers.
400 Gradi (Neapolitan pizzeria by chef Johnny Di Francesco) is complimentary and open for Lunch (between 12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6-11 pm). With no free pizza onboard Pacific Adventure, P&O Cruises makes guests pay for it, charging US$10 to US$16 each. The capricciosa, suprema, lasagne (US$13) and desserts (from US$6) are worth the price. Many passengers prefer takeaway pizzas to eat elsewhere or get these delivered to the cabin via room service.
Black Circus Theatre is an aft-located entertainment venue (Lounge & Bar) with a large stage for live performances by guest comedians, singers, illusionists. The lounge is served by its own full-service Bar. Intended for cabaret performances, the venue aims to feature a supper club vibe but there are no full-size tables to eat supper, so it's basically a theatre with rows of seats along with ledges to place drinks. During the day, the lounge is used for kids' TC&Skipper's Island Adventure Show, The Edge's laser tag and early evening movies.