Review of Pacific Explorer deck 8 (Casino)
400 Gradi (Neapolitan pizzeria by chef Johnny Di Francesco; formerly named La Scala Pizzeria) is complimentary and open for Lunch (between 12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6-11 pm). With no free pizza onboard Pacific Explorer, 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 cabin via room service.
The Casino lounge has slot machines and gambling tables, and is served with drinks by its own bar (former Players Bar / sports bar with big-size TVs). It was revamped during 2017 refurbishment, and now includes modern poker machines with large curved screens. Texas Hold'em tournaments and Pokies tournaments are held here.
The ship has as service boats 12 lifeboats, 2 rescue boats and 6 passenger tender boats.
Cruise cabins from 8001 to 8253, of which Inside (categories – IB, ID, IE), Oceanview (categories – OF, OG, OV-obstructed), Mini Suite (category MA) and Suite (category SA); Self Service Laundromat.