Review of Pacific Explorer deck 14 (Sun-Lido)
The Pantry (fore-location, former Horizon Court) is the ship’s self-service buffet restaurant / marketplace with 9 fresh food outlets, international cuisine. The lido buffet is complimentary and open for Breakfast (between 6:30 – 11:30 am), Lunch (between 11:30 am – 3:30 pm) or British Pub Lunch (between 11:30-1:30 pm /on selected days) and also for casual Dinner (between 5:30-11 pm). The buffet has its own bar for drinks, also stage for live performances and a dance floor. Breakfast includes baked beans, pancakes, bacon and eggs. Spanish baked eggs, pre-made omelettes, fruit, yoghurt, sauteed spinach, cereal and toast are also offered. At lunch and dinner, the outlets include: McGregor's Garden (salads), Stix (stir fry), Mexicana (tacos and burritos), Curry House, Hook's (fish & chips), Nic & Toni's (Italian), Fat Cow (carvery), Kettle & Bun (soups & sandwiches), and Sugar Bar (desserts). All menus are changed on a daily basis. In the evenings, a 10th venue called Shell & Bones, set up behind a curtain, is turned into a la carte restaurant. A kids' dinner for guests aged between 3 and 10 years is held at 4:15 p.m. every day, with highchairs available upon request.
Grill Bar/Luke's 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 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).
Big Screen is the ship’s signature outdoor cinema with a huge LED screen. Complimentary popcorn-cookies-milk are offered during the evening projections under the stars.
Deck Games area (portside) has Shuffleboard and Golf Net (1 golf cage), with staircase access to the Sports Court (deck 15).
Oasis Bar is an outdoor poolside bar serving with drinks the aft-located sunbathing area (with 1 Whirlpool).