A cruise aboard the opulent Pacific Aria is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to explore Australian waters or simply have a sea break on a stylish, contemporary Australian cruise ship. Pacific Aria features an impressive line-up of dining establishments, a top deck pool, premium cinema, the Marquee Theatre, spa and fitness centre, casino, tennis and basketball courts, and more. One of the dining highlights is the specialty restaurant Salt Grill by Australian chef Luke Mangan, which is definitely a must-do if you’re cruising aboard Pacific Aria. Entertainment is also first-class, with everything from stand-up comedy to full-scale musical productions, and Pacific Aria also has plenty of family-friendly activities as well as a great kids’ club. Check out our guide to what you can look forward to on Pacific Aria cruises, below.
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Pacific Aria Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
From fresh and tasty complimentary cuisine to upmarket specialty restaurants and the deluxe Chef’s Table private dining experience, Pacific Aria presents a huge choice of dining options for passengers. Waterfront Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers 40 a la carte menu items, includes a special mini menu for kids, and is included in your fare. Another complimentary dining option aboard Pacific Aria is The Pantry – an evolution of the popular buffet concept, resembling more of a fresh, international food marketplace. What’s more, Angelo’s Italian restaurant and Dragon Lady, serving up intoxicating Asian cuisine, are also included in your fare. For a taste of even more superb cuisine, make sure you book yourself a table at Salt Grill, the specialty restaurant by Luke Mangan, and sample the super popular crab omelette and licorice parfait with lime syrup and tuile. Cocktails are a specialty at Salt Grill Bar and Pacific Aria does not disappoint in its array of places to enjoy a drink, with nine different bars on the ship.
There’s a whole lot to do aboard Pacific Aria, from laidback options like taking a dip in the stunning midship pool and relaxing on one of the stylish sun loungers, to getting your blood pumping in Pacific Aria’s ultimate adrenalin destination: P&O Edge, Australia’s largest adventure park at sea. Here you can get active in up to 19 different ways with options like abseiling, rock-climbing, slackline surfing, or laser tag. For a completely different kind of activity, you can join one of Pacific Aria’s many onboard classes and learn a new craft, pick up a few dance steps, master the perfect cocktail or hone your appreciation of fine wine.
Kids and families
Don’t let Pacific Aria’s stylish and sophisticated decor fool you – this is still a very family-friendly cruising experience, with loads of activities for children of all ages as well as families as a whole. Families can enjoy pool time, deck games, movies in the cinema – even Karaoke. For children, there are four age-specific kids’ clubs. Turtle Cove provides a creative, welcoming space to play for children aged 2 to 6, while Shark Shack is exclusively for children aged from 7 to 10. HQ is a supervised space in which tweens aged 11 to 14 can just hang out, and HQ+ is a similar space for teenagers aged 15 to 17. Pacific Aria also caters to families by offering several family-friendly dining options, as well as room configurations that suit immediate and extended family groups.
Fitness and wellbeing
Looking after mind, body and spirit is easy aboard Pacific Aria, with a number of wellbeing options. One of the most popular sanctuaries on board is The Oasis, a child-free refuge where you can simply order a cocktail and relax in one of the hanging wicker chairs, or float around in the exclusive pool. Another way to soothe the soul is at Pacific Aria’s inviting Spa. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or beauty therapy, or head to the Thermal suites where you can relax on the heated mosaic-tiled couches and enjoy the sea view. If you really want to burn off the calories from the decadent indulgences of the night before, the gym offers weights and aerobic conditioning equipment as well as classes such as yoga, pilates, boot camp or indoor cycling.
Shows and nightlife
Pacific Aria has a line-up of nightlife options that will keep you entertained every night of your cruise. If you love a good show, sit back and enjoy the outstanding original musical productions in the two-storey Marquee Theatre. Live music is a regular feature in most of the bars and lounges aboard Pacific Aria, and ranges from simple acoustic guitar and R&B to four-piece jazz bands. P&O is also known for its spectacular themed parties, and Pacific Aria can host up to three of these big events on each cruise. If hitting the dance floor is big on your list of cruising musts, make your way to The Dome nightclub where the DJ will keep you up until late. And if a game of chance is your thing, the casino always draws a good crowd.
All cabins aboard Pacific Aria offer you a cosy, clean sanctuary to which you can retreat after a busy day of play. Cabins fall into the categories of Penthouse, Suite, Balcony, Oceanview and Interior. The Penthouse Suite (90.2sqm) is absolutely lavish and feature a large spa bath, spacious sitting area, separate dining area, private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Balcony rooms also offer a private balcony, Oceanview rooms offer a window or porthole so you can let the natural light stream in, while Interior rooms are the most economical,
Services and accessibility
P&O makes every effort to accommodate passengers with impairments and disabilities, and offers wheelchair accessible rooms on all P&O Cruises as well as specialised kits for hearing-impaired guests, subject to availability. Please consult your Flight Centre Cruise Expert for more information regarding accessibility on Pacific Aria cruises.