First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

For the blue rinse set. Boring. Daggy.

Check your cruise baggage and preconceptions at the door because P&O have brought cruising into the very Australian 21st century with the newly refurbished Pacific Eden, which will be based out of Adelaide in March/April 2016, and regularly after that.

Here is a First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Bow of the Eden at Port Adelaide. Photo: Willunga Wino


 

Once a Holland America Line ship, known for its luxury but also for attracting a more mature clientele, Eden is now unrecognizable.

Slick, moody, arty, chic. It totally surprised me after travelling on the more classic style Pacific Princess and P&O’s Pacific Sky in the mid 2000’s. 

From the second you embark and see Nicholas Cage staring down at you, you know you’re in for a thoroughly modern treat.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Nicholas Cage welcomes you aboard! Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Let me count 10 reasons to cruise on the best Australia-based ship, Pacific Eden.

 

Rythym & Blues

Take in a spot of  jazz in The Blue Room.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Fancy a tune? Photo: Willunga Wino

 

There are plenty of cosy spots and plush lounges.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

My spot by the window. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Even if jazz is not your thing, you can admire the chandelier, and funky, moody surrounds.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Trumpet chandelier. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Quirky Chillaxation

You’ll find ample opportunity to relax – your way – throughout the ship.

 

Be that board game & internet access in the atrium.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Games area, internet and decorations in the lobby atrium. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Count your steps? How well can you concentrate? The staircases are designed to add fun and confuse with non-concentric numbers on them.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Pump those legs! Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Prefer classic relaxation? Take your pick.

High backs.

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

High back lounge. Photo: Willunga Wino

Loungers. 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Picture yourself here. Photo: Willunga Wino

Cosy sofas. 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Cosy nook in the lobby atrium. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Pacific Eden has you covered. 

 

Cabana’s By The Sea

At the adults only pool area at the back of the ship, you can swim while you watch the ship’s wake and following birds.

Deck chairs too sunny?

Help yourself to one of the two canopied cabanas.

Surely there is no better spot to sip a cocktail.

 

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Love In An Elevator

You’ll be living it up as you’re going down just like Aerosmith, with each of the ship’s elevators decorated with a different scene.

When the doors swing open you might find yourself in the daffodils of Holland.

Rainforests of the Daintree perhaps.

Or you might find yourself waiting for the lightning to crack over sugar cane fields of northern Australia. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Magical scenes in every lift. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Feeling Sporty?

 

There are two pools on board for you to work off that excess energy. My personal favourite is the adults only pool at the back of the ship. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Dive on in. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Take it to The Edge for something more extreme. A flying fox, abseiling the funnel, walk the plank or have a go in the gravity defying Gyroscope and more. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Gateway to The Edge. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Need more? How about a gymnasium with circuit-training and fitness classes. Also on the lower promenade deck is a 360 degree jogger track.

 

Craft Brews

 

Thirsty? You’re spoilt for choice as a beer lover, with a wide selection of Matilda Bay craft brews on tap. Cheers!

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Craft brew bar. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Cellar Door On Board

 

In an Aussie first, there is a Hunter Valley winery cellar door, right on board. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Tasting spot at the on board cellar door. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Book in for a tasting at this intimate little venue. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

The little cellar door. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

There are some interesting alternative varietals coming out of the Hunter at Glandore, like this Savagnin, which is well worth a try. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Interesting drops. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Bubbles, Too

 

Everyday is a celebration with the Moret Champagne Bar. One of the many different bars & lounges on board.  Name your poison, Pacific Eden is bound to have it, and a funky lounge to enjoy it in. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Yes. Yes, I will. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

It’s no plonk either, with Moet et Chandon on pour at the Champagne Bar.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Nice bubbles. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

How Many Restaurants Can You Conquer?

 

Pacific Eden boasts 15 different dining options. I didn’t have time to even look at them all! Here is a peek at the ones I visited.

 

Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill is a specialty restaurant on board. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Luke Mangan’s products in his restaurant onboard. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

For your cover charge of $39 at lunch time or $49 at dinner, you can select from a Luke Mangan designed menu in swanky surrounds. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Sleek Salt Grill table setting. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

The menu looks great, with plenty of vegetarian options.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Menu at Salt Grill Pacific Eden. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Mains have less on offer for the vegetarian – in fact nothing – but there is much to please the omnivore. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Menu at Salt Grill Pacific Eden. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Angelo’s – the signature Italian restaurant – has a modest $10 cover charge. 

For that you check in at the Vespa-desk.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

I have serious desk-envy. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Angelo’s is extremely elegant, but also modern and funky. Dine while Sophia Loren looks over your table. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Sophia Loren keeps an eye on you. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

The menu sounds delectable. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Angelo’s restaurant. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

In case you need inspiration – a brightly coloured shoe installation provides some serious shoe envy. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Touch of colour in Angelos. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Opposite Angelo’s is the Asian specialty restaurant, Dragon Lady, also with a $10 charge per person. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Pan-Asian restaurant. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Welcoming you to Dragon Lady is this little guy. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Hello, little one. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

The restaurant is beautiful, decked out in dark wood and moody blues.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Stunning decorations. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

The menu looks fantastic. That Salted 70% Dark Chocolate dessert has my name all over it. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Menu at Dragon Lady. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

There’s even traditional Japanese sunken seating.

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Traditional Japanese seating. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Goodbye – cruise ship buffet! And hello reduced chance of spreading novovirus. 

Introducing: The Pantry. A street food offering with 8 different international vendors. Each serving up meals of your choice which are handed to you over the counter. Cute. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Bye Bye Buffet. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

There’s a variety of bright and cheery seating zones. 

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Great, cheery decor in The Pantry. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Get it India. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Curry House food. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Curry House Menu. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Stix restaurant. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Stix food. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Stix menu. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Mexicana arriba! Photo: Willunga Wino

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Mexican food. Photo: Willunga Wino

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Mexicana menu. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Floating Art Gallery

Like your art? You’ll love Pacific Eden. Art is hidden everywhere, and a lot of it is a lot of fun!

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Duck leg lamp. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Argh! Bugs! Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Pretty bird, pretty bird. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Even the handrails feel the beat. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Cool cat puppies. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Arty fashion everywhere. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

First Look at Australia Based Cruise Ship Pacific Eden

Don’t forget to look down, the carpets are amazing. Photo: Willunga Wino

Have I Whet Your Appetite?

Keen to take a trip on Pacific Eden or her twin sister, Pacific Aria?

Check out their schedule, then give my mother in law and owner of cruise travel agency Cruise Focus a call! She’ll take care of all the details for you, so you can just sit back and dream of embarkation day.

 

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3 Comments

  • Casey says:

    Wow this looks amazing! Have never really been enticed by a cruise, but this looks great – especially the wee cellar 😉

  • Trudie West says:

    Thanks for the review – Looks and sounds fabulous – we board her in July. Cant wait 😉

    • admin says:

      I think you’ll love it Trudie! So nicely appointed. Just remember the golden rule of healthy cruising – use the hand sanitizer every time you walk past it! There are always some people who don’t wash their hands before touching bannisters etc. I’ve never had a problem this way 🙂

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