There is no doubt that Pacific Pearl is a good looking ship with very sleek lines, especially after her multi-million dollar refurbishment. I had the pleasure of being invited onboard for an inspection yesterday during her first docking in Sydney at the International Terminal, Circular Quay.
The four hours on board went all too quickly. The ship was buzzing with early passenger arrivals all set for their 3 night comedy cruise to nowhere. Jenny Lourey, Senior VP P&O was our gracious host and after a brief ship inspection we headed to the Waterfront Restaurant for lunch. (it was very good). A previous passenger review (see my blog below) says it all, although I did not get the opportunity to inspect any cabins as they were all fully booked waiting for their new passengers.
The ship, in my opinion, was very tasteful, nor garish as is often the case on so many new ships. The crew were very attentive and I must admit that I wished I was sailing on her. I believe that Pacific Pearl will be a popular permanent addition to P&O’s down under fleet. An added bonus was running into Ann Sherry CEO Carnival Australia, as i was leaving the vessel.
Seabourn’s latest ship, part of the Carnival Group, is due to arrive for the first time in Sydney tomorrow, Saturday. Unfortunately I missed out on an invitation, so will not be doing a report in my 3 magazines and 4 cruise websites. Oh well – too many ships and not enough time.
Seabourn Cruise Line is a luxury cruise line headquartered in Miami, Florida. The line operates all around the world. It is owned by Carnival Corporation, part of the “World’s Leading Cruise Lines” marketing group, which also includes Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises, and AIDA Cruises. Passengers typically range in ages from the 40s to the 60s.
Till next time,
PICTURE: Mini Suite on Pacific Pearl.
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