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Pacific Aria Ship Details

Pacific Aria

Pacific Aria

Pacific Aria is the newest arrival in P&O Cruises' Australian fleet, just in time for the 2015 summer cruise season. Based in Brisbane, this 1,500-passenger ship offers the ultimate convenience for cruises of Fiji, Vanuatu and the South Pacific, trips further afield to Papua New Guinea and Asia, and shorter cruises along the Queensland coast.


A Little History

Pacific Aria launched in 1993 and was originally christened MS Statendam, the first in her namesake class and the fifth vessel to bear the Statendam name. In 2015, she was transferred from Holland America Line to P&O's Australia fleet and given a complete makeover and a new identity. Joining P&O's fleet alongside Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Pearl and her sister ship Pacific Eden – another Statendam-class transfer – Pacific Aria made her rebranded debut in Sydney in November 2015 before finding her new home in Queensland.


Ship's Design

Pacific Aria has always been a ship ahead of her time. Although completed in 1993, she passed strict Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) stability requirements introduced in 2010 without any modifications being needed, thanks to the ingenuity of her designers including extra ballast tanks to improve stability and save fuel. Modelled after the MS Costa Classica, but on a much larger scale at 220 metres in length, Pacific Aria underwent extensive remodelling in 2015 to bring the indoor and outdoor decor, staterooms and facilities in line with P&O Cruises standards.


On Board Pacific Aria


With 650 staterooms and suites across four classes, you won't have any problems finding the ideal accommodation for your preferences and your budget. All Pacific Aria cabins have been completely refurbished with new en-suite bathrooms and spa baths in Suites and Balcony Rooms.

Every stateroom includes fresh linen and towels replaced daily, personally controlled air conditioning, a wardrobe, hairdryer, flatscreen TV and safety deposit box, among other amenities. Upgrading to a Suite or Mini-Suite, you will also benefit from a separate living room, Nespresso coffee machine, iPod audio system, private balcony and priority boarding and disembarkation at all ports.

Balcony Rooms are a more affordable alternative to suites if you still want to enjoy your own balcony, or you can opt for an Oceanview Room with windows or portholes. Inside Rooms have no views but still have all the other standard amenities to help you enjoy your cruise in comfort and peace.


Spa and Fitness

Pacific Aria offers a wealth of health and fitness facilities to help you stay in shape and feel great, including practice sports courts on the top deck, jogging tracks and a fully equipped gym at the Aqua HealthSpaFitness centre.

After you've worked up a sweat on the treadmills, weight machines and other fitness equipment, you can unwind in the attached day spa where talented massage therapists administer a wide variety of treatments for beauty and wellness, including Swedish, hot stone and bamboo massages, manicures and pedicures, acupuncture, teeth whitening and Botox.

If you're looking for the perfect place to chill out, admire the ocean views and take a break from the kids for a while, spending some quality time at the Oasis on Deck 10 can be just as soothing as a session at the spa.


Daytime Fun

There's never a dull moment aboard Pacific Aria, with exhilarating and inspiring activities taking place all over the ship throughout the day. If you're seeking the sun, head to the top decks where you'll find sports courts and the main pool, to splash with friends or join organised pool games under a retractable roof keeping you safe from the elements. If you're feeling playful and competitive, you'll find everything from table tennis and golf putting out on the decks to classic board games, trivia quizzes and dance contests below.

P&O Cruises' experts lead classes and programs for guests of all ages who are interested in learning new skills and honing their existing talents, whether that's cocktail and coffee making with a professional mixologist or barista, learning complex dance steps, cooking exciting new cuisine or unleashing your creative side at arts and crafts workshops. Thrill-seeking guests should check out optional cruise extras such as the P&O Edge Adventure Park, the gruelling Boot Camp at Sea and race car simulators to make sure you're getting the most out of every day at sea. Optional extras come at an additional charge.


Nightly Entertainment

The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down, as that's when Pacific Aria's entertainment hubs really come to life. Whether you're drawn to the dance floor at The Dome, eager to catch a show or just looking for a relaxed place to drink with friends and family, you'll never be short on options.

Live shows are an essential part of the cruise experience, and P&O Cruises showcases the most exciting and talented performers every night in exclusive shows at the Marquee Theatre, from singers and dancers to illusionists. In the live music lounges, you can watch or dance along as Pacific Aria's house bands play everything from classic blues to modern RnB, and have your funny bone tickled at the Sit Down Comedy Club – strictly for the adults.

Pacific Aria's diverse bars cater for every passenger's needs, from quiet retreats where you can mix with friends and watch the match to swim-up pool bars and stylish cocktail lounges. You'll soon find the local that suits you.


Kids Only

Pacific Aria is dedicated to making the cruise experience exciting and memorable for guests of all ages, and that includes the under-18s. P&O Cruises' Kids' Club programs include a huge variety of activities targeted at four age groups, taking place throughout the day in fully supervised areas under the watchful eye of child care professionals.

At Turtle Cove, toddlers and young children aged 2 to 6 years can develop their creativity and motor skills with DUPLO blocks, arts and crafts activities and educational iPad games, while over at the Shark Shack, older kids aged 7 to 10 compete in lively dance and talent contests and set off in search of clues on scavenger hunts. Teens won't be able to resist the lure of HQ and HQ+, where creative young minds can learn the basics of film-making, how to play their favourite instruments and put their singing, dancing and athletic skills to the test.


Food Glorious Food

As part of its major overhaul, Pacific Aria became one of the first ships to launch P&O Cruises' new approach to dining with the introduction of the Pantry. This eclectic collection of food outlets showcases the best of world cuisine, from Australian classics to Mexican street food and fresh deli goods, and meals are included in the cruise fare. Complimentary meals can also be enjoyed at the Waterfront Restaurant, which offers a serene a la carte dining experience as you tuck into your favourite Aussie dishes.

With 15 bars and restaurants on board Pacific Aria, you can embark on culinary adventures every day of your cruise. Head to Dragon Lady for spicy and alluring pan-Asian cuisine, Angelo's for modern Italian dining in a stylish setting or treat yourself to BBQ burgers and steaks done properly at the Grill. Many eateries open late into the night if you need a midnight snack, or you can place an order with 24-hour room service to dine in the comfort of your cabin (extra charge).


Everyday Conveniences

Just because you're at sea, that doesn't mean you have to go without the day-to-day essentials. The Atrium shops should have everything you need, from magazines to toiletries, and you can also take care of some duty-free shopping while you're there to save money on souvenirs and gifts.

Laundry and dry cleaning services are available, with pick-up and delivery from your room, and parents can make use of late night child care services until 1am. If you have any medical issues during your trip, the Medical Centre on Deck 4 is staffed by fully qualified doctors and nurses and open 24 hours a day.


Staying Connected

Don't lose contact with the people back home by signing up for a Wi-Fi plan to connect to the internet ship-wide on your own devices, or you can use the facilities at the internet cafe. Mobile phone reception is available in international waters if you have a roaming plan. All these extra come at an additional cost.


Getting Around

You won't have any trouble finding your way around on this easily navigable ship. Check Pacific Aria deck plans to find your location, to see what's on each deck and to locate the three elevators that will take you between all the passenger decks with ease. Pacific Aria was designed with wheelchair users in mind, and there are fully accessible staterooms, public areas and bathrooms throughout the ship.

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