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5 reasons why we love P&O Pacific Eden

Papua New Guinea

We took the plunge and booked a cruise on P&O Pacific Eden to Papua New Guinea on some incredibly discounted fares. Nabbing such a cheap cruise on sale, we thought, there had to be a catch? Instead what we discovered was that our first P&O cruise will not be our last.

1. Trendy refurbishment

P&O’s Pacific Eden was completely refurbished in 2015 and has turned cruise ship design on its head. Rather than focussing on a traditional timeless appeal, Pacific Eden’s interiors are colourful, modern and on-trend.

There are pretty butterfly carpets, a wall adorned with headphone wearing French bulldogs, lounges with blue velvet furniture and crisp white and navy cabana’s by the modern Mediterranean pool deck. It was like stepping into a boutique hotel at sea and perfectly suited to modern Australian families.

2. Innovative food hall

Cruise ship buffets where people fondle utensils without washing hands and sad looking cold food is left out to dry was not an issue on board Pacific Eden. Instead, we were introduced to The Pantry, an international food hall where staff, dressed in suspenders and newsboy caps served a variety of cuisines that were hot, fresh and plentiful.

Choose from made to order Mongolian noodles from Stix, gourmet hot dogs from Fat Cow, nachos from Mexicana or a delish selection of sweet treats from Sugar Bar.

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3. Entertaining Kids Club

Kids in Turtle Cove (2-6 years) and Shark Shack (7-10 years) participate in a fun program of supervised activities including: water balloon soccer outdoors, indoor movie nights, musical chairs, disco parties, themed arts and crafts as well as free time with video consoles.

The organised stage shows where kids participate in a series of live performances held in the ships 600-seat theatre were exceptional. Shows were driven by passionate youth staff who put a lot of effort into rehearsing and executing the adorable performances.

There were dress up cameo performances during the Big TC and Skipper’s Island Adventures performance and our favourite the Time to Shine Talent Show, where kids showcased their abilities be it dancing, martial arts or hoola hoop skills on the same stage that the ship’s headlining acts appear, complete with a full video, music and lights.

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4. Thrills at P&O’s Edge

Kids can enjoy 14 outdoor activities on board Pacific Eden’s P&O Edge, Australia’s largest outdoor park at sea. They can race down a flying fox, scale a rock climbing wall, surf on a slack line or walk the plank and hover over the edge. Activities can be purchased separately or enjoyed up to twice daily throughout the cruise by purchasing a VIP Pass in Bronze, Silver or Gold. The premium passes include extras like Laser tag, Bungy Tramp and Bull Simulator Ride.

5. Excellent value for money

We couldn’t believe the bargain price we poid for our 7-night cruise to Papua New Guinea in an Ocean View room. Especially given it included loads of fee-free food options, complimentary kids club, amenities including hot tubs, pools, a gym, sports deck, a host of onboard activities, a variety of free entertainment and wonderful port stops to exotic and untouched islands of Papua New Guinea.


Together we roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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