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3nt Food & Wine Cruise on the Pacific Pearl

21 January 2011


Back in Jan 2011 with my close girlfriends I got the chance to experience a 3 night Pacific Pearl Food and Wine Cruise out of Auckland.

Boarding a ship is an altogether easier and quicker than boarding a flight. Without the long waiting at the departure gate.  What followed was three nights of wining, dining and dancing. The ship anchored just off Barrier overnight viewing the stunning Great Barrier Island with the shimmer of the Coromandel Coast in the distance.

The trip was hosted by Kiwi chef Anne Thorp, best known for her focus on fresh New Zealand ingredients and healthy dining. Over the course of the cruise she offered a variety of cooking demonstrations.

Throughout the cruise, there were many choices of activities from the Bar Academy, wine tastings and master classes, cooking demonstrations, or just relaxing by the pool.

On the final night a seven-course degustation meal was served over two sittings in the Pacific Pearl's large a la carte restaurant, Waterfront. Then off to Comedy night up in the Dome Bar.

The cruise itself is very reasonably priced, given it includes three night's accommodation, all meals and nearly all activities and entertainment, but it is the drinks, presumably, where the real money for the P&O lies.  If you have never cruised a short 3 night cruise is a great way to start.

Must do’s

Bar AcademyLearn how to make a mojito, a cosmopolitan, a margarita and a B52, then drink them.

Upgrade to a BalconyIf you budget allows, its money well spent. 

Book at table - Salt Grill by Luke Mangan is the only restaurant where passengers pay extra to dine. But well worth the money!

Pacific Pearl Facts
Capacity:1800 passengers
Decks:11 decks
Weight:63,500 tons

Currency used onboard is Australian dollars (AUD)

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