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Pacific Sun
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Why Go?
  • Take in a Vegas-style revue in Show Lounge
  • Adults-only Sit Down Comedy Club
  • Work out in the gym while you stare at the ocean
  • Speakeasy Piano Bar modeled on New Orleans
  • Oasis retreat is for adults only
  • Standard cabins are decent size
  • Kid-friendly

Pacific Sun Expert Review
The 47,262-ton 1,486-passenger Pacific Sun was originally Carnival's Jubilee, a member of that line's Holiday class, which also included Holiday and Celebration. The Swedish-built ship was transferred to Australia in 2004, and at that time soft goods were replaced and dining options were added, including an alternative dining steakhouse.

Features that remain familiar from the Carnival Cruise days include the twisting, two deck-tall waterslide and multitude of bars and lounges on the Promenade deck. The ship has two swimming pools and two open-air whirlpools.

In September 2008, Pacific Sun underwent a multi-million dollar refit in Brisbane which included a number of significant changes.

The exterior of the ship was given a new look and was painted all white to match its sister ship, Pacific Dawn.

Interior wise, there have also been a number of changes to Pacific Sun. Here's a round up of the latest facilities onboard:

.The top sun deck is now an adults-only Oasis spa area complete with chocolate brown wicker beds, lounges, ottomans and a new whirlpool.

A new ocean-view gym area has been built on Deck 10 and the old gym has become a relaxation room for the ship's Lotus Spa.

The library has been refurbished and transformed into a steakhouse to offer guests more of an intimate dining experience.

No ship is complete now without a good coffee bar -- Pacific Sun now has its own dedicated coffee shop, the Outback Bar.

Pacific Sun was designed by Carnival's legendary Joe Farcus and has several over-the-top Farcus design attributes. The restaurants, the Burgundy and Bordeaux, are "French"-inspired and the Speakeasy piano bar boasts a vibrant New Orleans theme. The sports bar now features Australian (rather than American) sports memorabilia. In a fun coincidence, the disco was already named Oz, but the decor is more hip than Australian -- the room boasts a checkerboard floor. Other public areas of note include a two-story show lounge, separate cinema and casino.

In addition to the dining rooms, dining options include a Lido buffet, a sushi bar that also serves oysters and the Outback Steakhouse (no relation to the chain). The ship has an Internet cafe in the corner of Churchill's Library.

There are kids’ facilities for those up to age 13, with bigger kids entertained in facilities on the top deck and those ages 3 to 6 enjoying a playroom on a lower deck. The ship also has a video arcade.

The ship’s 743 cabins include 10 suites on Deck 11 with private balconies and butler service. Standard cabins are a decent size and have twin beds that can be converted into queens (there are also a small number of cabins with upper and lower berths that can not be converted). There are 453 oceanview cabins (about two-thirds of all cabins).

In its new homeport of Brisbane, the ship is the largest ever based in Queensland. Pacific Sun cruises around Australia and also to the South Pacific.

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Ship Stats
Crew: 670
Launched: 1986
Decks: 12
Tonnage: 47,262
Passengers: 1,900
Registry: Great Britain
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
Itineraries and Ports of Call
Australia & New Zealand
South Pacific
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