P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer – Embarkation

So we had been in Perth for the past four days. Now it was time to embark on our first cruise.  The P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer.  We had been waiting for this moment for months since we booked it.

P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer – Day 1 at Sea

So it is our first day proper on our P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer onboard the Pacific Eden. Both of us are feeling pretty seasick. I mean Tina was ill yesterday as well. We think it was the breakfast and then lunch sitting in her stomach.

P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer – Day 2 at Sea

So we had a good night sleep, the ship stopped rocking which was nice. Up again before the alarm. Quick shower, and off to breakfast. I was looking forward to it more today now I have found my sea legs. So, a mini fry-up poached eggs on muffins, bacon, sausage, and beans.

The Pantry on the P&O Australia Pacific Eden

So when the Pacific Eden received its refit. Away went the traditional buffet troff. In its place came an elegant restaurant where food was put on your plate by members of staff. It may not seem like a huge difference, in fact, many would argue it was the same.

P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer – Day 3 at Sea

Well after a later than late evening due to what I think was the Toblerone. This led to waking up around 9, and heading down for another very underwhelming breakfast. As you can see below.

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A Few Hours In Jakarta

We arrived in Jakarta in style; this was one of our shore tours while we were on our Indonesian cruise. As we got to shore we were greeted by a parade of people dressed up in costume. Being serenaded with traditional Indonesian music. We boarded our coach, and we made our way to the safari park with a police escort.

A Few Hours In Probolinggo

Although this was a stop on our cruise, we didn't book any shore tours, so we decided to just have a walk around ourselves. We were lucky as P&O had put on a free shuttle bus to the centre of town, we got off and walked through the streets and found the local shops and market.

A Few Hours In Makassar

So Makassar was our first dock on shore in Indonesia since we set off. Although we hadn't booked a tour with P&O themselves, we still wanted to have a walk around to experience what this part of Indonesia was like.

Nearly Dying In Makassar. Well not Literally, but Certainly Metaphorically

Makassar was our first dock on shore in Indonesia since we set off (other than the tender port in Komodo the day before). Although we hadn't booked a tour with P&O themselves, we still wanted to have a walk around to experience what this part of Indonesia was like.

A Few Hours On The Komodo Island & Pink Beach

We took a short walk through their territory, and we got to see three of this incredible animals. It was great to see them in their national environment. Of course, at the end of the tour, there was the obligatory walk through the locals selling their commercial tat

Our Final Full Day on the P&O Australia Pacific Eden

Our final day onboard the Pacific Eden. A sad day, but it means we are heading to Bali in a few days.

Our Incredible Police Escort Around Jakarta

So today was all about the Safari and botanical gardens. Baring in mind, we docked at port meant a short hop, skip, and a jump ashore. Greeted by traditional dance and dress, we made our way to coach number 1.

Another Long Day At Sea on the P&O Australia Pacific Eden

We didn't get any photos from breakfast by Tina had a frittata that was more like a pancake. I, however, had a three egg omelet with ham, cheese, and mushrooms. It was nice, and a light way to start the day.

The Waterfront Restaurant on the Pacific Eden

After our first few wobbly days on the ship, we decided to give the Waterfront restaurant ago. We felt we wanted something a bit different than the fair being offered by the Pantry (buffet style) restaurant.

Our Penultimate Port Call of Probolinggo

So today was our penaltimate port of call of Probolinggo. We had a packed out day. Starting off with our breakfast at the waterfront, ending with the evening show. Sideshow Alley 

Ooo Bali, but not with this Swell

So it was a good job we cancelled our tour when we did. Because I can only imagine in the T&C you will get the money back as onboard credit. So not only do we have a sea day now, but also everyone on board with a minimal entertainment schedule.

Dragon Lady, Asian Cuisine in the Middle of the Ocean

With the Dragon Lady being just one of the two speciality restaurants that are included in the fare we had to try her.  She turned out to be so good we visited again on our last evening.

Getting Ripped Off for Currency Exchange in Lombok

So today we are heading to Lombok! I don't think we are getting off the boat today, my back and legs are killing me. However, we might just go ashore to change some money up.

Our Day in the Oven that is Makassar

A very hot and sticky day in Makassar, Indonesia. So it was our second port and the sweltering city of Makassar awaited us. So we were due to tender at 10.30 but in fact, we were there at just after 9.00am.

Angelos Speciality Dining on the Pacific Eden

So we visited Angelos just once while on our P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer cruise.  We didn’t know, but to get a table early on, you needed to queue up as soon as we boarded.  But in this case, it wasn’t a bad thing we only ate here once.

Our Incredible Day with the Komodo Dragons and Snorkelling Pink Beach

It's Komodo Dragon time, let us hope we get the chance to meet some. Oh my fucking god! We were going to visit dragons, it was a day of dragons and felt like we were meant to meet Khaleesi herself.

P&O Australia Indonesian Explorer – Day 3 at Sea

Well after a later than late evening due to what I think was the Toblerone. This led to waking up around 9, and heading down for another very underwhelming breakfast. As you can see below.

The Pantry on the P&O Australia Pacific Eden

So when the Pacific Eden received its refit. Away went the traditional buffet troff. In its place came an elegant restaurant where food was put on your plate by members of staff. It may not seem like a huge difference, in fact, many would argue it was the same.