Maureen Marriner sails from Auckland to Napier aboard the Pacific Aria
How big: 55,800 tonnes, nine guest decks
How old: Built in 1994, it is newer and smaller than it's Auckland home-ported predecessor, Pacific Jewel.
How many passengers: 1260.
Destination: A round-trip from Auckland to Napier.
Cabins: Interior, ocean view, balcony and SUITES (plus a penthouse). Our 35sq m suite on deck 10, aft and roughly midships was a revelation, such was the quality leap up from a balcony cabin on a sister ship. Spacious and appointed to quality-hotel level: think mirror-walled dressing room with vanity, triple