P&O Australia Pacific Pearl Cruise Reviews

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169 P&O Australia Pacific Pearl Cruise Reviews
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2903happy
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
29 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation onto the ship was quick and easy, and as the ship was rather smaller than other ships we have travelled on before, it was easy to get around, Our Outside Cabin on deck 8 was roomy bright and well cleaned inside, however the ... Read more
Sandune3
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
this was the longest cruise we seniors have ventured on and the main reason for going was to visit Norfolk Island. The big disappointment was not getting onto Norfolk Island and later found out that 1/10 attempts get there.!Embarkation and ... Read more
Fluffy Duck
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We were travelling with 2 others and chose this cruise as it went to Norfolk Island and Tonga. Unfortunately we did not get to Norfolk Island due to large swells at the landing point. I am not sure why they continue to advertise Norfolk ... Read more
Ian V
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Our 5th Cruise with P&O and our second on the Pearl, will unfortunately will be our last with P&O. The condition of the ship (poor maintenance) and the food selections had deteriorated considerably since our last cruise on her ... Read more
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raykool
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
My wife and I are early 50;s and I might say we have travelled quite extensively, always by air. We have always laughed at Cruises, believing them to be for old and frail, the unadventurous. Were we ever wrong, yes, we stopped at routine ... Read more
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aimec72@tpg.com.au
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
My wife booked this cruise for us and our two children from Sydney to the South Pacific islands during September. We had been on a cruise to New Zealand the year before on another shipping line and it was worthwhile seeing the differences ... Read more
Silver Hillbillys
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
It was our 25th wedding anniversary and something special was what we were after. The Pacific Pearl didn't disappoint. Booking a short 3 night 'Comedy' themed cruise was a blast. Sure the ship in parts is showing some age, a bit of rust ... Read more
vova-tourist
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
We are a couple in our very late 30s and have never cruised before, so had no to low expectations. Our cruise stopped at Santo Esperitu, Champaign beach, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines. Here are some tips: - We did not book ... Read more
alysha10@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
I decided to go on a 3 day cruise departing Sydney to celebrate my 20th Birthday. It was a P&O sampler cruise which has no stops. Having been on 2 carnival cruises before this was simply just a weekend escape. Being my first time on ... Read more
Durinau
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
The buffet in the waterfront restaurant was extremely disappointing. The quality of the food in terms of quality of produce, freshness, choice, taste, consistancy and hygiene was the worst not only in a cruise ship but in any eating ... Read more
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gailtow
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Cruise was within Australia and advertised to cater for adults and children. It was a shame it did not fulfil the advertising hype. The food at the Plantation bistro consisted of Pork cooked in a variety of ways, great if you can handle ... Read more
kierinryan@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
15 helpful votes
Came on with negative feedback from friends on how the Pearl has dropped off. 3rd time for me on this ship, but last time was good 3 years ago I'd say (about 15 cruises all up across different companies). Well, I had a CRACKING time. ... Read more
IngeM
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We choose this cruise, as I wanted to take a friend who has never cruised to see if she enjoyed it before booking a longer one. I have been on several cruises (mostly Celebrity), and really enjoy the experience. So this small comedy one ... Read more
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annette2james@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was a first cruise for my birthday. My partner who sailed with me had cruised with P&O through Asia six years ago. Our first opinion of the ship was not great. Our toilet brush had not been cleaned from the previous occupants ... Read more
Coll55
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
A group of 10 of us went on the pacific pearl our arivial and getting on board was good and easy music was great staff were not that good waited a lot for someone to come ask if you wanted a drink very poor service rooms were clean and ... Read more
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Sanjanjo
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I wanted to try a short cruise to see how I like it. I was alarmed at the bad reviews that Pacific Pearl got prior to the cruise, but relieved to find instead that the whole experience was just great. The crew, from officer to cleaners, ... Read more
glenray
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my first cruise with P@OAustralia and the last. The food was dreadful and there was no variety in both the Plantation and Waterfront. The bacon and sausages every day at the Plantation was so greasy and had no flavor and I am sure ... Read more
ausi ski bum
Member Since 2012
1 review
217 forum posts
2 helpful votes
P&O Australia is what it is, a budget cruise line so my expectations are lower and in general they do a good job, its obvious that the Pearl is past it and has not received the upgrades that the others have as it is retired next year ... Read more
Alemap6
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2016
Upon checking my account on the second day I noticed an involuntary donation to a charity of their choice which really annoyed me. I managed to have it reversed. The amount didn't concern me just that it was in the conditions we had to ... Read more
SCL68
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were rookie cruise goers and were quite apprehensive. (particularly after some of the negative reviews on this site) Nothing to worry about. We had a ball. Family of 5. Wife and I upgraded to room with window. Three boys (age 18, ... Read more
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JeanneY
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
It was a last minute decision so we got a very good price on a mini suite with balcony. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smoothly. Our cabin was lovely with a very comfortable bed. The stewards were great and cabin well ... Read more
Curly Club
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We sailed out of Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu etc. The Pearl is a bit of a tired old girl, due to be retired next year I hear. However the bars and dining areas have been recently updated and are very nice, the rooms are a bit old and ... Read more
midginbil
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 helpful votes
This really is the bottom rung of cruises, for those people who really don't expect too much, can't be bothered dressing to go to dinner, are happy with second rate bistro style food and a small ship with limited facilities. The main ... Read more
Linda Renton
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
It was our honeymoon, a cruise around the pacific islands. First time on a cruise and we were totally impressed with the service of the crew, the entertainment, the dining options available (we tried them all) and the many amenities ... Read more
rosap
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
First time cruisers and we had read lots of negative reviews beforehand, thankfully we had a great time and would definitely cruise with P&O again, our cabin was clean and serviced twice a day, free dining options were great and we ... Read more
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