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  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
  • Recent ship upgrades offer more choice, facilities and modern decor
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356 P&O Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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Harneynay
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Wasn't very impressed at all. Being an ex cruise ship employee I have sailed on many ships and found this one to be best summed up in one word - tired! The interior of the ship is dated and in some parts worn and dirty. One waiter and ... Read more
AveryC
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
A lot of people may jump down my throat with this review and may assume I am a high-maintenance traveller born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I'll preface this review by stating three things: 1. I have cruised P&O (Jewel) before ... Read more
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
Annie777
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
26 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I have been reading reviews of Pacific Eden for over a year now, & based on our recent experience, I believe P&O have addressed all of the issues people were complaining about. We did the 7 night Nov 4th PNG trip from Cairns, ... Read more
ruin4it
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
12 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The cruise was to the Melbourne Cup. We had not been on the Pacific Dawn before and were a little apprehensive. However we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, the ship is tired but it's due for a refit next year. This was our 10th cruise and ... Read more
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Darcylzzy
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Chose this cruise as I was turning 70 and was looking for memorable experience to celebrate this milestone in my life. However on boarding Pacific Jewel was totally underwhelmed from the start. Without detailing problems experienced they ... Read more
PJBoy
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We quite enjoyed our short (4 night) cruise on Pacific Aria to Hamilton Island. However, after this recent trip and a previous North Queensland cruise on Pacific Dawn, we must say we are not great fans of P&O Australia and that we are ... Read more
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cleo15
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We, a couple, have just returned from the P&O Pacific Eden cruise to Papua New Guinea. I read lots of bad reviews before departure, but decided to go with an open mind. I now believe the world is becoming overrun with wingeing people. ... Read more
CAV123
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We have just come back from the Hamilton Island cruise on board the Aria. Having been on the Pacific Dawn twice in the past five years I was keen to see what the Aria had to offer. It is a smaller ship, which I didn't find to be a ... Read more
lolly26
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
First time cruisers - a convenient way to have a family reunion - group of 30. Flew in from Sydney - as we had once lived in Brisbane no need to spend any extra time here - had our embarkation time - not sure why as 300 odd people were in ... Read more
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tami200
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Great short break to Hamilton Island. The ship itself was well looked after and the crew were just amazing. I have food allergies and they were more then accommodating, I could not rave about this more. Make sure you book into Angelo's and ... Read more
Rooke
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We organised a family reunion and were travelling as a group of 26 adults and 5 children. We found customer service when booking the restaurants as a group was very poor and manager of the Monky Bar was terribly rude. There are 3 ... Read more
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secki
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
For my first cruise, what a let down. Aged ship, broken fixtures and fittings, duct tape to cover up sharp edges, room had hair on the window sill and in shower on emarkation. Staff were friendly but most seem non-motivated, especially ... Read more
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Ireneholling
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We were looking for a trip that was long enough to enjoy and relax. The 10 day trip was perfect as it gave us a few days to relax, then enjoy the PNG stops then a few days of relaxing again. Could not fault our experience on the Princess ... Read more
m.berghofer
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
The food and wine cruise on Pacific Aria was absolutely amazing. From the moment we lined up to check in (the line moved very quickly) to when we first opened the door to our amazing room to the moment we unfortunately had to leave the ... Read more
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graeme william
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
my wife and i were very dissapointed in the Eden,this was our fourth cruise,and I would rate it as the one we liked the least, too many uncontrolled ,noisy children,running everywhere,round pool area, along corredoors,in the marquee,and ... Read more
Kuranda special
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was a pretty much overrated trip. While the staff were great, the charges were pretty steep and it was (initially) difficult to get around. Food was o.k. - although Luke Mangan's Restaurant should be thrown out as it is simply ... Read more
TanjaHide
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Pacific Dawn first time cruisers x 6 of us for my 50th birthday celebration. 5 x adults 1 x 14 year old. What a great time we all had. Easy no stress embarkation, got the idea of how things worked on the ship easily. Wonderful staff on the ... Read more
MT Nestas
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Yorkeys Knob - Port Douglas - Brisbane Pacific Dawn is due for a refit in early 2017 and really needs a massive overhaul sooner rather than later - a cosmetic refit is only glossing over. Embarkation in ... Read more
gsowelloz
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was my first cruise. I didn't know what to expect other than some reviews I read on the Internet.. There are so many people with opinions out there and I think there are many people that just love to complain. I had an inside cabin ... Read more
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snoopyontrinity
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
23 forum posts
13 helpful votes
I have been lucky to have cruised more than 30 times on 15 different ships - large and small. This little ship stands out as an absolute jewel. It's décor is very tasteful and at no time did it feel crowded. There are so many ... Read more
PrinnyP
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Regular Princess cruisers, we chose this cruise on P & O for convenience - a brief journey up to the top of Queensland as a holiday before major surgery. We had cruised just once before on P & O Australia - on Pacific Dawn and ... Read more
Pavan
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Rooms are dated. A few touch ups such as furniture and paint touch ups would go a long way in maintaining the condition of the room. Cleanliness level was ok. Every once in a while it would be a good idea to move the bedside drawers out ... Read more
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Sollie
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to see more of our wonderful country. We did not spare any expense and booked a mini suite cabin 11148. Although the ship needs a clean we could look past that as the cabin was nice and spacious and the staff were just ... 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
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