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  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
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308 P&O Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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64
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Sanjanjo
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
0 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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
SCL68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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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AACE
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We went with an open mind. The ship was lovely, bars and public areas very well appointed. Ship was smaller than our usual, but we didn't notice it. Lots of complaints about food - but we had plenty and it was warm to hot. Serving ... Read more
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Jack242424
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Went on the Pacific Aria up to Cairns and Hamilton Island. The staff on the cruise were among the happiest bunch of people I have ever met. Happy to help with anything you ask. There was plenty of entertainment and there was never a time ... Read more

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germandancers
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise to surprise a group of friends. We had arranged for a late check in so we would not be detected! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Our disembarkation time was 0645 and we were off and home by 0740 after ... Read more
Kalleroo
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2016
Having cruised for 45 years we have to say this cruise would have been our worst. We left from our home port for a relaxing holiday after my husband had a year of surgeries. Our Travel Agent asked us how it was upon our return, reply was ... Read more
MB168
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
I read on here how people write they couldn't disembark at Bali and why can't the Pacific Eden dock there. It wasn't because of weather conditions, Pacific Eden isn't chartered for those water and isn't allowed to come close enough to put ... Read more
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Det Retals
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We took the cruise because P & O is the only line cruising from Brisbane at this time of year. We decided a few years ago not to cruise with P & O again but in desperation decided to give them another try, this was the result. ... Read more
VAMOR
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cruise was cheap, offering warmer weather in our Victorian winter. I read a lot about the makeover and expected the ship to be finished. We had a huge problem with workers chipping away paint and painting outside our window for ... Read more
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Qld Aussie
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This cruise was a get together with my family to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We found the service staff to be very nice and they kept the ship very clean. Problems occurred because the ship is an old one and activities ... Read more
Zaccaria
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The reception area when you get on the ship with the dark blue uneaven curtins makes the whole area so drab and depressing, the first impression of the ship not good. I did take a peak what was behind the curtains and it was gold ... Read more
Ldaley24
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We chose this cruise as we have never been to WA and thought it would be a great way to see Perth, up to Broome and then the Margaret River region. This was our second cruise and we were pretty disappointed. Nothing went majorly wrong but ... Read more
Melbourne13
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Dining: -Waterfront they took no notice of time & dietary (diabetic insulin) requirements. -Pantry same menu day in day out - very limited diabetic choices Shore Tours - Very disorganised, resulted in missing ... Read more
Russgard
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Just returned from a trip up the West Australian coast first ocean cruise to experience what a longer cruise would be like. Have recently done excellent river cruises through Europe. The Pacific Eden is a rust bucket with gaffer tape ... Read more

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qldtisme
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I had read previous reviews so was a little worried. I have travelled a lot, mainly guided tours overseas. I tried this cruise to see if I like ship life. Well, yes I do. Our cabin was clean, the water was hot and the bed comfortable. ... Read more
relaxed Belinda
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Just returned home from a 7 day cruise on the Aria. We went with another couple their third cruise on different P&O this was our fourth we all had a absolute fabulous time. We got a great deal unlimited drinks, on board credit $100 and ... Read more
Winga
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Background information Marilyn & I decided to have another short-break cruise, this time with P&O travelling from Sydney to Brisbane Hotel information - Swissotel Sydney The staff at Swissotel know how to look after their ... Read more
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lexp
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was my third cruise, and first with P&O. My partner had never experienced a cruise and with a history of travel sickness I wanted to take him on a short trip to test the waters (pardon the pun). I had always thought of P&O as ... Read more
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Fluffy Duck
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was a food and wine short cruise. It was the first time we had an interior cabin which was right up the back of the ship. With the beds pushed into the middle for a queen, there was not a lot of room left down the sides to actually ... Read more

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HowardPH
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Booked last minute discounted cruise Sydney-Sunshine Coast and return. V friendly staff, good entertainment, reasonable variety of activities, excellent gym, clean and large ocean-view cabin. The Pantry has kiosks serving about 6 basic ... Read more
Janeien
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it was with my budget and I wanted a special present for my sisters Birthday. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so a short one would let us know if we had sea legs or not. You either hate it or love it, ... Read more
Cottonwool
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have just returned from a 3 day cruise to nowhere with 6 friends aboard Aria.We are middle aged and just wanted a long weekend away with friends that was a bit different. We'd booked THEN read the reviews so were slightly terrified ... Read more
mijan8352@tpg.com.au
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
First of all I would like to say I would really give this cruise a 1 but have read you should ignore really bad reviews hence a score of 3.This was only my second cruise,so perhaps I had the performance bar set too high,(previous cruised ... Read more
cruisingislyf
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We had our doubts about the Aria after reading some crappy reviews, but this cruise was absolutely fantastic. This was our 11th cruise and our 8th with P&O. Everything from the food to the service to the cabins was absolutely 5 ... Read more

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