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323 P&O Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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Sollie
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
6 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
1 helpful vote
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
gailtow
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
raffle
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
The last cruise we did with P&O on the Pacific Jewell was way below par, so I had a little bit of trepidation booking this one on the Pacific Aria, particularly as there seemed to be quite a a few negative reviews on-line. But we ... Read more

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IngeM
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 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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Professor Plum
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with P&O. I say third, because our first was with them (which nearly put us off) and the 5th one was a quickie which I did with some girl friends and will be doing again. My husband and I work long ... Read more
davandliz
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Over 2 hours to disembark onto tender at Mooloolaba - and this with a priority ticket because of our mini-suite. First we were told that the ship was late - a lie. I watched it drop anchor just after 7am. Then we were told by an ... Read more
windsor26
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
6,118 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Was trying a new ship and trying to see if P&O had improved after the mediocre ship Pacific Pearl earlier in January That ship was dirty boring badly served and the food was awful The Jewel was excellent The staff were welcoming ... Read more
Lunafan
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Our worst cruise out of 9 taken. Sit down dining in the Waterfront was appalling, really really slow service, very basic menu and generally plonk down waiting service though service quality appeared to vary in accord with the gender of the ... Read more

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Peal
Member Since 2010
1 review
46 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
After reading the reviews, had no great expectations of this ship, however we had no real issues. We had a VIP Early Bird package which included a few useful items like priority boarding, plus room credit, free sparkling wine on arrival ... Read more
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Coll55
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
docbob77@sbcglobal.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Pros: * comfortable beds, even if they are 2 doubles put together * large bathroom and shower, excellent water pressure * friendly stateroom attendants and at the reception desk * lots of DVDs available to watch for free, 3 ... Read more
Sanjanjo
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
8 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
4 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

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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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Julianne S
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Overall we have been quite spoilt and believe that the cost of the suite has certainly been worth it and has certainly helped us to enjoy this cruise immensely. Night time shows were okay but nothing like the Broadway performances we ... Read more
AACE
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
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
11 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
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
germandancers
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
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

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Kalleroo
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
11 forum posts
8 helpful votes
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
17 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
8 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
1 helpful vote
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
6 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

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