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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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370 P&O Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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steven182b
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
on first glimpse the ship looks outstanding, but a closer look reveals a tired old ship. the recent refurbishment must have been very rushed as the ship has signs of wear and tear and is showing its age behind the cover ups. he layout of ... Read more
PatL81
Member Since 2017
1 review
Went on this cruise with 7 other people, to the Australian Open Tennis. Outside the cabins - the entertainment areas and restaurants were so cold - everyone was wearing warmer clothing. The Marquee was like an ice box most days, as was ... Read more
Pacific Pearl for the win
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Cabin is very small with four beds (beds are extremely comfortable though), the top beds retract into the roof. I would personally recommend getting an unlimited soft drink pass as the staff there make beautiful delicious drinks within ... Read more
JessLynne
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Went on this cruise with my family, to Airlie Beach and Surrounds, the destinations were beautiful, and the staff onboard were incredible kind and patient. Being my first cruise, honest to say it was relaxing and the seas were calm, ... Read more
eniluap
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
just moved from melbourne to nsw and didnt know anyone there so thought we would spend it with lots of likeminded people. also didnt want to be on our own for new years eve .That didnt happen we were in our cabin at midnight ,the only ... Read more
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Sanderss
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
As a regular cruiser this was my first cruise on the Aria and I was so very disappointed in the overall experience. The food was inedible even when I ordered the steak at a cost to myself I had to leave it as it was so tough. The menu ... Read more
Briza
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I boarded the pacific dawn on the 20th of December with my 2 disabled grandparents and my two young brothers it was my first time on a P&O ship as I normally sail on the princess lines my experience was poorly the embarking and ... Read more
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Marie Pope
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Very disappointing. The ship was tired, We were led to believe that it had been totally refurbished. You had to pay for room serice. There was no service for tea and coffee in the pantry. We had a nice cabin with a window, but no ... Read more
Sanjanjo
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Pacific Eden is a pretty ship. I liked the fact that it was smaller than other cruise ships mainly because I liked the feel of the movement of the ship over the waves. I slept like a baby every night and afternoon nanny naps. I found the ... Read more
kkn
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this Christmas cruise so that our family of 9 could have a relaxing time together over Christmas. My son paid more than $8500 for him, his wife and 3 teenage boys - we could have ( and should have ) all stayed in a high class ... Read more
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Lozzzie
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Four night cruise from Sydney to Moreton Island. This was our second cruise, our first being nine nights to New Caledonia on Carnival Spirit in Feb 2016. Embarkation at the White Bay Container Terminal was fast and efficient. ... Read more
linz65
Member Since 2016
1 review
36 helpful votes
We, a group of 5 just came back from the most enjoyable 6 nights on the Pacific Jewel. After reading some of the quite horrendous reviews I was expecting the ship to be 1) So run down that it needed to be decomissioned 2) the food so bad ... Read more
Dazza58
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
10 night cruise to New Caledonia. Beautiful islands with crystal clear water and white sands. Embarkation was generally by tender which worked in a ticket based system which worked well. The ship is tastefully decorated and despite its ... Read more
sixfootscott
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and we are glad we chose something short and local to see if it was something for us - but now that we've experienced this we may consider other options in future. My wife and I went on the cruise with our son ... Read more
avonleanz
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Chose this cruise as it was a "last minute" sale offer at an extremely good price, with room credit. We had never cruised before and wanted a shorter cruise to try out whether we would like it. Getting to embarkation was ... Read more
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gavstaah
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
just returned from a 4 night moreton island cruise with my partner,best mate and his wife on the p&o pacific pearl. it was a mostly enjoyable experience couldn't fault the room the service (our cabin stewards john and christie were ... Read more
Harneynay
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
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
11 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
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
10 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
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ruin4it
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
17 forum posts
4 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
Darcylzzy
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 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
11 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
20 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
32 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
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