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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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379 P&O Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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Rooke
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
11 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
10 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
14 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
graeme william
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
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Kuranda special
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
14 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
snoopyontrinity
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
23 forum posts
15 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
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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
10 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
11 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
9 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
6 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
raffle
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 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
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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Professor Plum
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
9 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
5 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
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windsor26
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
6,296 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
Peal
Member Since 2010
1 review
46 forum posts
8 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
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
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
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