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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 and facilities
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210 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews

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Starbase28a
Member Since 2016
1 review
First cruise but not the last with P & O. Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to do it again. This is a 3.5 star cruise ship, so our expectations were based on this and we weren't disappointed. Getting on ... Read more
hollylodge
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
having taken 71 previous cruises some (not many) with P&O I can honestly say I was disgusted with the whole cruise.there were only two good things one was the comfortable beds and the other was Mathew on the cruise staff who will go ... Read more
Jenny66
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We did the Thailand unleashed cruise from Singapore. We chose this cruise for the price and reading reviews on here from other people I was a bit hesitant to take this cruise. We thought it was a fantastic cruise, Well you get what you ... Read more
rgascoigne2
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Nothing that was pre-arranged thru P&O was honoured except for the fridge for my medications, Many hidden costs that were not mentioned prior to me paying for the cruise approx 16 months before, including the $290 because I was lucky ... Read more
Brett Taylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose Pacific Aria because we sailed on the Pacific Jewel 3 years ago and had a wonderful time. We were extremely disappointed with the experience and condition of the Aria. Firstly, being smokers we were appalled at the lack of ... Read more

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Annabella64
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Perhaps if you have never cruised before and had nothing to compare with, you may have given the Pacific Aria 2 stars. I wish I could load the pictures. It started out bad with the safety session. Usually you are sitting comfortable in the ... 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
JB0
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
The ship was refurbished less than a year ago but requires a really good clean. Pantry food well below average, seats were very stained & are in need of a good clean. If you just want a snack, you will have great difficulty as I ... Read more
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Allawah
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
17 helpful votes
We have travelled with P&O a few times and always still have a good time. Below is a list of things good and not so good. Good: a) "Salt" by Luke Managan. This is a great speciality restaurant and worth the high cover ... Read more
Letitia1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Well I thought I would also wright a positive review about the Pacific Eden especially after reading so many bad reviews . I have to say I was quite concerned before we set sail. I am very pleased to say we had a great time . Myself and ... Read more

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wests
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Our first impression of the Eden was how good the refurbishment looked. the ship looked amazing. Our room was also a pleasant surprise it was very large and had a bath which made my wife very happy.We had an ocean view room on deck 5 and ... Read more
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Hutcho
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I have deliberately waited a week or so after disembarkation to ensure the first impressions were correct. they were. What a fabulous cruise ship. Everything was as expected. Great friendly staff, good food, especially at Luke's Grill ... Read more
TheAvenue
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 helpful votes
We choose the cruise to Papua New Guinea for the itinerary. Five ports of call - two delivered. First port a security issue on land - passengers evacuated back to ship by lunch. Well managed by P & O. Second - after a three and a half ... Read more
ausi ski bum
Member Since 2012
1 review
213 forum posts
2 helpful votes
P&O Australia is what it is, a budget cruise line so my expectations are lower and in general they do a good job, its obvious that the Pearl is past it and has not received the upgrades that the others have as it is retired next year ... Read more
Alemap6
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2016
Upon checking my account on the second day I noticed an involuntary donation to a charity of their choice which really annoyed me. I managed to have it reversed. The amount didn't concern me just that it was in the conditions we had to ... 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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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
Marie E
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2016
Hi, just recently got back from an Island cruise around the pacific. Embarkation was a little confusing, more info from P&O on the process would have been great. Embarkation was well organized. The ship is dated, however, had most ... Read more
Chrisdazz
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Had a terrible experience on the Eden and would definitely not recommend this cruise line to anyone. Hated the overall experience, couldn't wait to get off the ship. We experienced very bad weather on the way home, arriving 6 hours late, ... Read more

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Hilda07
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
We spent a few days in Perth before sailing on our first cruise heading to Indonesia. Embarkation took around 90 mins. Our balcony room was an adequate size for 3 adults on the 9th floor. All the bar areas are beautifully presented. ... Read more
Curly Club
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We sailed out of Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu etc. The Pearl is a bit of a tired old girl, due to be retired next year I hear. However the bars and dining areas have been recently updated and are very nice, the rooms are a bit old and ... Read more
midginbil
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
This really is the bottom rung of cruises, for those people who really don't expect too much, can't be bothered dressing to go to dinner, are happy with second rate bistro style food and a small ship with limited facilities. The main ... Read more
sunlover27
Member Since 2010
1 review
23 helpful votes
We have just returned from a fantastic 7 night cruise on Pacific Aria. We were looking for a holiday option for my parents, my sister and I and our husbands and children (aged 6, 8 and 10), so 9 of us in total for a week in the June school ... Read more
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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