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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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256 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews
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60
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Pacific Pearl for the win
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed two weeks ago
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
Sanderss
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 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
4 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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Beanjack249
Member Since 2017
1 review
We recently did the PNG xmas cruise, the ports were great( Alotau, Kiriwina, Rabual, Conflict Is & Kitava, with smaller group tours than your average cruise which was a nice change. The ship itself was somewhat of a disappointment, ... Read more
Sanjanjo
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
19 forum posts
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
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kkn
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 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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sickofbadservice
Member Since 2017
1 review
To be fair, The Pacific Pearl is going to be removed from the P&O fleet in March 2017, so to make comment on the overall state of the ship is not appropriate. What I would like to focus on are the things that are P&O brand. ... Read more
Hatarimouse
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
A family Christmas (with 11 and 13 year olds) was the idea: no cooking, no shopping, lots of snorkelling and relaxing. And we got that in spades. The kids loved it, especially the activities arranged for their age group. They made friends ... Read more
naracoopa
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
148 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Embarkation: Embarkation was painless. We arrived at Port Melbourne Cruise Terminal on Friday 16th December 2016 before midday, and joined the queue to get onboard. We were in the first group to be processed by immigration, so got ... Read more
Graves
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We had an absolute fantastic time of the Jewel. There were 22 of us in total adults and 12 kids aged from 15- 19. We dinned at both the Pantry and the Waterfront restaurants, service was excellent,, we had the same waters at our table. A ... Read more
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Kristym06
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My husband and I went on our first cruise for our 10th Anniversary and it was absolutely amazing. Check in went smoothly, even though they were very busy, the staff were very polite. Embarkation went well, we only had to wait 20 mins ... Read more
Lozzzie
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
Dazza58
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
1 helpful vote
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
NevD
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
This was a family cruise with our young adult children. We each had separate rooms. We all enjoyed it, and for most part was a very pleasant experience. Had read some other reviews that weren't very positive, but our experience was ... Read more
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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
7 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
rayboy
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Reasonable cruise ,great stateroom good cabin staff. The new look pantry wasnt all it was cracked up to be it did the job . No food available after 9 at night ,So if you fancy a cheese and crackers later at night you better grab what ... Read more
lolly26
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
First time cruisers - a convenient way to have a family reunion - group of 30. Flew in from Sydney - as we had once lived in Brisbane no need to spend any extra time here - had our embarkation time - not sure why as 300 odd people were in ... Read more
Rooke
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 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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MartinHin
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I am an ex customer service manager and you have to get things 100% right to get 10. You got things 60% so you get 6. Main problems were : cockroaches in the shower ( -4), staff English problems (-1), missing Lifou stop with no ... Read more
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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jdpaz
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
We have just returned recently from a 10-night cruise to PNG (5 Ports) We thought it was a fantastic, family holiday. My husband and two boys aged 7 and 9. The decor on the Ship is really lovely and modern. The pool area on Lido deck ... Read more
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reviewer1680
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
My family and I went on our first cruise In October 2016. We went on P&O’s Pacific Dawn; on the Pacific Island Hooper, departing from Brisbane. Below are some main points about the cruise: Dining: The two free ... Read more
scott.tara144
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Overall we had a pleasant experience. We found it very economical for a family of 4 - we have a 5 and a 3 year old. - Food was excellent. Buffet was great and the Waterfront Restaurant was excellent. Had no issues with any of the ... Read more
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