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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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195 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews

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ausi ski bum
Member Since 2012
1 review
160 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
SCL68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
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

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Marie E
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
Hilda07
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
13 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

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Qld Aussie
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 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
Ldaley24
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We chose this cruise as we have never been to WA and thought it would be a great way to see Perth, up to Broome and then the Margaret River region. This was our second cruise and we were pretty disappointed. Nothing went majorly wrong but ... Read more
Cindy27
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was heading to Indonesia. Due to the weather we were unable to tender into Benoa. I am not sure why Pacific Eden is not able to dock there. Pacific Eden has had a facelift in the public areas but yes she ... Read more
TeresaC
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our first cruise on Pacific Jewel and embarked with a positive attitude as the process was so stress-free. We were presented with a pleasant cabin and our stewards maintained our accommodation to a high standard. The ... Read more
blazedraper
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I went on this cruise as part of a wedding. The wedding itself was very nice, it was held in the Dome, which was closed for the event, although the staff in charge of the music screwed up multiple times. And that was the good part of the ... Read more

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BDB12
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Cruise was chosen as a surprise for my Mother's 84th birthday. My Mother has never cruised before and I thought it would be a nice introduction to her to cruising. So I booked a suite for us. When I booked I asked to purchase a birthday ... Read more
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Tess68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First time cruisers. Had a fantastic time, totally waited on hand and foot. A real holiday! I would recommend everyone do at least one cruise in their life. its worth every penny. I am addicted and ready to book another. Being our ... Read more
EveeH
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
PACIFIC EDEN The interior of the ship looks great and our interior cabin was much larger than other interior cabins we have had on other cruise ships. However, although we did not experience any problems, there were plumbing issues ... Read more
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verne1956
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
24 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I would love to say that my cruise was a great surprise and was better then expected alas it was not. I read many reviews before leaving and thought to myself why did we book this ship but to tell the truth it was cheap as we booked very ... Read more
JulienRob
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
My sister and I both retirees decided on this last minute cruise attracted by the discounted rate and wanting to try the Aria. We had read the negative reviews and thought we would be open minded in our expectations. We were very ... Read more

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Tracy H
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I was very pleasantly surprised at how nice the ship was. Having been on the Pacific Jewel the previous year and finding that super budget, my expectations weren't high for the Pacific Eden. However, it was well maintained, the room was ... Read more
Richrob33
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I am writing to advise other potential future customers for a P&O Cruise and the treatment they can expect. This is a account of many issues that occurred on our cruise that completed on the 27th May. Cruise J624 on the Pacific ... Read more
Patches*14
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
16 helpful votes
My husband and our 10 year old daughter have just returned from a 3 day Wine and Cheese Cruise off the coast on the Eden, we all had a great relaxing time, it was my birthday celebration. Last year we did RC Voyager for 14 days Freo to ... Read more
Tinc
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
31 helpful votes
Our 3-day Fremantle to Fremantle cruise with P&O Pacific Eden was a family holiday for my wife and I and our two kids 6 and 3. We used it as an opportunity for us to sample the newly renovated pacific Eden and compare the P&O ... Read more
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scubasteve29
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
The embarkation and disembarking were fantastic ! on and off in no time at all as with the tender services that i did The ship itself i did find good and had plenty of bars and retreats to just laze around, pool area on deck 11 was ... Read more

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