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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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289 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews
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holliewaldram
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Firstly, I thought i would start by saying I never usually write reviews but it is imperative that I get this out there to perhaps stop people from making a massive expensive mistake in booking a cruise with P&O! My brother picked ... Read more
amac79
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We decided to go with P&O cruise for our family holiday - we knew that it was at the budget end of the scale so thought it was a good place to start. Perhaps we should've aimed a bit higher as overall the experience was lack luster and ... Read more
Traveller01
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
30 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We have travelled three times of the Pacific Jewel in the last 18 months. It is a ship that is 27 years on the seas but well maintained both in the public areas and cabins. It is not the Celebrity Solstice or the Royal Carribean Ovation ... Read more
craigbro159
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
Sailed four weeks ago
We have sailed with P&O once before in 2012 and were not impressed then. We thought we'd try the Pacific Aria as it's supposedly the new style with P&O - but after doing so have decided this will be our last cruise with them. ... Read more
jenanpat
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as a short break and took our 30 year old son and his fiancé along with us. There was a wide range of ages on board, generally in the 40 - 70 age group, but also well behaved babies and school age children too ... Read more
bevbrady1957
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our second trip after a fantastic voyage in 2016.The ship wasn't filled to capacity but it was difficult to find room to sit and eat in the pantry or find lounges on the pool deck. The lack of shade in both pool areas made them ... Read more
Jude72
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Was a great deal $$$ enjoyed this ship was lovely the food at the pantry was brilliant and enjoyed having dinner at the Waterfront Resturant, We booked into the resturant for dinner when we got on the ship ,The service were excellent in ... Read more
Kccruiser11
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We are very happy with our choice to cruise as a family on the Dawn. We had 3 kids - 16, 9, 6 and there really was activities catered to all three age groups. Highlights: Interconnecting Oceanview rooms were great and gave us more ... Read more
Grg333
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Family of six. Four teenagers. First cruise. Was worried after reading previous reviews. We all had a great time. Lovely restaurants, bars and public areas. Cabins bigger than expected and well kept by excellent crew. We attended shows, ... Read more
Renato
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
I went with 9 other people for a 50th birthday. There was good food from all the places to eat from, but the Dragon lady restaurant is special , Angelo's was ok and I highly recommend to pay and try the Salt and Grill Restaurant for the ... Read more
DG4
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
In the main dining area, the meals are not a buffet but served by staff behind high glass windows. This means queuing for a bread roll, then another queue for salad, another queue for meat, then battle to find a table to sit with your ... Read more
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Oldtony77
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
32 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We have cruised fairly extensively but we chose this cruise because a family member we wanted to take didn't have a passport and hadn't cruised before. Expectations were not high but we were very impressed by the ships layout, bars, ... Read more
cs89
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
What a fantastic week on the Pacific Dawn cruising to the South Pacific Island Ports of Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila! I had an incredibly fun and relaxing time with my mother and sister and cannot rave highly enough about the ship, crew, ... Read more
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Silis
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise - family of three. Can totally recommend this to everyone. We found arriving to board the most daunting - not having done it before - but there were people everywhere and it seemed a little crazy. But, the ... Read more
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NaomiW56
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We were looking for a short trip to celebrate a milestone birthday where I did not have to do the catering.....booked three cabins (2 x Mini Suites [Level 11] and 1 x quad share on level 10. The mini suites were very noisy as the pool ... Read more
Auckland99
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Landmark birthday for me so my wife and I decided to do a cruise on The Pacific Aria from Brisbane to Noumea, Mare and Port Villa and back to Brisbane. On the second day the captain informed us that one of the generators on the ship was ... Read more
pearlcruiser2
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my second cruise, and both cruises have been on the Pacific Pearl. The entertainment staff and the cabin stewards were excellent, they really go all out to make sure that your cruise is enjoyable. The shows were great, and there ... Read more
steven182b
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
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
C Wil
Member Since 2017
1 review
19 helpful votes
We had a wonderful cruise on board the Pacific Eden. The ship had lots of places to sit and to relax and big windows to watch the world go by. We had lots of things to do on board. The food at the waterfront Restaurant was lovely and had ... Read more
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NettyNort
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Embarkation was great... had a 3 berth inside cabin 10177 beds vibrated the entire cruise so avoid this one if you can also fridge was not working could not get anything cold.. no face washers provided...Ship is dated but is now on the way ... Read more
Next Port Any Port
Member Since 2017
1 review
34 helpful votes
I have seen many negative reviews so what are P&O doing about these? It was a last minute request from my partner to spend time together and since we had a fantastic experience on the Pacific Jewel 3 years ago she suggested that we ... Read more
wagtail_syd
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
109 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We were a family of 5 with kids aged 13, 10 and 6 and did an 8 night cruise to the South Pacific. Overall decor and layout - very good. Loved all the small spaces. In the evening you could walk from one small bar to another and there ... Read more
beverley66
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I booked this cruise for my elderly mum, my sister and her grown up family and myself and my 18 year old daughter. This is my 5th cruise. I was very apprehensive about this cruise ship. I had read some scathing reviews but I was ... Read more
firsttimecruiser2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
As stated, this was our first cruise, so I have nothing by which to make a comparison. I must admit after reading the many reviews the ship has been given, we were a little trepidatious about our booking. We are happy to report that we ... Read more
PeterD8
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Whilst our cruise was enjoyable, there is evidence of cost cutting compared with our previous P&O experience as well as other cruise lines. We were a family of 3 - 2 x Adults and 1 x Child - aged 12 (boy). Our cabin looked a bit ... Read more

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