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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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163 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews

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shiffa
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
We had the most amazing time. After reading the reviews in trip advisor we did not know what to expect. The whole trip, food the room everything was fabulous. Our main thanks to the staff especially jun jun, Donna, john, rauul and ... Read more
Pacman cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Just returned and happy and relieved to report was fantastic. As new to cruising I left Freo Port with some trepidation given the terrible reviews the pacific eden has been getting. All I can say is the teething problems previously ... Read more
bpurton74
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We were loyal P&O cruisers until we decided to try the others in the market, being disappointed with the other lines we tried and their large ships with all the features, we were apprehensive to return to the line that introduced us to ... Read more
be gone awhile
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Overall we enjoyed our experience on The Pacific Pearl. The dining was OK (especially the Waterfront restaurant), but, found the Plantation restaurant convenient altough a bit of a "bun fight".... causes mainly by certain ... Read more
Amykathryn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
So my partner and I went on a 7 night cruise to Hamilton Island and Cairns. I really want to start off by saying if you're going on the Aria have an open mind! Before we left I read all of the reviews and obviously some of them are awful! ... Read more

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wildlifewarrier
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Took an overseas guest on this four day cruise to Moreton Island Qld. She was apprehensive after a bad experience with a Regal cruise to Caribbean, so hoped it would be enjoyable and certainly was. So much entertainment, the crew worked ... Read more
11mike
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My wife and me (late 40's early 50's) just returned from our first cruise just a 4 night cruise from Sydney to Tangalooma island and return,we had our 2 adult children and their partner's for a total of 6 of us in 3 sea view rooms on P and ... Read more
releashan
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have just returned from our sixth cruise. First time on Pacific Aria. Last time on Pacific Aria. What a boring ship this is. The food is well below par in any of the restaurants. The main restaurant on deck 7 is hard to get to. Once ... Read more
pkwessel
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
87 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We are a family of 5 living in Adelaide, married coupe with 3 children 15, 13 and 4.5. Not the cruise we wanted but being self employed the dates worked so off we went. We are regular cruisers with 10 plus cruisers over a 15 year time ... Read more
Kathaleen
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The aria had some very nice sitting areas and entertainment areas. The entertainment was good. The lifts had no rail and not good in rought seas. There were four lifts at each end of ship of which only had two operating at all times, ... Read more

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steve999
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Firstly, I cannot believe the amount of whingers on here, this is a symptom of the silent happy majority not feeling the need to review. Normally I wouldn't except I nearly cancelled in January from the feedback on here so balance needs to ... Read more
valbletch
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Just a short cruise for 7 friends to celebrate a 70th birthday. The ship was lovely, decor great but the dining.....very 2nd rate. Have been 7 cruises before and all had white table silver service in dining rooms but Pacific Eden is very ... Read more
AusQLD
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
23 helpful votes
I have to start with this: 10/10 cruise Embarkations: Paid parking with bus shuttle 2 minutes away, pretty easy. Got on the ship at 11:30am, checked the room, had time to look around, booked the free Dragon Lady and Angelos ... Read more
deanna1963
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We went on the pacific eden to kangaroo island this year. Embarking in Melbourne was fantastic. The ships crew were absolutely wonderful. My son is 12, he said kids club was absolutley fantastic We had a great time. The food was ... Read more
kaljoy
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My first cruise was with my adult son and two girls aged 10 and 13. We went on "Radiance of the Seas", Royal Caribbean. This cruise was with a friend and his 4 children aged 6, 9, 11, and 12. I was looking forward to food ... Read more

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markandallan
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
77 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We have just got back from a three night comedy cruise and had a fantastic time on the Pacific Eden with our 6 year old daughter. We can't work out what the negative reviews have been about. Yes it's an older ship but the main areas ... Read more
fatty101
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
16 helpful votes
I think we had such a good experience because our expectations were so low due to the reviews we read before going. Embarkations was easy, no issues although our bag arrived at our room damaged which I believe was mostly handled by ... Read more
Blkmkt
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Just back from a 4 night cruise on the Pacific Aria - we specifically chose a 4 night due to the negative reviews here and we didn't want to be stuck on a boat we hated for a long time. First up - Aria is a beautiful ship, the makeover ... Read more
richard Barnes
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
So from the start I should point out this was my first and only cruise. So you are seeming this from the point of view of what I expected to see on a cruise. My wife and I are both still working and around 60. Took the cruise to see if we ... Read more
karine27
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
This is not a cruise, we went in 36 cruises with Royal Caribbean , Costa , and other American companies in Mediterranean and North and South America, Caribbean etc ...At same price, even cheaper ( many free restaurants and 24 hours good ... Read more

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Cruisin with the fam
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
So, leading up to our cruise on Eden, I read the negative reviews and thought maybe people were just expecting too much... We are a family of 4, incl. 2 kids, 14 & 10. We are pretty easy to please and not super fussy so the fact ... Read more
Benjaminxavier
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Let's start with the positives - Although disappointed that we were unable to go to Noumea (due to be our first port of call), we are grateful to the Captain and his Officers for keeping us safe, in what was the tail end of cyclone ... Read more
Lazy_Whovian
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We enjoyed most aspects of this cruise. Embarkation was easy and for those Aussies who're wondering about the cruises that don't dock anywhere - no, you don't need to bring the kid's passports, your medicare card will do as ID for ... Read more
Sekay1994
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
I have just returned after 13 nights on the pacific Aria traveling to PNG. Had an excellent time! From reading previous reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but as a first time cruiser my expectations were met. Don't let all the elderly ... Read more
DarylD
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Let me start by saying we had a great time, visited some amazing places, meet some great people and had plenty of time to relax as well but standards have certainly slipped since the last time I cruised with P&O. From the ... Read more

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