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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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268 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews
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steven182b
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
3 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
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
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
13 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
94 forum posts
2 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
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beverley66
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 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
3 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
6 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
Pacific Pearl for the win
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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
JessLynne
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Went on this cruise with my family, to Airlie Beach and Surrounds, the destinations were beautiful, and the staff onboard were incredible kind and patient. Being my first cruise, honest to say it was relaxing and the seas were calm, ... Read more
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Sanderss
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 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
omadeb
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Our experience on the Pacific Eden was very average. The cabin beds were uncomfortable, and very hard.The top bunk wasn't even fit for a child to sleep in, the mattress was hard and very thin. The Dining had no variety same food every ... Read more
Briza
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
3 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes
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
5 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
1 helpful vote
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
151 forum posts
9 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes
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
7 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
13 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
8 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
7 helpful votes
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
7 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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