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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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259 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews
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reviewer1680
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 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
davestrade
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Our family of seven have just been on the "Island Hopper" Cruise from Brisbane to the Pacific Islands for seven days on the Pacific Dawn. There was my wife and I, 2 adult children, one son in law and two teenage children. It ... Read more
the boat cover bloke
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My wife and 12 year old daughter enjoyed our family cruise . This being my first and my wife had been on two others . Overall the cruise , staff and experience was an enjoyable time .I was a bit surprised to find that the extra things fo ... Read more
Sallypace_007
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
The terminal in Cairns did a great job on embarkation and disembarkation the staff were professional and friendly. The gang plank was quite steep and difficult for some older passengers. On this cruise we visited Papua New Guinea and ... Read more
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TanjaHide
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Pacific Dawn first time cruisers x 6 of us for my 50th birthday celebration. 5 x adults 1 x 14 year old. What a great time we all had. Easy no stress embarkation, got the idea of how things worked on the ship easily. Wonderful staff on the ... Read more
Luv 2 Cruise 15
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose the cruise as we were travelling with friends who had a child and they could only travel during the school holidays. Noisy Cabin However, as we are 65 & 59 yo and my hushand not too well, we also wanted a quiet and ... Read more
seniorcruiser22
Member Since 2016
1 review
Having cruised on 5 lines but never before on P&O, my wife and I did a Noumea cruise to get away from winter and later a Melbourne Cup cruise. We chose them because of timing and price. We had seen the wide variety of opinions about ... Read more
aimec72@tpg.com.au
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
My wife booked this cruise for us and our two children from Sydney to the South Pacific islands during September. We had been on a cruise to New Zealand the year before on another shipping line and it was worthwhile seeing the differences ... Read more
Lynleyt
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We have just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Pacific Dawn and had a fabulous time with our 3 teenage children. Noumea abit disappointing, Lifou absolutely beautiful (book the snorkelling trip on board , $20 each limited numbers (might ... Read more
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conexor
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
I went because a group of family and friends were going. Before traveling I was 'ho hum' about the whole thing. I did not expect it to be bad as such. Just ordinary. I had spoken to various people and those who had gone on a cruise at ... Read more
Bannerlynn
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We were very pleasantly surprised with Pacific Eden After reading a lot of poor reviews, we did not have high expectations for the cruise. The staff were by welcoming, our cabin was clean and we'll set out. We had more cupboard space ... Read more
Andrew1962
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I had read so many divergent reviews for Pacific Aria, I wasn't sure what to expect. I can see how it gets both rave and scathing reviews. it depends on your expectations. Dining Much better than I expected. The pantry does seem a ... Read more
Starbase28a
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
First cruise but not the last with P & O. Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to do it again. This is a 3.5 star cruise ship, so our expectations were based on this and we weren't disappointed. Getting on ... Read more
hollylodge
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
having taken 71 previous cruises some (not many) with P&O I can honestly say I was disgusted with the whole cruise.there were only two good things one was the comfortable beds and the other was Mathew on the cruise staff who will go ... Read more
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Pavan
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Rooms are dated. A few touch ups such as furniture and paint touch ups would go a long way in maintaining the condition of the room. Cleanliness level was ok. Every once in a while it would be a good idea to move the bedside drawers out ... Read more
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Jenny66
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
We did the Thailand unleashed cruise from Singapore. We chose this cruise for the price and reading reviews on here from other people I was a bit hesitant to take this cruise. We thought it was a fantastic cruise, Well you get what you ... Read more
rgascoigne2
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Nothing that was pre-arranged thru P&O was honoured except for the fridge for my medications, Many hidden costs that were not mentioned prior to me paying for the cruise approx 16 months before, including the $290 because I was lucky ... Read more
Brett Taylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
We chose Pacific Aria because we sailed on the Pacific Jewel 3 years ago and had a wonderful time. We were extremely disappointed with the experience and condition of the Aria. Firstly, being smokers we were appalled at the lack of ... Read more
Annabella64
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Perhaps if you have never cruised before and had nothing to compare with, you may have given the Pacific Aria 2 stars. I wish I could load the pictures. It started out bad with the safety session. Usually you are sitting comfortable in the ... Read more
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gailtow
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Cruise was within Australia and advertised to cater for adults and children. It was a shame it did not fulfil the advertising hype. The food at the Plantation bistro consisted of Pork cooked in a variety of ways, great if you can handle ... Read more
JB0
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
The ship was refurbished less than a year ago but requires a really good clean. Pantry food well below average, seats were very stained & are in need of a good clean. If you just want a snack, you will have great difficulty as I ... Read more
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Allawah
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
26 helpful votes
We have travelled with P&O a few times and always still have a good time. Below is a list of things good and not so good. Good: a) "Salt" by Luke Managan. This is a great speciality restaurant and worth the high cover ... Read more
Letitia1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Well I thought I would also wright a positive review about the Pacific Eden especially after reading so many bad reviews . I have to say I was quite concerned before we set sail. I am very pleased to say we had a great time . Myself and ... Read more
wests
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Our first impression of the Eden was how good the refurbishment looked. the ship looked amazing. Our room was also a pleasant surprise it was very large and had a bath which made my wife very happy.We had an ocean view room on deck 5 and ... Read more
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