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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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168 P&O Australia Family Cruise Reviews

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Benjaminxavier
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
16 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
22 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
epping1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
A total cost of $412 for 3 adults and unlimited food in Pantry and Waterfront for a 2-night cruise Sdy-Mel in a inside cabin. It is definitely value for money. We did not spend any other money during the cruise. We came back Mel-Syd via ... Read more

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random_australian
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
The main dining room had very good food. But the buffet had food that wasn't particularly good, the fish was particularly tasteless and sometimes there was hardly anything I would want to eat. All places that serve free food closed at 9PM. ... Read more
wavesahoy
Member Since 2013
1 review
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Ok so the reviews have you worried....don't be but just have an opened mind and I would suggest only booking a short cruise on Aria - anything longer than 4 to 5 nights would be too long! Worst things - can't flush toilet paper - they ... Read more
Crystal123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
On Friday 12th February 2016 my Husband our 2 children (aged 4 ½ & 7) and my parents started our 4 night cruise from Brisbane to Hamilton island on the ‘new’ P&O Aria and back again. We were first time cruisers, ... Read more
Kazz77
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
I did all the reading up on the pacific aria before I went on my cruise, soooo many negative reviews, but it didn't interfere with my excitement as I'm a 38 year old who can make up my own mind. I had such a wonderful time with my ... Read more
wimwam
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise it was perfect for our family or two older and two younger kids, there was something for everyone. The people is what made the cruise, the staff were amazing, our room steward marvin was so awesome, we ... Read more

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Jessiekouli1
Member Since 2010
12 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Our family of four recently attended a three night Comedy Cruise with the Pacific Eden in February 2017. My father’s birthday was the main reason we booked this trip on this ship. It was our 3rd PnO Cruise but our 17th overall ... Read more
jmax123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Like others, read a lot of reviews of the Aria after booking and surprised at all the negative stuff. Well, you can ignore all of the whiners, the Aria is a fine ship. Boarding in Brisbane for an 11 day trip to the Islands was a breeze, ... Read more
Chexie
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
After reading so many scathing reviews of the Pacific Aria I had called P&O to see if I could change our booking to another ship a couple of months ago as I was extremely concerned that my 80 year old mother would have a terrible time ... Read more
Shipshape mama
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Never having been on a cruise before, I came across this website and thought it would be a good way to get some insight. I read about 30 reviews from guests aboard Pacific Aria since 2015. The large majority were so negative I became ... Read more
newfarmers
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
1,164 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
We, a group of 10, booked five balcony cabins on the yet undelivered Pacific Aria nearly a year ago. The cruise was a P&O 'Main Event' cruise - Australia Day on Sydney Harbour. Six days out from departure we found out that we weren't ... Read more

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AU76
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was an Australia Day cruise. I booked it six weeks prior to departure as it was a great special. We booked two outside cabins one for my wife and her three friends and the other for myself and our three young children aged 10, 8 and ... Read more
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Kimage68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We just got back from this cruise (our first experience with crusing and I'm hooked). We were quite worried given the negative reviews, however, it was a fantastic experience. Embarking was quick and easy, our cabin was perfect, ... Read more
tamarind96
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After experiencing 9 previous cruises with different cruise lines/ships including other P&O Aust. ships this aussie coastal cruise was not great mainly due to the ship, Pacific Eden. Previous P&O ships were far better both in ... Read more
Holiday haven
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed from Sydney to Kangaroo Island on Jan 9, 2016 for 8 nights. This was our 4th cruise (also been on Princess and Royal Caribbean). Cost about $25 from our hotel near Chinatown in the CBD to get to the terminal (no public ... Read more
mezza
Member Since 2007
16 reviews
780 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Given the excitement that the two newer ships that P & O bought were ex HAL, we decided to take a short trip to Kangaroo Island, to try it out for future reference. What a mistake! I had forgotten that P & O is budget cruising! ... Read more
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tsutt35
Member Since 2015
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Firstly, I would only give a 2.5 if possible. As I relax in the shade of the promenade deck (as it turns out the newest looking and best maintained area) I thought I'd reflect and share the differences between Pacific Dawn and our ... Read more
pkwessel
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
87 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
As a seasoned cruiser, being on no fewer than 9 cruises over 15 years, on all different lines, I decided to write this review. These are my thoughts and what I feel is a balanced review. I was a bit apprehensive to go, as P&O I do ... Read more
Wizard05
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Now as AverageJo said.... Let's clear things up! We read so many negative comments on here, we were about to cancel the trip and lose our money, thinking the lost money would still have been a better outcome. Well thank goodness we gave ... Read more
Your Average Guy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Headed to Brisbane with great excitement. This disappeared once on board. If you put a 18 year old dress on a 90 year old woman, from a distance (and on the net) it looks fantastic. When you get up close and personal (board the ship) it ... Read more
ashbobash
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I just got back from an 11 night cruise on the Pacific Aria. Embarkation was smooth and easy. Hopping on the ship I noticed it had been done up very nicely. The staff were 95% friendly. One or two sour faces, but that's life. ... Read more

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