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  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
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123 P&O Australia First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Tess68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First time cruisers. Had a fantastic time, totally waited on hand and foot. A real holiday! I would recommend everyone do at least one cruise in their life. its worth every penny. I am addicted and ready to book another. Being our ... Read more
ceruising
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Because we wished to see the West coast of Australia, I must say all about the ship was very good, I think those that complain must be a little hard to please. I found the food in the Pantry to be most adequate and suitable for what ... Read more
Richrob33
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2016
I am writing to advise other potential future customers for a P&O Cruise and the treatment they can expect. This is a account of many issues that occurred on our cruise that completed on the 27th May. Cruise J624 on the Pacific ... Read more
HJHKK
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Fantastic fun filled girls weekend away..... Thank you Pacific Eden you put on a great Adelaide comedy 3 night cruise. Gosh, where to start, embarking couldn't of been any easier our luggage was taken before we boarded the ship then ... Read more
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11mike
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 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

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mason87
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
32 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First time cruisers, mid twenties. Slightly apprehensive after reading the reviews but we thought - we will make our own fun if all else fails. Essentially we wanted some drinks and sun - all in all we weren't disappointed. After seeing ... Read more
AusQLD
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
26 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
Firstie Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
56 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
As first time cruisers and after reading mountains of negative Pearl Cruise Review's I was most reluctant to go and nervous as heck! My goodness all hesitations, expectations and nerves went right out the window. For first time cruisers ... Read more
jaymarc24
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Deck 11 On arrival we opened the draws next to bed to unpack our clothes when I noticed dirt & hair in the draws as well as the table tops, I wiped these out with my own sterile wipes which I bought on board in which I then called the ... Read more
fatty101
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
18 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

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richard Barnes
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 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
jolo888
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
We had a fabulous time on the Pacific Eden. Honestly, it was our best holiday ever. We loved our balcony cabin, lots of room, fridge, lounge area, plenty of storage. The stewards, waiters and entertainment crew were always friendly, ... Read more
sipswith
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Having just returned from an 11 night cruise on the Pacific Eden we are happy now to be home . The cruise started out well with priority embarkation witch was great . As the queue to board the ship was quit long . But we were put ... Read more
Megz19
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My mum has been cruising with P&O for several years and she has always had nothing but great things to say, she would rave about how the service is always top notch and their is always a great variety of food. My mum took me with her ... Read more
Sekay1994
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 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

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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
jbtas
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Just back from our first cruise with my wife. I have a cafe, 28 staff and have high standards so I understand hospitality. Good service we very much enjoyed the short trip from Melbourne to Sydney and had a ball. I can not understand ... Read more
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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
thegaz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Nervous first-time cruisers, especially after I was told about this site and read the negative reviews from November, December. But hey it was far better than our best expectations. Embarkation was made so easy, booked for a 12 pm ... Read more
slobadob
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Just like a few others here, I was a bit concerned about the negative reviews concerning Pacific Aria. If there really were problems earlier on, then I guess I do feel sorry for anyone who had a poor experience but whatever teething ... Read more

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emma_siobhan
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I think the reason for the negative reviews on this ship is that people have champagne tastes on a beer budget. I went on a 3 night Food & Wine cruise and really enjoyed it. This was my first cruise, and given the negative press, I ... Read more
DogBrain
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our family recently experienced what a horrible cruise is all about. The first moment we embarked on board we were greeted by phantom service - there was no smiles, or hello welcome aboard, nothing. Quite different to what you see on TV. ... Read more
shaolin
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our first cruise and to be honest I feel as if I will not feel safe to try another. The emabarkation was well organised and the staff very engaging. Cabin was adequate and comfortable. We did not find our luggage for sometime even ... 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
global 1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Seriously it was not that bad. It is a small ship like a boutique hotel only this hotel floats. The staff from the Stewards to the waiters and entertainers were so friendly and very accommodating. We had a few minor issues which were ... Read more

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