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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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118 P&O Australia First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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aoharris64
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My wife wanted to take me on this short cruise to see how I would cope on a longer cruise in the future and to determine what my expectations were. We were able to get a good deal on the suite (10030) as it was expected to gave us a few ... Read more
flyin_kiwi
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My partner and I booked this cruise in New Zealand to travel ex Aus to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. 1st issue was we were sent updated boarding times. We then arrive to find out we are last there and almost missed embarkation. Fine, ... Read more
Kimage68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
Legend58
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We departed on the 11th of January 2016 for a relaxing cruise. The first thing we noticed was the ease of getting on the boat, unlike an airport there was staff everywhere to help with luggage, fill out forms and give you advice. A great ... Read more
Nomienut
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My Husband & I were excited but a little anxious about heading on a planned P&O trip due to the regular negative feedback people had left on P&O Facebook page! We decided it will be what we make of it! Sorry about the essay ... Read more

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heubusch
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
P&O advertised ship as new ship, it wasn't. It was a new ship to their fleet but built in the 1990's. The cruise was so boring with very little for passengers to do. The entertainment director should be ashamed. The evening shows were ... Read more
shelllby_cobra
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I do not appreciate being the test dummy for an international cruising company to help them sort out their inadequacies and failings as a service provider. We changed rooms 5 times in 7 days as they could not get the toilets working. The ... 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
AverageJo
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Like other cruise critic folk I read many reviews prior to my cruise. 95% were negative, thus I had reservations going in.... First thing I'll say to all those 'haters' is you get what you pay for! Don't expect to pay a total of around ... Read more
KJ3429
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ok where do I start? This was the worst and most boring holiday of our lives. If you hate someone recommend the P&O Aria. Nothing to do but eat, drink and listen to lame lifeless entertainers. Cabins looked nice we had a balcony, ... Read more

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RaoulDuke66
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
Top 10 issues with the Pacific Aria: 1. The cabins flood. All types of cabin, on multiple levels, including suites and especially the penthouse. This is because the external drainage system doesn’t work and the seals around the ... Read more
unhappy cruisers
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The whole 10 days we were served the worst food we have ever eaten. There was a couple of meals that were nice (not outstanding) and the rest were disgusting. Food was very bland, luke warm and badly cooked and the same offerings day after ... Read more
FionaMcD
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Overall we very much enjoyed out trip. Have not done much previous cruising so not comparing, as many others seem to be doing. We were very well looked after with embarkation/disembarkation with wheelchair assistance. Cabin was very neat ... Read more
Josie B
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Where to start? First time on a cruise and so bitterly disappointed. Following a three hour embarkation delay to disinfect the ship, my husband and I walked up the gangplank into utter chaos;. No one to greet or welcome you, harried staff ... Read more
TheBuccaneer
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our first cruise and we couldn't have been happier. The ship did show age in some areas, but this didn't mean our experience was affected. The Pantry offered food of club food standard which was fine when chasing a quick ... Read more

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The Tall Guy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was my first cruise so I dont really have a benchmark. However, I set out not expecting much as I was told that P&O is at the lower end of cruise lines. We totally enjoyed our cruise and the faults I will mention were really quite ... Read more
DFP
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked a 4 berth cabin all paying the special price of $355 each, friends a couple of weeks before the cruise got a twin share for $190 each with an added a $25 upgrade to a room with a balcony. One member of our group injured ... Read more
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Sydneycruiser13
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My family and i sailed on the second cruise for the Eden, and i was pretty worried after reading very negative reviews from the previous cruisers. I don't know what ship they were on because I was pleasantly surprised and the ship was ... Read more
honeymooners12/15
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
terrible honeymoon experience with a shocking ending it is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience where you should be treated special and i thought a cruise ship would be the perfect way to start our new life as husband and wife ... Read more
MattSnowLover
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first cruise and we had a great time, but more due to our attitude and ability to turn an ok time into a good one.. The good... Bed is large and very comfy, room is clean and tidy and room staff do ana amzing job.. The food in ... Read more

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Ryan and Stacey
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary on this ship. And I couldn't have asked for a better mini break. We had a ball, and can't wait to get on another cruise. We were lucky enough to meet and have luke Mangan cook for us. ... Read more
Steve351
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We found that it was relaxing. The food in the Pantry, as others have said, lacked variety. What was there was good, but needs to be changed. There also should be some simple food for lunch (proper sandwiches, made to order). Cabin ... Read more
MICKY_
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
29 helpful votes
Here’s my experience! :) I’m 24 and this was my first cruise and my first time going out of Australia. I went with my two best friends, one whom had already been on the same cruise, and the other had already been to Vanuatu. ... Read more
MICKY_
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Here’s my experience! :) I’m 24 and this was my first cruise and my first time going out of Australia. I went with my two best friends, one whom had already been on the same cruise, and the other had already been to Vanuatu. ... Read more
Navara@optusnet.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was my 1st ever cruise I have been on. I chose this short cruise to take my mum in law on for a special time to not have to cook as we are the cooks in out households. We were very disappointed in the food, the pantry food was ... Read more

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