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  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
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436 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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kidswood
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We choose this cruise as it was not your average destination & we wanted to experience a different culture & people. The ship sailed from Cairns Aust. We live in Central Victoria. So right from the get go we were up for extra ... Read more
rayboy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Reasonable cruise ,great stateroom good cabin staff. The new look pantry wasnt all it was cracked up to be it did the job . No food available after 9 at night ,So if you fancy a cheese and crackers later at night you better grab what ... Read more
wendy_woo
Member Since 2011
1 review
86 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This cruise was marketed to us at a show last year as being a 'new' ship sailing to exotic locations, whilst the public areas were beautifully refurbished, the ship was old, we paid extra for a balcony but the furniture outside was one ... Read more
teraji
Member Since 2009
11 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
My review will be judging this cruise compared to the 20+ other cruises I’ve taken on nearly every other cruise line around the World. The cruise itinerary took us to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. I found it difficult ... Read more
newfarmers
Member Since 2007
7 reviews
1,175 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Papua New Guinea Island Encounter We'd taken a cruise on Aria earlier in the year and due to poor cabin selection had a horrible time. As a result of the complaint we made we were offered, and took, $1200 credit with P&O as ... Read more
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kennev
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
187 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
booked this cruise from our home port of Cairns with a drinks package at a good price. We were concerned by the reviews and we had also just finished a cruise from Hawaii to Sydney on Celebrity Solstice. So we went with our eyes wide open. ... Read more
Sandune3
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
this was the longest cruise we seniors have ventured on and the main reason for going was to visit Norfolk Island. The big disappointment was not getting onto Norfolk Island and later found out that 1/10 attempts get there.!Embarkation and ... Read more
Fluffy Duck
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We were travelling with 2 others and chose this cruise as it went to Norfolk Island and Tonga. Unfortunately we did not get to Norfolk Island due to large swells at the landing point. I am not sure why they continue to advertise Norfolk ... Read more
Ian V
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Our 5th Cruise with P&O and our second on the Pearl, will unfortunately will be our last with P&O. The condition of the ship (poor maintenance) and the food selections had deteriorated considerably since our last cruise on her ... Read more
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iandr
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
10 NIGHT CRUISE ON ‘PACIFIC DAWN’ OCTOBER 2016 Recently retired, I decided to reward myself with a last minute booking on Pacific Dawn, departing Brisbane 12th October 2016. Ports of call were Santo (Luganville), Port ... Read more
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MartinHin
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I am an ex customer service manager and you have to get things 100% right to get 10. You got things 60% so you get 6. Main problems were : cockroaches in the shower ( -4), staff English problems (-1), missing Lifou stop with no ... Read more
Retro18
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Cruise was part of a package deal ,flying from Melbourne to Cairns.Pacific Eden is an easy ship to find your way around,the new facilities from bars,restaurants to entertainment areas are really tastefully done. Other parts of the ship ... Read more
jdpaz
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We have just returned recently from a 10-night cruise to PNG (5 Ports) We thought it was a fantastic, family holiday. My husband and two boys aged 7 and 9. The decor on the Ship is really lovely and modern. The pool area on Lido deck ... Read more
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reviewer1680
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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
8 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
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anne@truffles
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose to do a cruise because it offered activities for all the different age groups in our family. There were times that you could do things together and times that you could do things on your own. If someone got tired in the middle of ... Read more
davestrade
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
Cairoluxor
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Just returned from 7 day pacific island cruise. We were a couple in our 50's. We had a great peaceful week that we were looking for. Yes the ship is dated but this will be rectified during the up coming refit we intend to return once this ... Read more
Sallypace_007
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 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
taleahcarson
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
I have never gone on a cruise, but I honestly would give the aria a 1 star. Firstly, we had a safety session as soon as we got on the boat, we were standing and it was crowded, also witnessed a staff member yelling at another staff member. ... Read more
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Luv 2 Cruise 15
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 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
raykool
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
My wife and I are early 50;s and I might say we have travelled quite extensively, always by air. We have always laughed at Cruises, believing them to be for old and frail, the unadventurous. Were we ever wrong, yes, we stopped at routine ... Read more
aimec72@tpg.com.au
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 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
Gordon Love
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Well as all my previous reviews I try to keep things real giving my honest opinion of good and bad, the good news is there is not much bad to report here! a real pleasant surprise. First we have never considered a P&O cruise before, ... Read more
Lynleyt
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
9 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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