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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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375 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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Natsys
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
As first time cruisers we were excited yet filled with trepidation - what to take , what to wear, theme nights , how much to allow for spending money. The usual questions that newbies would ask - but the info we got back from people ... Read more
Allawah
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
TheAvenue
Member Since 2013
1 review
We choose the cruise to Papua New Guinea for the itinerary. Five ports of call - two delivered. First port a security issue on land - passengers evacuated back to ship by lunch. Well managed by P & O. Second - after a three and a half ... Read more
annette2james@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was a first cruise for my birthday. My partner who sailed with me had cruised with P&O through Asia six years ago. Our first opinion of the ship was not great. Our toilet brush had not been cleaned from the previous occupants ... Read more
mbear64
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Just recently spent 10 days aboard the Pacific Jewel visiting Noumea, Lifou, Vila, Mystery Island and the Isle of Pines and have to say it was a most enjoyable time. The embarkation process at Sydney went relatively smooth and we into ... Read more

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JeanneY
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
It was a last minute decision so we got a very good price on a mini suite with balcony. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smoothly. Our cabin was lovely with a very comfortable bed. The stewards were great and cabin well ... Read more
Curly Club
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We sailed out of Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu etc. The Pearl is a bit of a tired old girl, due to be retired next year I hear. However the bars and dining areas have been recently updated and are very nice, the rooms are a bit old and ... Read more
midginbil
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
This really is the bottom rung of cruises, for those people who really don't expect too much, can't be bothered dressing to go to dinner, are happy with second rate bistro style food and a small ship with limited facilities. The main ... Read more
sunlover27
Member Since 2010
1 review
22 helpful votes
We have just returned from a fantastic 7 night cruise on Pacific Aria. We were looking for a holiday option for my parents, my sister and I and our husbands and children (aged 6, 8 and 10), so 9 of us in total for a week in the June school ... Read more
susiepeet
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
P&O wouldn't allow me to complete their online survey because I rated them below 5 on a scale of 1-10. P&O could learn from some constructive criticism & will never learn if they do not listen. We were told that this ship ... Read more

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Anne G
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I am really baffled by the negative reviews for Eden. We have just cruised the WA coast from Fremantle to Broome return. Boarding was a breeze. The staff were delightful. Very helpful and happy. Some were a bit slow but as they were in ... Read more
Ross G
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We took our kids and two grand daughters - booked 2 x suites. The rooms were fine, quite large and well looked after by the cabin stewards. Unluckily we left BNE on 4 Jun in that dreadful storm and were soaked to the bone before we ... Read more
2 old ducks
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I went on the Dawn in 2011 to NZ. Although it was a very rough trip there & back, the ship was in better condition than this last trip 2016 ---. Ship now . looks very tired, & the seats in the lounge area are frankly ... Read more
Linda Renton
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
It was our honeymoon, a cruise around the pacific islands. First time on a cruise and we were totally impressed with the service of the crew, the entertainment, the dining options available (we tried them all) and the many amenities ... Read more
rosap
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
First time cruisers and we had read lots of negative reviews beforehand, thankfully we had a great time and would definitely cruise with P&O again, our cabin was clean and serviced twice a day, free dining options were great and we ... Read more
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xwelshnowkiwi
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Had been on Pearl earlier in the year & had such a great time I treated myself to another relaxing 3 days of being fed, watered & entertained . The food was excellent in all venues , the bars offered countless types of beers ... Read more
chapconn@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our first cruise experience chosen as it was advertised as a "Blues" cruise. We attend Blues festivals so we were excited to be going on a cruise with the prospect of listening to some good music. P&O did not ... Read more
mana123
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Having happily cruised before with other cruise companies such as Princess, in good faith (we believed the P&O marketing) we booked a 12 night cruise on the Pacific Eden expecting a refurbished ship with a great programme of ... Read more
kayepember
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
I needed a holiday, and though why not. so travelled with a friend to Bali.......the ship did not call in to Bali......when we went to the Pantry. asking for fish and chips. we were given fish and told the chips are for the children.... ... Read more
BW5641
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We booked a cheap last minute deal and although we got what we paid for I have two main complaints. The horrendous smell at The Pantry and the "Internet". The Pantry wasn't a bad space but the smell wafting around on that ... Read more

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Jano T
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This would have to be the worst cruise we have been on the food was terrible the ship smelled awful on the starboard side in the pantry. The staff could not be bothered serving you just turned their back on you as if you weren't there. The ... Read more
Ozzy777
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Teh destinations looked good and the price reasonable. What I didnt expect was such an old ship- painted over rust, damaged UV film on very dirty windows, varnish worn off furniture. The main dining room food was bad boarding house ... Read more
teandmlkennedy
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise but first with P&O had read alot of reviews and had a few concerns as we had always had a balcony but this time just booked a window cabin. Cabin was great very clean, good size better shower than in other ... Read more
survey54
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
10 helpful votes
‘Pacific Jewel” is purposefully a “no frills” cruiseship to keep the prices low - if you want the extras you have to pay for them. However our 14 night cruise was totally enjoyable: the ship is clean and well ... Read more
Allan Collins
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
After reading some terrible reviews we still went ahead with this cruise and were very, very happy we did. The ship was clean and tidy at all times as was the cabin. The cabin staff were great and the captain kept all passengers ... Read more

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