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399 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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Cns123
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We just got back from the PNG cruise out of Cairns. The only downside really was the lack of information given before the cruise which continued on through each day on board. As soon as you got on board there was a bombardment of ... Read more
andyablett
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
First time cruiser, left from Cairns, Booked a suite which I was really impressed with, especially after reading all the negative reviews. We had plenty of hot water, toilet never blocked once, aircon worked well, cabin very clean and ... Read more
Starbase28a
Member Since 2016
1 review
First cruise but not the last with P & O. Overall, it was a great experience and we can't wait to do it again. This is a 3.5 star cruise ship, so our expectations were based on this and we weren't disappointed. Getting on ... Read more
dnreemey
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose the cruise as we have not seen PNG islands previously and there is only so many times you can visit Port Vila or Noumea. This was out 4th cruise with previous being on Pacific Sun and Dawn. Overall the ship was old but very ... Read more
randel
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I was a bit pessimistic about this cruise as my wife and I are Platium Princess members and going to an older local ship was a bit off putting . Apart from the customs computers being down for a time though everything worked really well . ... Read more

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questar
Member Since 2010
1 review
152 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We have cruised many cruise lines but this was our first P&O cruise. We have always steered away from P&O because of negative reviews, particularly of Pacific Eden. However we chose the cruise because of the ports. Komodo Island ... Read more
blueybastos
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Just returned from a 11 night cruise to PNG onboard the Pacific Jewel in cabin 10247. We have been on quite a few different ships from various cruise lines and I must say that we do not nitpick about very minor problems but take notice of ... Read more
lagoon380
Member Since 2013
1 review
149 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose a cruise on the Pacific Jewel due to it going to the Conflict Islands. Having been on 4 Carnival cruises, 2 on the Spirit and 2 on the Legend, we decided to give P & O a try despite reading many bad reviews. The ... Read more
vova-tourist
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We are a couple in our very late 30s and have never cruised before, so had no to low expectations. Our cruise stopped at Santo Esperitu, Champaign beach, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines. Here are some tips: - We did not book ... Read more
2YTs
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Agree with many recent reviews. P&O have cut costs but we enjoyed this cruise along with the next, making it 21days. Portion sizes in the resturants were very small but we ordered 3 entrees &3 mains to share between us & with ... Read more
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wazzawoodcruiser
Member Since 2013
1 review
8 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because the itinerary was great and the price was too good to give up. We have travelled with P&O before and although a budget cruise line the service has always been good. This ship was fine. Old but ... Read more
rgascoigne2
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Nothing that was pre-arranged thru P&O was honoured except for the fridge for my medications, Many hidden costs that were not mentioned prior to me paying for the cruise approx 16 months before, including the $290 because I was lucky ... Read more
sootybird
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We liked cruising from Brisbane & the ports of call. Aria is a small older ship & as we had a swell outside the Brisbane river I lost my dinner! We agree with the other reviews as we have been spoiled by Princess. Liked our inside ... Read more
Brett Taylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose Pacific Aria because we sailed on the Pacific Jewel 3 years ago and had a wonderful time. We were extremely disappointed with the experience and condition of the Aria. Firstly, being smokers we were appalled at the lack of ... Read more
Annabella64
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Perhaps if you have never cruised before and had nothing to compare with, you may have given the Pacific Aria 2 stars. I wish I could load the pictures. It started out bad with the safety session. Usually you are sitting comfortable in the ... Read more

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Just fran
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We picked this cruise because of its destination -Samoa and Tonga. We have cruised many times but never on a ship as small as the Aria. The cabins were a good size with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space but the shower was over the bath ... Read more
Leonard1000
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
It seemed like a good idea to try the Pacific Aria as the ports of call were to be different to previous cruises and the new eating arrangements seemed attractive. However, the crew seemed to be novices and most (not all) appeared to be ... Read more
Bugis
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
46 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose the cruise for the ports of call and also it allowed us to add a stay in Singapore which we enjoy. Boarding was reasonable after filling out a heap of forms and then waiting in a holding area but overall about an hour to get on ... Read more
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Natsys
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
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
17 helpful votes
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

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southsider20
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I chose this cruise as my partner didn't have a passport but we wanted some sun, this was my third cruise one previously on Pacific Dawn and the other on Dawn Princess. In comparison I was not impressed, the Jewel was a smaller ship to the ... Read more
chrispereira
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Old ship with excellent new decor. 2nd time on Eden this year. 21st overall cruise. Problems this cruise started with noisy AC in the cabin. Told reception that us and next door had same issue.They moved them and didn't get back to us. The ... Read more
TheAvenue
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes
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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