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  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
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328 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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Benjaminxavier
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Let's start with the positives - Although disappointed that we were unable to go to Noumea (due to be our first port of call), we are grateful to the Captain and his Officers for keeping us safe, in what was the tail end of cyclone ... Read more
Graybeard586
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Not the first time, on P&O, but it will be the last! Ship tired, and old( in maritime years- past its use by date). The pantry a good idea, rather than self service smorgasbord (keeps grubs away from contaminating food). ... Read more
sipswith
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 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
MaJoeJoe
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
63 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers, this was our 14th cruise holiday. Having sailed on HAL twice previously we embarked on this beautiful ship, Pacific Aria, with so much hope and the ship itself did not disappoint. Lovely cabins, wonderful beds ... Read more
LindaBruce
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my 12th cruise, mostly from Australia on P&O, and I was horrified to read the reviews about Pacific Aria before leaving! Hopefully this review will put people's mind at ease a bit. We had an ocean view cabin on deck 5. We ... Read more

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Sekay1994
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 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
KruisingKing
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This is my third visit via P & O to the South Pacific and the destinations were the calling card along with a great price. Talked into it by my travel agent at the last minute, hence the price, but the South Pacific is a wonderful ... Read more
DarylD
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Let me start by saying we had a great time, visited some amazing places, meet some great people and had plenty of time to relax as well but standards have certainly slipped since the last time I cruised with P&O. From the ... 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
Beth.S.87
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Just arrived home after our 3 day Cruise and I was very relieved and happy with our experience. Room was nice and comfortable Experienced great service from staff - our favourite room to enjoy a coffee & cocktail was the Blue ... Read more

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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
JimmyCoillet
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Comedy cruise with 5 mates , share accommodation, cheap price! Idea was good.. I have been cruising with other companies for last 12 years and took my mates on the NEWLY refurbished Pacific Eden on a three day comedy cruise. The 5 ... Read more
mab582014
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This is my second Cruise and the other one was on the Sea Princess. I thought I would compare both Cruise Lines in this review. Last week I went on the 7 day Island Hop with P&O and last year I did 14 nights around NZ on the Sea ... Read more
royeel81
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We boarded the Aria in Brisbane with mixed expectations after reading various reviews. This was to be our 6th cruise having sailed with Holland America, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and the Dawn previously. You could say we took this cruise ... Read more
GGAdelaide
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Have recently returned from 12 day cruise aboard Pacific Aria. We have no complaints at all. The changes made to the buffet area, now The Pantry, have improved the service greatly. No longer having to queue for food, you can choose from ... Read more

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Guy R
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Disappointed that The Pantry advertising did not - in any way - live up to expectations. Fourth time cruise for me [3 x P&O, 1 x Princess] and having booked the Pacific Aria expressly due the extensive and detailed advertising about ... Read more
Helpful? Thank Guy R
jmax123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Like others, read a lot of reviews of the Aria after booking and surprised at all the negative stuff. Well, you can ignore all of the whiners, the Aria is a fine ship. Boarding in Brisbane for an 11 day trip to the Islands was a breeze, ... Read more
Chexie
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
After reading so many scathing reviews of the Pacific Aria I had called P&O to see if I could change our booking to another ship a couple of months ago as I was extremely concerned that my 80 year old mother would have a terrible time ... Read more
Heatherw1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I had read the reviews on this ship prior to departure and was extremely concerned by the bad reports. I contacted P & O to express these concerns and was assured that the ship was sea worthy and that we would have a wonderful time. ... Read more
flyin_kiwi
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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

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Kimage68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
11 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
petere63
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Cabin (9116) was excellent and comfortable. Dining was adequate with poor variation in your menus during the 7 days cruise. There were no lectures on the day before visiting any of the 3 islands to explain what one should see, some ... Read more
tsutt35
Member Since 2015
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Firstly, I would only give a 2.5 if possible. As I relax in the shade of the promenade deck (as it turns out the newest looking and best maintained area) I thought I'd reflect and share the differences between Pacific Dawn and our ... Read more
lynette.forte2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
When u ask 4 3 cabins on 1 floor and u arrive to find out u and your friends are on 3 different levels and the only level u dont want to b on is 11 only to find out u r on level 11 the aircon was 2 noisy u can hear noise from above floor ... Read more

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