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  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
  • Recent ship upgrades offer more choice, facilities and modern decor
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458 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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Beanjack249
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We recently did the PNG xmas cruise, the ports were great( Alotau, Kiriwina, Rabual, Conflict Is & Kitava, with smaller group tours than your average cruise which was a nice change. The ship itself was somewhat of a disappointment, ... Read more
sickofbadservice
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
To be fair, The Pacific Pearl is going to be removed from the P&O fleet in March 2017, so to make comment on the overall state of the ship is not appropriate. What I would like to focus on are the things that are P&O brand. ... Read more
22sue
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We were looking for a Christmas cruise. Would be unlikely to use P&O again after our experience on this ship. Ship was old but quite Ok. Cabin staff and reception were fantastic and extremely friendly and helpful. The cabin ... Read more
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Hatarimouse
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
A family Christmas (with 11 and 13 year olds) was the idea: no cooking, no shopping, lots of snorkelling and relaxing. And we got that in spades. The kids loved it, especially the activities arranged for their age group. They made friends ... Read more
Graves
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We had an absolute fantastic time of the Jewel. There were 22 of us in total adults and 12 kids aged from 15- 19. We dinned at both the Pantry and the Waterfront restaurants, service was excellent,, we had the same waters at our table. A ... Read more
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bob jg
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The South Pacific destinations are fine but for Mare. Melb depature port means lots of days [8] sailing with no stops.The Food Pantry concept was a great disappointment, at every meal the queus proved frustrating and at times meant diners ... Read more
dapter
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
My wife and I have just recently returned from a 11 night cruise on the aria of the south pacific islands, We have cruised before but will not cruise on the aria again.The good parts of the cruise were the beds very comfy,the shows of a ... Read more
NevD
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
7 helpful votes
This was a family cruise with our young adult children. We each had separate rooms. We all enjoyed it, and for most part was a very pleasant experience. Had read some other reviews that weren't very positive, but our experience was ... Read more
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killarney
Member Since 2005
1 review
56 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Despite the negative reviews that had been given, the itinerary and the fact that Eden is an old Holland America ship led me to booking this cruise prepared to give the ship a fair go. If you want to read on further you may but to cut to ... Read more
kidswood
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
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
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rayboy
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 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
88 forum posts
8 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
10 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
1,177 forum post
7 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
kennev
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
187 forum posts
4 helpful votes
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
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Sandune3
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
3 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
5 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
8 helpful votes
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
8 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
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Retro18
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
23 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
17 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
9 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
anne@truffles
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
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