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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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318 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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DarylD
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
20 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
7 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
wimwam
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 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
11 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

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mab582014
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 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
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
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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

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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
3 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
Kimage68
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
9 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

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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
41 forum posts
3 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
travellingpants19
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Boarding was very quick and the first impression of the Aria was very elegant ...until we saw our cabin! We had cabin number 9024, a so called upgrade. It was smaller than a broom closet, had no couch or fridge and you could hardly get ... Read more
heubusch
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
P&O advertised ship as new ship, it wasn't. It was a new ship to their fleet but built in the 1990's. The cruise was so boring with very little for passengers to do. The entertainment director should be ashamed. The evening shows were ... Read more

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Wizard05
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Now as AverageJo said.... Let's clear things up! We read so many negative comments on here, we were about to cancel the trip and lose our money, thinking the lost money would still have been a better outcome. Well thank goodness we gave ... Read more
Your Average Guy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
Headed to Brisbane with great excitement. This disappeared once on board. If you put a 18 year old dress on a 90 year old woman, from a distance (and on the net) it looks fantastic. When you get up close and personal (board the ship) it ... Read more
Jack speaking
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was my 4th cruise and despite the very bad reviews we were looking forward to sailing with P&O for the first time and spending 12 relaxing days with our dear friends. I was pleasantly surprised from the outset as embarkation ... Read more
AverageJo
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Like other cruise critic folk I read many reviews prior to my cruise. 95% were negative, thus I had reservations going in.... First thing I'll say to all those 'haters' is you get what you pay for! Don't expect to pay a total of around ... Read more
jo.mk
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
After reading the terrible reviews and having terrible pre-cruise customer service, I was dreading taking my mother and my aunt on the Pacific Aria for an early 80th birthday present. We had even arranged an early departure and ... Read more
Helpful? Thank jo.mk

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