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436 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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JaLa La
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
We boarded in Cairns which is where we live. We celebrated our anniversary on board. I was quite nervous early on about booking this cruise due to some negative reviews however I was fortunately able to put this into perspective. ... Read more
conexor
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I went because a group of family and friends were going. Before traveling I was 'ho hum' about the whole thing. I did not expect it to be bad as such. Just ordinary. I had spoken to various people and those who had gone on a cruise at ... Read more
carlandlyn
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
56 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Reading the reviews before we left, was confusing, some had a great time (these included frequent travellers) others bagged it, or tried to compare it to other cruise companies. I'll start by saying we had a great time. I will also not ... Read more
Bannerlynn
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We were very pleasantly surprised with Pacific Eden After reading a lot of poor reviews, we did not have high expectations for the cruise. The staff were by welcoming, our cabin was clean and we'll set out. We had more cupboard space ... Read more
Cns123
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
11 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
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andyablett
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 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
Andrew1962
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I had read so many divergent reviews for Pacific Aria, I wasn't sure what to expect. I can see how it gets both rave and scathing reviews. it depends on your expectations. Dining Much better than I expected. The pantry does seem a ... Read more
Macca_424
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was my seventeenth cruise on various ships out of Brisbane. I chose this ship as it is a recent addition to the P&O fleet. I found the cabin to be a good size with plenty of cupboard space, comfortable beds and a clean well ... Read more
Starbase28a
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
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
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
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
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randel
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
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
questar
Member Since 2010
1 review
152 forum posts
3 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
10 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
163 forum posts
8 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
13 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
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2YTs
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
14 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
nellyisme
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
Embarkation and Disembarkation was excellent, the service bar none, the restaurant food was very good, I like the way the aria has the different country menus, the waterfront restaurant was not as good as on the pacific dawn but was ... Read more
rgascoigne2
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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
7 helpful votes
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
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Brett Taylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
3 helpful votes
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
Just fran
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
6 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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