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454 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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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
165 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
14 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
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
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nellyisme
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
7 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
Brett Taylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 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
4 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
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Just fran
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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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jaqval
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We have done 8 cruises up till now and thoroughly enjoyed them, that is until the last one on the Pacific Dawn. Embarkation was straightforward and relatively quick. We had a balcony cabin on deck 11 and although the cabin was ... Read more
Natsys
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 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
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Allawah
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
25 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
southsider20
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
6 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
5 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
3 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
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mbear64
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
mackozie
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
12 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I cruise solo so I often have a different outlook to how a cruise works. This was my 3rd cruise out of Sydney in the past 5 years. I have never had any issue with embarkation, no matter the cruise line. This time I arrived at checkin at ... Read more
JeanneY
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
It was a last minute decision so we got a very good price on a mini suite with balcony. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smoothly. Our cabin was lovely with a very comfortable bed. The stewards were great and cabin well ... Read more
Curly Club
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We sailed out of Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu etc. The Pearl is a bit of a tired old girl, due to be retired next year I hear. However the bars and dining areas have been recently updated and are very nice, the rooms are a bit old and ... Read more
midginbil
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 helpful votes
This really is the bottom rung of cruises, for those people who really don't expect too much, can't be bothered dressing to go to dinner, are happy with second rate bistro style food and a small ship with limited facilities. The main ... Read more
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