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511 P&O Australia South Pacific Cruise Reviews
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135
Very Good
119
Average
115
Poor
67
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swisstrailblazer
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
It's an older ship, and due for refurbishment in late February. Embarkation was very smooth - in fact, we were able to go into the embarkation lounge sooner than expected. But then the wait to go on from lounge to ship was longer than ... Read more
johnw11
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
As this was our first cruise we wanted a short cruise and this 7 night cruise suited as perfectly. Embarkation and Disembarkation we very smooth. If only airplanes were this convenient. The Pacific Dawn is not a new ship but with ... Read more
NettyNort
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Embarkation was great... had a 3 berth inside cabin 10177 beds vibrated the entire cruise so avoid this one if you can also fridge was not working could not get anything cold.. no face washers provided...Ship is dated but is now on the way ... Read more
janisloraine
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
The cruise ship itself is very nice, great little lounges to have a relaxing time. The Marquee Theatre is beautiful & the shows there were wonderful. The Staff were very friendly & helpful The cabins (We had a quad share ... Read more
simnut
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This cruise was recommended by a friend. Knowing this is a fairly old ship, we did not know what to expect. we have cruised before & we traveled with the people who recommended the cruise.The cabin (balcony on 9th deck) was clean and ... Read more
Next Port Any Port
Member Since 2017
1 review
34 helpful votes
I have seen many negative reviews so what are P&O doing about these? It was a last minute request from my partner to spend time together and since we had a fantastic experience on the Pacific Jewel 3 years ago she suggested that we ... Read more
wagtail_syd
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
109 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We were a family of 5 with kids aged 13, 10 and 6 and did an 8 night cruise to the South Pacific. Overall decor and layout - very good. Loved all the small spaces. In the evening you could walk from one small bar to another and there ... Read more
caitsey
Member Since 2017
1 review
32 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I travelled on the Pacific Aria in January 2017 and had a fantastic time! We did an 11 night cruise out of Brisbane, departing mid-January and stopping at Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila and Santo. I like to plan ahead ... Read more
beverley66
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I booked this cruise for my elderly mum, my sister and her grown up family and myself and my 18 year old daughter. This is my 5th cruise. I was very apprehensive about this cruise ship. I had read some scathing reviews but I was ... Read more
firsttimecruiser2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
As stated, this was our first cruise, so I have nothing by which to make a comparison. I must admit after reading the many reviews the ship has been given, we were a little trepidatious about our booking. We are happy to report that we ... Read more
PeterD8
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Whilst our cruise was enjoyable, there is evidence of cost cutting compared with our previous P&O experience as well as other cruise lines. We were a family of 3 - 2 x Adults and 1 x Child - aged 12 (boy). Our cabin looked a bit ... Read more
karamallitt
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I boarded the Pacific Dawn on the 14th of January 2017 with 3 of my girlfriends for a relaxing get away. This cruise was 7 nights and stopped at Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila. This was my first time cruising with P&O and first time ... Read more
Bobbycharlie
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Thank You to Pacific Eden P&O and all the staff for the great experience we had. I was a bit nervous going because some of the negative reviews. What will the staff be like? Will we get good service considering we be stuck in the ship? ... Read more
pitty154
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
firstly the service in the waterford restrauant and the food was wonderful the service in the rest of the ship was fine some staff were extremly friendly, others, to them it was just a job. Entertainment was ok some of the shows not too ... Read more
nashby101
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We recently cruised on the Pacific Pearl (January 2017) to the South Pacific islands in and around Noumea. Our one big regret is that we will not get the opportunity to sail on the Pacific Pearl again, P&O are selling her off later in ... Read more
briggyinthemiddle
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Left on 30th Dec, New Year's cruise. White Bay was a little hard to find initially but once there the boarding process was easy, quick and hassle free. Equally finding our cabin and having our luggage delivered was prompt and again ... Read more
omadeb
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Our experience on the Pacific Eden was very average. The cabin beds were uncomfortable, and very hard.The top bunk wasn't even fit for a child to sleep in, the mattress was hard and very thin. The Dining had no variety same food every ... Read more
gibbo0010
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
I choose this cruise for my sister's 50th birthday and New Year's Eve. As soon as we got on the ship we felt it was not as welcoming as cruises we have been on with Princess Cruises. I sailed with P&O in 2006 & 2010 and we ... Read more
Beanjack249
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 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
Helpful? Thank 22sue
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
5 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
bob jg
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 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
11 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

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