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  • P&O Australia Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

  • Who goes on P&O Australia cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a P&O Australia cruise?

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P&O Australia Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on P&O Australia cruise ships?

Passengers come mostly from Australia and a few from New Zealand. It's a relatively younger crowd than found on some other lines, with an average age of about 45 years old.

The generally easy-going and fun-loving passengers tend to be more budget-focused with value for money more important than luxury.

Although the cruise line is popular across multiple generations, couples and families dominate. It has won accolades for its family-friendly atmosphere with children kept busy by kids' clubs staffed by qualified teachers and childcare workers.

Do I have to dress up on a P&O Australia cruise?

P&O ships do not have formal nights with black tie requirements. Instead, there's usually one or two party nights (check your itinerary), with themes such as the Great Gatsby or the Bianco party, which calls for white clothing.

Is everything free on P&O Australia cruises?

No. All meals at Waterfront Restaurant, The Pantry, Angelo's and Dragon Lady are included in fares. But all other dining options carry a charge. Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are also not included, but dispensing machines for water, tea and coffee in The Pantry are free. In terms of activities, there are plenty of perks -- from the complimentary kids' clubs and comedy shows to cooking demonstrations and pool games. However, shore excursions and P&O Edge activities, such as zip-lining, are an additional expense.

What are P&O Australia’s most popular activities?

There is a wide range of onboard activities which include fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, live bands, dancing, game shows, table tennis, casinos, cabaret shows, karaoke, deck parties, spa treatments, trivia quizzes, in-cabin movies, shuffleboard, bingo, dance classes, themed nights and parties, talent shows, enrichment lectures and port talks.

P&O Edge is an adventure park that uses the ship as its equipment; for example, abseiling across the bow or climbing the funnel (charges apply).

Also popular are short theme cruises with a focus on food and wine or health and fitness, featuring speakers, presentations and special activities.

Why go with P&O Australia?

  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
  • Recent ship upgrades offer more choice, facilities and modern decor
  • Attracts a casual, predominantly Aussie crowd
  • First newly built year-round Australia-based ship coming in 2019

Best for: Fun-loving, value-seeking families, couples and solos who like to socialise

Not for: Anyone yearning for a quiet, kid-free getaway with strict dress codes and formal nights

P&O Cruises Australia Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Trying hard but hardly working ( for me)

Also booked the romance package for the daily canapés and they didn’t occur on two occasions so enquired again at the service desk, only to be told that they do it every other day.Didn’t even get a sweat up, so this for me was very disappointing as I have been known to book cruise on the strength of their thermal rooms.Read More
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BalconyBest

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Hit and miss

Once on board, the basketball area had deflated balls, no ball for the 'padddle ball game', poor quality or broken equipment and overall very little to do for a cruise brand that describes itself as foscusing on fun and activities.The Good: The overall customer service, especially from the room attendants was high, Luke Mangan restuarant (paid) which was extremely good quality while the stage show entertainment - the magicians and musicals were exceptionally good.Read More
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drjolly

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Disappointing. Won't be back.

But in the end just another 2nd hand P&O boat dishing up the minimum but now with another layer of expense for premium dining and ticketed shows.Activities on board were a bare minimum.Read More
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SmoothSailingMax

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Enjoyable

Having not cruised for several years due to Covid, it was great to be out on the ocean once more.The ship’s capacity is 2 600 but we were informed that there were only 1 600 people on board due to Covid restrictions.Read More
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Marshy2106

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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