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P&O Australia Cruises

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  • 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 Cruises


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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

3 night Comedy Cruise

So the best set up for the space is a single bed and a bunk bed.But no real space so the person on the lower bunk feels very closed in and very difficult getting in and out of bed.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Back to cruising from Sydney

not so sure about that but it did keep the numbers down and made more space in the theatre Adult Comedy Shows I only saw 1 but I believe there was another so it wasn't every night which is a little dissappointing but the one I saw was very funny, from what I hear the one I missed may have been better Juggler / magician / comedian He was good, a little on the line of what he could get away with for a not enterly adult audience but he was entertaining Debarkation We carried off our own bags so absolutely no issue here, from the time we decided to leave until being out was no more than 10 minutes, that included waiting for the lift.I am presuming that for next cruise some of teh information will already be there and then it might make it worth the effort Pre cruise P&O App The theory is that we could do pretty much everything before we got to the terminal to speed up the process, I did this but we still ended having a lot of it done again anyway so it didnt really save us any time Embarkation Certainly no worse than I remember, the girl who served us suggested we were her second group of the day and she was fumbling through it, by the end of the day she would have had a lot more practice so I would expected this to go even smoother next time.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

First Australian cruise departing from Sydney 2022

We were asked to wear our masks at embarkation and disembarkation at terminals, buses and inside the ship, except when eating and drinking.The ship looked beautiful inside.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Some highlights but food and service a let down

Not so great about the Aria - Food.Highlights of the Aria - kids club, both turtle cove and shark shack, the staff were terrific and the events they held across the ship were great fun.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

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