2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We thought this cruise was great, relaxing, comfortable, affordable and we enjoyed it so very much. Only downfall was jewellery policy on the water slides. Our theme parks here in Oz do not have that policy so I enjoy the water slides. ... Read More
We thought this cruise was great, relaxing, comfortable, affordable and we enjoyed it so very much. Only downfall was jewellery policy on the water slides. Our theme parks here in Oz do not have that policy so I enjoy the water slides. Body jewellery is an upcoming thing and not everyone can take them out, so I think this policy needs reviewing. Staff were awesome and Bingo/trivia was a blast, so much fun and laughter. Theme night Gatsby was awesome. All in all fantastic.Crew were very friendly, helpful and our room was always clean. We did alot of relaxing on the deck under the shade, and the onshore tours were great. We winged it with all onshore stuff but it was great as we got to take a Buggy out in Noumea. This was an adventure driving on the opposite side of the road to Australia took a little getting used to for my hubby. Isle of pines is definately a place to go back too. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We loved our 8 nights cruise on P&O Pacific Explorer! I thought it will be very basic cruise but all my expectations were exceeded by far! Selection of meals and restaurants was very good, quality of food was good, delicious and ... Read More
We loved our 8 nights cruise on P&O Pacific Explorer! I thought it will be very basic cruise but all my expectations were exceeded by far! Selection of meals and restaurants was very good, quality of food was good, delicious and mostly healthy meals (in comparison to some other cruises where free junk food was so bad and in large quantities). Italian restaurant Angelou’s and Graddi 400 Pizza restaurant were fantastic! Loved quality Italian wines too. Pantry the buffet style dining was very good too, with many healthy and fresh cooking! Beautiful interior of the ship, immaculate spaces, cabins were a bit small but we spent lot of time going around.... Entertainment was fantastic too! For example, Blanco and Gatsby dress up parties, Titanic show, Misbehave show and much much more. The crew did an amazing job, well organised cruise and we all felt very comfortable and looked after. Thank you so much P&O Pacific Explorer! 17/01/2019 A family with kids and grandparents from Sydney. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Second cruise (First was also Explorer). Cruised wih my 5yo and myself. Cabin: 9205 Window cabin with unobstructed view, and a queen bed. This room had more than enough space for our 2x suitcases and drawer space for all our clothes. ... Read More
Second cruise (First was also Explorer). Cruised wih my 5yo and myself. Cabin: 9205 Window cabin with unobstructed view, and a queen bed. This room had more than enough space for our 2x suitcases and drawer space for all our clothes. The suitcases could fit under the bed, but there was plenty of space in the wardrobe for them to stand in so no need. Tv and fridge in room were used daily and both great. My 5yo packed a few toys and there was plenty of space for him to play with them on the ground in our room while watching tv in the evening. Ship: Becuase we done the Chrsitmas cruise, the ship was decorated beautifully with Christmas trees / decorations / gingerbread houses all over the place. We even had fake snow! Food – The Pantry: Food wasn’t too bad. Lots of options to choose from. Only ate at the Pantry during lunch time, so no comment for breakfast or dinner. It wasn’t easy trying to find seating, so that was annoying. Waterfront: Mainly ate here. Could not fault the food. Breakfast menu was the same every day, but enough options to choose something different every day if you liked. Lunch and dinner menus different every day. I enjoyed all of my meals at Waterfront. Dragon Lady: Went once, and never got around to going again. Not bad. Lukes: Yummy burgers and fries. Although you must pay, it is a nice area to sit and watch over the pool area or while a movie is on. Shell and Bones: Beautiful food (extra charge). This is just a sectioned off part of The Pantry, so it doesn’t feel very ‘restauranty’. Angelos: Did not use so no comment Entertainment: Attended four (free) shows in the Marquee, with every single one of them being amazing. The entertainers on board do a fantastic job! I was early to each show, so had no problem finding seats, but it does fill up fast. P&O Edge / Waterslides - did not use so no comment. Kids entertainment: Turtle cove – my son absolutely LOVED it. He would stay there all day every day if I let him. They had so much for the kids to do: face painting, games, songs, play stations, dancing, acting, everything. Service: AMAZING. Room stewards go above and beyond, always there if you need something or have a question. They make the kids feel welcome in an unfamiliar place. Bar staff everywhere I could not fault. Always greeting everyone with a big smile. Waiters in the Waterfront always lovey. Other passengers: A great mix of families / elderly / 20-30 year olds. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. There is always a few disgruntled passengers, but it’s easy to ignore them! Money: Used Aussie dollars on all islands. I would recommend changing big notes ($50, $20) at reception on the ship to smaller notes before going on the islands. Islands – Noumea: Bought the hop on hop off bus ticket once we got off the ship. Spent the day at Lemon bay beach which was clean, beautiful with plenty of trees for shade. Lifou: Spent a few hours at the beach the tenders dropped us off at. Nothing spectacular, stayed a few hours and then went back to the ship for lunch. Port Vila: Booked an all day tour via Facebook. (Blue Lagoon Bus Tours). Our stops included Blue Lagoon, Rarru waterfalls, Mele beach bar for lunch and drinks, and then duty free before heading back to the ship. This tour was a 10/10. Would book again! Mystery Island: Spent all day at the beach. The most beautiful island we have been to. You don’t even need diving gear to see the fish swimming around the coral. Markets were amazing, and the locals were all beautiful people. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We really enjoyed this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very well organised and fast. The Pacific Explorer feels smaller than it is, and it can be hard to get seating, especially in the Explorer Hotel. We only went to ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were both very well organised and fast. The Pacific Explorer feels smaller than it is, and it can be hard to get seating, especially in the Explorer Hotel. We only went to the Waterfront Restaurant once - the husband's meal was fine, mine was cold and quite unpleasant so I didn't want to go back again. Every meal we had at Luke's was fantastic, and we really like the new Pantry. Food wastage is obviously much reduced and we never over-ate. The blue room is nice, the band "SoundBlasters" was great fun. Bonded Store was too expensive for us so we didn't use it at all. we enjoyed Dragon Lady and Antonio's - I recommend the Primitivo red wine. We also really enjoyed 400 Gradi - the salads are so good we didn't even need to have the pizza - especially the roasted carrot salad - I could eat that all day. Love Riot dinner and show was great fun. The dinner beforehand was a bit disappointing but the dessert made up for all of that - quite a spectacle. We went to Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. The snorkling was great at Mare and Isle of Pines. There's a lady on the beach at Mare who cooks chips in oil over an open fire. They were the best chips we've had for a long time. We also went to nearly every show and enjoyed them all. Finding a seat was not a problem except for the last night when there was only one show. Marius, who was tasked with the bingo events, is very funny indeed and made bingo a lot of fun, even though he was a bit too fast when calling out the numbers. The trivia competitions were far too hard (except for the majority rules, and pub quiz). I saw more than a few people give up on the trivia competition because they only had a handful of answers; two, or maybe four, out of 20. All in all, we were sad to leave. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
First time cruiser and very impressed with P&O Pacific Explorer. After reading every single review about this ship I wasn’t sure what to expect. I must admit I did wonder if I was wasting my money booking with P&O but that was ... Read More
First time cruiser and very impressed with P&O Pacific Explorer. After reading every single review about this ship I wasn’t sure what to expect. I must admit I did wonder if I was wasting my money booking with P&O but that was definitely not the case! Just a quick background I cruised with two other adults and my son (4yo). Cabin: 9097 Balcony. I chose this room because it was very close to the launderette and lifts. Would choose again. The bed configuration was bunks pushed together. The room was small but adequate. There was enough drawer & closet space for all 4 of us to empty our suitcases and pack them away. I asked the room steward to take the little seat under the desk, and that’s where the 2x smaller suitcases were stored. We loved the balcony – mostly used to dry our swimmers every afternoon. We used the tv and fridge which were both great. My 4yo packed a few toys and there was enough space for him to play with them on the ground in our room while watching tv in the evening. Food: The Pantry was great but got pretty boring pretty fast. Breakfast we dined at the Waterfront. Same menu every day but always beautiful food. Lunch was usually at the Pantry (sometimes great, sometimes not) and dinner reservations at any of the free restaurants. We did not try any of the restaurants you had to pay for. Didn’t see the point. I would recommend booking the restaurants you want to go ASAP as they fill up fast. The wash / sanitize stations at the front of each restaurant was great. Entertainment: Although we did not attend the Gatsby, Back to School or Bianco parties (too late for us) they looked great! We did however attend the Adele Experience which was amazing. P&O Edge / Waterslides - did not use so no comment. Kids entertainment: Turtle cove – my son absolutely LOVED it. He would stay there all day every day if I let him. They had so much for the kids to do: face painting, games, songs, play stations, dancing, acting, everything. They did have a super hero themed day which would have been good to know about beforehand so I could have packed an outfit. Other passengers: A great mix of families / elderly / 20-30 year olds. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The kids in / around the pool area was abit much sometimes, but nothing to complain about. I found if you got to the pooling are early enough to score some great seats you were fine for the day. We did come across a few ‘angry, disgruntled’ passengers. But it seemed like they would just whinge for the sake of it. (Your on holiday, relaaaaaaax) Money: Used Aussie dollars on all islands. I would recommend changing big notes (50, 20) at the reception on the ship to smaller notes before going on the island. Noumea: We done the Amadee Island shore tour. $200 pp and $130 for kids, and it was an 8 hour tour. Expensive but well worth the money. We traveled on a bus (5 mins) to a boat where we all jumped on and traveled to Amadee Island (45mins). Once there we were broken into two groups and went on a glass bottom boat tour around the coral reefs of the island. Saw plenty of fish and sea turtles. After this it was free time (there was a shop you could hire snorkles and goggles from) We spent our day swimming and relaxing. Banquet bbq lunch was provided with juice, wine and punch. After lunch was a show from the locals. Was nice to sit there and watch them dance while eating. Beware plenty of snakes every where. If you don’t bother them they wont bother you! Lifou: Spent the day at the beach the tenders dropped us off. No shore tours available. Nothing spectacular, stayed a few hours and then went back to the ship for lunch. Mare: Again, no tours available, but did buy return bus tickets to Yejelle beach. Absolutely beautiful beach! The best sand and water ever. There was snorkles and canoes to hire during the day which was great. They did have a few stalls with food & drinks which I thought was well priced. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Sailed the lovely Pacific Explorer. The choice of ship wasn't our main concern, it was the right time and going to the somewhere other than Melbourne winter. We stayed in Sydney the night before and stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel ... Read More
Sailed the lovely Pacific Explorer. The choice of ship wasn't our main concern, it was the right time and going to the somewhere other than Melbourne winter. We stayed in Sydney the night before and stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks. The location is perfect, right near the OPT and literally a downhill walk to the terminal. Could not fault the hotel. The embarkation went smoothly, keep to the time allotted and you won't have a problem. Disembarkation was quick, so quick we ended up disembarking earlier than allocated. Once again keep to you allocated time and you won't have a problem. The ship is beautiful, well layed out. We loved everything and l don't have a bad thing to say about our cruise, (unsual to hear l know) personally we go with an objective of having a great time and thats what we had. The service was very good and as always they do a terrific job of running a huge ship with thousands of passengers. Why would you complain when everything is handed to you, no cooking, no cleaning and being waited on! So don't listen to all the bad reviews you hear. Everything will not be perfect their will always be something that you can find fault with but overall it was dam good. The ship tendor process to the islands was absolutely faultless, l have been on many that you have to wait around, but for some reason Pacific Explorer have this running smoothly. On every occassion we pretty much walked straight onto the tender. Food was great as well, so much choice and l love the way they have redesigned the pantry. We dined at the pantry for dinner as well as breakfast. It was great having a choice of foods (mexian, italian, fish n chips, curries, asian, roasts etc). We dined at Angelo's and Waterfront restuarant which were also good (free) We dined at 400 Gradi which was superb. (chargeable) but so much cheaper than if you dined at this resturant off ship. Entertainment was good Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Fantastic cruise, staff were amazing ,so full of energy and will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable,food in the 6 restaurants was 5 star and was excellent in the bistro area (plenty of it).We had a inside cabin,bit small but ... Read More
Fantastic cruise, staff were amazing ,so full of energy and will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable,food in the 6 restaurants was 5 star and was excellent in the bistro area (plenty of it).We had a inside cabin,bit small but comfortable.The stage shows were brilliant and other activities were great,service was top notch. All the Islands were fantastic and well worth going to. Our Cabin steward were great always with a smile and nothing was too much trouble for him. Restaurant staff in our opinion were amazing,my wife is coeliac and they couldn't do enough for her to the point of going to another restaurant to get her gluten free food when they had ran out. The Shell & Bones restaurant was quite cheap and delicious,(we had 2 full lobster Morney's for $30.00 each),and the Waterfront restaurant was delicious and included in the fare as was 3 other restaurants. Overall a fantastic holiday,would recommend P&O and the Pacific Explorer Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Having read previous reviews after booking I was a bit nervous. As first time cruisers with 4 young children I was unsure how it would go. There were no issues to speak of the plumbing or smells mentioned in previous reviews. Our kids ... Read More
Having read previous reviews after booking I was a bit nervous. As first time cruisers with 4 young children I was unsure how it would go. There were no issues to speak of the plumbing or smells mentioned in previous reviews. Our kids aged from 4 to 11 really enjoyed the different kids clubs on offer for the differences age brackets. Food was good, as was the service. We really enjoyed the entertainment on offer. A great time had by all. Our group consisted of eight in total so we had two balcony cabins with bunks. Although not large we only really slept in them and we were able to get the door on the balcony between the two cabins unlocked which worked well. We tried some of the pay extra option restaurants on board and really enjoyed them. We booked the drinks package but didn’t drink enough to make this worthwhile next time. Would just stick to the soft drink package and pay for the rest as we go. We missed out on a couple of the shore tours we booked as they were over subscribed, so book early. So overall we had a great time and would have no hesitation travelling with P&O in the future, thank for a great holiday Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This is is the 3rd cruise for my wife and me and while that doesn't probably make us cruise experts, we know what we like....and WE LIKED THIS! This ship is now fresh, clean and staffed by some of the friendliest and most attentive ... Read More
This is is the 3rd cruise for my wife and me and while that doesn't probably make us cruise experts, we know what we like....and WE LIKED THIS! This ship is now fresh, clean and staffed by some of the friendliest and most attentive people we've had on a cruise. For a crowd of this size, embarkation went seamlessly with us getting through the terminal and to our cabin in half an hour. Our balcony cabin was spotless and was kept that way for the entire cruise by our courteous cabin stewards. But here lies the only negative of our trip...the mattress on our bed really needed replacing! The room was airy and the bathroom clean and fresh with a continuous supply of clean towels. The food on this ship was outstanding! We were slightly hesitant about the new 'Pantry' but what an improvement over the tired old buffet. Served by gloved staff from behind glass..nice sized serves and more hygienic. The other restaurants on board served a wide variety of choices and I can't recall a single below-par meal. 'Dragon Lady' soon became a particular favourite. The entertainment crew on this ship made it our most memorable cruise so far. Funny, witty, gregarious and while we aren't ones for production shows there was plenty of great activities going on around the ship. We are looking into our next cruise and if we decide to go with anyone else they will have to be right up there to compete with this! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Booked on the Comedy Cruise due to a relative wanting company. Not generally a huge fan of cruising - have memories of the dreaded norovirus and terrible embarkation experience from years back. Embarkation was, if anything, worse than my ... Read More
Booked on the Comedy Cruise due to a relative wanting company. Not generally a huge fan of cruising - have memories of the dreaded norovirus and terrible embarkation experience from years back. Embarkation was, if anything, worse than my previous experience - 1.5 hours from entering the building to getting on the ship, and some had taken 2.5 hours. Paid $600 for two (4 nights), inside cabin, ended up on Deck 10. Lots of room - twin configuration (travelled with child in cabin) much more spacious than double since usable space in middle. Generally quiet as well, even though near lifts. Really loved the public areas of the ship, all the little details like the art in the stairwells and the funky lifts. Theatres were nice, especially Black Circus. Just enough loungers that there was generally one available (also middle of winter, but pools were heated). Liked curling up in the bay windows with a book. Included restaurants very pretty as well, except the Pantry self-serve which was just basically a food court ambience as you'd expect. So the ship punched above its weight in appearance. The food was "quite nice" but not amazing. A lot of it was heavy on the salt and oil, but usually something reasonable to eat. At least I didn't get sick this time, so that was a big plus. Shell and Bones was not worth the extra - seafood obviously costs a bit more which is reasonable, but it was just a roped-off area of the Pantry and really not that special an experience. Cocktails were great, and the bar staff in the theatres very efficient. Comedy shows were the main drawcard for me, and were fun. Moreton Island wasn't much to write home about - did the glass bottom boat tour to see the wrecks - but I did like the tender ride! All in all, I'm still not a huge fan of cruising, but might be tempted to go again if the cruise had a theme I liked, and if they fixed the embarkation process - possibly more lounges with ticketing to call you up in groups like they do at disembarkation to avoid shuffling along in endless queues would have helped. Luggage drop-off all worked well though. Overall still a bargain in terms of value for money. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We booked this 4-day cruise because it offered 4 days of laughter - Big Laugh Comedy. It was with some trepidation that we boarded our ship in Sydney. It had arrived 4 hours late from its previous voyage - but what better place to wait ... Read More
We booked this 4-day cruise because it offered 4 days of laughter - Big Laugh Comedy. It was with some trepidation that we boarded our ship in Sydney. It had arrived 4 hours late from its previous voyage - but what better place to wait 4 hours than close to Circular Quay and beautiful Sydney Harbour? As expected, there were long queues at embarkation, but the officials and staff were friendly. We knew this ship well as the Dawn Princess, as we had previously spent 28 days on board cruising around Australia - we have also spent 53 days on her sister ship, the Seas Princess, on a half world cruise. We were absolutely delighted at the tastefully redecorated public spaces that P&O has created! The Bonded Store, the Blue Room (which we nicknamed The Cold Bar on our previous voyages). All the dining venues have been redecorated and are pleasant and functional. Staff was very friendly, efficient and happy. The comedy was what we came for - and it was very good! Some comedians appealed to us more than others, naturally. We would love to see this particular cruise become an adult only - 15 or 18 years + event. This would make the comedy cruise very much more appealing! An added bonus for us, was the amazing quality of the restaurants and the food that P&O served up. The Dragon Lady and Angelos Dining at Sea - no extra charge - were absolutely superb! The Waterfront Restaurant was our choice for breakfast and lunch - the food was fabulous. We did not use the self serve dining room - the Pantry - but noted the improvements that P&O has created. There is still an issue with seating everyone. Our cabin, a window cabin, was roomy, had plenty of cupboard and drawer space and was adequate for our four day cruise. Much is needed to refurbish the cabin! We look forward to seeing what is achieved in the cabins........ As a bonus, we had a day on Moreton Island. We chose a shore excursion to the northern point of the island. It was a very good day tour, although very expensive. We will certainly look for more short cruises out of Sydney on this delightful ship! PS: disembarkation was a breeze! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We were offed a good deal from the last cruise on the Jewel. I recommend taking the free booze cruise its well worth it. The ship is big and very clean there was plenty to do the staff on the entertainment side were very pleasant and ... Read More
We were offed a good deal from the last cruise on the Jewel. I recommend taking the free booze cruise its well worth it. The ship is big and very clean there was plenty to do the staff on the entertainment side were very pleasant and friendly. The guys doing the photos were also on the top of thier game. As for the food it was top notch especially Shell and Bones. We met some great people on board but thats what its all about meeting new friends. The entertainment was also brilliant especially in the black circus the adult show was outstanding and top grade. Our favorite is the bingo which we played daily. We even booked our next cruise onboard. Our room was a room with a window and very large one at that, the staff who looked after us were always there to help and made sure our room was as good as any 5 star hotel. I recommend tis ship anyday. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We wanted to see the renovated Pacific Explorer but with the negative reviews, were not sure what our experience would be like. However no worries at all, such a great 3 night Easter cruise we didn't want to get off. Embarkation was ... Read More
We wanted to see the renovated Pacific Explorer but with the negative reviews, were not sure what our experience would be like. However no worries at all, such a great 3 night Easter cruise we didn't want to get off. Embarkation was quickest ever, we arrived at our allocated time of 1.30 pm and were onboard swiftly. Absolutely love the way the ship has been renovated, so stylish, modern and fabulous furniture. Even although our cabin was not renovated it was lovely, the furnishings and design of good quality, well maintained and spotlessly clean. It was the smallest cabin and bathroom we have had on a cruise ship, but that was not important as we spent our time out and about, not in the cabin. We really liked the choice of venues for meals, as you have Angelos, Dragon Lady and the Waterfront to choose from. The Pantry was amazing also but was quite busy for breakfast so we had breakfast in The Waterfront which had a great menu, served really quickly. The Easter displays and themeing throughout the ship was amazing also the Easter Sunday activities were well organised on Pool Deck for the children. Another compliment for P&O is their production shows, the best we have ever seen at sea. There was so much to pack into this 3 night cruise, two great production shows which we really enjoyed, loads of Comedy events at different ti es and venues, a White Party that we didn't get to, the Gatsby Night when everyone on board dresses up in Gatsby clothes and accessories and the main Atrium is themed Gatsby style with matching music. We will go on another cruise on the Pacific Explorer and have a totally different opinion of P&O after being on board. Shame this Easter cruise is not available on Explorer for 2019, we would already be booked!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Travelled to Tasmania, Port Arthur. WARNING! if you have mobility issues or are overweight Port Arthur is not for you! Dont listen to the wingers this is a great ship. Food and entertainment were very good ate mainly in the Pantry, up to ... Read More
Travelled to Tasmania, Port Arthur. WARNING! if you have mobility issues or are overweight Port Arthur is not for you! Dont listen to the wingers this is a great ship. Food and entertainment were very good ate mainly in the Pantry, up to date movies in your cabin, the Sanctuary was good to go and hide and soo peaceful. Adults only area was good a little small, my only complaint was there is a designated smoking area, however it did not stop some smokers from leaving the area to take photos around you and therefore you were subject to smoke, very disrespectful. Cabin stewards are always the best, reception staff very good in fact did not have an issue with anything on the ship unlike Pacific Eden which should be sunk and used as an artificial reef although I think even the fish would be too scared to go on board. I only have good tings to say about this ship.I have done 7 cruises, 5 with P&O and booked this ship for next year. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We have just returned from a 4 day Morton Island Cruise. We were 2 couples aged in our late 50"s early 60"s. We have previousley cruised with Celebrity cruises, Royal Carribien( our usual cruise line), MSC and our very ... Read More
We have just returned from a 4 day Morton Island Cruise. We were 2 couples aged in our late 50"s early 60"s. We have previousley cruised with Celebrity cruises, Royal Carribien( our usual cruise line), MSC and our very first cruise was on the old Pacific Sun many years ago. We have not cruised witrh P & O since our 1st cruise and after reading many bad reviews did not think we would cruise with P&O again. After seeing a very good price on a Morton Island cruise we thought we would bite the bullet and try the Pacific Explorer. How bad coud it be? Well we were proven wrong, we had a great time on the Pacific explorer and loved the ship. ENBARKATION was quick and easy very friendly staff at White Bay. Pacific Explorer is a beautful ship with lots of great places to relax and have a drink. Lovely decor. DEMOGRAPHICS on the ship was mainly the 30 - 50 age group. ( about 60%) 20-30 year old ( 20%) and over 50 (20%) - We were defiantly on of the oldies on this cruise :-) CROWD BEHAVIOUR - what a great crowd - everyone was friendly and saw no bad behaviour. ENTERTAINMENT: This is where P&O has the edge on the other ships I have been on. The Gatsby Night, the White Night and the Farewell Party were all so much fun. Everybody dancing and singing with the entertainment staff. All enjoying themselves together. The Blue room is a nice place for pre dinner drink - Jazz and blues type of venue. It then turns ito the over 18's Disco at 11.30 pm. This is where you really notice how many young people were on board. All having a great time. Went to 3 shows - Seven - Rock of Ages - Love Riot (fee applies) All were great - Love Riot is very different, at first it is kind of weird but stick with it because it ends up a really good show. During the day they had the usual Cruise activities - Trivia, Bingo, Dancing Lessons etc. CABINS- They have not been refurbished and are only small. But were always kept clean and the beds were very comfortable. That's all I need on a ship. As usual our cabin Stewardess was great. STAFF: Always friendly. No complaints. Never had problems getting a drink. FOOD: Unlike a few review I have read I LOVED the Pantry. The food was very good and so much variety. It is so much more hygienic to be served by the staff than to have all the passengers handeling all the tongs etc. We ate at the Waterfront - Dragon Lady - Angelo's - all good We also ate at Shell and Bones - Had the lobster. It was not like the traditional Lobster Mornay you would get at a restaurant. The lobster was mashed up and mixed with other ingrediance before being put back ito the shell so you didn't get those nice big chunks of lobster meat. It was very tasty but I must admit I was a bit disapointed. GYM: Great Gym with all the usual equipment. Never had problems getting a machine. CHILDREN: Not sure how many childred were on board but only really saw them in the main pool area. Saw no children running up and down stairs etc. P&O have a seperate Gatsby Party and White Party for the kids about 7pm. TENDERING: Was quick and easy - no problems. MORTON ISLAND: I have spent a week on Morton Island previosley so did not go on any excursions. I have never done ship tours on any cruises. I find them way overpriced and prefer to organise my own tours. Morton Island is beautiful. We just walked to the wrecks along the beach. One of our group swam out to the wreck but the rest of us just had a swim. If you are a strong swimmer and have your own snorkle you are able to just swim to the wrecks without taking a tour. Just be aware the currents can be very strong. Overall we really enjoyed this cruise. You will not get a 5 star room or 5 star fine dinning. If that is what you are after maybe Crystal Cruises, Silversea’s or Cunard Line are better suited. The reason I gave the cruise 5 stars is because it delivers what it promises. P & O does not pretend to be a luxury line. What you will get is value for money, great staff, great food and great entertainment. After this I will defiantly be cruising with P & O again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
You can tell this used to be a Princess ship - it is a step above the usual P&O Australia standard and a lot larger than the rest of the fleet. We were in Oceanview cabin 9198 close to the lifts and stairs towards the back of the ship ... Read More
You can tell this used to be a Princess ship - it is a step above the usual P&O Australia standard and a lot larger than the rest of the fleet. We were in Oceanview cabin 9198 close to the lifts and stairs towards the back of the ship but good exercise walking to the dining venues. Usually the only difference between the oceanview and inside cabins is the window, but not on this ship. The inside cabins are about two-thirds the size and quite cramped for space. All the common areas were well furnished and well maintained. Plenty of space to read in comfort or chat to fellow passengers. The promenade on deck 6 is a bit strange as you have to open and close two doors at the back of the ship to go completely around, and on a lot of days the crew were doing maintenance so you couldn't do a circuit anyway. A lot of passengers had the (expensive) beverage packages. On the last night the guy next to us at dinner came in with a can of VB and had that plus two bourbon & cokes before entree. He left holding his third, complaining that the duck didn't taste like duck - I guess it tasted like bourbon & coke! There were a lot of people towards the end of the cruise determined to get their "money's worth", unfortunately. We booked the restaurants for the whole cruise when we first got on board, by lining up at Dragon Lady. Bottles of wine with dinner started at about $27 with no 15% add-on gratuity - good Australian and NZ wine and quality Italian wine at Angelo's.. The Waterfront restaurant served very good quality food and we ate there for breakfast, lunch and some dinners. The Pantry at lunch time was too crowded for our liking and the Waterfront was much more civilised. The "free" (i.e., price included) Dragon Lady restaurant was very friendly with one excellent menu the first week and a second equally excellent one for the last 5 days. There was a similar change in menu at the "free" Angelo's Italian restaurant, which was also exceptionally good. Shell & Bones was a bitter disappointment and $30 for two half "tiger prawn size" Lobster Mornays with no sides included was a waste of money - afterwards we went down to the Waterfront for entree and dessert! We were later told we should have brought in our "sides" from the adjacent Pantry. We went to the 'Taste of Salt' 7 course menu with matching wines for $99 each but it was a bit "ho-hum". The service was good but it wasn't the food I would have chosen from the Salt Restaurant on other P&O ships, and the quantity was disappointing. The best dinner we had on the ship was the "Love Riot" cabaret 5 course dinner - well cooked, good quantity and ending with a "WOW" factor dessert. It was $29 for dinner and show or $10 for just the show - next time we'd pay the $29 for the dinner and give the show a miss. The show was good - lots of talented acrobatic people - but not as good as the dinner. The 'Rock Anthem of the Ages' show was not to our liking for either singing or dancing and why they needed to blind everyone with strobe lights was beyond me. We thought the best entertainment on the ship was the Phillippino crew band 'Soundblasters'. We liked the afternoon Trivia with its strange questions, especially when it was run by "Dora the Irish Explorer". We liked the fact that P&O didn't skimp on easy listening live background music during the day - very pleasant. We missed Isle of Pines due to the cyclone but headed up the west coast of New Caledonia to avoid it - good thinking! In Port Vila we found a duty free shop half way down on the other sided of the road which was cheaper than the famous "yellow" shop. Mystery Island has become more commercialised since our last visit and the ocean current on the other side of the island is still very strong. The tender boats were in excellent condition and the first we have encountered with an open top deck - great idea. Duty free alcohol bought on board or on shore is distributed on the morning you arrive back in home Port, which is annoying as you have already got rid of your bags the night before. Also annoying is that you have to line up twice - once in Angelo's for ship bought alcohol and then in Dragon Lady for alcohol bought off ship. Of course the ship has a "pre Vila" 10% off alcohol sale which brought the price down, but not quite (but nearly) as good as in Port Vila if you are going into town anyway and you don't take into account the $5 bus ride. We have previously been on the Jewel and the Pearl and had decided not to go P&O Australia again until friends recommended the Pacific Explorer. We would have no hesitation in booking another holiday on this ship and while we were on board we booked the Aria for a cruise next year. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My son's 6 years old, I wanted to test his 'sea legs' on a mini cruise and Pacific Explorer was right time right place to fit in with school hols. Embarkation was amazingly straight forward from White Bay Cruise Terminal, ... Read More
My son's 6 years old, I wanted to test his 'sea legs' on a mini cruise and Pacific Explorer was right time right place to fit in with school hols. Embarkation was amazingly straight forward from White Bay Cruise Terminal, although there is no car parking anywhere nearby which is a bit annoying given the acres of space in the adjacent area. Rooms - Our 'Stateroom' was clean, tidy and kept that way by Donny and Joseph during our trip, thank you very much guys (in case you're reading this). Food - The main food area is 'The Pantry' which is essentially a food court as you'd find in major cities. There were eight different choices for Lunch and Dinner including Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Roast, fish and chips etc, all of which were quite satisfactory. Breakfast choices were cerial, yoghurt, fruit and full english with an abundance of surprisingly good bacon. There was also a good salad and fruit bar, a reasonable selection of bread, self service tea and coffee and a bar with Barista made coffee (not included in price). If you're in a largish group don't expect to be seated together at busy times. The pantry also offers sandwiches, rolls and wraps during the arvo which were very good quality. Also included in the fare is Dragon Lady (Chinese) and Angelo's (Italian), Dragon Lady decor is a fantastic subdued black with exceptionally well thought out lighting, food is what you'd expect from any Chinese restaurant in the world - Chinese. We didn't eat in Angelo's but we were told it was good. Next up is 'Lukes' and 400 Gradi , Luke's is an alfresco 'grill' overlooking the pool area designed by Luke Mangan, a limited menu but very good quality, try the Korean Chicken Burger with pickles, absolutely fantastic. 400 Gradi was exceptionally good, a fantastic selection of good quality Italian Prosciutto and Salami, traditional Italian style pizza and possibly and the best Semi Freddo in the Southern Hemisphere, seriously, it really was that good. Neither restaurants are included in the fare but the cost is modest, starter, pizza, two desserts, three glasses of wine and four mocktails set me back $40, 'Lukes' was similarly inexpensive and the staff in both could have come directly from a top City restaurant, very, very good at what they do (to the point of going to another of the ships bars to get me a particluar wine). There are other restaurants but we didn't get time to go to them. Entertainment - Every evening a programme is supplied detailing the next days events of which there is about 50 or so between the hours of 7am and midnight, too much to go into here but something for all age groups. The main deck has two pools, two hot tubs a well stocked and efficiently staffed bar, a MASSIVE movie screen and lots and lots and lots of noise, the PA system pumps music, trivia, exercise routines and movie soundtracks relentlessly from early to late, fortunately it's a good quality sound system. Kids - There are two main clubs, 6 and under and 7-11 year old's, (apparently something for teenagers as well) both are very well staffed (I guesstimated 1 supervisor per 6 or 7 kids). The club has secure buzz entry and kids under 8 are not allowed to leave unless a parent is there. Adults - The ship has an adults only retreat, conveniently located adjacent to the kids club. It has three hot tubs, a pool, plenty of loungers a very well stocked bar and is situated at the back of the ship with open views of the ocean. I didn't experience any of the other adult attractions as I was travelling with a 6 year old. Passengers - It would be difficult not to have regular chats with other passengers given the close proximity dictated by the limited space, I struck up countless friendships with people of all age groups all of whom were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Crew - 850 crew to 2500 passengers, all are clearly very well trained, seemed happy doing what they were doing and always keen to assist in any way they could, I can't over emphasize the consistently positive attitude I encountered with the staff and crew, absolutely amazing team, if you're a P&O boss you need to give these guys a pay rise, all of them. Finally, having read some of the other negative reviews it should be pointed out that this ship is very family oriented, if you struggle being in a 'captive environment' surrounded by kids and/ or enjoy your privacy and solitude then this particular cruise ship probably isn't for you. Have a fun cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
My friend and I made a spur of the moment decision during an art day. It was my first cruise and her third. We loved the edge activities, doing the zipline flying fox 3 times in a row and walking the plank. And the staff running the ... Read More
My friend and I made a spur of the moment decision during an art day. It was my first cruise and her third. We loved the edge activities, doing the zipline flying fox 3 times in a row and walking the plank. And the staff running the edge deserve huge huge accolades..they were amazing. We only used our cabin for showering, sleeping and dressing, so interior cabin was perfect. Very little motion and very comfortable beds. We enjoyed the Lady Dragon menu out of the 3 free restaurants and would pay to dine there. A wee hint if you are a red wine lover. The Waterfront has a good selection and I know my wine. There are a few bottles on the wine list that have a good pedigree and vintage. The price is very cheap. I bought a Margeret River Cab Sav 2013 for under $40 and this wine is worth $50 on special. Check the vintage before purchase. If you love coffee but don't want to spend a fortune bring good quality satchets because the pantry coffee is ..meh. The two things that were not so good were: There was virtually no cruise director. Passengers wandered aimlessly on the gatsby and white party nights. A lot of guests had no idea where or when. There is a guide to activities each day delivered to your room but nobody came on the PA to encourage activities or build excitement. The second thing was my art supplies going missing from my cabin. I had purchased new art pads, graphite pencils, pastel pencils and eraser. They were out near the bin due to me not wanting to forget them. On the last day of cruise my friend and I intended to relax and draw. But my art supplies were not in our cabin. After 2 hours of going back and forth and managing to keep my temper it transpired the steward had thrown them out. Very upsetting. They found the art supplies ..surprisingly in pristine condition but it was too late to use. I asked the steward why. He said they had been there for 3 days. I replied so had my makeup and clothes, but they didn't get thrown out. I asked him not to remove anything not in the bin in future. Aside from the above, my first cruise was stellar and we have booked a Melbourne Cup cruise on this vessel. How you spend your days onboard is up to you..there is so much to do you cannot get bored. Lastly..the nz icecream stand had the most surly attendant..he wins the rotten tomato award. But all other crew were amazing. Kitchen staff top marks in the pantry. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Booked spur of the moment at a bargain price. Read mixed reviews in the past, so was a bit unsure of what to expect. But had a great time sailing around the Pacific islands. We have done around 20 cruises and have just gone back to ... Read More
Booked spur of the moment at a bargain price. Read mixed reviews in the past, so was a bit unsure of what to expect. But had a great time sailing around the Pacific islands. We have done around 20 cruises and have just gone back to P&O cruises this year 2017, to try out their new ships and found P&O have certainly upped their game. The food has improved greatly. Plenty of free restaurants to choose from such as the Asian Dragon lady, or the Italian Angelo's. The Pantry which used to be called the buffet, was very spacious, and the presentation and variety of food was excellent. We mostly ate in the Waterfront restaurant which did not disappoint. The cabins were on the small side. We asked the beds to be separated and made the cabin much more spacious. The entertainment from the guests performers to the P&O singers and dancers were first class, the stage productions were extremely well done. The Gatsby night was very popular, great atmosphere. We usually go with a around 8 friends. This cruise was just the two of us, we are in our 60's but had a relaxing, and sometimes hectic time, but very enjoyable. I found the Explorer had a mixed age group, great for families. With a section for 18+ only called the Oasis. Drinks were reasonably prices, beer around $6 and cocktails $12. The staff all over the ship were friendly, and attentive. Overall a great experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Chose this cruise for the value for money, the ship having been newly refurbished and wanted to tour the South Pacific.There were 8 of us in our group and our ages ranged from 24 to 73. We all loved our time on the ship and didn't ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the value for money, the ship having been newly refurbished and wanted to tour the South Pacific.There were 8 of us in our group and our ages ranged from 24 to 73. We all loved our time on the ship and didn't want our time to end. The restaurants The Waterfront, Dragon Lady and Angelos were delicious and had a great variety of food, all inclusive of the fare. I had a balcony room and it was a good size, we had terrific cabin stewards and the shower was always hot. The nightly entertainment was full of variety and alot of fun. The stage shows were awesome, the dancing, the singing and special effects were fantastic. The theme nights were heaps of fun too and we did alot of dancing those nights. During the day there were so many things to do, trivia, bingo, dance lessons, celebrity head, perfect match, cooking lessons....there was not enough time in the day or the week to do everything. Spent most time at the Oasis pool area and the drinks and music were great, very relaxing at the back of the ship watching the world go by. Mid ship is where the kids hung out in the pool but there were still heaps of lounge chairs available, whilst listening to some great music or watching a movie on the big screen. The Edge had heaps for the adventurer at heart but I really enjoyed the water slides. Finally the event staff were amazing, they were friendly, engaging, funny and they made our stay feel like we were part of one big happy family. Can't wait to cruise with P&O again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We took this cruise as it fell at a time we could both get time of work and get three days away. The cruise was not the first that we had been on, as a previous experience was had on the Carnival Spirit. I was a little hesitant at first ... Read More
We took this cruise as it fell at a time we could both get time of work and get three days away. The cruise was not the first that we had been on, as a previous experience was had on the Carnival Spirit. I was a little hesitant at first as I had read a large amount of negative press and ratings about this ship. Not sure why that was the case because our experience was sensational. The ship had just been dry docked for an extensive period and had had a complete overhaul to all public and common areas. The ship was very well presented and looked brand new. The cabins did not receive much upgrade during this period so they were a little tired looking but this was only due to the tremendous quality of the rest of the ship. We were booked into the dining rooms of the three restaurants on board for each dinner. These were just divine and the service was excellent. I would recommend doing this before you board. We had breakfast and lunch in the Pantry Buffet and the quality of the food was excellent. Our room stewards knew our name from the first moment we met and always greeted us with it each day. They serviced our cabins meticulously each and every day. I was so impressed with their manner and work ethic that we provided the two of them with a detailed commendation as part of the staff reward program. We had cruised once before on Carnival Spirit and were also very happy with that experience. I would cruise on the Pacific Explorer again tomorrow if I could get time off work. No doubt we will board this ship again in the future. Well done P and O and the Pacific Explorer. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Was worried about going PO after reading some comments but cannot understand why folk do not like the line we had a wonderful time food fantastic staff wonderful entertainment wonderful cannot wait to do again. Embarkation to all ports ran ... Read More
Was worried about going PO after reading some comments but cannot understand why folk do not like the line we had a wonderful time food fantastic staff wonderful entertainment wonderful cannot wait to do again. Embarkation to all ports ran smoothly and the service on board and cabin crews we wonderful. We are seniors who went at school holiday time but the kids on board were well controlled and never caused us any problems. The entertainment staff were out of this world and so friendly when even not on duty not full of their own importance but very down to earth. Really loved the whole trip. We were very lucky to even meet some of the bridge crew and they were delightful very happy to talk to you and answer questions. Some folk sit there like stuffed dummies and complain about everything but a holiday is what you put into it yourself as well as staff trying to please you. We had some illness on board but the staff responded to it fantastically and it did not spread so thank you to all the staff for their quick response. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was my first cruise, and it was fantastic, could not fault anything at all, . the 1st night we dined in the Dragon Lady and it was very nice, next night was at Angelos (Italian ) again very nice, the rest of the cruise we dined in ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and it was fantastic, could not fault anything at all, . the 1st night we dined in the Dragon Lady and it was very nice, next night was at Angelos (Italian ) again very nice, the rest of the cruise we dined in the Water front restaurant , and this was lovely, a 3 course meal every night and food was very well presented, and tasted great, The waiters were very friendly and helpful, most nights we had Franky as our waiter, and he was lovely, we went to Charlies for coffee and sometimes cake, each day and that was a lovely place to sit and relax and enjoy a nice coffee and the cakes were really yummy, the crew there were very friendly and went out of their way to make our time relaxing and enjoyable, The entertainment was fantastic, we went to the show each night and shows were great some night and absolutely spectacular other nights, there were plenty of bars around the ship, I spent a lot of time in the ocean bar on deck 7 at nights listening to piano melodies with Nicholas Gentile, a very talented young man with a beautifull voice, plenty of comfortable seating, or you could sit up or lie down in the window seats, and just relax with the music or with a book, went to several of the trivia events, and played bingo, that was really good, the guys doing the bingo made it so much fun, there was a over 18 section to relax in the pool and hot tubs, we went there most days and it was very relaxing, we had the refreshment drinks package, which we purchased before sailing, this was great, we got all the bottled water we needed, mocktails which were really yummy, and juices, and lots of coffee, had caramel lattee's every day which we could get at any of the resturants or bars, had breakfast at the waterfront some days the rest of the time at the pantry, which had something for everyone . would definatly recommend P&O to anyone Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We did the P&O Explorer Barrier Reef Discovery 10-night trip 30th August to 9th September. It was our first ever cruise, we’ve never done one before. Departing Sydney, stopping at Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas and Brisbane ... Read More
We did the P&O Explorer Barrier Reef Discovery 10-night trip 30th August to 9th September. It was our first ever cruise, we’ve never done one before. Departing Sydney, stopping at Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas and Brisbane before returning to Sydney. We chose this cruise because it was close to home (we’re from New Zealand) and the dates fitted in with our work commitments. We booked back in late January through our travel agent, our deal included the premium drinks package. We don’t drink alcohol but thought it would be worth it for the espresso coffees and soft drinks. We chose a mini-suite to give us our own balcony and a bit more room. We chose room 10079, as it was mid-ship and fairly close to the foreward lifts. I was a bit apprehensive before we left as there seemed to be a lot of talk on social media about problems with the sewage system on the ship. However I decided to ignore that and make up our own mind once we got on board – plus there was much excitement and anticipation as embarkation day drew closer as it was something we’d never done before. We flew to Sydney the day before, and stayed at the Intercontinental in Macquarie Street (recommended by our travel agent). We had a 12th floor room with a view over the harbour and bridge, so we saw the Pacific Explorer arrive just as daylight appeared. It was a magnificent sight and added to the excitement. The hotel was very close to Circular Quay so we walked with our luggage and arrived at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on embarkation day at 10.30am. With a mini-suite we had priority boarding and could board any time from 11am to 3pm. We dropped off our bags at the bag drop off easily enough. Embarkation was a bit chaotic, as it was not clear which line was for priority passengers. Once we’d checked in we had to wait for a while in the large seating area, then we went through security and before we knew it we were onboard. We went straight to our cabin. We were really pleased with it. It was very roomy and there was a separate small lounge area with access to the bedroom through an archway. The bathroom had two entrances, from the main cabin entrance a door led into the toilet and handbasin then there was a wooden louvered door which led into the marble shower and spa bath area. The shower was full sized with a glass door. The toiletries were Moh brand. There was liquid soap on the handbasin, liquid body wash and shampoo/conditioner in the shower. Plus we had four little tubes of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion as well. There was no cake of soap, I’m not sure if they had them available or not, I had brought some from the hotel with me. We had plenty of thick white towels. There was a little dressing room/storage area which meant we could hang our clothes and store the suitcases out of the way. We had a table and two chairs and two footstools on the balcony, which ran the width of our cabin. While the cabin had not been refurbished, it was very clean and tidy, and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. Our cabin stewards Edward and Jinky were very nice and friendly. The public areas of the ship had all been refurbished and were very swanky. There were lots of cafés and bars all over the place. There were also lots of different seating areas, so you could sit somewhere one day and somewhere else the next, and feel like you were in a completely different area. We tried several of the restaurants: The Pantry; Angelo’s; The Waterfront and Lukes. We used The Waterfront for both breakfasts and dinners some days, and The Pantry for all three meals over the ten day period. We dined at Angelo’s three times (it was only open for dinner). The only food we paid extra for was a burger from Luke’s on the pool deck ($5.00 for a nice burger). We didn’t see the need to pay extra for Shell and Bones or A Taste of Salt – we were very happy with the food and service at the other venues. The serving staff at The Pantry were very friendly, as were the waiting staff at Angelo’s and The Waterfront. We thought the food was very good at all venues. Lots of variety in The Pantry. The only thing we found with The Pantry is that on sea days it can get very crowded, but since it’s open long hours you can time it so that you get there when there’s not many others. There is always lots of things to do on the ship on the “at sea” days. We did a digital photography session with Ollie from the photo shop. That was very good. He also did a GoPro session later in the cruise, that was so good that we bought one later that day. It turned out to be a very good price, we’re really pleased with it. We did a couple of the trivia quizzes – they were a lot of fun plus we won one of them and got free coffee and cake! We also joined a group for Pictionary that was fun. We borrowed a couple of books from the library and they also had packs of cards for loan. Regarding the premium drinks package: it was completely wasted on us as we don’t drink alcohol. Being first timers we were a bit green and would not make the same mistake again. We had thought that we would be able to use the package for our espresso coffees, but they were excluded. I’m not sure exactly what the package cost us as it was part of the deal, but if we bought it prior to the trip it would have been $79 per person per day…that adds up to $1580 for both of us. I realise that the package deal price would be less than $79/day, but it would still be far more than we could drink in soft drink per day. However, we will be sure to look into “deals” more next time. Let me state that we had NO ISSUES at all with our toilet. A couple of the cubicles in the public areas were out of order, and once or twice we got a whiff of sewage, but only once or twice. I think one of the problems is people putting stuff down the toilets that block it – there are very clear signs saying that only toilet paper from the ship is to be used in the toilet. We were told one person dropped a hand towel into the toilet and tried to flush it – well guess what, it blocked the whole system. We chose to do no shore tours. There was enough on the ship to keep us busy (or not, the whole idea of the cruise was for us to relax). In fact we didn’t even enter the casino once, though we had thought we’d have a flutter at some stage. We simply didn’t get around to it. On the port days there was hardly anyone around on the ship, it was great. We only took in one show (“Rave On”, with the talented Jeremy Stanford singing some great Buddy Holly numbers). There were several others that we thought about going to, but we found we enjoyed relaxing in the evening after dinner in our room or out on our balcony. It was lovely sitting outside as the sun went down and the sky darkened. We were blessed with wonderful weather apart from the last day when it was very windy and quite rough. Disembarking was a breeze. We had breakfast in The Waterfront, then disembarked around 8.30am (we had priority “any time” disembarkation). Our bags, which we had left outside our door the previous night, were easily retrievable from the lineup of other priority bags in the terminal. So for our first cruise we were pretty happy with everything. We found ten days just the right length of time. We will probably go on another cruise in the next couple of years. Would happily consider P&O again. It will be a matter of booking a cruise which suits our timing and our wallets. We definitely would look for a deal that doesn’t include an alcohol package – it’s just not worth it for us personally. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our very first cruise as most of our holidays are camping holidays. This was a 10 day cruise along the Queensland coast. We were told you will either love it or hate and we absolutely loved it. Getting on and of the ship was ... Read More
This was our very first cruise as most of our holidays are camping holidays. This was a 10 day cruise along the Queensland coast. We were told you will either love it or hate and we absolutely loved it. Getting on and of the ship was relatively easy and did not take much time at all. The ship is well laid out but it does take a few days to work out where everything is. Our cabin was an interior cabin and perhaps on the small side for some. There was just enough room to walk around the double bed, but the bed was very comfortable. Never spent much time in our room except to sleep. Plenty of storage to put your clothes away. Toilet and shower worked as they should and had no problems. Room stewarts were great and always very friendly. Rooms were cleaned twice a day and fresh towels everyday if you desired. We only dined in the restaurants that were included in the cruise package. The Pantry had lots of variety and all hot food was served up for you and you could have as much or as little as you wanted. Some food stations did alter their menu from day to day but lunch and dinner were basically the same. And no the food was not kept in there for the next 6 to 8 hours. When lunch time was over it was all packed away replaced by cakes or pastries and brought out again at dinner time. Great variety of desserts every day. The Waterfront restaurant had a great breakfast, lunch and dinner menu which was changed halfway the cruise. Did enjoy the breakfast much better here then the pantry, just because of the personal service. The Asian Dragon Lady and Italian Angelos were a great destination for dinner, giving you a 3 course dinner. We did dine more often at Angelos only because our friends preferred it but both have great menus which also changed halfway the cruise. Staff in all the restaurants were absolutely terrific. I am no foodie but enjoyed all the meals thoroughly. I am a very big eater and left all the restaurants satisfied. Did not do many of the shore tours as we were lucky enough a few years ago to visit Cairns and Port Douglas and did all the tourist things then. Only did barramundi fishing at Port Douglas which wasn't long enough but hey it never is when I go out fishing.All tours seemed well organised with tenders or bus transfers. Disembarkation obviously did take a little longer when tenders were required but the overall process was pretty much pain free. People doing shore tours got first preference to disembark but that is only natural because of tome constraints. Plenty of on board activities from trivia to musical shows, comedy and the like. Had to pay a small fee for the Love Riot show which was well worth it. Was never found wanting for anything to do. Information was left in your cabin for the next day activities? The entertainment staff were terrific, very approachable and very funny. If I didn't mentioned it before, the wait staff especially in Angelos were great and we left like we were old mates. Overall we had a great time. Travelled with three other couples and we all enjoyed ourselves thouroughly. Would definitely cruise again. Read Less
Pacific Explorer Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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