1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. P&O Cruises Australia
  4. P&O Cruises Australia Cruise Reviews
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
My husband and two daughters, (16 and 20) really enjoyed our 10 night cruise. We had separate balcony rooms which worked out fantastic as everybody had their own space. Our room stewards were amazing and went over the top to cater to ... Read More
My husband and two daughters, (16 and 20) really enjoyed our 10 night cruise. We had separate balcony rooms which worked out fantastic as everybody had their own space. Our room stewards were amazing and went over the top to cater to our needs. The personal touches to each and every passenger had to be commended. We loved our turned down beds every night (chocolate of course) and our next days itinerary ready to go. Breakfast there were two choices, The Pantry or the Waterfront Restaurant. We found that the Waterfront was the best option for breakfast as the meals were fresher and the omelettes were yummy. The Waterfront also felt like a restaurant were the Pantry had a food court atmosphere. We also enjoyed Angelo's (Italian) and Dragon Lady (Chinese). The best recommendation, if you enjoy alcoholic beverages, is to purchase the drinks package for sure. After the second night and checking our cruise accounts, we found that we had spent way more than we had realised and really regretted not getting a drinks package. We found the entertainment staff, especially Marious, made trivia and bingo funny and kept us returning for more laughs. Joanna also has to be acknowledged for her wit, professionalism and fantastic vocal skills that she displayed for the Motown performance. We are now planning our next family cruise and recruiting more family members as we were surprised how much fun we actually had. Thanks P&O :-) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Family & Friends were cruising together, When we dined at the water front for dinner the service some nights was quite annoying night 1 we waited for 15 minits for a drinks waiter to turn up but out meals arrived first. Second night ... Read More
Family & Friends were cruising together, When we dined at the water front for dinner the service some nights was quite annoying night 1 we waited for 15 minits for a drinks waiter to turn up but out meals arrived first. Second night meals arrived finished off first course was nice but need to ask for some bread buns for our table. Yoga went to attend willing to pay the $14 per class but come on a dance floor with Laser Tag going on in the same area and the Yoga on the beach was meant to be a 7am start only to be told it is now 10.30 am hot as and high tide should be a free classes under the conditions supplied. Movie night was great the first 2 nights on the top deck but Planet of the apes 3 night in a row PLUS on the tv channel as well one of the same night . Transformers was the advertised movie a lot of people had set up early and when Planet of the apes started 75% walked away in discuss. Do it again TBA Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We thought it would be good to try the Refurbed Dawn, 1) Cabin was good & the cabin stewards Shava & Hassan were excellent. 2) The overall refurb is good, the old jungle bar now the Oriant was where we spent our evenings ... Read More
We thought it would be good to try the Refurbed Dawn, 1) Cabin was good & the cabin stewards Shava & Hassan were excellent. 2) The overall refurb is good, the old jungle bar now the Oriant was where we spent our evenings 3) The entertainment was poor quality, what with 1 guitar player then 2 guitar players the response from guests was not good, the piano player played so softly she was hard to undarstand , group wise Dimage was good but colour 4 were more suited to the local dance hall-pathetic. 4) Enjoyed the pantry & Grill. 5) The main restaurant food was never hot & one time Liz got cold vegetables & when she pointed this out to waiters & supervisor who agreed the veges were cold the Answer from the Exec chef was "make sure her meal is hot tomorrow night"-not happy Jan 6)we have traveled on the Dawn 7 times & this was the last straw ,never again with P& O Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We cruised on the P & O Pacific Eden on 1st December 2017 for a six-night cruise to Tasmania. We were rather worried because of all the negative reviews which we had read. Contrary to this we had a very pleasant trip when all our ... Read More
We cruised on the P & O Pacific Eden on 1st December 2017 for a six-night cruise to Tasmania. We were rather worried because of all the negative reviews which we had read. Contrary to this we had a very pleasant trip when all our expectations were exceeded. It is an old ship, but our room 'Stateroom' was very comfortable and clean. The bathroom also old with a bath to step into for a shower but clean. It was serviced every day. Our room was tidied and cleaned each day including our bed made each morning and turned down before the night. The aircon was nice and cool and we slept well each night. The crew was very helpful at all times, but I guess it always helps if there is a mutual exchange of respect. The meals were totally opposite to the negative reviews - food was always hot, and satisfying. The Pantry was our favourite...the variety was amazing! The 'Waterfront Restaurant' very nice and I feel sorry for the poor waiters carrying those burning hot plates. I have included some photos which you can judge for yourself. With taste I think there is a phenomenon of being at sea... tastes are slightly different, for example my cup of tea. using the same tea as back at home tasted not as strong. Not sure why but the food was fantastic. At the Pantry you could go for second helpings if so desired, but tried to resist and used the stairs for exercise instead of the lift. Sadly because of adverse weather, the Ship Captain made the decision to sail West and around Tasmania and to Hobart, wisely choosing passenger safety over the stop over at Port Arthur. This choice made sailing more comfortable for us. Although we missed out on Port Arthur, spending time on the ship made up for it in comfort. The shows were very entertaining, and we enjoyed the Jazz Band at the bar, the Trivia, games and activities all very good. The decks were never overcrowded. We thoroughly enjoyed our stop over at Burnie and Hobart. Our pre-booked on-line Shore Tours tickets were delivered to our room. Overall we had a great and restful holiday and don't understand why people complain so much? We recommend this cruise as a great holiday for a very affordable cost. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Great cruise, this was the last cruise for the band Alter Ego after this cruise they are disbanding. P&O Australia certainly has great entertainers on board and it was evident how well attended all the theme nights were and also the ... Read More
Great cruise, this was the last cruise for the band Alter Ego after this cruise they are disbanding. P&O Australia certainly has great entertainers on board and it was evident how well attended all the theme nights were and also the farewell show for the Alter Ego and the party afterwards in the blue room. What I like about P&O that not everything is fully scripted, they do the unexpected and that makes it great. The Aria. A great ship, décor is beautiful, The blue room, the 'Red Room' the furniture really beautiful. Having three non paying Restaurants besides the Pantry gives you so many options. We did the MDR, we did Angelos and we did Dragon Lady. They were all good. And that large pepper shaker. Staff on board was excellent in their service. I do not know what some people complain about when they travel with P&O Aust. I have done over 30 cruises on many different lines and I like them. You are welcomed if they know you by the staff like long lost friends. This trip was our first time to Hideaway Island. Snorkelling is very nice there although the coral is still recovering. Overall an excellent cruise and I look forward sailing on the Aria again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Went on my first cruise and booked 12 months ago with a $1 deposit and had a wonderful cruise. Yes it’s a old ship and yes there are a few things that can be fixed but the ship was really great and the staff where nice and friendly ... Read More
Went on my first cruise and booked 12 months ago with a $1 deposit and had a wonderful cruise. Yes it’s a old ship and yes there are a few things that can be fixed but the ship was really great and the staff where nice and friendly and always there to help. The embarkation was very smooth and was very quick. Got the ferry from darling Harbour to white bay and had a check in time at 1.30 and was on the ship about 2.pm We then had nice lunch at the pantry. Ate far to much food the whole time and had a free soft drink package which was great Disembarkation was also a breeze. Got up at 6 and had breakfast and was off the ship at 8.30. Weather was really unkind to us as we had really rough weather and the had to cancel Port Arthur and go around the west coast of Tasmania which was really nice Read Less
5 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We have travelled on four cruises (3 with Princess) before this one so we weren't new to cruising and perhaps had certain standards to judge this one against. Although the cruise lines are very similar in many respects and their standards ... Read More
We have travelled on four cruises (3 with Princess) before this one so we weren't new to cruising and perhaps had certain standards to judge this one against. Although the cruise lines are very similar in many respects and their standards comparable. We found a few differences (some good/some bad) between them). Here are some: . Our embarkation and disembarkation procedures werre much quicker on P&O with almost no wait times, unlike on Princess (although this may have also been to the cruise not being as popular a one). . The buffet restaruant in Princess is much better as: you can serve yourself in most areas and so have greater portion control, you aren't waiting to be served so it is much quicker, there is a greater variet of foods e.g. salads, there is more seating available. . The gift shop has a greater range of souvenirs on Princess and destination shirts which are available and often discounted later in the cruise. This wasn't the case on the P&O one. . There appeared to be less open deck areas where you could go for some fresh air on P&O. . The service in the formal restaurant, the waterfront on P&O was definitely and less attentive on P&O with drinks refilling and waiter service considerably slower. Also the supposed dress code which was present on some nights was enforced inconsistently with some people being refused entry for wearing shorts, while others were allowed in wearing shorts and t-shirts. When this was brought up with the maitre d, they claimed it was because some diners couldn't understand English well. We saw some underdressed people who were clearly aussies so this wasn't always the case. . The booking system for the formal restaurant is poor with you having to line up for a long time to indicate that you wished to dine there at the beginning of the cruise. This resulted in the rediculous situation of one passenger arranging bookings for 16 people and caused a delay of nearly 30 minutes! On Princess, passengers simply nominate a booking time before the cruise and they need to do nothing other than show up to eat. The P&O system does mean you get to meet more people, but we found on Princess that we got to know the people on our table well. The onboard ship activities were enjoyable, although it would have been nice if they could have shown movies in the theatre such as how they do on Princess during the day, considering the theatre is largely unnused then. Also some scheduled activities were cancelled without notice which wasted time. . Before our cruise we were offered a room upgrade for a very cheap price, which we have never had with Princess so this was much appreciated. . On P&O cruises you have to pay extra to choose your own room. This isn't the case on Princess as within certain categories such as interior/exterior, deck, ship position e.g. forward or midship you can choose your own cabin. On Princess selecting a cabin beforehand means that when you are choosing a potential cabin you can be aware of potential issues in regards to its location. It is also reassuring to see that you have a cabin designated for you. On P&O cruises we found out that the website cruise control which is your interface with P&O has inaccuate information. The site claims that you can print your tickets and documentation 2 weeks before the cruise date. This includes your cabin number which is when it is meant to be allocated to you. Upon contacting P&O regarding a cruise which we are taking just before the end of 2017, we found out that this isn't the case and that instead cabins are allocated any time from 2 weeks until the day before the departure date! This is extremely unsatisfactory and creates unneccesary anxiety regarding printing and preparing documentation such as tickets. Yes their system does allow for potential upgrades but it is unneccessarily inefficient. Overall we would like to say that if you are of a more mature group and want better service than Princess is probably for you. P&O are still quite good however and recently have been more affordable (probably due in part to Princess's price rises to cover the cost of their new ships). Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a short break that left from Melbourne on dates that suited us. We travelled as 2 couples and 1 child, this was our 11th cruise (we've cruised 5 different cruise lines, 8 different ships). We ate ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a short break that left from Melbourne on dates that suited us. We travelled as 2 couples and 1 child, this was our 11th cruise (we've cruised 5 different cruise lines, 8 different ships). We ate all lunches and dinners in Waterfront and were pleasantly surprised by the meals. None of us had a meal we didn't like. The service did vary though and was sometimes barely acceptable and other times wonderful. Breakfast we enjoyed in the pantry, a great selection with something for everyone's tastes. Our son enjoyed kids club but didn't enjoy being forced to partake in the scheduled activities when he just wanted to play with the toys. There were some activities he simply wasn't interested in (like Gatsby headband making). I did wonder why he couldn't have just played quietly while the kids who wanted to do the activities did them (there weren't many kids on board, and seemed to be only about 8-12 kids in the Shark Shack at any one time). The entertainment - we went to the comedian the first night and left after just a few minutes when we realised he expected audience participation (being embarrassed and singled out involuntarily is not our thing! We have no problem if they call for volunteers from the audience but to be forced unwillingly is a no go, so we left). The other 2 shows, Velvet Rope and The Four Seasons Show were very entertaining. We also went to the Luke Mangan live cooking show, very entertaining, funny and we learnt a few tips. All in all, we enjoyed this cruise and would go on Pacific Jewel again for another short cruise, however, would choose a different line for longer cruises. Read Less
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise