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P&O Australia Pacific Aria First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

P&O Australia
Pacific Aria
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

7

Very Good

5

Average

3

Poor

4

Terrible

6

Cruise type

Family Cruises

105

Romantic Cruises

40

Senior Cruises

35

First-Time Cruisers

25

Entertainment Cruises

25

25 P&O Australia Pacific Aria First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


mason87 avatar

mason87

1 Review Written

41 Helpful Votes

Ignore the complainers.

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First time cruisers, mid twenties. Slightly apprehensive after reading the reviews but we thought - we will make our own fun if all else fails. Essentially we wanted some drinks and sun - all in all we weren't ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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AusQLD

1 Review Written

28 Helpful Votes

Fantastic Cruise; Food and Wine 3 Days

I have to start with this: 10/10 cruise Embarkations: Paid parking with bus shuttle 2 minutes away, pretty easy. Got on the ship at 11:30am, checked the room, had time to look around, booked the free Dragon ...
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Sail Date March 2016


fatty101 avatar

fatty101

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

Fantastic for Us First Time Cruisers

I think we had such a good experience because our expectations were so low due to the reviews we read before going. Embarkations was easy, no issues although our bag arrived at our room damaged which I believe ...
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Sail Date February 2016


richard Barnes avatar

richard Barnes

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Pacific Aria; Our First Cruise Feb. 2016

So from the start I should point out this was my first and only cruise. So you are seeming this from the point of view of what I expected to see on a cruise. My wife and I are both still working and around 60. Took ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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Sekay1994

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Pacific Aria, 13 Nights in PNG

I have just returned after 13 nights on the pacific Aria traveling to PNG. Had an excellent time! From reading previous reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but as a first time cruiser my expectations were met. ...
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Sail Date February 2016


Crystal123 avatar

Crystal123

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Beautiful ship on the exterior, interior plumbing urgently needs addressing.

On Friday 12th February 2016 my Husband our 2 children (aged 4 ½ & 7) and my parents started our 4 night cruise from Brisbane to Hamilton island on the ‘new’ P&O Aria and back again. We were first time ...
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Sail Date February 2016


thegaz avatar

thegaz

3 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Above our Expectations

Nervous first-time cruisers, especially after I was told about this site and read the negative reviews from November, December. But hey it was far better than our best expectations. Embarkation was made so easy, ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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slobadob

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

All Good!

Just like a few others here, I was a bit concerned about the negative reviews concerning Pacific Aria. If there really were problems earlier on, then I guess I do feel sorry for anyone who had a poor experience but ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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Alby1933

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Faulty Towers without John Cleese

My first & last, ship was meant to have been refurbished garbage.baths dangerous for older travellers had to climb up over old baths to have a shower.no fridge,no clock radio.food thepantry y was like a cow shed ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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Shipshape mama

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Exceeded our expectations

Never having been on a cruise before, I came across this website and thought it would be a good way to get some insight. I read about 30 reviews from guests aboard Pacific Aria since 2015. The large majority were ...
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Sail Date January 2016


heubusch avatar

heubusch

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

P&O Aria - Boring

P&O advertised ship as new ship, it wasn't. It was a new ship to their fleet but built in the 1990's. The cruise was so boring with very little for passengers to do. The entertainment director should be ashamed. The ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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flyingKiwi

1 Review Written

Avoid like the plague, or risk getting it; Pacific Aria is worth scrap value.

My partner and I booked this cruise in New Zealand to travel ex Aus to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. 1st issue was we were sent updated boarding times. We then arrive to find out we are last there and almost missed ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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Kimage68

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Best! Holiday! EVER!

We just got back from this cruise (our first experience with crusing and I'm hooked). We were quite worried given the negative reviews, however, it was a fantastic experience. Embarking was quick and easy, our ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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shelllby_cobra

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Very, very poor cruise; amazed we didn't get cholera.

I do not appreciate being the test dummy for an international cruising company to help them sort out their inadequacies and failings as a service provider. We changed rooms 5 times in 7 days as they could not get ...
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Sail Date January 2016


Wizard05 avatar

Wizard05

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Pacific Aria; Fiji, Jan 2016: WOW!!! What an experience!

Now as AverageJo said.... Let's clear things up! We read so many negative comments on here, we were about to cancel the trip and lose our money, thinking the lost money would still have been a better outcome. ...
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Sail Date January 2016


AverageJo avatar

AverageJo

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Let's clear some things up.

Like other cruise critic folk I read many reviews prior to my cruise. 95% were negative, thus I had reservations going in.... First thing I'll say to all those 'haters' is you get what you pay for! Don't expect ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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KJ3429

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Mayday Mayday; let us off!

Ok where do I start? This was the worst and most boring holiday of our lives. If you hate someone recommend the P&O Aria. Nothing to do but eat, drink and listen to lame lifeless entertainers. Cabins looked nice ...
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Sail Date December 2015


RaoulDuke66 avatar

RaoulDuke66

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

The Poseidon Adventure

Top 10 issues with the Pacific Aria: 1. The cabins flood. All types of cabin, on multiple levels, including suites and especially the penthouse. This is because the external drainage system doesn’t work and the ...
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Sail Date December 2015


unhappy cruisers avatar

unhappy cruisers

1 Review Written

Our first cruise experience has left us feeling disappointed and sad.

The whole 10 days we were served the worst food we have ever eaten. There was a couple of meals that were nice (not outstanding) and the rest were disgusting. Food was very bland, luke warm and badly cooked and the ...
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Sail Date December 2015


FionaMcD avatar

FionaMcD

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Happy New Cruisers

Overall we very much enjoyed out trip. Have not done much previous cruising so not comparing, as many others seem to be doing. We were very well looked after with embarkation/disembarkation with wheelchair ...
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Sail Date December 2015


Steve351 avatar

Steve351

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Happy first time Cruiser

We found that it was relaxing. The food in the Pantry, as others have said, lacked variety. What was there was good, but needs to be changed. There also should be some simple food for lunch (proper sandwiches, ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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honeymooners12/15

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Honeymooners Not Happy

terrible honeymoon experience with a shocking ending it is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience where you should be treated special and i thought a cruise ship would be the perfect way to start our new life ...
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Sail Date December 2015


MattSnowLover avatar

MattSnowLover

1 Review Written

Good, but Room for Lots of Improvement

Our first cruise and we had a great time, but more due to our attitude and ability to turn an ok time into a good one.. The good... Bed is large and very comfy, room is clean and tidy and room staff do ana amzing ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Navara@optusnet.com

1 Review Written

Disappointed

This was my 1st ever cruise I have been on. I chose this short cruise to take my mum in law on for a special time to not have to cook as we are the cooks in out households. We were very disappointed in the food, ...
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Sail Date November 2015


TaffDownUnder avatar

TaffDownUnder

1 Review Written

Beautiful ship but too many teething problems

Wonderful ship, where nothing major went wrong - but most of the things you take for granted didn't happen. We weren't told about clocks going back until the morning after where many people got up to find that ...
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Sail Date November 2015


Pacific Aria Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.03.6
Dining4.03.1
Entertainment4.03.4
Public Rooms5.03.6
Fitness Recreation3.53.4
Family4.04
Enrichment3.03
Service4.53.5
Value For Money4.03.2
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