Australia & New Zealand Pacific Explorer Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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Cabin balcony
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Queen bed. Note the drawers on the right. They could not open the whole way because they were so close to the bed.
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P&O have come back strongly after covid.
"Unfortunately staffing issues meant that some of the specialty restaurants were offline, as well as all three complimentary restaurants being "full" on the last night meant we couldn't get in.The restaurants weren't full houses for the three nights before, but on the last night there was not a seat to be had?..."Read More
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Good cruise...Purple Rabbit April fool's.

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ILV
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

Cruised with our family of 16,14 of them first time cruisers. Chose a short cruise, close to home incase anyone didn't enjoy cruising. The weather was pretty good, fairly calm seas, and everyone enjoyed it (seeing nobody wanted to get off). Kid's aged 9 to 16, were kept busy all day. Gatsby night was really good, dance floor a little small, but the evening was very entertaining. The Bianco ...
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Sail Date: March 2024

Traveled with children


Save money and choose a different cruise line!

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Aussiepam1327
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

Since our last PO cruises 8yrs ago PO standards have dropped to below par. This was our 4th time using PO Aust. So many add ons and sales on board to get the passengers spending more money. It seemed there was always someone from some department trying to get you to sign up or upgrade. They would approach you while eating, ordering drinks, walking past them, leaving ship etc. The ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


A First and Last with P&O

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Rusty28
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

Having 18 past cruises to compare with, My Wife and I would say we ought to be capable of accurately compiling and submitting this review. It is my opinion that this ship is dangerously old. The very visible rusted major steel structures are of great concern. Many totally clouded and cracked window panels in public areas are another telltale sign that this vessel is fast becoming destined for the ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


Shabby ship and poor entertainment

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SouthAustralianSue
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

Disappointed with this cruise. Weather was good and sailing was smooth. Loved that it was just a short cruise of four days and enjoyed the shore trips to Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island however the ship is very old and tired and really shabby. Staff were mostly friendly and efficient but clearly overworked and tired. One cleaner told us they work 12 hour days for 7 days a week with no ...
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Sail Date: February 2024


Dated Ship

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kim63
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We were on a 4 night sailing Adelaide-Pt Lincoln-Kangaroo Island-Adelaide in Feb 2024. Deck 10 balcony cabin. Cabin was dated. Loose tap in bathroom sink and one of the bedside lights non operational (although did turn itself on at 3am one morning). Food quality was good with the Dragon Lady and Angelo's restaurant excelling. Selection of different foods in The Pantry on Deck 14 but the ...
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Sail Date: February 2024


Perfectly Fine

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helenwaratahh
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

I chose an interior cabin. There should have been two travelling but I ended up solo. That was not a problem at all. I have travelled extensively by myself and carry a book everywhere. If I wanted a conversation, I could always find someone to talk with. If not, I read my book. Yes, the ship could do with an upgrade but it was kept spotlessly clean by the amazingly busy cleaning crew. My ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Karaoke was the absolute best. Complete highlight of my cruise

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Mz Mandy-76
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I am on my last night of my 5 day cruise from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island and I have had the best time. The staff and crew have been nothing short of amazing. James and Leo who are bar staff in the Explorer lounge were brilliant. I can't believe i forgot his name but he was our amazing waiter from day one, he worked in the black circus as well as oasis. Honestly one of the most amazing humans i ...
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Sail Date: January 2024

Traveled with disabled person


Beautiful Ship but a few issues

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CyeCloptic
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We sailed out of Melbourne on a 'Tastes of Tasmania' Cruise on 15 January 2024 for 5 nights. Pacific Explorer is a beautiful ship with lots of lovely public spaces, so we had no issue on that front. But we had a few issues on this trip which spoiled things a little for us. Firstly, this was only our second cruise, our first time with P&O and our first time in a balcony cabin. It was a quad and ...
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Sail Date: January 2024

Traveled with children


Comedy cruise

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SalLovesCruising
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

Never again, poor quality food, bad service, rubbish comedy, no BIG name comedians which I should have guessed when booking as they did not say who would be headlining. Never have I had such a small balcony cabin and have cruised several other cruise lines. DO NOT purchase internet, you will be lucky to have it a full day at a time. Very boring cruise and could not wait to get off. I have ...
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Sail Date: December 2023


Apart from service there was nothing good

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Davey son
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

The ship (Pacific Explorer) itself was old and dated but overall in fair condition. We booked an the cheap internal room - our plan was to only use it to sleep in and be using the "extensive" facilities at other times. The staff were very friendly As with all cruise lines they offered a combination of included restaurants and specialty ones. This ship however did not have a communial ...
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Sail Date: December 2023


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