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P&O Australia Pacific Explorer Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

P&O Australia
Pacific Explorer
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

10

Very Good

17

Average

15

Poor

6

Terrible

7

Cruise type

Family Cruises

55

Entertainment Cruises

21

Senior Cruises

11

Romantic Cruises

8

Singles Cruises

4

55 P&O Australia Pacific Explorer Family Cruises Cruise Reviews


Smilingearth avatar

Smilingearth

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

An okay experience

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Our family of 4 had a 5 nights cruise to Tasmania. Both the embarkation and disembarkation were quite smooth. The public area of the ship is nice, but the cabin shows its age. We had a inside cabin. This was the ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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cruiselover0312

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Perfect Cruise

My husband and I absolutely loved this ship. There were lots of entertainment and there was always something to do. If you are not into their activities, then you can spend your time eating at their amazing ...
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Sail Date December 2019


cody57 avatar

cody57

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

South Pacific break

We were offered this cruise at a great price we like the P & O dining arrangements and love the entertainment. The prices of duty free also equaled the best at port which was a real bonus, that left more time for ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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fisherman4634

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Absolutely crap and a huge waste of money

We thought we would give a cruise a go for the first time and it was a huge waste of money and it was a stuff up right from the start. We didn't get the room we paid for and the day we got on board was very close to ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Ipreferprincess

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

You get what you pay for

We chose the Great Barrier reef 10 night discovery in a balcony room. The positives Housekeeping and entertainment were good with no issues. There are a few negatives The food particularly in the ...
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Sail Date July 2019


bella679 avatar

bella679

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Best Trip Ever

this cruise was amazing, coming with one side of the family it was a fantastic trip. Everyone was always occupied and the activities couldn't have been better. There were lots of shows to watch and parties to go to. ...
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Sail Date July 2019


windsor26 avatar

windsor26

8 Reviews Written

36 Helpful Votes

Take your ear defenders with you if you want to enjoy the entertainment

We had previously cruised with Explorer several times and hoped it would still be good. Unfortunately due to the high decibel noise of the (background) music at the venues daytime and evenings while waiting for a ...
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Sail Date April 2019


Jarman avatar

Jarman

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Third P & O cruise and will be the last

Have cruised before on Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria and wasn’t disappointed So disappointed this time around Meals average No dress code in Restaurants and children in adults only area Great Gatsby ...
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Sail Date April 2019


ELep avatar

ELep

4 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Pretty ship for a weekend away

We picked this for a cheapie weekend away, and to check out Pacific Explorer having traveled on Carnival Spirit twice for a total of 17 nights and RCI Voyager OTS for 9 nights. We have always had balconies and will ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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upsidedown123

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Great Cruise

We travelled on a 4 night cruise on Pacific Explorer to Moreton Island and had a great time. The public areas on the ship have all been refurbished very nicely with modern touches. The cabin was more dated but ...
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Sail Date January 2019


basejump2 avatar

basejump2

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Much better than expected

After reading the previous reviews of the Pacific Explorer, I embarked on this cruise with a level of trepidation. My fears were unfounded - what we experienced were highly motivated and friendly staff, a small ...
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Sail Date January 2019


annare avatar

annare

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

We loved P&O Pacific Explorer cruise!

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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ddddgraceee

2 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Christmas Cruise

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2018


Kurt Alfred avatar

Kurt Alfred

3 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Food for Thought

We travelled on the Dawn Princess ,Pacific Explorer a few Times before she became the Explorer . We had to have a look what she was like after the Refurbishing in 2017 ! Dining Rooms lost their Charm . Waterfront ...
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Sail Date November 2018


NickPet avatar

NickPet

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Misleaing cabin sizes shown to you on the P&O website when you book

As a family we have cruised on 3 previous occasions. The 1st time was on P&O Cruises 'Pacific Eden', the 2nd time was on P&O Cruises 'Pacific Aria', the 3rd time was on Carnival Cruise Lines 'Carnival Spirit', and ...
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Sail Date November 2018


Emilykate20 avatar

Emilykate20

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Overall a good ship and a good cruise

I went with my family on this cruise and for the most part we enjoyed ourselves! Pros: Our luggage arrived to our room on the first day really quickly. Embarkation was a fairly quick process. Our room ...
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Sail Date October 2018


Cruising observer avatar

Cruising observer

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Mutiny on the Bounty Cruise - October 2018

I have recently been on the Pacific Explorer from 18/10/18- 3/11/18 and I agree with Micheal Graham review of this cruise journey of 16 nights. I was also on this same ship last year when it was the Dawn Princess ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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Michealgraham

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Bad cruise

Old out dated cruise ship even though it’s supposed to be renovated. Almost like staying in a back packers hostel. Really small rooms. Food wasn’t really good only if you decide to pay for it. I’ve been on ...
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Sail Date October 2018


steve y avatar

steve y

1 Review Written

Carnival vs P&O - a current comparison

Hello All, Having just returned from our first P&O cruise after 6 cruises with carnival - I thought I would share some relevant comparisons that would highlight what each provide and what potential cruisers ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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ddddgraceee

2 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

First time cruiser

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 ...
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Sail Date August 2018


M Clarkson avatar

M Clarkson

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

A Good Cruise Overall

We travelled as a family of four (2 adults and 2 teenagers) and this was our 4th cruise and our 2nd one with P&O, the previous one being 10 years ago. EMBARKATION – We arrived at the cruise terminal in Circular ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Mb1976 avatar

Mb1976

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly surprised

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 ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Beestiger avatar

Beestiger

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great for adults or young kids not for teens

This was our first family cruise. We have two teenagers 16 and 14. My husband and I really enjoyed the whole experience. However I did feel there was a lack of things to do for the teens especially in the evening. ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Luciana16 avatar

Luciana16

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Excellent value: wouldn’t hesitate to do it again

Food; 4 stars really excellent given this was an inexpensive holiday where the quality was much better than most average pubs/restaurants around town. We are Italian, cook well and are generally fussy about quality ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Kaisha avatar

Kaisha

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Never again

There is only two positives to this cruise. I got to see Glenn Shortock sing and I bought two handbags. I have cruised on this ship when it was the Princess Dawn to Fiji and had a wonderful cruise. Now it has ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Pacific Explorer Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.03.3
Dining4.03.4
Entertainment4.03.8
Public Rooms5.03.8
Fitness Recreation3.53.4
Family4.04.3
Enrichment3.03.1
Service4.54
Value For Money4.03.4
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