South Pacific Explorer South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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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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Better than we expected
"It was rough so they could not put as many people in as normal but they had 2 docks set up on the side of the ship but only loaded one boat at a time.There was a sail away party with some dancing on the pool deck and one on the last night, but we did not go to that ( and it was held in a small venue on board ) and the White and Gatsby themed evenings...."Read More
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Ok Ship

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Albert Freya Kitty Kat
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

I cruised from 25/05/24 - 01/06/24 to PNG with 3 friends. 2 of us in a room with a balcony level 10. I have cruised 5 previous times with Celebrity, Princess and Carnival. This is the first time with P&O. I was so excited when we arrived and then my heart plummeted and jaw dropped at how sad the ship looked and smelled when I walked in. We did a wander around the whole ship and noticed ...
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Sail Date: May 2024


First cruise---- excellent

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guy11946
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

We choose the cruise because it was affordable , looked good, and going to part of the pacific I had heard of as being great to visit. Wife and I found the cabins just as we imagined. Small but had all we needed. Our door opened out onto a small balcony which gave lots of fresh air and a great view at sea. The food is really good. The pantry has plenty of variety. They change every day. You ...
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Sail Date: October 2023


Pacific Island Hopper without much Island hopping

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Kiwi-Reds
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this cruise as it left from and returned to Auckland. So no need to fly. We wanted to show our girls a taste of the islands. Normally cruise Princess. But this cruise fitted in with school holidays and our not wanting to fly anywhere. Had a pretty good time despite the weather not being the greatest. As a result we missed the 2 tender ports due to weather and also having to ...
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Sail Date: September 2023


Service,food and fun

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Rene Fisher
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Choose because of the deals really. Quality and service was next to none. Nothing was too much trouble! Food was plentiful and delicious. Choice of Pantry, which was sort of like a food hall, but included in price was choice of three amazing restaurants. I have been to 5 star restaurants and the service, and some of the food, was on par. We were treated like royalty. The captain kept us updated ...
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Sail Date: September 2023


Didn't go to where they said we would go

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Derek Minett
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

This was our 5th cruise with P&O over a period of 40 years. This will be our last. The standard has slipped dramatically after covid. It was our 20th Wedding Anniversary and we told P&O this when booking. Nothing was done to help us celebrate. Not even a card! Everything is aimed to get as much money off you as they can. Even a tour around the Ship to show you the galley and internal running of ...
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Sail Date: September 2023


Worst Cruise Ever

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Globe.Trotter
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I've cruised before (even on P&O's sister companies) and can honestly say that P&O is the worst cruise line. First of all, their customer service needed multiple calls to change incorrect information they had put in our booking. The Pacific Explorer is a 1997 old rust bucket that is dated and has mold and damp smells on most decks. There are also other foul smells which goes through the main pool ...
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Sail Date: September 2023

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Cruising the Islands

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Sidan1
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

After the long-awaited return to cruising post-Covid, our experience aboard the ship had its ups and downs, leaving us with mixed feelings. Despite the challenges, the staff remained exceptional, providing their usual warm and attentive service that made our voyage enjoyable. The onboard shows were a highlight, offering a delightful array of entertainment to cater to various tastes. From ...
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Sail Date: July 2023


Relocation Cairns to Auckland

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jessica3152
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We booked this cruise quite late. I was asked to take leave and the timing suited us and the pricing was amazing. We got a BA grade balcony cabin for 6 nights for under $800 p.p. and that included a soda package, a social internet package and a $50 cruise credit for each of us. In addition, we organised our flights from Melbourne to Cairns and Auckland to Melbourne via P&O who were able to ...
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Sail Date: June 2023


Looked after well

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Pedrofrosty
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Chose this cruise to visit places we hadn't been to for a while. Wonderful time for a budget cruise. Balcony room was spotless. Stewards spoilt us .The staff were absolute legends, from the captain down, friendly patient efficient..loved them. Themed nights were same ol same ol. They should change them a bit..they were the same as the last cruise we were on. The music was most excellent "Solid ...
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Sail Date: June 2023


You couldn't pay me to travel with P&O ever again!!!

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ezza1234
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

The Pacific Explorer, just like its sister ships in Australia, is a horrible old relic with rust everywhere and daggy old cabins - it really needs to be scrapped. I had a terrible customer service retail experience where I was treated like an imbecile. I advised P&O of my awful experience through multiple channels, but have never received any acknowledgement of my complaint or an apology. I ...
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Sail Date: May 2023


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