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P&O Australia offers a lively, mainstream experience with a friendly international crew that's used to dealing with the congenial and fun-loving Aussie crowd. The focus is on budget and value for money, rather than luxury, but recent refurbishments have greatly enhanced the decor.
The line is popular across multiple generations, from singles and families to seniors; children are kept busy with good kids clubs staffed by qualified teachers and childcare workers. In fact, the line has won accolades for its family-friendly atmosphere.
Culinary choices include the main Waterfront dining room, The Pantry with eight or nine outlets in one food court setting, specialty restaurants, including the free Angelo's (Italian) and Dragon Lady (Asian), plus Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, which costs extra. Snacks at the poolside grill also come with a price. The cuisine has been improved over the years, and it generally receives favourable ratings from passengers, especially in the smaller venues.
Onboard activities are far ranging, and they include fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, live bands, dancing, game shows, table tennis, casinos, cabaret shows, karaoke, deck parties, spa treatments, trivia quizzes, in-cabin movies, shuffleboard, bingo, dance classes, themed nights and parties, talent shows, enrichment lectures and port talks. P&O Edge is an adventure park that uses the ship as its equipment; for example, abseiling across the bow or climbing the funnel (charges apply). Also popular are short theme cruises with a focus on food and wine or health and fitness, featuring speakers, presentations and special activities.
P&O ships do not have formal nights with black tie requirements. Instead, there's usually one or two party nights (check your itinerary), with themes such as the Great Gatsby or the Bianco party, which calls for white clothing.
The Australian dollar is the onboard currency. Enforced tipping isn't an Australian custom, so gratuities are not added automatically to passengers' onboard bills.
Passengers come mostly from Australia and a few from New Zealand. Families and couples dominate, and it's a relatively younger crowd than found on some other lines, with an average age around 42-47 years old.