P&O Cruises Australia Ships

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P&O Australia Ship Reviews

Pacific Pearl
Ranked #1 of 6 P&O Australia Ships
50% Loved It
  • Pro: New venues, great itineraries, good food and welcoming crew
  • Con: Oldest cruise ship based in Australia
  • Bottom Line: The ship leaves Australia and the P&O fleet in April 2017
  • Launched: 1987;  Passengers: 1,800
Pacific Dawn
Ranked #2 of 6 P&O Australia Ships
47% Loved It
  • Pro: Refurbished in 2017, this well-priced ship feels contemporary and caters to all ages
  • Con: Main restaurants struggle to accommodate passengers at peak times
  • Bottom Line: A fun ship, especially for families, but expect to pay extra for some activities
  • Launched: 1991; Refurbished 2017;  Passengers: 1,950
Pacific Jewel
Ranked #3 of 6 P&O Australia Ships
46% Loved It
  • Pro: The Pantry offers passengers more food choices and freshens up the casual dining area.
  • Con: While The Pantry is now lighter and brighter, it makes some of the other bars and dining rooms look dated.
  • Bottom line: Lots of families, some spanning three generations, create a very relaxed, happy vibe.
  • Launched: 1990;  Passengers: 1,900
Pacific Eden
Ranked #1 of 6 P&O Australia Ships
44% Loved It
  • Pro: Excellent fee-free specialty dining and upmarket bars with great live entertainment
  • Con: The ship is more than two decades old, so you might experience hardware issues
  • Bottom Line: A fun, affordable and enjoyable ship in stylish surrounds
  • Launched: 1993;  Passengers: 1,500
Pacific Aria
Ranked #2 of 6 P&O Australia Ships
42% Loved It
  • Pro: New bars, restaurants and pool decks from 2015 refurbishment are classy, cool and quirky
  • Con: Extra crew needed in bars and restaurants
  • Bottom Line: With a few improvements, Aria has potential to be one of the best ships in Australia
  • Launched: 1994;  Passengers: 1,503
Pacific Explorer
Ranked #3 of 6 P&O Australia Ships
38% Loved It
  • Pro:Waterslides with special effects, barefoot bowls, new bars, restaurants and a supper club
  • Con: P&O's latest ship isn't new; it was built in 1997
  • Bottom Line: Refurbished in 2015 and again in 2017, the rebranded ship looks fun and contemporary
  • Launched: 2017;  Passengers: 2,000