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Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea & Asia

Relaxed and Family Friendly

P&O Cruises are revolutionising the cruising experience in Australia. With an array of new and exciting things to do onboard and some new ships, the P&O Brand continues to go from strength to strength. On a P&O Cruises holiday, the experience is up to you. Wake up at noon, wine and dine under the stars or simply lose track of time.

P&O are continually updating their fleet with fresh new interiors and and innovative entertainment and activities to lure new customers. The modern approach is luring a younger generation of cruisers who are eager to try new things.  

P&O Cruises has a relaxed atmosphere with family friendly activites on its modern fleet. It's ships Pacific Explorer, Pacific Dawn, and Pacific Aria are some of the best family friendly ships in Australian waters. P&O Cruise ships are fitted with Australian power outlets, and operate with Australian dollars (AUD) with no tipping required. This is a big attraction as competing cruise liners sometimes operate on US Dollars with the expectation of further tipping.

Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned cruiser, there are an abundance of P&O Cruises to choose from. Cruises from Sydney and Brisbane include itineraries up the Queensland Coast, Pacific Islands cruises (Fiji, Noumea, Vanuatu). Cruises from Melbourne sail to Tasmania (Hobart, Bernie), Sydney and the Pacific Islands.

P&O Cruises are specialists in offering event and themed cruises. Events such as the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open, Christmas, New Years and Australia Day are all taken into account. Popular themed choices include short Food & Wine Cruises, Comedy and Sampler options to whet your cruising tastebuds.

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Entertainment & Dining

Entertainment options are in abundance onboard P&O Cruises. Original production shows are choreographed by a leading Australian production company, exclusively for P&O. Be spellbound by amazing circus acrobatics, live music performances, and adults only comedy shows.

All ships are fully equipped with a pool, gym and spa as well as various sporting facilities and fitness classes.

Have a drink at one of the many onboard bars including The Dome which transforms into a nighclub into the evning, or a quiet drink at the Orient Pub.

Adults Only Areas

P&O have a number of Adults Only areas free from children. Spend an evening at the Adults only Comedy Club or take refuge at The Oasis a child free area to soak up the sun and settle in a deck chair beside the pool. 

Drink Packages

P&O Drink packages vary - the Soft Drink Package starts from $7 AUD per person per day if purchased prior to boarding. Premium Beverage packages start at $79 AUD if pre-purchased, or enjoy "The Lot" for $95pp per day pre-purchased.


P&O Cruises has the Largest Adventure Park at sea called "P&O Edge". For those after more adventurous experiences, you can try the flying fox, a spot of rock climbing, or gather your friends and family for a round of laser tag. For the budding Taylor Swifts, and Robbie Williams' amongst you, why take a Karoke session for a sing off!

Kids Club

P&O Kids Clubs for children aged 3 to 7 offer age appropriate supervised activities which means the adults can relax knowing the family is well looked after.

The Big Screen

The Big Screen TV onboard P&O ships shows Sporting Events, Movies and even Wii Games. Kick back on the deck while watching your favourite movie!

P&O have a minimum of eight dining experiences on each ship. Dining onboard is innovative and fresh with locally sourced Australian produce. Australian Celebrity Chef Luke Mangin also has his own restaurant at sea named "Salt Grill by Luke Mangin". From Italian upscale dining, to alfresco burgers on the Top Deck, P&O have all the options covered.

P&O's newest ship Pacific Explorer has an amazing new specialty pizzeria "400 Gradi" which is becoming a passenger favourite.

Restaurants onboard P&O operate in Australian Dollars with tipping optional.


  • Pacific Explorer Remodelling

    P&O's newest ship "Pacific Explorer" has been remodelled and contains two waterslides, a waterpark, barefoot bowling, rock climbing, not to mention a huge range of bars, pubs and live music venues.

  • Gatsby Party

    The Gatsby parting has been a huge success with cruisers eager to dress up for a night of dancing and twenties inspired entertainment.

    The high end cocktail party includes themed music, entertainment and classic cocktails. Costume pieces are also available onboard should you forget to pack for the evening

  • Award Winning Cruise Liner

    P&O was voted "Best Cruise Line for Families" by Cruise Passenger Magazine Readers' Choice Awards in 2016. This is no mean feat with fierce competition amongst the liners trying to woo passengers with the latest and greatest facilities. P&O was also awarded as having the "Best Itineraries" at the Australian Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards in 2016. Knowing what passengers want is what P&O Australia does best with a variety of itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you're looking for a short cruise from Sydney or a South Pacific Island Hopper, P&O has a long list of satisfied passengers who repeatedly book and endorse their offerings.

    P&O Australia departs regularly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as other Australian and International ports. P&O Cruises from Sydney via the White Bay Cruise Terminal where you'll catch a glimpse of Sydney Harbour and the world famous Sydney Opera House. Other popular Sydney sights you may see on a P&O cruise could be Bondi Beach, the Sydney Tower, and Taronga Zoo. Cruises from Brisbane may have you visiting Moreton Island or Cairns, while P&O from Melbourne may have you visiting Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Hobart or Eden and Sydney.

  • Theme Cruises

    P&O have been a leading cruise liner in offering Themed Cruises. Themes on offer within the P&O range include but are not limited to the following:

    Comedy Cruises

    Dedicated P&O Comedy Cruises onboard can have you laughing from ear to ear. The line up of comedians differs from year to year, however you can be assured you won't be left leaving without a smile.

    Melbourne Cup Cruises

    The race that stops a nation has it's very own Melbourne Cup Cruise. Itineraries differ each year however you'll enjoy 2-3 nights onboard with themed events and entry to Flemington.

    State of Origin Cruises

    State of Origin Cruises have become a favourite for P&O passengers with Rugby League fans travelling from Sydney, and Brisbane to the Yearly events.

    Food & Wine

    P&Os Food and Wine cruises can have you learning how to perfect a Barrista standard Latte, or preparing a dish of restaurant quality standard. A seminar onboard may have you learning about the finer points of wine making or how cheese is matured.


Barb travelled on P&O - Pacific Aria in February, 2020 and left the following P&O Cruises review:

Our first cruise and it was amazing. The food was very good.. Entertainment was great. Rooms were OK.. We had an Ocean View room.. Would probably book a balcony next time
Hafida Le Map travelled on P&O - Pacific Dawn in January, 2020 and left the following P&O Cruises review:

It was a dream holiday for 7 nights. My two teen daughters, my husband and I loved it so much. No stress, good food, plenty to do and just Relaxing time. We loved it so much that we already booked another cruise for 15 days this time with the Sea Princess in December 2020. Our new cruise : Cruise: Christmas and New Year in Southeast Asia Cruise line: Princess Cruises Ship: Sea Princess...
GARY travelled on Explorer Of The Seas in December, 2019 and left the following P&O Cruises review:

From the time of seeing online the cruise to booking from Crazy Cruises I could not hope for something more easier. The communication from Crazy Cruises & P & O was more than I could have expected. Excellent cruise and was more than satisfied with everything on offer. The ships crew were one of the best I have experienced. From boarding to dis-embarking the cruise but all but perfect...
Joy Walden travelled on P&O - Pacific Explorer in September, 2019 and left the following P&O Cruises review:

This boat was smaller than some but just perfect. Our cabin was on level 6, it was very quiet. We were very happy with cabin. We ate at the buffet and three included restaurants. The food was awesome. The entertainment was fantastic as were the trivia and other on board activities. I also enjoyed the gym classes. Id highly recommend this cruise
Cathy Daniels travelled on P&O - Pacific Explorer in July, 2019 and left the following P&O Cruises review:

Beautiful ship Awesome crew, waiters Bruno and Reymond were standouts so friendly and went out of their way to make our dining experience amazing. Food was awesome . Our cabin stewards were fantastic and we were very grateful for their assistance. Entertainment crew kept us laughing, loved the tutu dance off. My only complaint would be my shore tour in Lifou. I wanted to do vanilla...

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  • Best Itineraries
    Australian Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards
  • Best Cruise Line for Families
    Cruise Passenger Magazine Readers' Choice Awards
  • Best Australia / New Zealand Itineraries
    Porthole Magazine
  • Best Family Cruise Line
    Out and About with Kids magazine