P&O Cruises (Australia)
Packed to the rafters with live entertainment, five-star dining, spas, kids’ clubs and family fun, P&O Cruises promises cruise holidays like you’ve never experienced before. It really is “Like No Place On Earth”.
The Australian arm of P&O International, P&O Cruises South Pacific is one of the fastest growing cruise lines in the world. Ever since the very first P&O Cruise cruise from Sydney to Noumea on Christmas Eve 1932, the bar has been set for an exceptional cruise experience. And Noumea has remained one of the most popular South Pacific destinations ever since!
With the fitting tagline “Like No Place On Earth”, P&O Cruises has been working hard to play to Australian tastes. Whether guests want to be pampered, shop, be entertained, try the latest adrenalin activities or simply do nothing – P&O Cruises has something for everyone. It’s all a matter of choice. And adding to the unique Aussie vibe on P&O ships is the Australian onboard currency, barista made coffee and, of course, the policy of no tipping.
P&O Cruises promises adventures near and far. As well as visiting the top cruise destinations around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, P&O Cruises also sails to unique destinations in Cambodia, Thailand, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia.
Holidaymakers can choose from the largest selection of two- to four-night breaks and short one-stop cruise getaways from Australia. P&O Cruises also provides opportunities to be right at the heart of the main events. Not only are they the only cruise ships in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day, but they were also the first to cruise to Melbourne Cup for “The Race That Stops The Nation”. The cruise line now also offers a great range of Australian Open, Christmas and New Year’s cruises.
Ports of Departure
P&O Cruises has eight homeports, with six in Australia. Three ships sail from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland offering cruise itineraries to the best destinations in our Australian backyard as well as far-flung destinations.
Meet the Fleet
P&O Cruises has five cruise ships: Pacific Jewel, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Pearl, Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria.
The two newest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, boast revolutionary new cruising features. Not to be outdone, Pacific Pearl, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel have recently been given a facelift to reflect the cruise line’s contemporary new designs. They feature new furniture, chic pool deck and adrenalin-pumping entertainment options, such as a towering rock-climbing wall and zip line.
- In 2014, P&O Cruises launched its Food Revolution.
- In April 2015, Pacific Jewel became the first P&O Cruises’ ship to call at Busselton in Margaret River.
- In 2015, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden join the fleet. P&O Cruises now offers itineraries departing from Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Fremantle and Melbourne.
- Pacific Dawn was the line’s first superliner, carrying 2,020 passengers and offering an exceptional choice of cabins and facilities. Pacific Pearl, which cruises from Sydney and Auckland, was New Zealand’s first superliner.
Who cruises with P&O Cruises?
P&O Cruises appeal to a vast range of holidaymakers in Australia and abroad. Almost 30% of P&O’s passengers are families, 45% are couples and more than 20% are groups of friends. Ages range from children to seasoned cruisers, with almost half (49%) aged 30-59.
The P&O Cruises’ Experience
As the P&O Cruises fleet expands, so too does the value of cruise packages and quality of onboard services. Across the entire fleet, guests can revel in the amazing kids’ program, unique entertainment, and gourmet dining experiences. And with the new Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O Cruises is taking Australian cruising to a whole new level.
P&O Edge is Australia's largest adventure park at sea. Adrenalin pumping activities include high ropes, walk the plank, abseiling down the aft funnel, zip line across the top deck, and many more.
Every P&O cruise has a diverse line-up of stage performances, choreographed by a leading Aussie production company. Musicals, dance shows, adult-only comedians, illusionists and gravity-defying circus acrobatics promise a dazzling experience every night. Completing the entertainment mix on every cruise is a cinema (which also shows sporting and music events), casino and fun-themed parties.
From dancing and cooking to the art of cocktail making, P&O Cruises gives every passenger the chance to learn something new.
Kids won’t be bored for a second! There are 40 daily activities onboard a P&O cruise ship just for kids. There are also four age-specific supervised children’s centres on every ship. The Kids Club program is designed with help from an early childhood expert, and delivered by experienced childcare supervisors. It includes:
- Turtle Cove (aged 3-6): Movies, cartoons, scavenger hunts, storytime, theme nights and talent shows.
- Shark Shack (ages 7-10): iPad activities, movies and cartoons, Playstation competitions, talent shows.
- HQ (ages 11-14): Dance classes, movies, filmmaking, Teen Jam music sessions.
- HQ+ (ages 15-17): As above with more catered to older teens.
P&O Cruises is also careful to limit the number of young cruises onboard, so everyone has the right level of care and attention. The centres are free and open through to 10pm. And for extra late date nights, childminding can be arranged for 10:30pm to 1am for a small fee.When it comes to mealtimes, P&O serves up delicious kids’ menu options that even the fussiest eaters will love. Families can share platters in the Waterfront Restaurant, or pack off the kids to the exclusive kids-only dinner at Plantation Restaurant.
Every ship has duty free shops and an electronics store, with up to 40% of Australian retail prices. There’s a dedicated chocolate and lolly shop, and guests can also buy essential items like sunscreen and toothpaste.
Active cruisers will work up a sweat with all the fitness facilities onboard. From swimming and table tennis to dance lessons, a running track and fully equipped fitness centre, there’s no excuse not to continue your daily workout!
Spa and Health
Aqua HealthSpaFitness (yes, it’s all one word!) provides everything guests need to unwind and enjoy some “me” time. Choose from a menu of rejuvenating spa and beauty treatments including acupuncture, reflexology and even teeth whitening.
When it comes to food, there’s nothing like a P&O Cruise ship. In 2014, P&O launched its Food Revolution, which revamped the dining experiences to meet new tastes and desires. There are now at least eight different dining options on each ship, with Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden offering even more. P&O Cruises plates up everything from lavish buffets to casual burgers and eclectic four-course celebrity-inspired menus. P&O Cruises also features Australia’s first celebrity chef restaurant at sea, Salt grill by Luke Mangan. Here, and in every dining venue, meals are prepared using locally sourced Australian produce. Room service is also available around the clock for a small additional fee.
Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs
There are at least nine bars on every ship, including the pub-style The Orient, MIX Cocktail Bar, Dome nightclub and Players Bar & Casino. In addition, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden feature a new cellar door, offering an unprecedented range of Australian wines for daily tastings, master classes, seminars, and more. Wine can also be ordered for home delivery.
P&O Cruises prides itself on offering cosy sanctuaries with everything its guests need, plus some homely extras. Every cabin offers the facilities you’d expect in a quality hotel room, including a sumptuous bed, en-suite, hairdryer, fluffy towels, wardrobe, fridge, personally-controlled air-con, phone and flat-screen television. Every room is serviced daily.
The ships offer a choice of accommodations depending on desired level of luxury and party size. Twin, triple or quad share rooms are available in Interior or Oceanview. You can also opt for a budget-friendly Balcony room. For families and groups, the Inter–Connecting rooms provide a range of bedding combinations. Taking the luxury up a notch, the mini-suite and full size suites promise balconies, open living areas, priority embarkation, and more indulgent extras.
The cruise line offers a premium in-room service, where guests can request little luxuries like ice, shoeshine, pillow concierge, or a yoga mat delivered straight to the room.
P&O Cruises provides a wide range of on-shore excursions to suit every holiday style. Adventure seekers can have once-in-a-lifetime experiences with abseiling, swimming with sea lions, parasailing, canyoning, camel safaris and more. For a true taste of the local culture and history, P&O Cruises visits traditional villages, cultural ceremonies and momentous landmarks. Nature lovers will love the wilderness and wildlife tours, from whale watching and tree-tip walks to eco-cruises and glow worm grottos. Foodies, shopaholics and art lovers won’t want to miss out on the variety of city tours, shopping tours and food and drink experiences. And sport buffs can get their action fix while enjoying new experiences, be that snorkeling, quad biking or 4WD safaris. There really is something for everyone!
Shore Tours are led by local English speaking guides and are developed in partnership with the indigenous land owners, so they benefit from the visits too.
P&O Cruises also works with professional ecologists to ensure the line achieves a “zero net social and environmental footprint”.
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