P&O Cruises is hugely popular amongst cruisers Down Under, with a big market share and a fleet which is growing fast - two new ships have recently joined the family, and two more are on the cards in the next few years including a brand-new build. It's evident they are doing something right - but what exactly is it that makes P&O such an Aussie favourite?
We took a look at some P&O reviews
and got the word from cruisers on what it is about this line that has seen them make such a splash
1 . They offer some home comforts
As the only big-ship line based exclusively out of Australia
, P&O is in a unique position to know exactly what it is that antipodean cruise lovers like. Granted, we go on holiday to escape normal life, but there are some aspects of home that it's nice to take with you.
Good coffee is probably at the top of the list, and there are cafes available onboard which sell real Aussie-style coffee, with flat whites, lattes and anything else you could desire. What else? Well, you can have vegemite on your toast and your favourite beers in the evening. It's the little things.
2 . They know how to chill
Australians know how to relax and have a good time. So does P&O Cruises, and that's a big part of what makes them so suited to the Australasian market. Of course, any cruise brings a big dose of relaxation, but not all lines offer that majorly laid-back vibe you'll find here. It's hard to quantify such a phenomenon, but the dress code is one example.
"When the sun's out you can keep it casual" is the official word on P&O's website, and this means the thongs and stubbies are A-OK. When heading to the restaurants and bars in the evening, it remains pretty chill with a "smart casual" dress code - but you are welcome to frock up should you so desire! Cocktail evenings are a chance for everyone to get out their gladrags.
3 . They are affordable
There's no denying that for most of us, price does come into the equation when choosing a cruise. Aussies love good value, and P&O offers it, with great fares
and plenty of options.
You can snap up a P&O cruise for less than $100 per person per night - when you consider that includes food, entertainment and transport, that's an amazing price tag for a holiday. It's a no-frills line but still offers everything that cruise passengers want and need.
4 . They have great domestic itineraries
The South Pacific islands
are a wonderful destination, but for veteran cruisers they can be a case of "been there, done that." P&O sails to the islands, New Zealand
and Southeast Asia
, but also offers a range of amazing Aussie cruises which allow passengers to experience a new side of their own country.
You can get onboard regular trips to Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and elsewhere on P&O's growing fleet. They have also recently introduced many new ports such as Fraser Island, Eden, Mornington Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
5 . They offer many short breaks
Cruises of only three or four nights are the ideal way to get away without a big time commitment - and with the typical modern Aussie busy with school, work, sports and more, it's a fantastic opportunity. P&O's extensive list of short cruises
mean they fit right in Down Under.
Comedy, Food and Wine and Lifestyle cruises from Sydney
eschew destinations entirely to focus on the journey - and on complete relaxation in the limited time available. Slightly longer are four and five night-long itineraries which take in one or two nearby ports - these might include Fraser Island, Moreton Island, Esperance, Margaret River, Mornington Peninsula and many more great spots.
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