P&O Cruises is Australia's most established cruise brand, matching the laid-back and fun nature of the Australian market with entertainment galore, a relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly activities on its comfortable ships. More recently, P&O have been making strides to up their game in terms of providing affordable luxury and a modern cruising experience from destinations including Sydney, Brisbane and other ports around the South Pacific. Read more
Passengers can expect value for money, friendly staff and plenty to keep them occupied when sailing on the Pacific Pearl, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Aria or Pacific Eden. P&O Cruises offer short breaks for cruisers looking for a few days away somewhere local, as well as long getaways for Australians looking to escape Sydney, Brisbane and other locations to the likes of the South Pacific islands, further afield in Australia or over yonder to Asia.
P&O ships are kitted out with Australian power outlets, operate with Australian dollars and promise that no tipping is required. For many cruise loving Aussies, this sense of home is a major perk when compared to the competing ships that deal only in American dollars, and require those niggly tipping and device converting rituals which can be a bit of pain.
P&O Ships in Australia's Fleet- Who’s Who?
P&O Australia transports over 100,000 passengers each year on their dream cruise holidays. The ships sail from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle and even Singapore to cater to as many Australian holiday dreams as possible.
Pacific Dawn - A part of the fleet since 2007, the Pacific Dawn is P&O Australia’s longest-serving vessel. With room for 2020 passengers, she offers a wonderful cruising experience.
Pacific Jewel - The Pacific Jewel entered service with P&O in 2009 and carries 1950 passengers. She also offers the P&O Edge adventure program.
Pacific Pearl - This pearler of a ship is a favorite, joining the fleet in 2010. Spending half the year in Auckland, she features a New Zealand Natural Ice-Cream shop, which both Australians and Kiwis love.
Pacific Aria - A new arrival to the P&O fleet, Aria along with her sister ship Eden first set sail in Australia November 2015. Aria takes up residence in different parts of Australia, offering passengers a new and modern experience.
Pacific Eden - The other new addition to the Pacific fleet, Eden has also come from Holland America and underwent quite a makeover before her November 2015 debut in Australia. Eden will also move around a bit, delighting passengers with some unique additions to the cruising scene.
Pacific Explorer - Joining the fleet in 2017, the Pacific Explorer promises to enter the scene with fresh designs reflecting modern Australia. Stay tuned!
Onboard P&O Cruises
Although each of P&O Australia’s ships are unique, passengers will be pleased to find a number of the same features and highlights incorporated throughout the line. All ships have the requisite pool, gym and spa, as well as various sports facilities and fitness classes so cruisers can stay healthy and in shape whilst still indulging on their holiday!
If you are looking to enjoy a drink with some entertainment, you will find many bars and lounges to while away the evening onboard a P&O Australia ship. These include, amongst many others, the Dome, a bar which evolves into a nightclub. There’s also the more stately and conservative Orient Pub and large theatres in all six ships which put on broadway-style productions, comedy, music and dance. Casinos allow the opportunity for a flutter while in international waters.
P&O keep up with active and fun-loving antipodean cruisers with a range of daytime and evening activities, from bingo and quizzes to games on the big outdoor screen, scrapbooking, dance classes and Martini mixology.
The young ones won’t miss out on the fun, with the P&O Kids Clubs for children aged from 3 to 17, all of which offer age-appropriate and well supervised activities. The fantastic family-friendly atmosphere of the cruise line makes it a favourite for those wishing to take the entire clan on holiday.
Dining with P&O Cruises Australia
The currency used onboard is Australian dollars, and tipping is completely optional as per the culture Down Under. Dining is free in several venues, including the main Waterfront Restaurant and the buffet-style Plantation Restaurant. For something a little fancier, available on all ships is the spectacular Salt Grill by Luke Mangan at a cover charge, offering an amazing menu from the celebrity chef.
There are additional dining options available on Eden and Aria such as Dragon Lady: Pan Asian cuisine with midnight-blue furnishings and Angelo’s Italian restaurant: Stylish food with flair, named after photographer Angelo Frontoni which are offered free of charge or at a very nominal charge.
Book a P&O Cruise
With six ships on the books and itineraries ranging from short 3-day getaways to longer exploration and adventures, you have plenty to choose from when you book a P&O Cruise. Choose from the options below or head to our cruise deal page to check out the latest offerings from Australia's favourite cruise line. Finding a cruise should be a snap, and we'll make sure we're here to answer any questions you may have along the way so you get the most suitable and cheap cruise possible. P&O Cruises often depart from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane amongst other Australian and international destinations.
P&O Cruises From Sydney
Sydney is an Australian gem and a must visit for both international and domestic visitors. P&O Cruises from Sydney are anything from far and few between, Sydney is one of P&O Cruises Australia’s home ports so cruises with the line in and out of the harbour are a regular occurrence. Darling harbour, Sydney’s stunning inlet, is a sight to be seen and a eyesore for both new and old visitors alike. Sydney is a beautiful city with a harbour that features the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the colossal Sydney Opera House. It’s sights like these you can experience when cruising with P&O to or from Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Terminal. Other worthwhile local sights include Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Chinatown, The Sydney Tower and Taronga Zoo. P&O ships which can be commonly seen departing from Sydney include the Pacific Jewel – which is based in the harbour year round. Other P&O Cruise vessels regularly cruising from Sydney include P&O’s Pacific Aria and The Pacific Pearl.