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P&O Australia Cruises

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P&O Cruises Australia Pacific Explorer Pool Deck

About P&O Australia Cruises

Editor's note: Carnival Corp. will close P&O Cruises Australia and fold it into its Carnival Cruise Line brand from March 2025, with Pacific Encounter rebranded as Carnival Encounter and Pacific Adventure as Carnival Adventure.

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  • Who goes on P&O Australia cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a P&O Australia cruise?

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P&O Australia Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on P&O Australia cruise ships?

Passengers come mostly from Australia and a few from New Zealand. It's a relatively younger crowd than found on some other lines, with an average age of about 45 years old.

The generally easy-going and fun-loving passengers tend to be more budget-focused with value for money more important than luxury.

Although the cruise line is popular across multiple generations, couples and families dominate. It has won accolades for its family-friendly atmosphere with children kept busy by kids' clubs staffed by qualified teachers and childcare workers.

Do I have to dress up on a P&O Australia cruise?

P&O ships do not have formal nights with black tie requirements. Instead, there's usually one or two party nights (check your itinerary), with themes such as the Great Gatsby or the Bianco party, which calls for white clothing.

Is everything free on P&O Australia cruises?

No. All meals at Waterfront Restaurant, The Pantry, Angelo's and Dragon Lady are included in fares. But all other dining options carry a charge. Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are also not included, but dispensing machines for water, tea and coffee in The Pantry are free. In terms of activities, there are plenty of perks -- from the complimentary kids' clubs and comedy shows to cooking demonstrations and pool games. However, shore excursions and P&O Edge activities, such as zip-lining, are an additional expense.

What are P&O Australia’s most popular activities?

There is a wide range of onboard activities which include fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, live bands, dancing, game shows, table tennis, casinos, cabaret shows, karaoke, deck parties, spa treatments, trivia quizzes, in-cabin movies, shuffleboard, bingo, dance classes, themed nights and parties, talent shows, enrichment lectures and port talks.

P&O Edge is an adventure park that uses the ship as its equipment; for example, abseiling across the bow or climbing the funnel (charges apply).

Also popular are short theme cruises with a focus on food and wine or health and fitness, featuring speakers, presentations and special activities.

Why go with P&O Australia?

  • Largest permanent big-ship cruise line in Australia
  • Lively atmosphere, family-friendly with excellent kids clubs
  • Recent ship upgrades offer more choice, facilities and modern decor
  • Attracts a casual, predominantly Aussie crowd
  • First newly built year-round Australia-based ship coming in 2019

Best for: Fun-loving, value-seeking families, couples and solos who like to socialise

Not for: Anyone yearning for a quiet, kid-free getaway with strict dress codes and formal nights

P&O Cruises Australia Cruiser Reviews

Ok Ship

Some staff just completed my request without any word, others said no cannot get 2 drinks with my package so I will have to get back in line for the bottle of water.There were a few staff that were good, I do not not know their names, but the bar staff in the blue bar were great the one night I was there.Read More
Albert Freya Kitty Kat

6-10 Cruises

Age 52s

So disappointed

When we got a steward to check it they said "yes you cant have both open ór leave the shower door open because it happens all the time", after the 4- 5 time a senior steward came into the room sniffing around and basically accusing us of smoking in the cabin when we said what the steward had said we were told well just sit in the shower until the steam cleared.Our cabin door lock had been pried open at some time previously and was held in place by 1 screw which caught my sons arm and scratched him up the arm.Read More
Moz6699

2-5 Cruises

Age 63s

WASTE OF MONEY!!!!

I can not express just how disgusting the food is, it's only there purely for sustenance.- horrible rude staff!Read More
Savannah2170

First Time Cruiser

Age 34s

Worst cruise ever.

Even a simple hamburger will cost you extra money as they consider this Gourmet food?Without doubt the absolute worst cruise ever and we will certainly not use P&O ever again.Read More
Anwer

10+ Cruises

Age 75s

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