Founded in 1932 as one of the first companies offering tours Down Under, P&O Australia has developed into a reliable and experienced cruise line over the years. The company has received numerous awards for being the most trusted brand in Australia. P&O Australia ships leave from ports around Australia and New Zealand, making things very convenient.
There's a wide range of restaurants to choose from on board the ships, including the 'Dragon Lady' and 'Angelo's' Italian restaurant. Not only does P&O Australia offer the opportunity to embrace nightlife, its kids' and family programmes are marked by the 'Best for Family Travel' award in 2014. The cruise line is renowned for its fun atmosphere and budget base fare with many onboard additions. Meals in the 'Pantry', 'Plantation' and 'Waterfront' restaurants are included in the fare and so is the majority of onboard programmes and activities.
P&O is one of the very few cruise lines able to dock in the Conflict Islands, so you can explore and experience the rarest sea life in the world! P&O cruises are suitable for families and couples, with a lively atmosphere and incredible itineraries you will never have a dull moment.
You are welcome to wear casual clothing on board P&O Australia ships during the day, however, after 5:30pm smarter attire is called for at all public spaces, including lounges and restaurants. Cocktail Nights are your opportunity to dress up and impress, ladies are asked to wear a cocktail or an evening dress and men – a suit or similar (tie optional). Consider packing a fun flapper for the Gatsby Party – there is sure to be one on your cruise, however long it is.
All onboard payments are done via your personal onboard account. This can be connected to your credit/debit card at embarkation, alternatively, you can deposit cash or transfer money from your bank account at the reception or via a self-serve kiosk.
Dinging options on board all P&O Australia ships are aplenty. The restaurants serve fresh, Australian sourced food. There are many included dining options like the famous Waterfront Restaurant, Angelo’s and Dragon Lady. Specialty eateries come at an additional price: 400 Gradi, Luke’s Bar & Grill by Luke Mangan, Gradi Pronto and many more. Room service is available 24 hours a day, charges apply.
The brand offers two types of dining experience. ‘My Table Dining’ gives you the opportunity to dine at both the same time and table every night. This option is available at the Waterfront, Angelo’s and Dragon Lady restaurants. ‘My Choice Dining’ means you will be able to have dinner when, where and how you like it. All onboard eateries support this concept.
P&O Cruises Australia is known for its outstanding entertainment. The cruise line is always coming up with new, improved experiences so you are never bored. Don’t miss big sports shows or blockbusters with the big screen on the Pacific Explorer. Plus, there is much more: adult-only comedy club, themed parties, dinner and show productions, trivia and game shows, live performances, Casino, games arcade, numerous bars and nightclubs.
There are over 60 daily activities that are exciting and innovative. P&O Edge Adventure Park is Australia’s biggest at sea and is designed for serious adrenaline junkies. Check out the laser tag, water parks and slides, deck games of golf and table tennis, mixology and lots of other classes, lawn bowls, karaoke, Jackpot Bingo and more.
If staying on top of your fitness routine is important to you, look no further than the state-of-the-art fitness centre, it will offer fantastic cardio and weight training equipment, plus a variety of programmes and classes, some of which are open-air. Check out KO boxing, TRX suspension, TRILO3Y, indoor cycling, Pilates and yoga. Numerous sports courts are also available – basketball, tennis and more.
Renewal and rejuvenation are taken care of at the onboard Spa. Select a treatment from an extensive menu and enjoy some precious ‘you time’. Go with a couple’s treatment if you are feeling romantic. Highly qualified hair dressers will work their magic on your hair at the onboard hair salon.
P&O has a great range of activities and entertainment for kids. There are 4 age-specific Kids Clubs that are supervised by onboard professionals. The Turtle Cove is for 2-6 year-olds, the Shark Shack is for those who are 7 to 10 years old. The HQ caters to kids from 11 to 14 and the HQ+ to teenagers of 15 to 17. In addition to the Kids Clubs, there are themed parties, teen discos, scavenger hunts, iPad activity sessions and kid friendly shore excursions.
There are heaps of accommodation options for families, including cabins with numerous berths (bunk beds) and inter-connecting staterooms on board the Pacific Explorer in Inside, Outside and Balcony categories. Baby cots, high chairs and booster seats are also available.
P&O Australia cruises are famous for being budget friendly and, therefore, have most of the things you need included in the cruise fare:
For more flexibility and great value add-ons, book your cruise holiday on a Value or Value Plus fare.