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Pacific EncounterOverview

  • 2021Launch Date
  • 2,600Passengers
  • 13Decks
    • Newest ship in the P&O AU fleet
    • Short and sweet itineraries like the Comedy Cruise available
    • Discover the Pacific Islands or the Great Barrier Reef in style
  • Pacific Encounter
  • Pacific Encounter
  • Pacific Encounter

Cruises on board Pacific Encounter

The Pacific Encounter will sail you away to the South Pacific, Asia and along Queensland’s coast.

The ship calls Brisbane its home port, as the cruise line is committed to providing Queenslanders with beautiful local cruise holidays. Explore the paradise that is the Great Barrier Reef, discover Mystery Island and Lifou, wander the streets of Cairns and Port Douglas and enjoy the vibrant hub of Airlie Beach.

The Pacific Encounter features all of P&O Australia’s famous classics, like Waterfront and Angelo’s alongside new and exciting dinging venues, such as Luke’s Bar & Grill and 400 Gradi by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny di Francesco. The Lobby on Deck 5 is now the new favourite hangout place for everyone – have a drink or light lunch and watch the world go by.

Ship Details
Launch Date2021
Refurbishment Year2016
CompanyP&O Australia
Length290 metre
Draft7.7 metre
Speed22.9 knots

Cabins and Decks

Come aboard the Pacific Encounter and discover one of 126 cabin categories on a total of 13 decks that can accommodate 2600 passengers. Choose your dream cabin and feel at home on board the Pacific Encounter!

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Life On Board

The Pacific Encounter lets you explore your own backyard and stay close to home, or venture a little further out to discover beautiful cultures and landscapes. Embark in Brisbane and cruise around Australia, visiting ports like Melbourne, Airlie Beach and Cairns. Discover New Zealand’s famous Fiordland National Park, Tauranga and Wellington. Wander out to the paradise islands of the South Pacific on cruises of three to fourteen nights. Experience Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. Set sail in Singapore and explore Bali and Lombok on the way back to Brisbane.

Enjoy shopping tax- and duty-free on board, you will find all your favourite brands for clothing, beauty products, jewellery and much more.


Whether you are conscious of your budget or looking for special treatment, there will be the perfect cabin for you on board the Pacific Encounter. All staterooms are filled with thoughtful amenities like fluffy towels, a safe, a pillow menu and more. There will be plenty of space for you to relax in whatever category you decide for. A lot of the cabins inter-connect, so are perfect for groups or families. Go for an Inside Cabin and choose your own bed configuration, or book a Balcony Cabin and enjoy breakfast with a view on your own private terrace. Mini-Suites, Suites and the ultimate Penthouse Suite feature separate sitting areas, bathtubs, heaps of priorities and bonus extras.

Food & Drink

Check out the great menus at the eateries that are included in the price of your cruise holiday, like the famous Waterfront Restaurant serving classic and modern Australian dishes as well as kids’ favourites. Indulge in hearty Italian dishes in style at Angelo’s and try something new at the Pan-Asian venue – the Dragon Lady. Treat yourself to an exceptional experience at a specialty restaurant, where dishes come at an extra cost. Take a bite of Johnny Di Francesco’s award-winning pizza at 400 Gradi or have an unforgettable experience at Luke’s Bar & Grill that features beautiful food made out of Australian-sourced ingredients. Shell & Bones is a must-visit for fresh seafood and meat lovers.


Check out one of the famous P&O parties like the Gatsby Party or the Anchors Aweigh Sailaway Party, or try your luck at the Casino. Enjoy one of the exclusive shows like Love Riot and Let’s Misbehave or laugh yourself silly at the adult-only Comedy Club. Watch a movie or a game on the Big Screen and dance the night away at the nightclub. Join a round of trivia or play a game at the Arcade. Days at sea are made for dance and mixology classes. The whole family will have a blast playing table tennis, quoits and more on the Sports Deck. Shoot some hoops on the basketball court or try the brand new Twin Racer Waterslides.

Health & Fitness

Cruise holidays are made for relaxation, and you will find everything you may need to unwind on board the Pacific Encounter. The EVOLVE health and fitness centre features state-of-the-art work-out equipment, programmes and classes to suit any lifestyle and fitness routine. Get closer to the sun by the open air swimming pools on the top deck. The adult-only Oasis with its comfortable loungers, a full bar and a relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place to get away from it all. Book some ‘you time’ at the onboard Spa and treat yourself to beautiful massages and facials, rejuvenating medi-spa therapies or get your hair and nails done at the Elemis at Sea Salon.

Cruising with Children

Book a P&O family cruise and forget the stressful planning and organizing. Accommodation, food and family friendly entertainment are all included in the fare. Spend quality time splashing around in the top deck pools or go sliding down the waterslides. Take part in fantastic shore excursions designed with families in mind and enjoy delicious dinners that your kids will love and you didn’t have to cook. Children of all ages can enjoy time away from their parents at the dedicated Kids’ Clubs, each offering age-appropriate fun activities and professional supervision. There are numerous accommodation options on board, be it inter-connecting Inside, Outside or Balcony Cabins or the Suites that come with more space and bonus extras.

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