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Get to Know P&O Cruises Australia

Posted December 8th, 2016

One of the biggest names in the Australian cruise market, P&O Cruises Australia has been wowing guests for years. From the innovative P&O Edge Adventure Park to The Pantry, a collection of eateries serving up international cuisine, the cruise line is dedicated to ensuring all guests are satisfied around the clock, no matter their age, tastes or interests. To learn more about this hugely popular cruise line, keep reading – you’ll soon discover what sets this industry heavyweight apart from the rest.      


Did you know?

  • P&O Cruises Australia has been sailing around the Australasia region for over 80 years and is the region’s largest and longest-serving cruise provider.

  • The cruise line is part of Carnival Corporation & PLC, which is the largest vacation group worldwide. Sister lines include Carnival Cruises Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard, Seabourn and Costa Cruises.

  • Nearly 30% of P&O Cruises’ passengers are families, while 45% are couples and over 20% are friends travelling together.

  • 31% of passengers are aged between 0-29, 49% are aged 30-59 and 20% are aged over 60 years of age. The average passenger is aged 42 years.

  • Over 40% of passengers who sail with the cruise line are repeat customers coming back for another amazing holiday experience.

  • With the Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, P&O Cruises Australia introduced cruisers to the first Australian celebrity chef restaurant at sea.

  • P&O Cruises was voted 2016 Australia’s Best Family Cruise Line by ‘Out & About with Kids’.

  • For four consecutive years, the cruise line was voted Australia’s most trusted cruise line in the 2016 Reader’s Digest survey.


  • The Pacific Jewel was the first cruise ship to journey to the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea, which is one of the most off-the-beaten-track island groups in the world.

  • The Pacific Eden made history by becoming the first cruise ship to be based in Cairns. The ship will call the North Queensland city home from September 10, 2016 to November 11, 2016 and will journey to sun-drenched destinations such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

  • History was made again as the Pacific Eden became the largest cruise ship to visit Gizo, a remote town in the Solomon Islands.

P&O Cruises Australia’s Fleet

  • The Pacific Explorer will be joining the P&O Cruises Australia family in June 2017 and with a gross tonnage of 77,441 and guest capacity of 1,998, will be the biggest ship in the fleet. 

  • New and exciting additions and innovations are a common feature of the Pacific Explorer. The ship will have P&O’s first ever water park at sea, including two thrilling waterslides, oversized water toys and a shaded area with a dumping bucket. Guests can also enjoy a range of new eateries such as a           pizzeria, a poolside Lobster & Burger bar, and Nic and Toni’s, which will bring Mediterranean cuisine to The Pantry.

  • Another cruise ship is set to join the fleet in 2019, making P&O the first cruise line to build a brand new ship for the Australian market. The new ship will weigh 135,500 tonnes and carry over 4,200 guests – it will also be the biggest ship to be based in Australia year-round.

  • The Pacific Pearl’s last cruise will be on 27 March 2017; she will be sailing on a 16-night farewell voyage from Auckland to Singapore.

  • If you were to weigh all the ships in the fleet, including the Pacific Explorer, you would have a combined weight of 393,462.

  • The ships in the fleet each have a minimum of 9 guest decks – add them all together and you’d have 62 guest decks to explore!

Can’t wait to be part of the P&O Cruises Australia family? Want to discover the wonders of the new Pacific Explorer when it debuts next year? Call us on 1300 954 661 and one of our experienced cruise consultants can help you book the perfect cruise for your budget, tastes and needs. 

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Images courtesy of P&O Cruises Australia.


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