P&O Cruises - Learn More About Australia's Favourite Cruise Line
P&O Cruises is Australia's most established cruise brand and a favourite among travellers cruising from Australia and New Zealand. Matching the laid-back and fun nature of the Australian market, PO cruises offer entertainment galore, a relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly activities on its comfortable ships. More recently, P&O has been making strides to up their game in terms of providing affordable luxury and a modern cruising experience from destinations including P & O cruises from Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and other ports around the South Pacific. ... Read more
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P and O Cruises in Australia: Cruise Ships and Destinations
Passengers can expect value for money, friendly staff and plenty to keep them occupied when sailing on the P&O Pacific Dawn, Pacific Explorer, 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 cruise 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 P&O Pacific Dawn is Australia's longest-serving vessel among P&O cruise ships. With room for 2020 passengers, she offers a wonderful cruising experience.
- Pacific Jewel - The Pacific Jewel entered service with P & O Cruises in 2009 and carries 1950 passengers. She also offers the P&O Edge adventure program, which introduces more than 15 exciting outdoor activities onboard P and O cruise ships.
- Pacific Aria - P&O Pacific Aria, along with her sister ship Pacific Eden, first cruises Australia in November 2015. Aria takes up residence in different parts of Australia, offering passengers a new and modern P&O cruise experience.
- Pacific Eden - Pacific Eden comes from the Holland America fleet 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 - The biggest cruise ship in the fleet, this one brings all the P&O favourites on a bigger scale, with more options and more fun for everyone. Explorer features 999 passenger cabins, a full waterpark and the first ever lawn bowl green on a cruise ship, among others.
Onboard P&O Cruises
Although each of P&O Australia's ships is unique, passengers will be pleased to find a number of the same features and highlights incorporated throughout the cruise line. All P and O 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 P and O 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 Pantry, a street food market-style buffet alternative. For something a little fancier, available on all P and O Australia ships is the spectacular Salt Grill by Luke Mangan at a cover charge, offering an amazing menu from the celebrity chef.
There are additional specialty dining options available on select P and O cruises (Eden, Aria and Explorer) such as Dragon Lady serving Pan Asian cuisine with midnight-blue furnishings and Angelo's Italian restaurant serving stylish food with flair, named after photographer Angelo Frontoni. The Explorer boasts a fantastic specialty pizzeria, 400 Gradi.
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P & O Cruises Australia
Owned and operated by the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc, P&O Cruises Australia have been sailing for more than eight decades now. P&O originates from The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, the world’s first to operate passenger cruise ships.
P&O Australia specializes in both short and longer cruises with five ships sailing from six Australasian ports. The primary departure ports of P and O Cruises in Australia have been Sydney and Brisbane, while cruise departures from Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns and Auckland have increased with more and more itineraries being offered by P&O cruises in 2020.
P&O Cruises From Sydney
Where do P&O cruises depart from in Sydney?
Over 300 cruises depart from Sydney every year. P&O Cruises from Sydney depart from the city’s two main cruise terminals.
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Located at West Circular Quay, the Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible from the airport and the city centre. The cruise terminal boasts excellent facilities and has the capacity to host large cruise ships from all over the world. P&O Cruises sail out of Darling Harbour, Sydney's stunning inlet, a sight to be seen and an eyesore for both new and old visitors alike.
White Bay Cruise Terminal
The multi-award winning White Bay Cruise Terminal is located in Rozelle, off James Craig Road. As it is not centrally located, getting to and from the cruise terminal requires a bit of walking. Public transportation is limited, with train routes and bus stops located several meters away.
Be sure to check your cruise ticket to know your departure terminal. P&O Cruise Control allows you to access your cruise ticket online, manage other cruise preferences and personalise your cruise experience even before departure.
P&O Cruises From Brisbane
Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane is both an industrial and commercial centre. Famous for its beaches, theme parks and large shopping centres, Brisbane is an ideal place to start your P and O cruise.
Where do P&O cruises depart from in Brisbane?
Cruises from Brisbane depart from the Brisbane Portside Cruise Terminal located at 39 Hercules St, Hamilton, QLD. Approximately 7 km from the airport and 10 km from the city centre, the port is easily accessible by both private and public transportation.
Serving as the main port in Brisbane, it can accommodate both small and large ships. The cruise terminal features excellent facilities and amenities to cater to the needs of cruise passengers waiting to board the ship.
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