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P&O - Pacific Explorer - P&O Cruises

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P&O - Pacific Explorer Overview

Pacific Explorer cruise ship

When it comes to P&O's Pacific Explorer, it's all in the name. This vessel is the newest and largest in the fleet, and it's been designed with adventures in mind.

Recently launched with a multi-million dollar refurbishment, it's a playground at sea with endless activities on board, including the only lawn bowls green on any cruise liner. While it began its life as the Dawn Princess, this ship is barely recognisable with the new features, contemporary design and exciting possibilities.

Everything from the hidden bar to the mega-waterpark is geared towards fun, and there's no doubt this will be a cruise ship primed for the next generation of cruisers, many now hitting the ocean waves for the first time.

Food: Pacific Explorer restaurants

The Pacific Explorer follows in the footsteps of the rest of P&O's fleet with a new and modern approach to dining. Each location provides unique fare and exciting decor, giving guests a tailored experience with every meal.

The refurbishments have added Nic and Toni's Mediterranean to the food-court style The Pantry, as well as The Black Circus, a supper club that offers live cabaret entertainment as you dine. You'll also enjoy all the usual fare found on P&O Cruises, such as the Waterfront Restaurant, the Lobster and Burger Bar, Dragon Lady, and Italian cuisine from Angelo's.

Bars and more: Evenings on the Pacific Explorer

One of the most exciting changes made for the release of the Pacific Explorer is the hidden bar, which will offer a stylish and relaxing spot to grab a drink - but you'll have to find it first.

Head to the Blue Room for nightly live entertainment from Australian singers, or sit back in The Bonded Store & Archie Rose distillery where you can both taste and make gin. You also have the Lounge Bar, Cellar Door Wine Tasting, and a nightclub to choose from.

Pacific Explorer activities, pool and fitness

The activities program is where the Pacific Explorer really excels. The barefoot bowls lawn is ground-breaking; the first ever to feature on a cruise ship.

P&O have also excelled in rejuvenating the swimming and sunning areas. Instead of the usual pool, the Pacific Explorer features a waterpark, complete with two waterslides and a kids area. Meanwhile, the normal pool area has been revamped to include a cabana-style atmosphere.

The P&O Edge Adventure Park is at the heart of the activities on board. This is where you'll find the zip line that zooms over the top deck, the rock climbing wall that first lets you climb up the tunnel then abseil down, and the ‘walk the plank' feature on deck 15. You can have a ‘Titanic moment' on the bow of the ship, play laser tag with a group of friends, and climb to the top of the crow's nest.

For fitness, take a lap of the jogging track, try an organised fitness glass or hit up the gym. Afterwards, relax in the sauna, enjoy a treatment at the day spa or indulge in a massage.

Cabins onboard the Pacific Explorer

There are 999 passenger cabins on board the Pacific Explorer, with a wide range of options from inside rooms for the budget-conscious, to ocean-view cabins, balcony cabins, and suites. More than 400 of the cabins on board include balconies, an attractive feature for many cruisers.

All rooms start with basic amenities such as private ensuites, flat-screen TVs, fridges and air conditioning. If you opt for a suite, you get a few additional luxuries such as priority embarkation and disembarkation, a fresh fruit bowl, turndown service, and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Plus, guests staying in the main suites will be invited to the officer's private cocktail party (for cruises longer than five nights) so you can mingle with fellow guests and meet some of the most important faces running the ship.

Food and Dining

Pacific Explorer dining: what's available.

Dining included in your cruise fare:

  • The Pantry
  • Angelo's (Italian cuisine)
  • Dragon Lady (Asian fare)
  • Waterfront Restaurant
  • Ice cream bar
  • The Black Circus (cabaret)

Specialty dining (charges apply):

  • Chef's Table
  • Lobster & Burger Bar
  • Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
  • Shell & Bones


One thing is for sure, you'll never be bored onboard the Pacific Explorer.

Pacific Explorer pools and more

The water features onboard the Pacific Explorer are one of the ship's many strengths. Rather than a simple pool and spa or two, the vessel offers a full waterpark, complete with two waterslides that treat riders to LED lights, music, and hair-raising turns. In the kids area of the park there are oversized pool toys to play with and a water dump bucket for extra drenchings. Of course, you can just as easily lounge by the regular pool area on the main deck.

The gym is open from 8am to 8pm daily, and personal trainers are always on hand to help you get the most out of your fitness regimen. You'll find a host of gym equipment, weights and plenty of space so you can keep up with your regular routine - or take the opportunity to create a new one.

When it comes time to relax, indulge as much or as little as you like. The Oasis Day Spa offers a complete range of treatments from professional hair styling and manicures to facials and massage.

Pacific Explorer daily schedules

Each day on board is different, but every day begins with receiving the Pacific Daily - a quick guide to the day's events and activities. It will usually post the time of sunrise and sunset, as well as a collection of activities occurring around the ship. These might include:

  • Fitness classes on deck
  • Trivia and bingo
  • Tournaments and games at the casino
  • The night's performances and stage shows
  • Cocktail-making classes

In the evening

Your daily newsletter will keep you up to date with any shows and events on each night; the hardest part will be deciding which ones to attend.

The Black Circus promises to bring live cabaret entertainment during your trip, and the Blue Room will host nightly performances by Australian singers. P&O is also known for its fantastic live stage shows, and will soon introduce a new feature ‘Let's Misbehave', a gangster style story with local Sydney singers, dancers and performers. Prefer a laidback evening? Keep an eye out for the regular movie screenings held outdoors in the pool area where you can relax on deck and watch old favourite classics and newer blockbusters.

Pacific Explorer for families

The array of adventure activities and the mega waterpark makes the Pacific Explorer an ideal ship for families to begin with and the comprehensive Kids' Club is the cherry on top. The young ones will always have something special and exciting to do, giving parents peace of mind - and a little break.

There are groups for each age bracket.

  • Duplo: 0 to 2 year olds
  • Turtle Cove: 2 to 6 year olds
  • Shark Shack: 7 to 10 year olds
  • HQ: 11 to 14 year olds
  • HQ+: 15 to 17 year olds

Each group offers age-appropriate activities with other kids so you can enjoy some adult time as your children get to play in a supervised area.

Kids also have the option to take part in a range of child-friendly activities such as talent shows, a kids production show, Lego play and more.

The Pacific Explorer with its fantastic dining, incredible entertainment and non-stop fun awaits your arrival - book your voyage today.

Balcony Stateroom

Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room, it’s the best way to enjoy all the comfort of our onboard rooms and all the beauty of living on the ocean. With all the action on deck and ashore, it’s nice to know there’s a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it that’s equipped with everything you need.

Balcony rooms feature all of the luxuries of a hotel room including:

  • Private balcony with outdoor furniture
  • Private ensuite, shower only
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Wardrobe, desk with chair
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air-conditioning with personal controls
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Bars and Lounges

Bars & Lounges on Pacific Explorer

The Bonded Store

We’re excited to announce a new Partnership with the Archie Rose Distilling Company. You can enjoy their incredible spirits as well as participate in special gin making classes

Explorer Hotel

Make the friendly Explorer Hotel your new local.  With comfortable converted window box sets, it's the perfect place to curl up and read a book or relax over a cocktail.

Pool Bar

Sip the day away by the pool – you’re never going to feel so relaxed.

Marquee Bar

Take in a performance or even a game of bingo (charges apply for bingo).

Charlies Bar

This is a great spot to sit back with a snack or drink and take in all of the action and entertainment happening in the Atrium.

Blue Bar

The Blue Room – a New Orleans "speakeasy" lounge bar – decorated with velvet and chrome furnishings is an opulent space ideal for an evening pre or post dinner drink. Passengers can spend the evening listening to live music, anything from funk to Blues, and Jazz to RnB.