Along with sister company, P&O Cruises in the United Kingdom, P&O Cruises Australia originates from the passenger division of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, a UK shipping company which operated the world's first passenger ships in the early 19th Century. P&O ships made many line voyages to Australia and went on to become Australia’s home grown cruise line with P&O’s first ever cruise sailing from Sydney on December 23, 1932, on board the mail steamer Strathaird, on a seven-day itinerary calling at Brisbane and Norfolk Island.
These voyages eventually developed into the cruise holidays we recognise today and so P&O adopted the brand name P&O Cruises, with the specialist Australian service becoming known as P&O Cruises Australia.
P&O Cruises first permanent ship in Australia was the Fairstar, followed by Pacific Sky, Pacific Star, Pacific Sun, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Eden, Pacific Aria & then Pacific Explorer.
Today, the P&O Cruises Australia fleet consists of Pacific Explorer. Pacific Adventure and Pacific Encounter will join the fleet in 2021.
Our Past Fleet: