History of Our Fleet


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 subsequently became the first company to operate passenger routes to Australia, with the first of these voyages occurring in 1932. As such we are one of the oldest cruise lines in the world.

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 Australia's first permanent ship was the Fairstar, followed by Pacific Sky, Pacific Star, Pacific Sun, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Eden, Pacific Aria & then Pacific Explorer.

Today, the P&O Cruises Australia fleet consists of the Pacific Dawn, Pacific Aria and Pacific Explorer.

In May 2014, Carnival Corporation announced that the Statendam and Ryndam would be transferred from Holland America Line to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in 2015 after being refurbished to tailor them for Australian and New Zealand passengers. The names for the two ships were revealed on July 11, 2014 as the Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria and will be joining the fleet in November 2015.

Our Past Fleet:

Fairstar

Affectionately known as the 'fun ship' Fairstar was a member of the P&O Cruises fleet for 9 years.

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 1988 to 1997
  • Tonnage: 21,600
  • Max Speed: 17 knots
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,860
  • Crew: 460
  • Passenger Decks: 10

Pacific Sky

Pacific Sky sailed under the P&O Cruises banner from 2000 to 2006.

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 2000 to 2006
  • Nights spent at sea: 2,707
  • Cruises Completed: 314
  • Ports Visited: 1,168
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,850
  • Max Speed: 21 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 9

Pacific Star

Pacific Star joined the P&O Cruises fleet in 2005 and departed in 2008.

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 2005 - 2008
  • Tonnage: 36,674
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,350
  • Crew: 520
  • Cruising Speed: 19 knots

Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun became known as 'Australia's favourite cruise ship'.

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 2004 to 2012
  • Tonnage: 46,087
  • Max Speed: 21 knots
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,550
  • Crew: 600
  • Passenger Decks: 11

Pacific Pearl

Pacific Pearl was one of P&O's favorite ships, it was in service from 2010 until 2017..

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 2010 to 2017
  • Tonnage: 63,500
  • Max Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,578
  • Crew: 700
  • Passenger Decks: 11

Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel first joined the P&O fleet back in 2007 and left in 2019.

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 2004 to 2019
  • Tonnage: 70,310
  • Max Speed: 22.5 knots
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,670
  • Passenger Decks: 11

Pacific Eden

Pacific Eden first joined the P&O fleet back in 2015 and left in 2019.

Ship facts:

  • Years of Service: 2015 to 2019
  • Tonnage: 55,820
  • Max Speed: 20 knots
  • Passenger Capacity: 1,260
  • Passenger Decks: 9