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 and Pacific Sun.

Today, the P&O Cruises Australia fleet consists of Pacific Pearl, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn, sailing from various ports in Australia and New Zealand.

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.

history of our fleet


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