These are extraordinary times.
All of us at P&O are looking positively toward the future. Cruisey days, sunny skies, ocean views and service with a smile, in a world that’s Like No Place on Earth.
We want you to stay fully updated as we navigate these times. Answers to all your questions concerning future cruises and our operational pause are HERE.
You can also view the P&O Cruises Facebook Page for additional content.
We miss you and can't wait to welcome you back onboard!
Until then, stay at home and please stay connected.
Our fantastic new 2022-23 brochure has landed!
Jam-packed with a huge 176 departures from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Cairns and Auckland, plus more 3-4 night Short Breaks than ever before, you will be spoilt for choice.
Your favourite Short Breaks are back including Comedy, 80’s, Country and Sapphire Coast Food & Wine Festival departures. Plus, we have more Main Event departures including the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup, Christmas and New Year’s and NEW 2023 Australia Day cruises, departing from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
You asked, we listened. Cruiselings have proven they LOVE Elvis, so we have 3 NEW 'Tribute to the King' cruises on sale and urge you to dust off your ‘blue suede shoes’.
And, if that is not enough, we have our first ever 'Pride Cruise' and the once-in-a-lifetime 'Ningaloo King of Eclipse' Cruise on sale.
There is so much to choose from, both locally and afar.
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Start planning your next P&O cruise today.View Brochure
Our ‘Ningaloo King of Eclipse’ cruise is now on sale.
This once-in-a-lifetime 5-night cruise is an opportunity to view a Hybrid Solar Eclipse that will track over the North West Cape of Western Australia at Exmouth. Pacific Explorer will be in a prime position to catch a glimpse of the rare eclipse, the first of its kind to be visible from Australia in 1000 years. Also known as the King of Eclipse’s, our unique vantage point will put us in place to observe the sun, moon and earth’s discs aligning for a significant, one-minute, 16-second event. Exmouth is the only place on mainland Australia where it will be possible to view a total solar eclipse on this occasion.
It's certainly an event NOT to be missed.*
*While P&O will make every effort to position the ship in view of a total solar eclipse, this is not guaranteed.Book Today
Our inaugural 'Pride Cruise' is now on sale.
Departing 4 November 2022, we are super excited to welcome members of the LGBTQIA+ community onboard for a celebratory weekend at sea created especially for our friends on this diverse spectrum and their friends, family and supporters.
Join us on this fabulous 3-night cruise, to celebrate individuality, diversity and inclusion.
Onboard will be the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Harbour City Bears, Minus 18 and Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival, which will showcase its first ‘Queer Screen @ Sea Film Festival’.
Headlining the festivities with feathers, sequins and flamboyance, will be international superstar Hans the German, supported by a stellar line up of LGBTQIA+ artists, spokespeople and comedians including Simon Dunn, the first openly gay member of the Australian bobsleigh team and P&O’s Queensland Rugby League (QRL) ambassador Meg Ward, who is also ‘out and proud’.
The Pride cruise will feature specialty theme nights, parties and sub-group get-togethers that will make the weekend the hottest event in the LGBTQIA+ 2022 calendar.
BE SAFE. BE WELCOME. BE YOURSELF.
We can't wait to see you onboard.Book Today
P&O @ Home – Recipes
Throughout our pause in operations, we are continuing to share our favourite onboard recipes and now have delicious library for you to cook at home. From our very decadent sponge cakes, cookies & cheesecake muffins to Luke Mangan favourites, Waterfront pastas, Byron Beach Club Poke Bowls and the unique and exotic flavours of Dragon Lady. There really is something for everyone.
So whilst we cannot ‘wine and dine’ you at sea at the moment, you can certainly treat yourself to the tastes of P&O @ Home. Enjoy!
A colourful bowl of goodness to start the day. Combining 5 types of in-season tropical fruit with fresh mint and lime zest, you would be hard pressed to find a more delicious breakfast option.
Think of selection of 5 of some of these delicious ‘fruits of the gods’ - dragon fruit, green and golden kiwis, pineapple, pawpaw, papaya, mango, watermelon, honeydew melon, rock melon, Piel de Sapo melon, strawberries, blueberries or grapes. YUM!
Artisan Bread Platter
A decadent bread platter with triple cream brie cheese, macadamia nut pesto, homemade strawberry jam, churn butter and coarse sea salt. ‘Platter of champions’ comes to mind!
A cocktail @ sea is always far better than a cocktail on land. We might be biased, but we truly believe it is.
Throughout our pause in operations, we have shared all of our favourite onboard tipples and now have delicious library of recipes for you to try @ home. From our very decadent Toblerone & Mudslide cocktails, to Pina Coladas, frozen Margaritas, Martinis, Mojitos, Fruit Tingles, Hummingbirds & Cosmos.
Cruiselings, you are spoilt for choice. Enjoy responsibly with your favourite people :)
Have you ever had a 400 Gradi pizza at sea?
Today we are celebrating all-things pizza with our friends from 400 Gradi. Whether it's their award winning Margherita Verace pizza, which was named the World's Best Pizza in 2014 at the Pizza World Championship in Parma, Italy or their classic Australiana pizza, these guys know their stuff! We just love 400 Gradi pizza!
Cruiselings have been loving 400 Gradi on Pacific Explorer since 2017. We’re super excited that 400 Gradi will also be starring on Pacific Adventure™ and Pacific Encounter as well as Gradi Pronto, for when you just want takeaway.
Enjoy this step back in time, when we interviewed the 400 Gradi founder and chef, Johnny Di Francesco.More P&O Dining
Pacific Encounter Dry Dock
Pacific Encounter is receiving her finishing touches in dry dock. The exterior is being painted and the 'Like No Place On Earth' tagline will be installed on the back of the ship. The signature Southern Cross livery and branding stands gleaming, pride of place, on the bow and funnel.
P&O's iconic trio of restaurants, Italian fan-favourite Angelo's, sultry Pan-Asian-inspired Dragon Lady and contemporary Australian dining, Waterfront, will be fitted with stylish new carpets and artworks in keeping with our signature look and feel.
In addition to the recently completed inclusive dining options, Pacific Encounter will offer speciality restaurants by renowned chefs Luke Mangan and Johnny Di Francesco as well as family-friendly activities and vibrant night-time venues brought to life by Australian comedians and musicians,
We are excited to share more behind-the-scenes pics and can’t wait to finally welcome her in Australia.More dry dock updates
It’s easy to see why Isle of Pines is nicknamed the 'jewel of the pacific'. It is heaven on earth.
One of the most spectacular islands in the archipelago of New Caledonia, Isle of Pines can be found southeast of the main island, Grande Terre, and is known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and signature Araucaria pine trees.
Choose from a wide variety of P&O shore tours.
Head out to Turtle Bay, home to loggerhead and green turtles. Take a dip or a stroll, or simply relax on the uninhabited islet known as Brush Island.
Shop for handicrafts, clothing and sandalwood products at Kuto Bay markets. Snorkel at Kanumera Bay or Kuto Bay, both of which feature stunning white sand beaches. The coral reef off Kanumera Bay is home to a range of colourful marine life.
Or take a visit to Queen Hortense’s Cave in the Oumagne Grotto. The grotto is one of the largest and most impressive limestone caves in the area and can be experienced on our “Island Discovery” tour. The site’s caretaker will delight in sharing the tale of this natural wonder, named after a local queen, who, according to legend, hid in the caves for several months during an intertribal conflict.
P&O cruises to Isle of Pines from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.Find Out More
Our P&O 2021 mix for an endless holiday! Time to unwind with a collection of our favourite playlists.
Whether you prefer jazz & blues, 80's, Gatsby, Bianco, quintessential Australian, the sounds of summer or our Sailaway mix.
With over 500 songs to choose from, you'll find something for everyone.Go to P&O Playlists
Let’s take another trip down memory lane and revisit the Fairstar, the ship that sparked Australia’s love affair with cruising.
Fairstar began full time cruising from Australia in 1974 but not before doing numerous voyages carrying immigrants to Aussie shores including the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ under Australia’s post-war assisted passage migration scheme.
However, it is holiday cruising for which Fairstar is best remembered, P&O Cruises Fairstar was the star in the memorable and iconic advertising campaign, ‘Take me away, P&O’. Almost everyone in the country knew the song about the legendary “Fairstar the Funship” and, plenty of people experienced the ‘fun’ firsthand … many repeatedly!
Many a life partnership began with an onboard ship romance. For popular comedian, Demo Simis, it was the start of a 30-year career at sea starting as aqua sports manager and disc jockey. “The memories will never be replaced or forgotten,” says Demo. “The passenger participation shows and theme nights were fantastic!”
For paramedic Mike Ristuccia, a Fairstar family cruise as a 15 year old began a lifelong passion for cruising inspiring his popular social media blog for Fairstar diehards TSS Fairstar. “It was a cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific, departing from Pyrmont wharf 13 for 13 nights and returning on February 13!” says Mike. “Despite all the ‘13s’, it turned out to be a fantastic adventure and started my passion for cruising and cruise ships.”
Do you have any fond memories of Fairstar? We believe ships have a personality and Fairstar will always have a special place in P&O heritage and in our hearts.
Meet Mike Mihajlov, our Destinations Director. At P&O, we call him ‘Mr Destinations’. When you go cruising, you can bet that Mike or a member of his team has been there before you. They play an enormous part in developing P&O cruise itineraries and devising shore tour programs in collaboration with local Australian and New Zealand operators plus our friends in South Pacific communities.
Our photos show Mike at the Alotau Festival which is put on by the locals each time a ship visits and in the beautiful Trobriand Islands, located just off the east coast of Papua New Guinea.
And what is Mike’s favourite P&O destination? “For favourites, it’s a hard one but I’d have to say the top three would be Moreton Island, Mystery Island and Conflict Islands. Why? Because each is spectacularly beautiful and in each case P&O has a special relationship with the community there which makes the whole experience unique.”
We could talk to Mike forever so we're bringing him back in 2021 to talk about amazing shore tours for families, thrill seekers, sightseers and more. Watch this space.
If you’re up for some extra adventure, join the adrenaline junkies at P&O Edge Adventure Park.
With multiple activities to choose from you can get really get your heart pumping. Race down a zip line on the top deck, climb to the top of the funnel or take a leap of faith on the flying fox. If that's not your style, sign up for some laser tag, slackline surfing and walk the plank action or create your own Titanic moment at the bow of the ship.
We can't wait to get everyone's adrenaline pumping and P&O Edge Adventure Park as soon as cruising resumes.Find out more
P&O @ Home - Cooking with Luke Mangan
Dukkah Crusted Chicken with Pickled Vegetables
Made with love and some Luke Mangan flair.
If you like chicken schnitzel, you will love Luke's dukkah crusted chicken. Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mix of roasted nuts, seeds and spices, which adds a beautiful robust flavour to succulent chicken.