P&O News: Fly the Flag for P&O

Please spread the news! We need our ships to come home to Australia and a pathway for the safe restart to domestic cruising.

Show your support by updating your Facebook profile picture to feature a special 'Fly The Flag for P&O' frame and keep this frame flying until our ships have safely returned to our shores.

Thank you for 'flying the flag' for the restart of cruising and for P&O, Australia’s homegrown cruise line!

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P&O Playlists – Christmas in July

Christmas in July was officially last Sunday but we are going to stretch out the celebrations.

Here is a collection of our favourite festive songs. From carols to Motown classics, Frank Sinatra and Mariah Carey, we know you'll be hanging the mistletoe, turning on the Christmas lights and singing along. What better way to pass the time in lockdown :)

Please note, you must have a Spotify account to access P&O Playlists. If you don’t, it is easy to sign up. Just follow the prompts here.




P&O Destinations: Bay of Islands New Zealand

Practise your jaw-dropping because a visit to the spectacularly beautiful Bay of Islands in New Zealand is one, you’ll never forget.

Encompassing 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, this part of New Zealand is known for its exquisite beaches, big-game fishing, and Maori culture.

Kayaking at Haruru Falls, the Glow Worm Cave & Puketi Kauri Forest tour, plus the famous Hole in the Rock and Grand Cathedral Cave catamaran cruise are just some of the experiences available with P&O Cruises Shore Tours. Coupled with the incredible variety of marine life in the area including local dolphins, seals, fairy penguins and whales, this part of New Zealand is simply magical.

P&O cruises to the Bay of Islands on the Kiwi Explorer cruise departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide, plus visits on the one-way Short Break from Auckland to Melbourne.

More on Bay of Islands

Classic Swedish Meatballs

The BEST Swedish meatballs recipe! Made from a mixture of beef and pork and perfect for these cold wintery nights. Serve with onion potato mash, cranberries and a cucumber salad.


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Mushroom Bourguignon

A beautiful combination of porcini, cap and button mushrooms mixed with garlic, seasonal winter vegetables and a splash of red wine. This dish is a wonderful vegetable alternative to a classic stew. Serve it up with creamy polenta and grilled brussel sprouts.

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Spiced Chocolate & Walnut Cake with Candied Orange

This spiced chocolate cake is truly something special, made with toasted walnuts, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet potato and dark chocolate. Serve warm with powdered sugar and candied orange slices.

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Warm Apple, Raisin & Custard Strudel

A deliciously crisp, flaky puff pastry loaded with apples, rum-soaked raisins, cinnamon and custard. Serve warm and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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A mouth-watering mix of Irish Cream, Malibu, chocolate sauce and full cream. Try not to go back for seconds…

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Pink Ginger Cosmopolitan

A beautiful pink cosmopolitan cocktail with hints of ginger spice. Impress your family and friends with this delicious treat.

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Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Get stuck on a desert island on purpose.

Mystery Island is a tiny, uninhabited islet in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province, in the South Pacific. Only reachable by cruise ship, it's too special to not visit.

Take a P&O Shore Tour and choose from glass bottom kayak and snorkelling tours, with snorkelling gear available for hire or purchase onboard. For the culturally inclined, book our Modern Village Tour and spend the day learning how the local Aneityum families live. Plus, there is some local shopping to enjoy. Choose from an array of local handicrafts, sarongs, woven hats & floral shirts. You'll be sure to find a special keepsake to take home.

Visit Mystery Island on Discover Vanuatu or select Pacific Island Hopper itineraries departing from Sydney, Brisbane or Adelaide. The 12-night Fiji Adventure cruise from Sydney or the 10-night Bounty Adventure cruise departing Auckland also call at Mystery Island.

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Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is 'great' in every single way. You can swim, snorkel, dive and cruise this living phenomenon. One of the world's seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is World Heritage listed and rich with intricate coral gardens, tropical fish, molluscs, reef sharks, dolphins and turtles.

P&O shore tours allow guests to experience this amazing and unforgettable area. Board a high-speed catamaran, then get up close & personal with the reef, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving.

You can take a P&O shore tour and visit the Great Barrier Reef from either Airlie Beach, Cairns or Port Douglas. Check out the 7-night Barrier Reef Discovery cruise from Brisbane or a 10-night cruise from Sydney. Additionally, from Brisbane, take a P&O Short Break to Airlie Beach.

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Bianco Playlist

Sailaway Playlist

Luke Mangan

Luke Mangan, P&O's celebrity chef, has curated some of his favourite onboard dishes for you to try at home. We dare you to roll up your sleees, put your chef hat on and whip up some of these incredible dishes for your family and friends.

Chicken Schnitzel with Cajun Spice

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Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

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Pacific Partnership

Vanuatu Volleyball Team

First they won the hearts of their South Pacific nation when they narrowly missed out on selection for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Then they triumphed in 2018 on the Gold Coast becoming the first Vanuatu athletes to win a Commonwealth Games team medal.

Now the Vanuatu Women’s Beach Volleyball team are battling for selection to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

And you, our Cruiselings, have supported the team through the guest funded P&O Pacific Partnership, with additional direct assistance from P&O Cruises Australia.

As International travel is no longer routine in a pandemic world, the Vanuatu players have faced every obstacle imaginable to get to the Continental Cup Final in Thailand in June that will decide whether they make it to Tokyo.

If courage, resilience and determination were the deciding factors, the team would already have earned ‘gold!’

Cruiselings, when you support the Vanuatu Women’s Beach Volleyball team you are also supporting the aspirations of a nation that are so special to our P&O Cruises' community. We wish them luck and send thanks to you.

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Giving Hands Vanuatu

Your valued contributions to the P&O Pacific Partnership continue to make a difference to our friends in the South Pacific. In Vanuatu, we've been able to commit $21,000 to the Giving Hands Vanuatu fundraising campaign which has helped to repair a leaking corridor roof adjoining Vila Central Hospital's maternity unit and children's ward.

This area has suffered flooding in recent years and had been in dire need of attention, with its restoration helping to ensure newborns get the best possible start in life, in the best possible environment.

New mothers like Maximiliene Bihu Taviri and baby Ashton who was born earlier this year, are just one family of many who have already benefitted from the restoration works, all thanks to support from you, Cruiselings.

We look forward to when P&O can visit Vanuatu again and we sincerely thank you for your unrivalled community support and kindness for the people that live there.

Towel Animals

Love those cute, friendly towel animals you find in your rooms? We have taken our favourite Towel Animals and filmed how the crew create them with simple easy-to-follow steps. Impress the big and little kids in your family and try these at home.

Towel Duckling

Towel Seal

P&O @ Home

From Suduku, Find a Word puzzles, P&O postcards to Instagram gifs, Cruiseling quizzes and Zoom backgrounds, you'll find something to entertain everyone when you visit P&O @ Home

P&O Find-A-Word

Halloween Find-A-Word

How many of the hidden words can you find in our frightfully fun Halloween Find-A- Word? There are 37 words to hunt down to keep everyone busy while eagerly awaiting October 31 to rear its spooky head.

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Sudoku, a highly addictive number puzzle game, that Cruiselings have been known to enjoy onboard. Download, complete then check it against the finished puzzle. Good luck!

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