Short Break Cruises

In need of a quick getaway? Looking for a short cruise that doesn’t compromise on value for money and great things to do? With P&O Short Break Cruises, it’s easier than ever to cruise away for a few days and return feeling relaxed, recharged, and refreshed.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a fun family getaway, our 2-5 night cruises are the perfect short holiday option. With a range of great cruise deals on offer and selection of 2 to 5 night short cruises departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland, there’s something for everyone. Hop aboard one of our destination cruises to explore exotic shores, or get ready to party on a specialty themed cruise. Whichever you choose, it’s the easiest way to slow down - fast.

Short Cruises from Sydney

Short Cruises from Brisbane

Short Cruises from Melbourne

What is a P&O Short Break?

At P&O, we understand that planning a holiday isn’t always smooth sailing. Between booking flights and transfers, arranging accommodation, and scheduling activities, holiday planning can quickly turn into a headache.

Our short cruises take the hassle out of holiday planning and let you focus on having the best time possible. Set sail on a 2-5 night cruise from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, or Auckland to enjoy:


Accommodation options for everyone!


Loads of inclusions in the price: No expensive surprises


Stress free travel


Unpack once and your holiday begins

Great 2-5 Night Short Break Cruises

Why you’ll love a short cruise

If you’re looking for a quick holiday break- or have limited annual leave days - a Short Break cruise is the perfect option. Forget about airport stopovers or long lines at crowded bars: Instead, get ready to enjoy every last minute of your time off. Better yet, many of our short cruises include at least one land-based stop, so you can explore new destinations at your own pace.

Stunning destinations & shore tours

Our one-stop short cruises take you to some of Australia’s most popular destinations, from the beautiful reefs of the Whitsundays to scenic Kangaroo Island. Even if you just want to kick back for a couple of days, we’ve got you covered: Just stay onboard, lay by the pool, and go nowhere at all!

Specialty themed cruises

Looking for an extra special getaway that’s jam-packed with fun? Check out our themed cruises for a short holiday like no other. Choose from an array of exciting options including our fabulous 80’s themed, country music, and comedy cruises.

To find out more, read our ultimate Guide to Themed Cruises.

Test the waters with a short cruise

Sometimes called ‘teaser’ or ‘sampler’ cruises, our short cruises are great for first timers who want to try before buying into a longer cruise holiday. A short 3 to 5 night cruise is the perfect way to explore our cruise ships, relax by the pool, and sample our mouth-watering restaurants without committing more than a few days of your time.

To find out more, read the 5 top reasons people choose a short cruise.

Set sail for calmer seas

When it comes to short holidays that are long on value and adventure, you can’t go past a P&O Short Breaks cruise. From short weekend cruises to our signature themed cruises, our 2 to 5 night cruises offer the perfect holiday option for anyone with a busy schedule.

Book online today!