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Safe passage

Having a safe and happy cruise is the most important thing to us. That’s why we take the safety and security of our guests and crew very seriously. Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) monitoring has been added across our fleet to enhance onboard security. We keep you safe ashore too. We continually review the security situations at every port we visit. We’ve also introduced additional screening in ports, including the use of drug sniffer dogs at embarkation and random itemiser checks at ports of call.

Be careful with what you bring onboard. All luggage, including hand and check-in, will be x-rayed at embarkation and disembarkation. Guests must declare to Customs all amounts of alcohol in excess of the local Customs limits.

A stiff drink

Our bartenders love to make fancy cocktails when you want them. But because we’re committed to the Responsible Service of Alcohol it means there may be times when we consider it appropriate to refuse the service of alcohol to a guest for any reason. Guests must be 18 years or over to purchase or consume alcohol, or to gamble onboard. Government issued photo identification may be requested (Queensland ‘Adult Proof of Age Card’ will be accepted, however the older version of Queensland ‘Card 18+’ will not be accepted). If you buy alcohol ashore it will be collected at the gangway for safe keeping and returned to you on the last day of your cruise.

Never accept drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended. If you think your drink has been spiked, report this immediately to either the local authorities if ashore, or our security staff or bar staff onboard.

Lighting up?

We try our best to keep everyone happy on every cruise. So in the interest of our guests’ health, safety and enjoyment, smoking is not permitted indoors, including in rooms, suites and on private balconies. This is in line with Australian standards. Outdoor smoking venues will be published in Good Times onboard your cruise. This includes the smoking of electronic cigarettes.

Fit to cruise

We reserve the right to deny boarding of any person we believe is not suitable to travel. This could be because the person:

  • Is unfit to travel in the opinion of the Senior Doctor
  • Seeks to travel in violation of any applicable law
  • Engages in excessive behaviour which may compromise the safety, wellbeing or enjoyment of themselves or anyone else

Safety Overseas

When travelling overseas, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take personal safety precautions, especially when exploring unfamiliar environments.

Pick pocketing and bag snatching can happen in crowded public places, including shops, public transport and tourist attractions. You should consider leaving valuable items in your guest room safe. Remain alert while exploring your destination and ensure personal belongings such as wallets are secure at all times.

International destinations are governed by different laws to Australia and wearing seatbelts may not be a legal requirement. Some local vehicles may also not  have seatbelts installed. We highly recommended you wear a seatbelt where available. Always make sure the appropriate safety equipment is provided for your chosen form of transport and if you have any concerns please talk to our on board destinations team.  In addition, please be mindful when utilising local transport options which are not part of P&O’s organised shore tours program to ensure they are suitable to your requirements.

Swimming in coastal areas, rivers and waterfalls may be dangerous due to currents, rips and other hazards. Swimmers should check local conditions before entering the water and be aware of their individual swimming ability. If you plan on swimming, choose to swim in areas patrolled by lifeguards where available, swim with a friend or family member and don’t swim after consuming alcohol.

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Please also ensure the clothing you wear ashore is appropriate for your planned activities and check the specific requirements for any shore tours your have booked.

Please visit or for general safety advice and a detailed travel advisory for your destination/s before the departure of your cruise.

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