P&O Cruises

P&O Australia offer the most affordable range of cruise holiday options for Australian families. They are notable for providing value for money for all cruise holiday makers – whatever their taste in cruising may be.

Families can take a cruise holiday from just about any of the major capital cities in Australia, including: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns.

The P&O brand is particularly attractive to many Australian families for their annual vacation as it offers an all-inclusive price. Just about all Australian travel agencies ( www.CruiseAgency.com.au ) can advise you on the specifics of this. Unlike some of the United States based cruise lines operating out of Australia (such as Royal Caribbean), it does not charge any Gratuity Fees. For larger families onboard a longer cruise holiday, gratuity charges can quickly add up (Royal Caribbean currently charge USD 9.75 per person per day), which adds to the overall cost of the holiday.

P&O also has the most amount of short cruises out of Australian ports, compared to any other cruise line. Many of the short cruises that P&O offer depart on Thursday or Friday and return on Monday morning – enabling holiday makers to disembark from the ship (which leave and depart from the White Bay Cruise Terminal at Rozelle) and go directly to work. Many of these short cruises from Sydney are “cruises to nowhere” meaning that they simply head out to sea for a few days and cruise around the open ocean waters without docking at any destination port, before returning back to Sydney for disembarkation.

The fleet of cruise ships owned by P&O Australia include:


P&O offer a variety of accommodation options to suit the needs of all types of cruise holiday-makers.

Quad rooms can accommodate up to 4 people per room – for larger families or groups, you can get adjoining rooms with interconnecting internal doors to further increase this number.

Triple rooms are perfect for couples with a single child, or alternatively 3 friends who want to experience a cruise holiday together.

Twin rooms are perfect for couples who want a relaxing and romantic getaway on the cruise holiday of their dreams.

Single rooms cater to the growing demographic of single cruisers. With the number of these type of cruisers on the rise, these cabins are always in high demand so book early with these to avoid disappointment.

With all of these room/cabin types, cruise guests can choose from budget (interior) cabins, or mid-range (oceanview) cabins, right through to their luxury (balcony) cabins.

P and O - Accommodation - inter connecting rooms
P and O – Accommodation – inter connecting rooms
P and O - Accommodation - interior rooms
P and O – Accommodation – interior rooms
P and O - Accommodation - oceanview rooms
P and O – Accommodation – oceanview rooms
P and O - Accommodation - suites rooms
P and O – Accommodation – suites rooms


There are free dining options on all P&O cruises. Typically these free dining options are available in the Main Dining Rooom (MDR).

P&O recently introduced a new free dining concept known as The Pantry. This dining option is currently available on the Pacific Jewel, Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria. With a vibrant and modern decor and menu, The Pantry has been a popular addition to dining options onboard the P&O cruise ship fleet.

Listed below are some of the dining options available in The Pantry:

P and O - The Pantry - curry house
P and O – The Pantry – curry house
P and O - The Pantry - hooks fish and chips
P and O – The Pantry – hooks fish and chips
P and O - The Pantry - kettle and bun
P and O – The Pantry – kettle and bun
P and O - The Pantry - mexicana
P and O – The Pantry – mexicana
P and O - The Pantry - stix
P and O – The Pantry – stix
P and O - The Pantry - sugar bar
P and O – The Pantry – sugar bar


Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean (RCI) is one of the most luxurious cruise lines operating permanently out of Australia. Not only that, they also boast of having the most modern fleet of cruise ships departing out of Australia. These are just some of the reasons why RCI is one of the most popular cruise lines for Australian families.

Cruises from Sydney:

Cruises from Sydney offered by Royal Caribbean include itineraries sailing around the South Pacific islands (e.g. Noumea, Mare, Isle Of Pines, Vila, Lifou, Mare), Hobart, The Whitsundays in Queensland, as well as many shorter “Cruises To Nowhere” options. Royal Caribbean cruise ships departing from Sydney include: Explorer Of The Seas, Voyager Of The Seas, and the Radiance Of The Seas.

Cruises from Brisbane:

Cruises from Brisbane offered by Royal Caribbean, as you would expect, are mainly focused on itineraries around the beautiful Queensland islands and other destinations in Queensland (Airlie Beach, Cairns, Willis Island) and nearby South Pacific Islands. To satisfy the growing demand for cruises by people living in the state of Queensland, Royal Caribbean recently announced that their Legend Of The Seas cruise ship would be permanently situated in Brisbane (during the Australian cruising season) as of December 2015.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival cruises have 2 ships based in Australia year round. These are the Carnival Spirit and the Carnival Legend. These are in fact the largest cruises ships permanently in Australia.

The Carnival Spirit and the Carnival Legend are both very much all about fun, great memories with friends and family, as well as excellent value for money.

These ships are also very family friendly, with one of the biggest selling points for families with children being the Carnival WaterWorks onboard these ships. Kids will fall in love with the Green Thunder water slide and keep them entertained and happy for hours on end. This is great family-friendly and wholesome fun in the sun!

Carnival WaterWorks 2
Carnival WaterWorks

Carnival Spirit:

Carnival Legend:

Dining Options onboard Carnival Ships:

With an emphasis on FUN as well as family friendly dining, Carnival Cruises have a wide variety of dining options … including:

Carnival - Bonzai Sushi
Carnival – Bonzai Sushi
Carnival - Fat Jimmys
Carnival – Fat Jimmys
Carnival - Kids Menu
Carnival – Kids Menu
Carnival - Nouveau Restaurant
Carnival – Nouveau Restaurant
Carnival - Pizza Pirate
Carnival – Pizza Pirate
Carnival - Red Frog Pub
Carnival – Red Frog Pub