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.
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: