P&O Cruise Lines

Have you read maybe “From Cornhill to Cairo” by William Makepeace Thackeray? If so, then you have gotten an idea about how sailing with P&O was in 1844. The writer cruised with one of their ships as a guest back then, and wrote this literature piece while on a cruise. The company had been founded a few years before, on 1837. Today P&O is the leading cruising company in the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asian waters.

Cruises Australia | Pacific Dawn

Of the three ships that comprise the P&O Pacific fleet – Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl – Pacific Dawn is the most famous one, as it was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. It’s distinct feature is The Dome, a great luxury venue designed to accommodate all sorts of entertainment. Jazz events, comedy shows and dancing, all take place here by night, while during the day you can enjoy your coffee and the amazing ocean view.

As a part of the Carnival Corporation, P&O ships offer many of the facilities and services found on other ships. A good example is the huge LED screen for outdoor film screenings by the pool. The ice-cream bar on the top deck is another shared feature of the two companies. The Grill specialty dining options are also available on the P&O ships, but this time it is the great menu of Luke Mangan’s Salt grill that are offered. For those who want to try Asian cuisine, La Luna is the place to visit. If you want to enjoy a coffee with a bite-sized cake, then head to Cafe del Sol. And if you do not want to pay extra for specialties, you will be more than satisfied with the variety offered at the buffet and in the a la cart menu of the main dining room. And since we are referring to the similarities within the Carnival Corporation companies, the age specific kids section are one of the top-notch services offered also on the P&O ships. The Turtle Cove and the Shark Shack will offer many hours of (supervised) fun to kids up to 12 years old. Teens have their own club to hang around, without younger siblings bothering them.

Apart from the common characteristics with other ships, the P&O fleet has also achieved some firsts. In 2009 Pacific Jewel started its journeys and has two new features to offer: the high-wire circus and trapeze arena, where breath taking shows take place on the top deck, and the largest sailing spa ever, Aqua Heath, Spa & Fitness Center. It is the first spa with treatment rooms that offer such a direct view of the ocean.

The Oasis adults-only retreat is a quiet space for you to relax and enjoy the ocean view.  You can also visit the library of the ship or the internet cafe, if you are more into the digital era. You can combine a day spent on the adult retreat with a few hours at the spa. Massages, hot tubs, facial treatments will help you unwind. And if you want to really glow, why not visit the beauty salon to have a haircut or enjoy a manicure and pedicure treatment? You can also spoil yourself or make your friends happy by shopping presents at the duty-free shops that are on board. Everything, from flip-flops to intricate jewelry and P&O logo products can be found here. The best part is that if you find a lower price outside of the ship and you show the receipt to the crew, they will offer you the product 5% cheaper than the lower price. But apart from the clothing, perfumes, watches and the rest, you can also by your snacks and magazines on the ship.

When it comes to state rooms, there are 184 balcony cabins at your disposal, to choose from. All the suits and mini suits have been recently refurbished. The rooms are spacious and there is the option to choose connecting cabins, to combine privacy and company if you are traveling with kids or friends. All state-rooms include air-conditioning, TV, safe, writing desk, telephone and a cosy bathrobe and slippers for every guest.

If you want to travel with P&O, you have many choices, as there are cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and cruises from Auckland, New Zealand. The selection of destinations of P&O makes a point that one can find exquisite beauty without having to sail to the other end of the World. With four different types of cruise explorations, the itineraries will take you to places that are so close to you, yet seemed to obscure and hidden. Cruises from Australia take you to Brisbane, Whitsundays, Cairns, Port Douglas, Melbourne, the isle of Tassie and Hobart. The Discover New Zealand Holidays cruise will take you to the magnificent Picton landscape, the waterfall-adorned Milford Sound and museums and sights that reveal to you the beauty of the Maori culture. The Discover Pacific Islands Holidays cruise will take you to some of the most popular destinations like Fiji and New Caledonia and will offer you the chance to admire the wild natural beauty of Tonga and Vanuatu. If you are going for a more mystical experience, then the Discover Papua-New Guinea cruise is ideal for you. Tribal rituals, a cave full of skulls, rare flora and fauna and an amazing canoe and kundu festival taking place in November will keep you excited during your whole trip.

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