The newest and largest ship in P&O’s fleet, the Pacific Explorer merges sun-soaked relaxation with an abundance of onboard activities.    She’s the perfect match for Australia’s fun and sun loving lifestyle complete with two waterslides, a waterpark, barefoot bowling, zip lining, rock climbing and a huge range of bars, pubs and live music venues.  When it comes to dining guests will be spoilt for choice with 12 dining experiences all included in the cruise fare.  All this combined with P&O’s stylish yet relaxed modern Australian interior designs.

Cruising year-round out of Sydney, the Pacific Explorer has adventures to discover Australia’s Eastern Coastline as well as journeys to the tropical islands of the South Pacific.  Within Australia, set sail to tropical North Queensland or journey south to Melbourne or Tasmania.  Or why not give her a try with a 3-4 night taster cruise.    For something a bit longer and further afield, Pacific Explorer South Pacific cruises visit New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and sometimes even Fiji, and are usually 8-12 nights in duration.  The Pacific Explorer also operates fantastic feature itineraries visiting New Zealand, for those wanting to experience new destinations with P&O Cruises.

For more P&O Cruises Australia itineraries that depart out of Sydney, see Pacific Eden and Pacific Jewel.

View all Pacific Explorer cruises, view a selection of P&O Australia cruise deals, or view more options for P&O Australia cruises.


The Bonded Store & Archie Rose

We’re proud to introduce our new partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Company. Enjoy their incredible spirits in The Bonded Store and take part in special gin making classes.

Black Circus

Black Circus takes onboard entertainment to new levels with exclusive dinner and show packages and a glamorous cabaret style show. It’s the ultimate night out full of spectacle and outrageous fun!

Blue Room

You’ll find a selection of talented home-grown Australian musicians playing live every night on Pacific Explorer.

New Stage Shows

Let us entertain you with a huge range of exciting shows including new show launching on Pacific Explorer, Lets Misbehave.


The young and the young at heart will enjoy hours of fun on the two waterslides. One is disco themed and features bright lights and music the whole way down!

Adventure Activities
Choose from zip lining, rock climbing or you can even walk the plank if you dare!


  • 12 Dining Options Included in the Cruise:  At P&O Cruises Australia we do things differently, especially when it comes to dining. That’s why you’ll find three stylish, a la carte restaurants and nine eateries in The Pantry onboard Pacific Explorer all included in your cruise fare.
  • Luke’s:  Following on from the success of Salt grill by Luke Mangan, we’re excited to introduce the new casual al fresco outlet Luke’s on Pacific Explorer, serving up some seriously delicious burgers.
  • 400 Gradi:  Foodies rejoice! Pacific Explorer will be home to new Pizzeria, 400 Gradi, overseen by famed and award-wining Melbourne pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco who won the Best Pizza in the World award in 2014. Buon appetite!


  • Capacity: 1,998 guests
  • Decks: 11 guest decks
  • Length: 260m/ 853ft
  • Weight: 77,441 gross tonnage