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


What do you get when you mix some of Australia's best comedians with P&O? A side-splitting Comedy cruise of course!Laugh more than ever before on the headline Comedy Cruise, The Big Laugh, departing 20 June 2018 onboard Pacific Explorer, featuring a line-up of the funniest comedians around including Jimeon, Harley Breen, Kat Davidson, Bev Killick, Jarred Fell, Scared Weird Little Guys, Dave Callan, Matt Okine and many more!*36 shows over 4 days with a huge line up of comedians, this is one headline event NOT to miss!
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Cruise to the 2018 Holden State of Origin!Don't miss out on any of the action when you cruise to catch Game 1 in Melbourne at the MCG. With tickets and transfers included in your cruise fare, you'll be right there to catch all the action live. Go on, give it a try!This cruise includes:General Admission Ticket to Game 1Transfers to and from MCG Plus, while your cruising you can also meet Rugby League greats, celebrate in Queensland and New South Wales supporters' bars onboard, enjoy footy themed events and get ready for the big game at the official merchandise shop.
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Cruise to Hobart's Dark Mofo festival to celebrate the winter solstice and the longest night of the year, with food, film, music, art, light and dark delights.This major annual event draws attendances of nearly 450,000 and includes international music shows at The Odeon Theatre, major exhibitions at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery and much more. Our Dark Mofo cruise visits in time for the hugely popular Dark Mofo and City of Hobart Winter Feast, a contemporary take on the medieval midwinter banquet – incredible! Cruise fare includes admission and return ferry ride to Mona and a priority pass to the Winter Feast.This cruise includes: 6 night cruise - 2 days and 2 nights in Hobart  Priority pass to Winter Feast  Ferry ride and entry to MONA, Museum of Old and New Art
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P&O Cruises have 3 great reasons to book your next cruise holiday today:FREE New Zealand Natural Ice Cream*FREE Onboard Spending Money*FREE GO Catch Voucher**Terms and Conditions apply
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