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Summary

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.

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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.

Nightlife

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.

Activities

Waterslides
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!

Dining

  • 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!

Facts

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

DARK MOFO!

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
Book By 18-06-2019

LIMITED INVENTORY SALE

Exclusive reduced fares. Book now to secure your cabin of choice. Subject to availability.
Book By 17-11-2018

COMEDY CRUISE

Comedy Cruise Sea BreakSpend a few nights at sea as some of Australia’s best comedians take the stage each night. With the Comedy Cruise Gala (a must-see), an up close and personal chat to the comedians and a cheeky adults-only shows in the Sit Down Comedy Club, there’s something to make everyone smile. If you think you have what it takes to take the stage, try a Comedy Workshop where our pros will give you inside tips. Then, with your new skills, make your debut at the Comedy Gong Show, where our celebrity comedians will judge your performance. Who knows? You could be discovered on the night!
Book By 31-03-2020

TRIBUTE TO THE 'KING' ELVIS

Join us onboard for three jam packed nights dedicated to ‘the King’.There will be themed parties, karaoke, trivia, a movie and concert marathon, the largest memorabilia collection at sea and of course a stellar line up of tribute artists and performers including Mark Andrew, Damian Mullin, Allan Wright, She is the King and many more. Alana Patience from Dancing with the Stars will offer dance classes and legendary music historian Glenn A Baker will present Q&A sessions on the life of ‘the King’.
Book By 17-05-2019

MELBOURNE CUP

P&O Cruises Australia, Melbourne Cup cruises are the best way to enjoy one of Australia's favourite events.Cruise to the most glamorous day of the year and watch the Melbourne Cup live from Flemington. Plus, guest have the chance to upgrade their tickets to sit in the exclusive P&O Enclosure*.As well as the excitement of donning your finest for a day Flemington and watching the race itself, you'll also spend time away from home on a well-earned break. Tickets and transfers to Flemington Race Course are included in your cruise fare*.
Book By 03-11-2019

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Take your spectating from the couch to centre court.P&O Australia have partnered with Tennis Australia and are celebrating the Australian Open with cruises that coincide with the business end of the tournament. Your ultimate cruise package serves up the following aces:In Melbourne:2 days in Melbourne to attend Australian Open2 x General Admission, Ground Pass tickets/per person to Australian Open included in your fareTransfers between the ship and Melbourne ParkOnboard:Main meals and themed entertainment onboard the cruiseMeet and greet with tennis personalitiesChance to hold the AO trophies for photo opportunityDay & night sessions screened live on the screen while at sea
Book By 19-01-2020

LIMITED INVENTORY SALE

Exclusive reduced fares. Book now to secure your cabin of choice. Subject to availability.
Book By 17-11-2018

LIMITED INVENTORY SALE

Exclusive reduced fares. Book now to secure your cabin of choice. Subject to availability.
Book By 17-11-2018

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FROM CRUISE GURU!

Book ONLINE today to take advantage of Cruise Guru's exclusive discount on already reduced sailings.
Book By 31-08-2018

85TH BIRTHDAY SALE

Join P&O on their 85th birthday and celebrate with:Shipboard credit up to $85 per stateroom*85th birthday pack including tote bag, limited edition towel, cap & lanyard * And if you are a P&O past guest, you also receive a Limited edition twin pack of socks*!!
Book By 02-10-2018

BOOK WITH $10PP DEPOSITS

Book your cruise with just a $10pp deposit*!
Book By 02-10-2018

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