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Summary

Cruising year-round out of Sydney, Pacific Explorer cruises offer 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.  Pacific Explorer cruises also feature fantastic itineraries visiting New Zealand, for those wanting to experience new destinations with P&O.

From October 2020 Pacific Explorer will be making Brisbane home, replacing Pacific Dawn who has been cruising from Brisbane since 2009.  This move will provide Queenslanders with new on board activities as well as the chance to visit exciting destinations.  Take a 3 or 4 night Sea Break, cruise Australia’s iconic coastline or relax in the balmy breezes in the South Pacific.

View more cruising options for P&O Australia cruises.

The newest and largest ship in P&O’s fleet, the Pacific Explorer merges sun-soaked relaxation with an abundance of on board 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 on board 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
DateCruiseShipDepartureReturnPorts of CallMin PriceSave up to*
20191209
09 Dec 19
Australia 5 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$999,999Select
20191214
14 Dec 19
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$999,999Select
20191217
17 Dec 19
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20191227
27 Dec 19
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$999,999Select
20191230
30 Dec 19
New Years 9 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$999,999Select
20200108
08 Jan 20
Islands 8 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$1,078Select-55%
20200125
25 Jan 20
Australia Day 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$1,039Select
20200128
28 Jan 20
Asia 14 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySingaporeShow$1,665Select-47%
20200228
28 Feb 20
Asia 14 NightsPacific ExplorerSingaporeSydneyShow$1,612Select-41%
20200313
13 Mar 20
Sea Break 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$480Select-15%
20200316
16 Mar 20
Australia 7 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$950Select-37%
20200323
23 Mar 20
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20200327
27 Mar 20
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$474Select-15%
20200330
30 Mar 20
Sea Break 4 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$530Select-16%
20200411
11 Apr 20
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$521Select-15%
20200414
14 Apr 20
Islands 10 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$1,188Select-39%
20200424
24 Apr 20
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$480Select-15%
20200403
03 Apr 20
80's Cruise 3 Night Sea BreakPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$569Select-13%
20200406
06 Apr 20
Comedy 5 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$549Select-17%
20200427
27 Apr 20
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20200508
08 May 20
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$475Select-15%
20200511
11 May 20
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20200515
15 May 20
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$427Select-17%
20200518
18 May 20
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20200522
22 May 20
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20200605
05 Jun 20
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20200608
08 Jun 20
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18 Jun 20
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24 Jun 20
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28 Jun 20
Islands 8 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydneyShow$895Select-41%
20200706
06 Jul 20
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15 Jul 20
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19 Jul 20
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31 Jul 20
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20200803
03 Aug 20
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11 Aug 20
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21 Aug 20
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24 Aug 20
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04 Sep 20
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20200907
07 Sep 20
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17 Sep 20
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21 Sep 20
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25 Sep 20
Comedy 3 NightsPacific ExplorerSydneySydney$400Select-19%
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28 Sep 20
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08 Oct 20
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24 Oct 20
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31 Oct 20
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07 Nov 20
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14 Nov 20
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17 Nov 20
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28 Nov 20
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05 Dec 20
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12 Dec 20
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15 Dec 20
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19 Dec 20
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20201229
29 Dec 20
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20200116
16 Jan 20
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19 Jan 20
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20201012
12 Oct 20
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20201016
16 Oct 20
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18 Oct 20
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09 Jan 21
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20210116
16 Jan 21
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20210123
23 Jan 21
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20210130
30 Jan 21
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20210507
07 May 21
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22 May 21
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29 May 21
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02 Jun 21
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12 Jun 21
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15 Jun 21
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19 Jun 21
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26 Jun 21
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03 Jul 21
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20210202
02 Feb 21
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20210206
06 Feb 21
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20210209
09 Feb 21
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20210219
19 Feb 21
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20210223
23 Feb 21
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20210304
04 Mar 21
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20210312
12 Mar 21
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20210315
15 Mar 21
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20210319
19 Mar 21
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20210322
22 Mar 21
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20210330
30 Mar 21
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20210409
09 Apr 21
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20210412
12 Apr 21
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20210416
16 Apr 21
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20210425
25 Apr 21
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20210503
03 May 21
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20210510
10 May 21
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20210515
15 May 21
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20210710
10 Jul 21
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20210713
13 Jul 21
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20210717
17 Jul 21
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31 Jul 21
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07 Aug 21
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18 Aug 21
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28 Aug 21
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04 Sep 21
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11 Sep 21
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14 Sep 21
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18 Sep 21
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25 Sep 21
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02 Oct 21
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06 Oct 21
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16 Oct 21
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22 Oct 21
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25 Oct 21
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29 Oct 21
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06 Nov 21
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09 Nov 21
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19 Nov 21
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27 Nov 21
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20211204
04 Dec 21
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20211207
07 Dec 21
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10 Dec 21
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20211213
13 Dec 21
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20211217
17 Dec 21
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20211220
20 Dec 21
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28 Dec 21
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08 Jan 22
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12 Jan 22
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20220124
24 Jan 22
Main Events 4 NightsPacific ExplorerMelbourneMelbourneShow$745Select-14%
20220128
28 Jan 22
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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 20-05-2020

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2020

P&O is taking you to Australia's comedy capital, Melbourne, for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, one of the largest in the world. With an overnight stay in Melbourne, and tickets and transfers to an exclusive Town Hall Comedy Show on Wednesday 8 April 2020 included in your fare, this is a cruise not to be missed.  Get ready for your cheeks to hurt from laughter!
Book By 05-04-2020

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 30-10-2020

DARK MOFO 2020

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. P&O's 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.
Book By 18-06-2020

80'S CRUISE

It's time to travel back in time and rock some seriously big hair! Let us transport you to a true blast from the past on this epic cruise.  We'll provde the disco balls - you bring your neon.
Book By 12-06-2021

COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE 2020

Calling all Country music lovers - how about a true country throw down while out at sea?! Where better to practise your line dancing and don your cowboy boots?
Book By 13-11-2020

CHRISTMAS AT SEA

Forget snowmen, mistletoe and log fires. Christmas in the southern hemisphere is all about long sunny days, and relaxing by the pool or on a beach. P&O’s Christmas cruises will let you enjoy quality time with friends and family without the usual hassles and stresses of Christmas – no slaving over a hot stove or cleaning up afterwards! You can also give your vocal chords a workout with festive carolling, see the look on the kid’s faces when Santa visits with presents and enjoy delicious Christmas fare with all the trimmings for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day.
Book By 20-12-2020

NEW YEARS CRUISE - START A NEW TRADITION

Celebrate with P&O this New Year’s Eve and have all your organising done for you. Hosting a party, queuing to get into a venue or finding a taxi won’t be an issue! As for the next day tidy up P&O have got you covered too. There’ll be multiple venues open until late and you can be sure we’ll have a party with a live band leading the festivities.
Book By 29-12-2020

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS 2021

AUSTRALIA OPEN TENNIS CRUISE2 days in Melbourne to attend the Australian OpenGeneral admission ground pass tickets per person to the Australian OpenTransfers between the ship and Melbourne ParkMeet and Greet with Tennis personalitiesChance to hold the AO trophies for photo opportunity
Book By 21-01-2021

COMEDY CRUISE

Spend 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 11-06-2021

BONUS ONLINE DISCOUNTS

Book ONLINE today to take advantage of bonus discounts on already reduced sailings.
Book By 11-12-2019

OH BUOY SALE! ONBOARD SPENDING MONEY

For a limited time, book on the ‘Value’ or ‘Value Plus’ fare and receive shipboard credit on selected departures*
Book By 25-02-2020

OH BUOY SALE! $1 DEPOSIT & ONBOARD SPENDING MONEY

For a limited time, book on the ‘Value’ or ‘Value Plus’ fare and receive shipboard credit*PLUS pay just $1 per person deposit on selected departures*
Book By 25-02-2020

BUY 2 GET 2 FREE

Book a quad share room* on selected cruises and pay only for the first two adults in the room. Guest 3 & 4 travel free*!
Book By 10-12-2019

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