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Pacific Encounter cruises for 2021


Pacific Encounter (previously Star Princess) joins P&O in October 2021 to sail out of Brisbane. Alongside sister-ship Pacific Adventure (previously Golden Princess), these two replacement ships will increase P&O Australia’s capacity by 11% over the previous year. The vessel’s refit will include many family friendly activities and spaces. The inaugural cruise for Pacific Encounter departs Singapore 12 October 2020 via Malaysia, Indonesia’s island of Lombok, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach, for Brisbane. From Brisbane Pacific Encounter will run cruises to South Pacific islands and the Queensland coast. ‘Taster’ 3-night cruises to nowhere will offer a break from your office or home, sailing from the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal. Short 4-night cruises will leave Brisbane for the Whitsundays regularly.
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Pacific Encounter Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = onboard Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2021 CRUISES

11

NOV

Pacific Encounter cruises

15

NIGHTS

Indonesian Explorer Cruise I147
Departs: Singapore | Arrives: Brisbane
Popular Cruise!

$2,749

$183

27

NOV

Pacific Encounter cruises

7

NIGHTS

Popular Cruise!

$1,549

$221

4

DEC

Pacific Encounter cruises

7

NIGHTS

Popular Cruise!

$1,449

$207

11

DEC

Pacific Encounter cruises

3

NIGHTS

Comedy Cruise I151
Departs: Brisbane
UP TO
$100
OBC

$674

$225

14

DEC

Pacific Encounter cruises

4

NIGHTS

Whitsundays Cruise I152
Departs: Brisbane
UP TO
$100
OBC

$824

$206

18

DEC

Pacific Encounter cruises

9

NIGHTS

Christmas Cruise I153
Departs: Brisbane
Popular Cruise!

$2,249

$250

27

DEC

Pacific Encounter cruises

8

NIGHTS

New Years Eve Cruise I201
Departs: Brisbane
Popular Cruise!

$2,199

$275

2022 CRUISES

4

JAN

Pacific Encounter cruises

4

NIGHTS

Whitsundays Cruise I202
Departs: Brisbane
UP TO
$100
OBC

$824

$206

8

JAN

Pacific Encounter cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,649

$236

15

JAN

Pacific Encounter cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,549

$221

22

JAN

Pacific Encounter cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,549

$221

This month's most popular Pacific Encounter cruises


1. 7 night Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise I149 ex Brisbane on 27 Nov 2021, from $1,549
2. 7 night Pacific Island Hopper Cruise I150 ex Brisbane on 4 Dec 2021, from $1,449
3. 9 night Christmas Cruise I153 ex Brisbane on 18 Dec 2021, from $2,249
4. 8 night New Year's Eve Cruise I201 ex Brisbane on 27 Dec 2021, from $2,199
5. 15 night Indonesian Explorer Cruise I147 ex Singapore on 11 Nov 2021, from $2,749

Life aboard Pacific Encounter
Pacific Encounter (previously Star Princess) joins P&O in October 2021 to sail out of Brisbane. Alongside sister-ship Pacific Adventure (previously Golden Princess), these two replacement ships will increase P&O Australia’s capacity by 11% over the previous year. The vessel’s refit will include many family friendly activities and spaces. The inaugural cruise for Pacific Encounter departs Singapore 12 October 2020 via Malaysia, Indonesia’s island of Lombok, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach, for Brisbane. From Brisbane Pacific Encounter will run cruises to South Pacific islands and the Queensland coast. ‘Taster’ 3-night cruises to nowhere will offer a break from your office or home, sailing from the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal. Short 4-night cruises will leave Brisbane for the Whitsundays regularly.

Being a large resort ship, built in 2002 and to be refitted for P&O late 2021, on-board entertainment and facilities will be state-of-the-art for cruise ships. The ship itself is a cruise destination. She has two decks of public spaces and plenty of lifts and staircases that make for ease of movement. There is an ‘adults only’ two-deck area with padded sunloungers and pool for your solitude. Recently fitted is a large Poolside Screen for movies and sports. Replacing Pacific Aria (55,820 GT), this larger and newer ship (previously Star Princess, 108,977 GT) will increase the Line's capacity. Expect to be surrounded by fun-loving and family-oriented Australians. For some it will be a short 'taster' cruise to see if they are suited to cruising, for others it will be multi-generational families taking the opportunity to entertain their little ones, and at the same time having late-night time for the adults. Tips and gratuities are included.

Accommodation
Expect six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins will be roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins will be practical and attractive, many with additional upper berths for children, and some with inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All cabins will be spacious with wardrobes, ensuites, and twin beds mostly convertible to queen size. Facilities include flat screen TV, fridge, personal safe, and an interactive video system. Outside cabins have a large window or porthole in the case of a few. Interconnecting cabins for families and groups allow quad-quad, twin-quad, triple-triple, and twin-twin bedding.

Expect 560 balcony rooms and 230 suites and mini-suites. Four types of suites may be available, including two family suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people if four are children – otherwise eight adults. Mid-priced suites compare more than favourably with motel accommodation, amenities and service. Most balconies will give privacy, and some can be joined with other balconies when travelling in a group. Suites will have a bathtub and second TV. Twenty-six cabins will be wheelchair accessible. Cots are available for children under three years. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas, and excludes staterooms and balconies.

Food and Dining
Dining-wise, there will be multiple eateries onboard Pacific Encounter. Dining will be where and when you like: “Your Choice Dining” at two main dining options, the formal Waterfront Restaurant (and dress up for the occasional formal dinner), and the casual Pantry with its contemporary café vibe and multiple serving stations. Designed as an international food market, The Pantry will have around nine cuisine selections, perhaps in the evening head for Shell & Bones seafood. Also hopefully there’ll be Angelo’s for Italian and Dragon Lady for Asian delights. There will be a number of alternative (pay extra) options. The line’s celebrity chef Luke Mangan offers his Salt Grill steak and seafood restaurant fleet-wide, and for an exceptional evening make a reservation at Chef’s Table, which include a tour of the galley and commentary by the Executive Chef. 400 Gradi Pizzeria serves great pizzas at a price.

Guests in suites and mini-suites are members of the Byron Beach Club, with their own private dining concierge service including priority dining at all venues. (In addition, members have access to a private pool and spa, and top-deck lounge.) Casual dining options start with the al fresco Grill (pay) next to the pool for breakfast, lunch and through the evening. Also there is The Café for coffee and muffins and the like. Socialise at the many bars and lounges, and there’s a dance floor. Families are well catered for. Children have their own menu changed daily in the Waterfront restaurant, and they may dine early. The crew have a name for friendliness and the food selection is plentiful and varied. Book dietary requests 60 days ahead of time.

Entertainment
The main attractions will be the destinations: the South Pacific and the Great Barrier Reef. During sea days there will be plenty of activity day and night to keep you entertained. For adults on board there’s an adult-only Oasis retreat, while children may be engrossed with activities supervised by professionals. In the evening having two show lounges (both theatre and cabaret style) is a great way to give passengers more entertainment choices. View all the action and latest movies on the Poolside Screen day and night on the lido deck. Other entertainment will include game shows and the adults-only Sit Down Comedy Club. There will be multiple bars and a casino, much live music and karaoke.

Shore tours by P&O are excellent and varied. Re-fitting the ship for 2021 will surely include P&O Edge (pay extra), Australia’s largest adventure park at sea, for children and adults. Its 19 activities include high rope swings, Walk the Plank, laser tag, slack lines, Segway obstacle courses, flying fox lines, funnel climbs and many more designed around the ship’s existing architecture. On board by day guests can join in a variety of organised activities such as bingo. Alternatively, just stroll around and shop duty-free, or for a quiet time retire to the Library or Internet Café. Upper decks offer an adults-only Oasis spa area, complete with wicker beds, lounges, ottomans, pool and hot tubs, sports courts and night club. Keep fit by jogging around the Promenade Deck. On Deck 16 is the children/youth activity centre.

Explore the decks

Pacific Encounter deckplans

Pacific Encounter deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

Expect six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins will be roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins will be practical and attractive, many with additional upper berths for children, and some with inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All cabins will be spacious with wardrobes, ensuites, and twin beds mostly convertible to queen size. Facilities include flat screen TV, fridge, personal safe, and an interactive video system. Outside cabins have a large window or porthole in the case of a few. Interconnecting cabins for families and groups allow quad-quad, twin-quad, triple-triple, and twin-twin bedding.

Expect 560 balcony rooms and 230 suites and mini-suites. Four types of suites may be available, including two family suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people if four are children – otherwise eight adults. Mid-priced suites compare more than favourably with motel accommodation, amenities and service. Most balconies will give privacy, and some can be joined with other balconies when travelling in a group. Suites will have a bathtub and second TV. Twenty-six cabins will be wheelchair accessible. Cots are available for children under three years. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas, and excludes staterooms and balconies.

Decks
Pacific Encounter

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Ship facts

Star rating: Pacific Encounter star rating
Maiden voyage: 2002
Number of decks: 13
Tonnage: 108977
Cabins: 1301
Passengers: 2602
Number of crew: 1200

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Byron Beach Club top deck & dining (suites, mini-suites)
  • Shops duty-free (outside Australia limits)
  • Shore Tours
  • No tipping, AUD on board
  • ANZ Defence Force onboard credit
  • COMPLIMENTARY DINING
  • Waterfront Restaurant (with kid’s menus)
  • Reserve table, or anytime dining
  • Dragon Lady (Asian) (maybe)
  • Angelo’s (Italian) (maybe)
  • The Pantry food court, multiple choices
  • Dietary requests (pre-book 60 days)
  • COVER CHARGE DINING
  • Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
  • Chef’s Table
  • Luna (Japanese Thai) (maybe)
  • 400 Gradi pizzeria
  • Shell & Bones (seafood) (maybe)
  • Room service menu 24h (pay)
  • OTHER DINING
  • The Café
  • The Grill (pay)
  • Cellar Door (wines)
  • Poolside Lobster & Burger
  • Bars & night clubs - multiple
  • Bar snacks, drinks
  • New Zealand Natural (pay)
  • Beverage package
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • The Marquee production shows
  • Comedy Club (adults)
  • Poolside Screen (movies, sports)
  • Blue Room live music: blues, soul & R&B
  • Theme & Cocktail nights
  • Casino, trivia & game shows
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (4)
  • Waterslides (2)
  • Lap pool with current
  • Whirlpools Spas (9)
  • The Oasis adult retreat
  • Wellness seminars
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness classes, Bootcamp at Sea
  • Sports training courts
  • P&O Edge 19 activities (pay) (climbing, zipline, Plank)
  • Hosted deck games
  • Deck, board games
  • Lawn bowls
  • Table tennis
  • Jogging track
  • Classes for dance, art & craft, drinks, cooking, wine tasting (some pay)
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Whisky & wine tasting
  • Bingo, karaoke
  • Ceremonies, weddings, group events organised
  • Photo, video gallery
  • Library
  • UNDER 18
  • Group centres for 2-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17 y
  • Organised kids activities
  • Group child minding (late night, pay)
  • OTHER
  • Internet, Wi-Fi areas (pay)
  • Mobile (Int’l roaming; pay provider)
  • ATM on board
  • Laundry (self-service & pay)
  • Wheelchair accessible cabins
  • Elevators
  • Medical centre
  • Smoking outdoor areas
  • Power 3-pin 220/240V
  • Daily newsletter
  • Advise dietary, medical, mobility needs at booking

What's included? ▼

  • Service charge: Up to €0/USD12.50/AUD18 (12 & over) daily, child over 1 pay half. Ask about pre-payment.
  • Gratuities - tipping is neither expected nor required
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea, milk & hot snacks
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Weddings, ceremonies, group events options
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items
  • Some workshops, classes & programs
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
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