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Pacific Explorer cruises for 2019-2020-2021


Pacific Explorer sails from Sydney until October 2020. Each year a 6-night cruise departs Sydney for Melbourne to take in the Melbourne Cup, staying two nights. Tickets and transfers to the Cup are included (with option to upgrade to P&O Enclosure). Meanwhile, Pacific Explorer runs cruises of 7 to 16 nights to the South Pacific islands, including Norfolk Island, as well as the popular ports in PNG, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. Shorter 4-night cruises leave Sydney for Moreton Bay, 5-nights to Tasmania, and 7-night cruises visit Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast. Comedy Cruises are 3-night breaks from the office, that offer fun while going nowhere. In January 2020 Explorer takes a 14-night cruise to Singapore (for refitting) and returns in February/March. On either voyage there are a few interesting ports in Indonesia and Timor Leste to explore. Through 2020 Explorer continues to depart from Sydney. From November 2020 Explorer departs for its new home base in Brisbane to PNG, South Pacific islands and the Great Barrier Reef. There’s a Melbourne Cup cruise of 7 nights departing Brisbane 31 October 2020. Cup entrance fees are included, and stay overnight on the ship.
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Pacific Explorer Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = onboard Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2019 CRUISES

17

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

Islands 10 Nights Cruise X947
UP TO
$100
OBC

Currently sailing

N/A

7

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$1,899

$190

17

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

16

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$8,983

$561

11

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$633

$158

15

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$714

$238

18

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$680

$170

22

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$632

$211

25

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$1,799

$180

5

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$668

$167

9

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

5

NIGHTS

$1,141

$228

14

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$603

$201

17

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$1,849

$185

27

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$554

$185

30

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

9

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$2,276

$253

2020 CRUISES

8

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

8

NIGHTS

$1,699

$212

16

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$515

$172

19

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

6

NIGHTS

$1,218

$203

25

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$715

$238

28

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

14

NIGHTS

Asia 14 Nights Cruise X006
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Singapore

$2,299

$164

28

FEB

Pacific Explorer cruises

14

NIGHTS

Asia 14 Nights Cruise X008
Departs: Singapore | Arrives: Sydney
UP TO
$100
OBC

$2,199

$157

13

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$498

$166

16

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,399

$200

23

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$559

$140

27

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$448

$149

30

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$545

$136

3

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$648

$216

6

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

5

NIGHTS

$800

$160

11

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$514

$171

14

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$1,799

$180

24

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$448

$149

27

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

11

NIGHTS

$1,949

$177

8

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$448

$149

11

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$550

$138

15

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$448

$149

22

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

14

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$2,299

$164

5

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$514

$171

8

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$1,499

$150

18

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

6

NIGHTS

$799

$133

24

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$550

$138

28

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

8

NIGHTS

UP TO
$50
OBC

$1,449

$181

6

JUL

Pacific Explorer cruises

9

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$1,799

$200

15

JUL

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$621

$155

19

JUL

Pacific Explorer cruises

12

NIGHTS

$2,299

$192

31

JUL

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$498

$166

3

AUG

Pacific Explorer cruises

8

NIGHTS

$1,549

$194

11

AUG

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$1,999

$200

21

AUG

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$514

$171

24

AUG

Pacific Explorer cruises

11

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$2,021

$184

4

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$498

$166

7

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$1,799

$180

17

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$546

$137

21

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$571

$143

25

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$564

$188

28

SEP

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$1,899

$190

8

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$646

$162

12

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$546

$137

16

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

2

NIGHTS

Sea Break 2 Nights Cruise X045N
Departs: Sydney | Arrives: Brisbane

$285

$143

18

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

6

NIGHTS

$980

$163

24

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,549

$221

31

OCT

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,536

$219

7

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,499

$214

14

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$615

$205

17

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

11

NIGHTS

UP TO
$100
OBC

$2,049

$186

28

NOV

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,249

$178

5

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,549

$221

12

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$665

$222

15

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

19

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$1,999

$200

29

DEC

Pacific Explorer cruises

11

NIGHTS

$2,299

$209

2021 CRUISES

9

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,499

$214

16

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,399

$200

23

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,599

$228

30

JAN

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

2

FEB

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

6

FEB

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,449

$207

13

FEB

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

17

FEB

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$2,199

$220

27

FEB

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

2

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

6

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

14

NIGHTS

$2,799

$200

20

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

23

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

27

MAR

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,449

$207

3

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,599

$228

10

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,499

$214

17

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

20

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

24

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

27

APR

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$2,199

$220

7

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

10

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

12

NIGHTS

$2,599

$217

22

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,449

$207

29

MAY

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

2

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

10

NIGHTS

$2,199

$220

12

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

3

NIGHTS

$664

$221

15

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

4

NIGHTS

$820

$205

19

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,499

$214

26

JUN

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,499

$214

3

JUL

Pacific Explorer cruises

7

NIGHTS

$1,599

$228

This month's most popular Pacific Explorer cruises


1. 16 night Feature 16 Nights Cruise X952 ex Sydney on 17 Oct 2019, from $8,983
2. 14 night Asia 14 Nights Cruise X008 ex Singapore on 28 Feb 2020, from $2,199
3. 14 night Asia 14 Nights Cruise X006 ex Sydney on 28 Jan 2020, from $2,299
4. 10 night Islands 10 Nights Cruise X016 ex Sydney on 14 Apr 2020, from $1,799
5. 10 night Islands 10 Nights Cruise X951N ex Sydney on 7 Oct 2019, from $1,899

Pacific Explorer — Ship Review Rating: 4.1 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.

Life aboard Pacific Explorer
Pacific Explorer sails from Sydney until October 2020. Each year a 6-night cruise departs Sydney for Melbourne to take in the Melbourne Cup, staying two nights. Tickets and transfers to the Cup are included (with option to upgrade to P&O Enclosure). Meanwhile, Pacific Explorer runs cruises of 7 to 16 nights to the South Pacific islands, including Norfolk Island, as well as the popular ports in PNG, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. Shorter 4-night cruises leave Sydney for Moreton Bay, 5-nights to Tasmania, and 7-night cruises visit Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast. Comedy Cruises are 3-night breaks from the office, that offer fun while going nowhere. In January 2020 Explorer takes a 14-night cruise to Singapore (for refitting) and returns in February/March. On either voyage there are a few interesting ports in Indonesia and Timor Leste to explore. Through 2020 Explorer continues to depart from Sydney. From November 2020 Explorer departs for its new home base in Brisbane to PNG, South Pacific islands and the Great Barrier Reef. There’s a Melbourne Cup cruise of 7 nights departing Brisbane 31 October 2020. Cup entrance fees are included, and stay overnight on the ship.

At 77,000 GT Pacific Explorer will be the largest ship in the fleet, and will be completely made over for P&O clientele. Built in 1997 and lately refurbished in 2017, her new 2017 look adds great changes in dining, entertainment and recreational offerings. This large resort ship gives the feel of uncrowded luxury, with access to a wide range of public rooms. The interiors will be attractive and warm, and the glassed-in upper decks provide plenty of light and connections with the outside world. The two show lounges and poolside Movie Screen will feature Australian entertainers, comedians, TV, movies and sports games. Gratuities will be included in your fare.

Accommodation
Accommodation includes 410 balcony rooms that include Suites with balcony, Mini-Suites with balcony, and Balcony. Balconies may have either solid steel or toughened glass railings. Also there are 11 grades of Oceanview and Interior staterooms. The recent re-build provides for 22 inter-connecting pairs of cabins for families, and many cabins have a third or fourth bed available. All cabins are 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.

The Mini-Suites come with tub and shower and a range of extras, and can accommodate three or four. (Check out whether the deck 11 Suites allow for night-time quietness.) Note that room-service meals come at extra charge. Sixteen cabins are wheelchair accessible. Cots are available for children under three years. The entire ship has been newly re-carpeted and staterooms refreshed. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas, and excludes staterooms and balconies.

Food and Dining
Dining-wise, there are multiple eateries onboard Pacific Explorer. Dining is 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. Designed as an international food market, The Pantry has nine cuisine selections, the ninth in the evening being Shell & Bones seafood. Also head for Angelo’s for Italian and Dragon Lady for Asian delights. There are four alternative (pay extra) options. The line’s celebrity chef Luke Mangan offers his Salt Grill steak and seafood restaurant., 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.

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. There’s also the Love Riot pre-show dinner one can reserve. 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 are the destinations: the South Pacific, New Zealand, and southern Australia. During sea days there’s plenty of activity day and night to keep you entertained. In the evening having two show lounges (both theatre and cabaret style) is a great way to give passengers more entertainment choices. The Love Riot main show attracts an extra charge for cocktail & souvenir glass; more for a degustation dinner. View all the action and latest movies on the Big Screen day and night on the pool deck. Other entertainment includes game shows and the adults-only Sit Down Comedy Club. On the Promenade deck is the dance floor. There are multiple bars and a casino, much live music and karaoke.

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/Card Room or Internet Café. An aft deck offers an adults-only Oasis spa area, complete with wicker beds, lounges, ottomans, pool and hot tubs. On Deck 12 are the health, spa and fitness centres, and HQ and HQ+ hangouts for 11 to 17 year olds. A Children’s Centre cater for ages 3 to 10 years. P&O Edge activities on the top deck include climbing, flying fox, laser tag and The Plank. Leisure spaces include gym, sports deck, jogging track, health spa complex, library/reading room, and medical centre.





































Explore the decks

Pacific Explorer deckplans

Pacific Explorer 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

Accommodation includes 410 balcony rooms that include Suites with balcony, Mini-Suites with balcony, and Balcony. Balconies may have either solid steel or toughened glass railings. Also there are 11 grades of Oceanview and Interior staterooms. The recent re-build provides for 22 inter-connecting pairs of cabins for families, and many cabins have a third or fourth bed available. All cabins are 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.

The Mini-Suites come with tub and shower and a range of extras, and can accommodate three or four. (Check out whether the deck 11 Suites allow for night-time quietness.) Note that room-service meals come at extra charge. Sixteen cabins are wheelchair accessible. Cots are available for children under three years. The entire ship has been newly re-carpeted and staterooms refreshed. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas, and excludes staterooms and balconies.

Decks
Pacific Explorer

P&O Cruises

Ship facts

Star rating: Pacific Explorer star rating
Maiden voyage: 1998
Number of decks: 10
Tonnage: 77441
Cabins: 999
Passenger capacity: 1998
Number of crew: 924

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • 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)
  • Dragon Lady (Asian)
  • Angelo’s (Italian)
  • The Pantry (10 choices)
  • Dietary requests (pre-book 60 days)
  • COVER CHARGE DINING
  • Chef’s Table
  • 400 Gradi pizzeria
  • Shell & Bones (seafood)
  • Pre-show dinner at Waterfront, show in Black Circus
  • Room service menu 24h
  • OTHER DINING
  • Luke’s al fresco burgers
  • Poolside Lobster & Burger
  • Bars & night clubs (6)
  • Bar snacks, drinks
  • New Zealand Natural (pay)
  • Beverage package
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • The Marquee production shows
  • Black Circus show venue
  • Comedy Club (adults)
  • Poolside Screen (movies, sports)
  • Live music, nightclub, parties
  • Theme & Cocktail nights
  • Casino, trivia & game shows
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (2)
  • Waterslides (2)
  • Waterpark
  • Hot tubs (3)
  • The Oasis adult retreat
  • Wellness seminars
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness classes, Bootcamp at Sea
  • P&O Edge 19 activities (pay) (climbing, zipline, Plank)
  • Hosted deck games
  • Deck, board games
  • Lawn bowls
  • 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, Card Room
  • UNDER 18
  • Group centres for 2-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17 y
  • Organised kids activities
  • Sony Playstation VR
  • 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? ▼

  • Gratuities & Service charges for Australia-based ships
  • 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
  • Most activities onboard, gym, some fitness classes
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (2-17 y)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Weddings, ceremonies, group events options
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Pre-arranged dietary requests (60 days notice)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Specialty restaurants & The Grill
  • Room service menu items
  • Some activities and entertainment: P&O Edge, arcade games
  • Casino, bar expenses
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry services
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 y 10.30pm-1am)
  • Passport, travel documentations, vaccination & visas``
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in taxes, fees, port expenses
  • Itineraries may change due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Cabins may change for operational reasons
  • Credit card 1.5% service fee
  • GRATUITIES, SERVICE CHARGES
  • Tipping and service charges are not required
  • REMINDERS
  • Domestic travel: passport or government issued ID (check ahead)
  • International (even one port): passport valid for 6 months after end of voyage
  • Check any visa requirements
  • Check dress code, health requirements ahead
  • Special needs, dietary requests, arrange at booking
  • Check stateroom ‘responsible adult’ requirements when booking
  • Confirm with bank and ship ahead of cruise your credit/debit card intentions
  • Smoking on board in designated areas only
  • Don’t bring an aerial drone
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