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Pacific Encounter Cruises

Previously sailing under the name Star Princess, Pacific Encounter will be gracing our shores from May 2021. With a capacity of 2,600 guests and a gross tonnage of 108,865, she will be close to the same size as her sister Pacific Adventure (also due to arrive May 2021). After a substantial dry dock in Singapore, she is scheduled to call the new passenger terminal in Brisbane her new home. Her interior is decorated in modern contemporary style with fresh and crisp finishes while still reminding her passengers that she is unquestionably a member of the P&O family. With quirky furnishings and bold design, Australian’s will feel right at home no matter where they are sailing. Just like her family before her, Pacific Encounter will play host to family-friendly entertainment and activities while showing off her quirky personality and true Australian spirit. Families will have fun with the dedicated indoor/outdoor family area with a pool and the usual parties and games throughout the cruise. Guests will enjoy the P&O favourites including Angelo’s, Dragon Lady and chef concepts by celebrity chefs Luke Mangan and Johnny di Francesco. One of the new features aboard Pacific Encounter, exclusive to the newer P&O ships, is the Byron Beach Club. This club gives suite guests exclusive access to the top deck amenities. These include a private pool, spas, signature bar, unparalleled views, and not to mention bragging rights. Guests can sit back, relax and be waited on in style and comfort.

Pacific Encounter's inaugural season will be from Brisbane's new International Cruise Terminal. P&O have taken what has worked for their previous ships and perfected the details. Bringing back the sought after activities such as the Edge Adventure Park, waterpark, laser tag, Oasis adults-only retreat, Blue Room and Cellar Door Wine Tasting. The children's favourite kids clubs are back, feeling brand new plus exciting new activities to be added. Read more

Enjoy your favourite Aussie cuisines at the famous Waterfront Restaurant or experience otherworldly flavours at the popular Angelo’s Italian restaurant or Dragon Lady Pan-Asian restaurant. The Encounter Hotel is a new concept hotel, exclusively coming to Pacific Encounter with more details to be released. For suite guests, the brand new Byron Beach Club provides a private retreat offering several exclusive amenities.

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Ship Specification

Maiden voyage: 2002
Number of decks: 13
Tonnage: 108865
Cabins: 1301
Passengers: 2602
Number of crew: 1200
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Onboard Experience

  • Dining

    Dining on the Pacific Encounter

    Pacific Encounter will have 18 different dining options, 12 of which is included in your fare. True to the P&O experience, guests can be as safe or as adventurous as they choose. Whether the sound of garlic snails makes your mouth water or a traditional Guinness pie is more your speed, the incredible chefs onboard have something to tantalise. The Waterfront restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner, offering a rotating menu of Aussie favourites. Read more

    This restaurant is open dining, no reservation is required. Other restaurants included in your fare are Angelo's Italian Restaurant and Dragon Lady, these are open for dinner only and do require to book ahead. The pantry began replacing the standard buffet in 2015 and is now equipped across the P&O fleet. In its place, we have a food court style experience where guests can get curry at one stand and stir fry in another served to you by the crew. This change has resulted in more responsible travel as well as a more efficient dining experience. For those special occasions, you don't want to miss the incredible food at one of the many specialty restaurants. P&O favourite and Celebrity chef Luke Mangnan will be bringing his delicacies onboard, as well as the famous 400 Gradi Pizza by Johnny Di Francesco. For a culinary experience like no other, the Chef's table will be available. This will have limited numbers on each cruise so be sure to book ahead. If you’re looking for something different, you cannot miss Shell and Bones. Seafood and steak specialty dining restaurant that is open for dinner, carving out a private dining room in the pantry. Room service is available for a minimal fee.

  • Bars

    Bar on the Pacific Encounter

    Pacific Encounter offers several luxurious lounges to enjoy your time on holidays. Coming fresh from her makeover, she will boast some exciting new venues as well as the P&O favourites. Whether you are looking for a fine wine or a delicious cocktail, Pacific Encounter offers several bars and lounges to suit your mood. With 6 different venues, including a venue exclusive to Encounter, guests have ample choice. Read more

    Sit back and relax on the deck chairs by the pool and be served by the attentive wait staff or enjoy a pre-dinner drink while watching the sunset. For the real party-goers, the nightclub will be the place to finish your night, but not before boogying on the open deck with the DJ at the themed parties. Along with Pacific Adventure, Pacific Encounter welcomes the Byron Beach Club into the family. This exclusive space is for suite guests only, providing a getaway on the top deck with uninterrupted views of the ocean, music playing from the bar and an extensive cocktail menu. For the parents who just need 20 minutes of peace to enjoy a glass of wine, the Oasis Bar is the strictly adults-only area of the ship with spas and a pool. Drinks packages are available on sailings 7 nights or longer. There are several options for guests to choose from ranging from basic soda’s by the glass to alcoholic packages that include cocktails, spirits, beers and barista-made coffees and teas. Chat to your consultant today about options in booking this with your cruise fare.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment on the Pacific Encounter

    The nights are alive on P&O, guests will be beaming with excitement and joy as they engage in the activities available. No one parties like P&O and Pacific Encounter will deliver on just that. From theme nights to exclusive stage performances, movies under the stars and so much more, guests are left always wanting it to go on. The talented dancers and singers from P&O perform professional, tailor-made productions, with each show perfected to surprise and delight the audience. Read more

    The charismatic Marquee Theatre is the home to most of the central performances you will see throughout your cruise. This theatre will host the stage shows, guest entertainers such as magicians and local musicians and well-known comedians. Love Riot is exclusive to P&O cabaret experience hosted in the adults-only Black Circus. A night of love, lust and hand grenades, this over the top, silicon dipped, high energy spectacle takes guests on an adventure that will ensnare every sense and gets heart rates elevated. This venue is strictly adults-only, and small entrance fees do apply. Every cruise will be guaranteed a Bianco White Party. Guests will pull out their finest white clothing and dance the night away with the resident DJs. Gatsby parties are for cruises 3 nights or longer, taking you back to the days of prohibition - bringing out the frills, fascinators and fedoras. P&O guests love to participate in the fun of dressing up, be sure to check your cruise details so you know what you need to pack.

  • Activities

    Activities on the Pacific Encounter

    Whether you are the type of cruiser that enjoys spending your sea days by the pool, finding your own space to curl up with a good book or challenge your skills at trivia or ping pong tournaments, you can choose how you want to holiday. Pacific Encounter has over 60 different activities that you can either join in on the fun or relax and enjoy some respite. With adventure parks, family-friendly fun, sports, trivia, classes and more, the most challenging choice will be what to pick. For those that prefer to expand our minds, there are various classes on offer throughout your cruise. Read more

    Learn how to make coffee like a professional, shake yourself a perfect martini, dance a tango or get the heart rate pumping with one of the many fitness classes on offer. Hone a new skill to take home and show off to your friends and family. For those that prefer an adrenaline boost, each of P&O’s ships come equipped with the largest adventure park at sea. Fly the length of the ship on a zip line, climb to the top of the funnel and abseil down, try out the titanic experience or walk the plank. Push yourself to your limits. Some activities will attract a surcharge, see your daily cruise planner onboard for details.

  • Health & Fitness

    Fitness on the Pacific Encounter

    Evolve Health and fitness studio on Pacific Encounter provides a space for guests to maintain their exercise at sea. Featuring, state-of-the-art equipment and workout programs that are designed to suit all levels of fitness. For those that prefer the fresh air outdoors, an open-air running track is available on the top decks. Personal trainers are available, or if you prefer there is also a range of classes such as low impact yoga, pilates or even a long booty boot camp. Read more

    Elemis Spa is the answer to the question everyone asks when they need a holiday, how can I just relax. Escape into another world and rediscover your mind, body and soul. Leave your stresses at the door and let Encounter’s professionally trained massage and beauty therapists take you into a level of relaxation that you didn’t know was possible. Get plucked and buffed until you’re feeling rejuvenated or even try acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy. Whether it’s the sleepy mornings, a brisk run or a rejuvenating facial, guests can find their perfect centre aboard Pacific Encounter.

  • Kids

    Kids activities on the Pacific Encounter

    Pacific Encounter has several options on offer to keep the kids entertained both with or without their parents. With kids clubs open daily from 10am to 10pm (subject to change, please confirm opening hours onboard), parents can use their time to put their feet up and have a well-deserved rest. For a additional fee there is also an option for after-hours care from 10:30 pm - 1 am, allowing parents to have a night to themselves. Turtle Cove is for 2 to 5-year-olds, Shark shark is for 6 to 9-year-olds, HQ is for 10 to 13-year-olds, and the HQ+ is for 14 to 17-year-olds. Read more

    Your children will make strong connections with other kids in the kids club, they will hardly want to leave. All activities are age-appropriate and are conducted by professionally trained staff. Children under the age of 2 are welcome to use the kids club activities with direct supervision of a parent or guardian (please check with your consultant regarding age restrictions with infants), parents with children in nappies must be available at all times for changing. Registration is a must as it is a first-come-first-serve basis, and there are limited spaces available.

  • Inclusions

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

Covid Safety

The health and wellbeing of passengers and crew is of the utmost importance for P&O Cruises Australia and for us at Clean Cruising. Health and safety policies are constantly under review and being enhanced to reflect the latest advice from health authorities and leading-edge innovations. Initiatives including universal health screening and COVID-19 testing pre-embarkation, hospital grade-air filtration systems, increased sanitation measures, extended ship to shore safety, social distancing practices aboard, additional medical staff and facilities, daily temperature checks and contingency planning in case of suspected cases.

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Destination & Ports

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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.)

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  • Inside

    Inside on the Pacific Encounter

    Cabin Types

    II, IF, IE, ID, IC, IB, IA

    Average Cabin Size – 14.5 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 0 m2

    Wake up with your loved ones! Equipped with everything you need, it's the prefect sanctuary after a full day of adventure on deck and ashore. Twin rooms feature twin beds which can convert into a queen bed. Quad rooms feature two lower and two upper (bunk) beds. Some rooms can accommodate up to 3-4 adults / children.

  • Outside

    Outside on the Pacific Encounter

    Cabin Types

    OF, OC, OW, OY, OV, OP, OI

    Average Cabin Size – 14.5 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 0 m2

    Oceanview rooms feature a window or porthole so you won’t miss a single ocean view. It's nice to know there’s a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it, equipped with everything you need. Twin rooms feature twin beds which can convert into a queen bed. Quad rooms feature two lower and two upper (bunk) beds. Some rooms can accommodate up to 3-4 adults / children.

  • Balcony

    Balcony on the Pacific Encounter

    Cabin Types

    BF, BE, BD, BC, BB, BA, B2, BI

    Average Cabin Size – 15.5 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 0 m2

    Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room, it’s the best way to enjoy all the comfort of our onboard rooms and all the beauty of living on the ocean. Twin single beds that convert into a queen bed. Some rooms can accommodate up to 3-4 adults / children.

  • Suite

    Suite on the Pacific Encounter

    Cabin Types

    SV, SP, S8, S5, PB, PA, OS, GS, ME, MD, MB, MA, M1

    Average Cabin Size – 25.5 m2

    Average Balcony Size – 0 m2

    Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in these rooms. Equipped with everything you need to enjoy while you're at sea, it's nice to know there's a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it. Twin single beds that convert into a queen bed. Quad rooms feature a double sofa bed. Some rooms can accommodate up to 3 adults / children.

Deck Plans for Pacific Encounter


  • Rooms are smaller than the average for room grade
  • Third or Fourth berth available
  • Third berth available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Room with Porthole
  • Fixed queen-bed, cannot be converted to twin beds
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Obstructed View
  • Public toilet
  • Room does not have a bathtub
  • Two berth (OZ grade: One lower, one Upper berth)
  • Two fixed lower beds. Cannot be converted to a queen-size bed

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