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$1 DEPOSITS: Cruise to New Caledonia & Vanuatu (Brisbane roundtrips, 2022, 2023 & 2024)

$1 Deposits and FREE onboard credit!*

Nothing says 'tropical holiday' like island hopping from one picturesque destination to the next! Book your Cruise before 1 March 2022 and receive FREE onboard spending money per cabin!*

7 nights
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About this holiday

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Discover the magic of Melanesian culture when the ships docks in Lifou. Part of New Caledonia but a world away, the tiny Loyalty Islands beckon with rich culture and brilliant scenery.

Book your Cruise before 1 March 2022 and receive FREE onboard spending money per cabin!*

Cruise on the Pacific Encounter from Brisbane. Guests will love the new celebrity chef dining venues, Luke’s Bar & Grill by Luke Mangan and 400 Gradi by award-winning Melbourne chef, Johnny di Francesco.

The Lobby, located on deck 5 is our favourite new hang out place, from morning to night. Choose from Charlie’s, The Deli and Ivy + Brie. You can meet in the morning for coffee, relax in the afternoon with your favourite drink and a cheese board and come back at night for chilled live music.

Familiar favourites include Waterfront, Angelo’s, Dragon Lady, and Shell & Bones or go casual in The Pantry. Head to the child-free Oasis for a cocktail and a perfect view of the ship’s wake or the chilled-out vibe in the Ocean Bar.

This cruise is a perfect introduction to the Frenchy-chic vibe of Noumea, the ancient culture of Lifou, the Caribbean atmosphere in Vila, and the many breathtaking beaches in between!



    You can’t beat value for money with main meals, entertainment, stunning destinations and onboard activities – all included in the one low fare. 

    • Swimming pools
    • Waterslides
    • Waterpark
    • Organised pool games
    • Spas
    • Fitness centre
    • Jogging track
    • A range of dance classes
    • Trivia and game shows
    • Organised crew vs guest games
    • Karaoke
    • Deck games, table tennis, deck chess, quoits, golf putting
    • Cooking demonstrations
    • Board games
    • Production shows
    • Guest entertainers and comedians
    • Live music
    • Cinema
    • Party nights
    • Big Screen (sports, recent release movies and more)
    • Comedy 
    • Game shows


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Penthouse Suite

Book your Cruise before 1 March 2022 and receive FREE onboard spending money per cabin!*

  • Inside and Outside cabins - up to $100 per cabin
  • Balcony, Mini-Suite and Suite cabins - up to $200 per cabin

5 May 2023, roundtrip from Brisbane

  • Interior cabin - from $754 pp twin share
  • Outside cabin - from $1034 pp twin share
  • Balcony cabin - from $1154 pp twin share
  • Mini Suite cabin - from $1284 pp twin share

*Advertised fares are available until allocation is exhausted and prices may fluctuate during the campaign period without notice.

Interior - Wake up with your loved ones! Our Interior rooms are perfect for both families and couples.

Oceanview - Oceanview rooms feature a window or porthole so you won’t miss a single ocean view.

Balcony - Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony room.

Suite - Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in our Suites. They offer the high life on the high seas.

Penthouse Suite - Take it all in with a balcony that look over everyone's favourite view - the ship's wake, priority spa and dinner reservations included and so much more.

Travel dates


Advertised fares above are applicable to the 5 May 2023 departure. Other travel dates are also available:

  • 9 April 2022
  • 6 May 2022
  • 25 June 2022
  • 6 or 27 August 2022
  • 17 or 24 Sep 2022
  • 5 Nov 2022
  • 3 Dec 2022
  • 7 or 14 Jan 2023
  • 8 April 2023
  • 5 May 2023
  • 24 June 2023
  • 5 or 26 Aug 2022
  • 16 or 23 Sep 2023
  • 23 Oct 2023
  • 18 Nov 2023
  • 9 Dec 2023
  • 13 Jan 2024
  • 3 Feb 2024
  • 30 Mar 2024
  • 6 April 2024
  • 3 May 2024
  • 22 Jun 2024
  • 3 Aug 2024
  • 14 or 21 Sep 2024

*Pricing is subject to cabin availability and may fluctuate without notice at the cruise line's discretion. Please call 1300 414 198 for an up-to-the-moment quote on your preferred cabin and departure.



Itinerary based on 5 May 2023:

  • Day 1: Depart Brisbane 3pm
  • Day 2: At sea
  • Day 3: Noumea, New Caledonia 2-9pm
  • Day 4: Lifou 8am-5pm
  • Day 5: Port Vila, Vanuatu 8am-5pm
  • Day 6 & 7: At sea
  • Day 8: Arrive Brisbane 6am



Handy packing tips:

  • Each bag can be no bigger than 140cm x 60cm x 40cm and weigh no more than 32kg.
  • If you’re flying to port, it’s important to note that airlines may have different luggage restrictions. 
  • All luggage, hand and check-in will be screened at embarkation and disembarkation.

Hand Luggage - Keep the following items in your hand luggage:

  • Duty and tax-free purchases including alcohol and tobacco. These purchases will be collected upon embarkation and stored during your cruise.
  • GST tax invoice for any Tourist Refund Scheme
  • Your Passport or Government Issued Photo ID for domestic cruises
  • Any medications, prescriptions, medical devices and your travel insurance policy
  • Guests must declare to Customs all amounts of alcohol in excess of the local Customs limits.

Day clothes:
When the sun’s out you can keep it casual. Decks can be slippery so low-heeled, rubber soled shoes are recommended along with comfortable walking shoes for going ashore. Shoes must be worn at all times in restaurants. Swimwear is only permitted around the pool and open deck areas. There are two dress codes for the restaurants; smart casual and cocktail.

Dinner dress:
If it’s after 5:30pm, smart casual clothing is required in the public lounges and restaurants. That means skirts, dresses, pants and blouses for women. For men it’s long trousers and a polo or collared shirt.

Cocktail evenings:
Women are required to wear evening or cocktail dress. Men are required to suit up or wear similar. Ties are optional. These evenings will be announced in the ships newsletter.
Here is a rough guide:
Cruises between 3-7 nights = 1-2 cocktail evenings.
Cruises between 7-13 nights = 2 cocktail evenings
Cruises 14 days or more = a minimum of 3 cocktail evenings.
Cruise less than 2 nights = no cocktail nights.

Can I bring non-alcoholic beverages onboard?

Each guest may bring onboard a max of 12 canned drinks in hand luggage. All luggage, including checked in luggage, will be x-rayed at embarkation. Items not allowed on-board include plastic and glass bottled drinks.

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Fine print


Travel at 60 and cruise line booking conditions apply. Please enquire for more information.

P&O's Take me away sale ends 1 March 2022

P&O Cruise line plan is to restart operations with cruises for fully vaccinated guests and crew. Our planned vaccination-only policy aligns with Australian governments public statements linking society returning to normal once sufficient numbers of eligible Australians have been fully vaccinated. As of 27 August 2021, their protocols and policies are still in development and we recommend you check protocols and policies closure to your departure date.

A non-refundable AU$1 deposit per person is required at time of booking. A 2nd deposit which is the remainder of the standard adult deposit for all guests including children, is due as follows: Cruises between 1 Jul 22 & 31 Aug 22, 95 days prior to departure; cruises between 1 sep 22 & 31 oct 22, 150 days prior to departure; cruises between 1 nov 22 & 31 dec 22, 180 days prior to departure; cruises between 1 Jan 23 & 31 aug 23, 250 days prior to departure; and for cruises departing after 1 sep 23, 450 days prior to departure. For cruises departing between 2 Mar 2022 and 30 Jun 2022, remainder of deposit and final payment for cruise is due 75 days before departure. Standard cancellation and refunds conditions apply as per Booking Travel Conditions. Sailings departing on or before 30 June 22 and booked prior to 1 Mar 2022 are eligible for P&O Assurance. This fare also includes onboard spending money (OBC) and applies to the first 2 guests in the booking. OBC can't be used at the medical centre or casino. Any unused OBC expires at the end of the cruise & is not redeemable for cash. Not combinable with Go fare/short sales