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FREE DRINKS PACKAGE: Cruise to the Whitsundays, Tropical North QLD & Willis Island (Brisbane roundtrips, May 2022 - May 2023)

FREE drinks package

This easy, fun-filled roundtrip will give you the chance to explore Airlie Beach, Cairns, the broader Tropical North, and the unique remote outpost of Willis Island. Secure your cabin before 23 November 2021 to receive free drinks package.

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About this holiday

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Coming soon: the Pacific Encounter

This cruise is dedicated to the incredible Great Barrier Reef - one of the seven wonders of the natural world. This varied itinerary covers the Whitsundays, Cairns and the charming remote Coral Sea outpost of Willis Island.

This cruise offers frequent departures through 2022, 2023 and 2024. Scroll down to "travel dates" below for more.



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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Mini Suite

Enjoy 7 nights cruising onboard the Pacific Encounter

Book by 23 November 2021 to receive a FREE Drinks Package

Advertised pricing based on 10 September 2022 departure from Brisbane:

  • Inside (IF4) - from $1094 per person twin share*
  • Oceanview (OP)- from $1374 per person twin share*
  • Balcony (BF) - from $1494 per person twin share*
  • Mini-suite (ME4) - from $1814 per person twin share*
  • Suite (SV4) - from $2514 per person twin share*

Interior - Wake up with your loved ones! 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.

Mini-Suite - Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in Mini-Suites. Equipped with everything you need to enjoy while you're at sea.

Suite - Offering the high life on the high seas with a balcony, sitting area, priority embarkation, complimentary laundry service and even a coffee machine.

Travel dates


Advertised pricing based on 10 September 2022 departure from Brisbane. This cruise is also available for many other dates through 2022, 2023 and 2024. Call our Brisbane-based travel team on 1300 414 198 for a quote on any of the following departures:

  • 28 May 2022
  • 02 July 2022
  • 30 July 2022
  • 23 August 2022
  • 10 September 2022
  • 14 October 2022
  • 25 November 2022
  • 28 January 2023
  • 01 April 2023
  • 15 April 2023
  • 27 May 2023
  • 13 Oct 2023
  • 25 Nov 2023
  • 6 Jan 2024
  • 27 Jan 2024
  • 16 Mar 204
  • 25 May 2024
  • 29 Jun 2024
  • 27 Jul 2024
  • 31 Aug 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.



Day 1 - Departs Brisbane

Brisbane is a city full of contradictions. It’s a place of shorts and thongs and high finance. It is both sophisticated and rustic. A city eager to change, yet reluctant to abandon its old ways!

Day 2 - At sea

We’re always coming up with new and improved experiences so you can cruise, cruise and cruise some more. With so many experiences onboard you can choose to do it all or do nothing at all. It’s your holiday, your way!

Day 3 - Airlie Beach, Whitsundays

If you ache to snorkel, dive, swim, paddle or just laze on a breathtaking white sand beach, this is the place to do it.

Day 4 & 5 - Yorkeys Knob, Cairns

This delightful northern beaches suburb, located just a short drive from Cairns, has plenty to offer visitors.

Day 6 - Willis Island (Anchor drop)

Day 7 - At sea

Spend the day exploring the ship or relaxing on your last day at sea.

Day 8 - Arrive Brisbane



Do I have to tip?

Tipping is not required but if you’d like to thank the crew who provide you with great service, you are welcome to tip them personally or visit the Reception Desk to have the tip added to your onboard account.

What is the dress code onboard?

Guests are requited to cover-up swim suits when entering the ship’s public rooms. During the day, casual clothes are suitable. After 5.30pm, smart casual attire is required in the public lounges and restaurants or as published in the daily newsletter  'Good Times'.

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Fine print


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

*You've booked on the P&O's Sip Back and Relax Sale. Campaign commences 13 Oct and ends 23 Nov 2021.
Premium Beverage Package is available only to the first 2 guests booked in the lower berths (i.e. passengers 1 and 2) if the passengers are aged 18 years or over on the date of cruise departure, on cruises 7 nights or more (excluding 7 and 8 night Melbourne Cup sailings). Premium Beverage Package is non-transferable and non-refundable. Premium Beverage Package includes individual beverage items up to the value of or equal to AUD$13 per item. Alcoholic beverages are limited to 15 beverages per 24-hour period (6am to 6am). Alcoholic beverages requested above this limit are subject to P&O's Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy and charged at regular menu prices. Non-alcoholic beverages have no daily limit. Service is always subject to P&O's RSA Policy, which includes an ability to restrict service. Drink exclusions