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$1 DEPOSIT SALE: Cruise to the Whitsundays, Tropical North QLD & Willis Island (Brisbane roundtrips, May 2022 - May 2023)

Book by 14 September to hold your place with $1 pp + secure extra onboard credit!^

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. Book through Travel at 60 and we'll include additional onboard credit!

7 nights
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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 and 2023. 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



Enjoy 7 nights cruising onboard the Pacific Encounter

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.

Mini-Suite - Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in our 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 28 May 2022 departure from Brisbane:

  • Inside - from $849 per person twin share*
  • Oceanview - from $1049 per person twin share*
  • Balcony - from $1199 per person twin share*
  • Mini-suite - from $1399 per person twin share*
  • Byron Beach Club - from $1799 per person twin share*
  • Suite - from $2199 per person twin share*

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

  • 14 June 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

*Advertised fares are available until allocation is exhausted and prices may fluctuate without notice. Please enquire to confirm up-to-date pricing and availability.



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 booking conditions apply. Please enquire for more information.

P&O "Go For Gold" sale T&Cs:

^Fares are cruise only, per person in AUD in a complete quad or twin room based on lead categories at publication date (16 June 2021), inclusive of all discounts, charges and taxes (which are subject to change). Campaign commences 16 June 2021 and ends 14 Sep 2021. Advertised fares are available until allocation is exhausted and may fluctuate during the campaign period. Campaign offers only available on P&O’s Value and Value Plus fare types only. Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer. Supplements apply for other room categories. Some oceanview rooms have obstructed views. ~Fare based on specified departure dates. Different fares apply to other dates listed #AU$1 deposit per person is non-refundable and deposit conditions differ from the standard P&O Booking and Travel Conditions. Offer applies to cruises departing from 17 Dec 2021 booked at least 76 days prior to departure. Pay AU$1 per person deposit upfront and the remainder of the standard adult deposit amount for all passengers, including children as follows – for cruises departing between 10 Jan 2022 and 5 Mar 2022, 95 days prior to departure; for cruises departing between 6 Mar 2022 and 4 Apr 2022, 150 days prior to departure; and for cruises departing after 5 Apr 2022, 180 days prior to departure. For cruises departing between 17 Dec 2021 and 9 Jan 2022, remainder of deposit and final payment for cruise due 75 days before departure. Standard cancellation and refunds conditions apply as per Booking and Travel Conditions listed. Sailings departing on or before 30 June 2022 and booked prior to 14 Sep 2021 are eligible for P&O Assurance []. ^Onboard Spending Money is per room in AUD. Amount varies by room type and itinerary duration as specified, and is applied to the first 2 guests only in a room. Onboard Spending Money expires at the conclusion of your cruise, is not transferable, not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at the casino. A 1.1% surcharge for Visa and Mastercard and a 2.3% surcharge for Amex applies to direct bookings made through our call centre and website. Paypal payments will incur a 1% surcharge. Travel agents may charge additional fees - check with your travel agent. †For P&O Short Breaks, if your cruise is unable to visit the destination on its itinerary because of an unforeseen circumstance such as weather, civil unrest or a mechanical issue, we will endeavour to visit an alternative destination deemed safe by the Captain. Your health and safety is our most important priority. Accordingly, we are currently assessing how we will enhance our onboard health and safety protocols in light of COVID-19 and how these enhancements may affect our cruise offerings To be read in conjunction with the P&O Cruises Australia Booking and Passage Conditions available at which passengers will be bound by. Whilst all information is correct at time of publication, offers are subject to change or withdrawal. Carnival plc trading as P&O Cruises Australia. ABN 23 107 998 443.