Cruise from Auckland with a Free Cabin Upgrade!

If you are like us and have been dreaming about cruising again while you are in lock down, then we have something that may just make those dreams come true! Right now you can book a 2021 P&O Cruise from Auckland for just $1pp deposit and score a fantastic cabin upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony!

Pacific Explorer will be based in Auckland for 3 months, Feb-May 2021 offering a selection of round trip cruises including; New Zealand Mini breaks, South Pacific Island holidays and a New Zealand South Island Kiwi Adventure.

Pacific Explorer is a great ship for Kiwis, with lots of onboard activities to keep the whole whenaua entertained. We love the dual racing water slides, where you can take on a family member to see who is the water slide champion. Don’t forget to try both sides, we reckon the dark blue one is the fastest!

We have listed below for you the answers to the most commonly asked questions for P&O Pacific Explorer.

What is the Included cruise ship food like?
Cruise ship dining onboard Pacific Explorer offers a fantastic choice.
Waterfront Restaurant on Deck 5; offers a fantastic choice of three course specials served to you at your table for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The Pantry on Deck 14 has a world of choices for you to sample. From Curry House for delicious curries, daily roasts at Fat Cow, fish & chips from Hook’s, Mexican favourites at Mexicana, a healthy choice of salads, soups or sandwiches at Kettle & Bun and McGregor’s Garden. All followed by decadent sweet treats from the Sugar Bar for those that want them. Think of this as your food court at sea for breakfast, lunch or dinner and to keep things super healthy, the staff will serve you.

Our top favourites are Angelos for fantastic Italian food and Dragon Lady for tasty Pan Asian Fusion delights. Both are located on Deck 6 and although these are speciality restaurants, they are also included in your cruise fare. Just remember to make reservations on embarkation day so you don’t miss out.

There are also some additional speciality dining options for an additional fee:
Luke’s is a fancy Burger bar on Deck 14 that also serves amazing chicken wings, hot dogs and prawns. Burgers were around $4-$5 on our last cruise. 400 Gradi on Deck 8 is hard to miss as it wraps around the open atrium. These are gourmet pizzas on a thin hand thrown crust, a little pricey at $10 to $16 but perfect if you have that pizza craving! You can also get them to takeaway if you prefer to eat “Al Fresco” on the open deck!
Shell & Bones set up in the evenings in a curtained off area of the Pantry. This is one for Seafood lovers and is a bit of a hidden gem that most people don’t usually discover!
If you are on-board for a special occasion, then check out A Taste of Salt @ Waterfront. This is a full seven course degustation menu, paired with wines for around $99 per person. It is set up in a private dining room inside the Waterfront restaurant. The table seats 14 and books out very quickly, you can book on embarkation day at the Waterfront restaurant
Love Riot pre-show dinner at the Waterfront. Love Riot is the risque, cirque style burlesque show and is around $10 per adult. For an additional $19 you can add on a Five course set menu, pre show dinner. The waiters add a bit of fun towards the end of the meal with dancing and some magic tricks. Be ready for the very loud entrance of the Love Riot Cast as they make a grand, very noisy entrance and escort you to the Love Riot theatre for the show!

What are the Pacific Explorer cruise ship cabins like?
Interior cabins are the cheapest way to cruise, they are compact have plenty of storage, plus your own private bathroom. The lower decks and foreword or aft locations are usually cheaper, with the most expensive ones located mid ships.

Oceanview cabins range from Obstructed views which are located behind the lifeboats or ship structure, through to full picture windows. These are a great option for first time cruisers. Right now on Value and Value Plus fares, for the price of an Oceanview on Pacific Explorer you can score a Free Upgrade to a Balcony cabin while space lasts

Balcony Cabins are our favourite and include your own private veranda complete with table and chairs. The perfect spot for an “Al Fresco” room service breakfast, or a pre dinner drink watching the sunset. Balcony cabins are perfect for people worried about sea sickness as you can open your veranda door for fresh air any time you like!

Suites are perfect for those wanting extra space and range from Mini suites with a sitting area, through to the Magnificent Penthouse suites. Perfect for those special anniversaries or significant birthday trips.

Family Cabins; Pacific Explorer has a great choice of cabins for families including; Interconnecting rooms, Family Triples, Family Quads and also some brand new five berth family cabins that were added during her refit in 2020.

Remember right now you can book for just $1pp deposit and score a fantastic cabin upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony!



See the best of New Zealand with Cruise options direct from Auckland
06 Feb 2021 – 3 nights – Waitangi Day Comedy Cruise
Three days of fun, comedy gala, stand up comedy show and more

19 Feb 2021 – 4 nights – Napier Art Deco Festival Cruise
Enjoy a full day at the annual Napier Art Deco Festival, with the legendary onboard Gatsby themed party

12 Mar 2021 – 3 nights – Comedy Themed Mini Break
Three days of fun, comedy gala, stand up comedy show and more

15 Mar 2021 – 4 nights – Wellington Cool little capital break
Enjoy a full day in our coolest little capital on this fantastic capital break!

19 Mar 2021 – 3 nights – 80’s Themed Mini Break
Big Hair big shoes, 80’s music its all about the 80’s on this classic mini break

22 Mar 2021 – 8 nights – Kiwi Explorer including Milford & Doubtful Sounds
Auckland, Akaroa, Stewart Island, Fiordland National Park including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound then finish off with a visit to Picton and the Marlborough Sounds
HOOT Bonus of A$50 OnBoard Credit per room on Value and Value Plus Fares

09 Apr 2021- 3 nights – The Big Laugh Festival at Sea, annual comedy event
A line up of Top Kiwi and Aussie Comedians, High Energy comedy shows, a weekend full of non stop laughs

12 Apr 2021 – 4 nights – Marlborough Sounds & Wine Country mini break
Enjoy the best of the Marlborough Sounds on this getaway to the Marlborough Wine country. Optional Marlborough Vineyard tours available

Cruise to Australia from Auckland, so much more fun that flying!
03 May 2021 – 4 nights – Comedy break Auckland to Brisbane
This four night comedy break includes Comedy Shows, Theme Parties and more. It’s the most fun you will ever have crossing the Tasman!

Pacific Explorer South Pacific Beach time

South Pacific Cruise options, direct to the Islands from Auckland
09 Feb 2021 – 10 nights – Tongan Discovery Voyage
Auckland, Suva, Port Denarau, Vava’u, Nuku’Alofa, Auckland
HOOT Bonus of A$100 OnBoard Credit per room on Value and Value Plus Fares

23 Feb 2021 – 9 nights – Pacific Island Hopper
Auckland, Mystery Island, Port Vila, Mare Island, Norfolk Island, Auckland

04 Mar 2021 – 8 nights – Fiji Encounter
Auckland, Suva, Port Denarau, Dravuni Island, Auckland

30 Mar 2021 – 10 nights – Discover Vanuatu
Auckland, Santo, Pentecost Island, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Auckland
HOOT Bonus of A$100 OnBoard Credit per room on Value and Value Plus Fares

16 Apr 2021 – 9 nights – Pacific Island Hopper
Auckland, Norfolk Island, Lifou Island, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Auckland
HOOT Bonus of A$100 OnBoard Credit per room on Value and Value Plus Fares

25 Apr 2021 – 8 nights – Anzac Day Fiji Encounter
Auckland, Suva, Port Denarau, Dravuni Island, Auckland

If I have a Future Cruise Credit, can I use that on the Free Upgrade offer? Yes, If you have a P&O Future Cruise credit, then talk to our team about how to use that for your next cruise holiday. Make the most of this amazing upgrade offer and score a Pacific Explorer Balcony cabin for the price of an Oceanview on Value and Value Plus Fares.
Offer ends 09 Jun 2020 and is subject to availability while space lasts


If you have any questions, feel free to talk to our friendly
Hoot Cruise Champions, we are happy to help!
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