Best P&O Short Cruises from Sydney in 2016

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It isn’t always easy to take time for a long cruise, but if you have just a few days and are looking to unwind, here are some top P&O cruises in four days or less.

Sunshine Coast on Pacific Aria

Sail away from the busy pressures of Sydney and arrive at Mooloolaba on this relaxing four-day cruise. In port, experience a laid-back atmosphere, shopping and dining, and enjoy one of the Sunshine Coast’s safest swimming beaches. Alternatively, take a shore excursion to Australia Zoo, Noosa, or Eumundi Market for a browse through arts, crafts and local food. You could also kayak, stand-up paddleboard, whale-watch, sail or enjoy a jet-boat ride.


Classic break on Pacific Eden

This is a truly short break, a two-nights sail between Sydney and Melbourne – including time anchored off Wilsons Promontory to admire the landscape. But there couldn’t be a more relaxing way to travel to the southern city. There are nine bars, pubs and nightclubs on Pacific Eden, various dining options, a cinema and comedy club, plenty of deck space and several swimming pools for lazing the afternoon away.


Moreton Island on Pacific Jewel

This four-night getaway gives you time to enjoy cruising the east coast and exploring the ship’s amenities, but also gives you an entire day to enjoy the delights of Queensland’s Moreton Island. One of the world’s largest sand islands, Moreton is graced with lakes, lagoons and gorgeous beaches. Options for shore tours including snorkelling on shipwrecks, a wild dolphin encounter, or an ATV quad-bike adventure on the island’s impressive sand dunes.


Mornington Peninsula on Pacific Jewel

Many people think of Queensland when they think about cruising, but you can head south from Sydney too. This four-night jaunt takes you to the Mornington Peninsula, where natural hot springs, cellar doors and fabulous local food contribute to a relaxing break. Wander the charming towns Mt Eliza or Sorrento, explore the hinterland, or take a fishing trip. Just leave some energy for all the fun of Pacific Jewel on the way home.


Music blues cruise on Pacific Pearl

“Cruises to nowhere” are a great way for cruise novices to sample the lifestyle, or for busy people to take a short break. This three-night jaunt on Pacific Pearl allows you to enjoy the ship’s swimming pools, dining venues, deck games, spa and entertainment from comedy shows to party nights. The special blues-themed cruise also has live music, jam sessions with musicians, concerts and more to get your toes tapping.


Comedy on Pacific Eden

If laughter is the best medicine, then it isn’t only the cruise that will de-stress you on this four-night sea break. Kick back and enjoy some of Australia’s best-known comedians as they take to the stage for four nights of comedy hoots. Some shows are family-friendly, others cheekily adult, and you can get up and have a go yourself – at least until the gong sends you off. There are also comedy workshops to provide tips of the trade.

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