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Great Barrier Reef discovery

per stateroom
1 March 2022

What to expect

Discover the beauty of tropical Queensland with P&O.
Located in the Whitsundays region, the coastal town of Airlie Beach is a holiday playground. Year-round tropical weather, palm-fringed beaches, al fresco dining, waterfront parks, markets and boutique shopping make Airlie Beach an ideal choice. Nearby, you’ll find waterfalls and tropical rainforests at Conway National Park and blonde sand and aqua blue waters at iconic Whitehaven Beach.
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What you'll love

Beautiful beaches
Live entertainment
Outdoor activities

Perfect for

All traveller types
Family friendly
Wheelchair accessible

What's included

  • 7 night cruise aboard Pacific Encounter from Brisbane return
  • Visit Airlie Beach, Cairns (overnight) and Willis Island (drop anchor)
  • $1 per person deposits#
  • AUD$100 onboard credit from P&O plus RAA members receive a bonus AUD$50 onboard credit per stateroom^
  • All onboard meals (excluding any speciality restaurants, drinks etc)
  • A wide range of onboard entertainment and activities
  • Port charges and government fees & taxes

Your itinerary

Days 1-3

Brisbane to Airlie Beach

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Days 4-5


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Days 6-8

Willis Island to Brisbane

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Options and details

Cruise includes AUD$100 onboard credit per stateroom for interior and ocean view staterooms or AUD$200 onboard credit for balcony staterooms, mini suites and suites. RAA members receive an additional bonus AUD$50 onboard credit per stateroom^


  • Ocean view stateroom from $1,049 per person twin share*
  • Balcony stateroom from $1,294 per person twin share* 
  • Ask us about available suites

Triple and quad share pricing also available, ask a travel advisor at RAA for more information.

Ask us about fares that include drinks package, wi-fi, priority check in and more.

Multiple departures available, pricing based on 28 May 2022 departure:

  • 2 April 2022
  • 9 April 2022 
  • 16 April 2022 - SA school holidays
  • 28 May 2022*
  • 2 July 2022
  • 30 July 2022
  • 10 September 2022
  • 14 October 2022
  • 26 November 2022
  • 1 April 2023
  • 27 May 2023
  • 1 July 2023
  • 29 July 2023
  • 25 November 2023
  • 6 January 2024  - SA school holidays
  • 16 March 2024
  • 25 May 2024
  • 29 June 2024
  • 27 July 2024


Terms and conditions

*Terms and conditions apply. Fares are cruise only, per person in AUD in a complete quad or twin room based on lead categories at publication date (7 December 2021), inclusive of all discounts, charges and taxes (which are subject to change). Campaign commences 23 November 2021 and ends 1 March 2022. Pricing based on 28 May 2022 departure.
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Advertised fares are available until allocation is exhausted and may fluctuate during the campaign period. Some ocean view rooms have obstructed views. #Pay AU$1 per person deposit upfront (for all passengers) followed by the remainder of the standard deposit amount at a later date. Deposits are non-refundable and deposit conditions differ from the standard P&O Booking and Travel Conditions. AU$1 per person deposit is only applicable to Value and Value Plus fares and not applicable to GO Fares. The AU$1 deposit is only applicable if the date of booking is greater than 75 days before departure. AU$1 per person deposit is not applicable to Australian Explorer itineraries X427, X427A, X427B, X427C, X427D, X427E. ^Onboard Spending Money is per room in AUD. Amount varies by travel date, room type and itinerary duration to the maximum of $300AUD, and is applied to the first 2 guests only in a room. Australian Explorer itineraries offer onboard spending money of up to $500AUD per room, Amount varies by travel date, room type and itinerary duration, 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 medical centre or casino. For full terms and conditions please speak to a travel expert at RAA.

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