Short Break Cruise Getaways

Whether you’re after a weekend escape or a romantic getaway, or just a few days break to relax and recharge, a P&O Short Break Cruise is the perfect holiday when you’re short on time.

From stunning destination cruises to fun themed cruises, choose from a range of 2 to 4 night short break cruises and deals departing from Auckland. From a trip to unique Napier, to a side-splitting comedy cruise, you’ll feel like you’ve had a full holiday in just a few days.

Book today and get ready to slow down - fast.

What is a P&O Short Break?

In today’s fast paced world, it’s hard to find the time to slow down. P&O Short Breaks are short 2 to 4 night cruise getaways that will give you that relaxed holiday feeling in a few short days. We offer the biggest range of short cruises between 2 to 4 nights in New Zealand & Australia, from themed events to family getaways - so no matter what kind of mini break you need, you’ll find it here.

P&O Short Break Cruises depart from:
  • Auckland
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Cairns
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The benefits of booking a Short Break Cruise

Have limited annual leave days? Want to make the most of your weekend? A P&O Short Break Cruise is a perfect getaway idea. Don’t waste your time in airports or lining up at a packed bar. Fit a full-sized holiday into just a few days! Looking for some adventure to boot? Some of our Short Breaks include at least one land-based stop, so you can check out some gorgeous destinations on your well-earned break - and it’s all organised for you!

Stunning destinations & Shore Tours

Spend a day in Napier and discover Art Deco treasures and architecture. Or, if you want to kick back and do nothing at all, you can easily stay and relax onboard, lay by the pool and sip a cocktail in the sun.

Specialty themed & event cruises

Looking for an extra fun getaway with shiploads of laughs? Check out our wildly popular comedy or themed cruises for a short getaway like no other.

Sample a cruise & try before you buy

Short cruises are often called ‘teaser’ or ‘sample’ cruises. If you’re new to cruising, a short 3 or 4 night cruise is the perfect way to try before you buy a bigger cruise holiday. A Short Break cruise will give you enough time to check out the ship, relax by the pool, wine and dine at our incredible restaurants, win trivia and watch a show.

On a One-Stop Short Break, you can also experience what it’s like to stop at a port and take a Shore Tour - all without lugging your bags around.

Accommodation options for everyone!

Loads of inclusions in the price: No expensive surprises

Stress free travel

Unpack once and your holiday begins


Specialty Dining

Spectacular Shows

Comedy Club

Bars & Nightclubs


Adventure Park

Kids Clubs

Family Dining

Family Activities


Group Dining

Great Group Value

Group event packages

Group Facilities

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Great short cruises between 2-4 Nights:


More and More Aussies are cruising each year!

The Cruising industry continues to be the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia.
During the 17-18 cruise season almost 1.6 million passengers went through the Sydney cruise terminals alone.