Getaway on a P&O Short Break

Short Breaks are Short Cruises that give you the complete holiday feeling in 2-4 easy & effortless days

Planning holidays can be tiresome, especially for a short break. It’s tough enough deciding where to go. then how you'll get there, and let’s not get started about what and where to eat. By the time you are done organising, you probably need another holiday. Wouldn't it be great to just pack your bags and climb aboard? Guess what? You can! Say hello to P&O Short Breaks.

What is a P&O Short Break?

P&O offer the biggest range of cruises between 2-4 nights and have something for everyone.

Destination Cruises

Our Short Break cruises take you to some of Australia’s premier destinations, such as the beautiful reefs of the Whitsundays and Moreton Island as well as the sunny beaches of the Sunshine Coast. Or if a cultural break is more your style, a southern getaway to Melbourne or from Auckland to Napier in New Zealand is also an option. Or you can just stay onboard, lay by the pool and go nowhere at all.

Specialty & Event Cruises

If you’re not in a rush to go anywhere in particular, check out our themed cruises which include our fabulous comedy cruises, our annual Big Laugh Festival, Country Music, 80's, Elvis, Melbourne Cup, Australia Day, Christmas and New Year cruises.

Find your perfect cruise

Accommodation options for everyone!

Loads of inclusions in the price: No expensive surprises

Stress free travel

Unpack once & see more


Specialty Dining

Spectacular Shows

Comedy Club

Bars & Nightclubs


Adventure Park

Kids Clubs

Family Dining

Family Activities

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.

$49pp Deposit Terms & Conditions

*Fares are cruise only, per person in AUD in a complete quad or twin room, based on the lead interior category at 15 May 2019 inclusive of all discounts, charges and taxes (which are subject to change). Supplements apply for other room categories. Campaign commences 15 May 2019 and ends 11 June 2019 and is valid on select sailings . ^Pay AU$49 per person deposit  for all adults and AU$24.50 deposit for children up to the age of 11, at time of booking on any Short Break cruise departing after 9 June 2019, final payment is then due 75 days before departure. Full payment is required for sailings booked within 75 days of departure. Reduced AU$49 deposit offer is valid for new bookings only on Value, Value Plus and Go Fares only excludes Short Sales. Applies only to P&O Short Breaks of 4 nights or less and excludes all main event cruises such as Melbourne Cup, Christmas & New Year Cruises. Cancellation policy differs from P&O Cruises Australia Booking and Passage conditions available at and in brochure. $49 deposit is non-refundable.  After final payment standard cancellation conditions apply. 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 1.0% surcharge. Travel agents may charge additional fees - check with your travel agent. Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer. Some oceanview rooms have obstructed views.

†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. 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.