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.

Short Cruises from Sydney

Short Cruises from Brisbane

Short Cruises from Melbourne

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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Accommodation options for everyone!


Loads of inclusions in the price: No expensive surprises


Stress free travel


Unpack once and your holiday begins

Great 2-5 Night Short Break Cruises

Why you’ll love a short cruise

If you’re looking for a quick holiday break- or have limited annual leave days - a Short Break cruise is the perfect option. Forget about airport stopovers or long lines at crowded bars: Instead, get ready to enjoy every last minute of your time off. Better yet, many of our short cruises include at least one land-based stop, so you can explore new destinations at your own pace.

Stunning destinations & shore tours

Our one-stop short cruises take you to some of Australia’s most popular destinations, from the beautiful reefs of the Whitsundays to scenic Kangaroo Island. Even if you just want to kick back for a couple of days, we’ve got you covered: Just stay onboard, lay by the pool, and go nowhere at all!

Specialty themed cruises

Looking for an extra special getaway that’s jam-packed with fun? Check out our themed cruises for a short holiday like no other. Choose from an array of exciting options including our fabulous 80’s themed, country music, and comedy cruises.

To find out more, read our ultimate Guide to Themed Cruises.

Test the waters with a short cruise

Sometimes called ‘teaser’ or ‘sampler’ cruises, our short cruises are great for first timers who want to try before buying into a longer cruise holiday. A short 3 to 5 night cruise is the perfect way to explore our cruise ships, relax by the pool, and sample our mouth-watering restaurants without committing more than a few days of your time.

To find out more, read the 5 top reasons people choose a short cruise.

Set sail for calmer seas

When it comes to short holidays that are long on value and adventure, you can’t go past a P&O Short Breaks cruise. From short weekend cruises to our signature themed cruises, our 2 to 5 night cruises offer the perfect holiday option for anyone with a busy schedule.

Book online today!