Short Break Cruises

In need of a quick getaway, a short break from reality, or an easy weekend escape? A short cruise is the answer. With P&O Short Break Cruises, it’s easier than ever to cruise away for a few days and return feeling relaxed, recharged, and refreshed.


Short Cruises make the best quick getaway trip


Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend escape or a quick family getaway, P&O 2-5 night cruises are the perfect short holiday option. With a range of great cruise deals on offer, it’s a great way to visit some of the best Australian cruise destinations. Hop aboard one of our destination short cruises to explore exotic shores, or get ready to party on a specialty themed weekend cruise. Whichever you choose, short cruises are the easiest way to slow down - fast.


How long is a short cruise?


P&O offer short cruises of 2 to 5 nights, departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland, and more. You can hop on a 2 night cruise for a weekend away, a 3 night cruise for that perfect quick adventure or a 5 night cruise for a short break that feels like a long holiday. From long weekend cruises to relaxing short holidays, there’s something for everyone!

What is a P&O Short Break?

At P&O, we understand that planning a short holiday isn’t always smooth sailing. Between booking flights and transfers, arranging accommodation, and scheduling activities, holiday planning can quickly turn into a headache. What if planning a relaxing short holiday or weekend escape was easy? This is where P&O Short Breaks come in.

Our short cruises take the hassle out of holiday planning and let you focus on having the best time possible. Set sail on a 2-5 night cruise from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Auckland, and more to enjoy: 


Accommodation options for everyone!

Loads of inclusions in the price: No expensive surprises


Stress free travel

Unpack once and your holiday begins

Short Cruises from Sydney

Short Cruises from Brisbane

Short Cruises from Melbourne

Great 2-5 Night Short Break Cruises

Why you’ll love a short cruise

Are short cruises worth it? Absolutely. If you’re looking for a quick holiday or weekend trip - or have limited annual leave days - a Short Break cruise is the perfect option. Forget about airport stopovers or long road trips. 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 or weekend getaway 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.

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Our E-Deals give you access to our best cruise deals as soon as they hit the deck, including the latest deals on our short breaks and weekend getaways. Subscribe so you can stay up to date and you’ll never miss out on the latest cruise deals. You’ll be glad you signed up!

Looking for a longer cruise holiday?

If you’re ready to kick back and relax for longer than 2-5 nights, treat yourself to a longer cruise with P&O. Cruise to exotic destinations, book one of our themed cruises, and browse our range of Australian cruises online to find the best holiday for you.

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