Let’s Welcome You Onboard!


Departs Brisbane 27th August 2022

We are excited to announce our partnership with OUT Exploring and the launch of there inaugural Rainbow Group Holiday supported by Qnews and P&O Cruises Australia.

Join local favourites Wanda Dparke, Candy Surprise and Crystal Heart for fun and relaxation and be a part of a large LGBTI group aboard P&O Pacific Encounter.  This is your holiday to explore Noumea and Port Vila and we want to make it extra special.  Bring your resort clothes, frocks, feathers and fabulousness onboard and be ready to party on the high seas.  Customised entertainment and activities will be announced as we move closer to departure.

All fare types include your chosen cabin, P&O’s signature onboard entertainment, and meals.  Drinks, Speciality Dining and Shore Tours are extra.  Your OUTpass* will include additional customised entertainment and activities during sea days curated by and for our LGBTI contingent.

OUTExploring will be a large group of LGBTI passengers aboard this scheduled P&O cruise.  This is not a LGBTI sole use cruise.  To join the group and enjoy exclusive entertainment and activities on top of signature P&O inclusions, your bookings must be made through Barrow & Bear Travel or a sponsor agent.

In addition to your chosen cabin, we will collect $50 per adult and $25 per child for your “OUTpass”.  The “OUTpass” is your ticket to additional customised and specialised entertainment and activities being planned to give you a holiday to remember.  There will also be optional extras, such as Balls Out Bingo and exclusive speciality restaurant lunches with entertainment, which will have an additional charge.

Details will be shared closer to departure.   OUTexploring Social Travel Group aims to keep costs down and add value to your holiday.  The “OUTpass” price is kept low to cover reasonable costs.  The “OUTpass” is refundable up until 181 days to departure.  Talk to your travel agent for all booking terms and conditions.

Cruise Itinerary

Saturday 27th August 2022 Brisbane, Australia
Sunday 28th August 2022 At Sea
Monday 29th August 2022 Nouea, New Caledonia
Tuesday 30th August 2022 Lifou, New Caledonia
Wednesday 31st August 2022 Port Vila, Vanuatu
Thursday 1st September 2022 At Sea
Friday 2nd September 2022 At Sea
Saturday 3rd September 2022 Brisbane, Australia

About Pacific Encounter

Pacific Encounter will showcase many of P&O’s favourite features as well as a range of new ones that guests are going to love. Splurge and book a select suite or mini-suite and along with a host of great benefits, you’ll gain access to Byron Beach Club, a private retreat with pool, spas and comfy seating, located on the top deck of the ship. Enjoy expansive views along with pure relaxation and a superior level of service for dining reservations, shore tours, embarkation and disembarkation. Guests will love the relaxed breakfast at Angelo’s as well as the healthy salads and wraps from the Byron Beach menu throughout the day.

Ship Facts

Capacity 2,600 guests, lower berths 12 guests decks
108,865 gross tonnage 290m/851ft length
11 restaurants and bars 6 lounges
4 swimming pools 9 jacuzzies

Cabins & Pricing


  • Inside Cabin $949.00 PP – Twin Share

    Room Includes: Personally-controlled air con, Desk with chair, Ensuite Bathroom, Fresh towels each day (on request), Hairdryer, In-room safe, Room serviced twice daily, Flat-screen TV, Wardrobe and dressing area,

  • Oceanview Cabin $1,149.00 PP – Twin Share

    Oceanview rooms feature a window or porthole so you can let that natural light stream in. Room inclusions as above.

  • Balcony Cabin $1,299.00 PP – Twin Share

    Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room and enjoy all the beauty of living on the ocean. Room inclusions as above

*P&O’s ‘Go for Gold Sale’.  Prices displayed are per person based on P&O Value Fare, twin share cabin and include the  OUTpass of $50.00 per person.  Prices are subject to change without notice from P&O.  Current deposit requirement is $51 per person (and includes the OUTpass). By sending through an enquiry you agree to pay for the OUTpass at the time of booking.  Prices correct as of 24Jul2021.  For preferred cabin position selection, Mini Suite,  Suite, single share cabins and most current prices complete the booking enquiry form below.  A Barrow & Bear Travel agent will be in touch and provide a formal quote with all terms and conditions.

Ready to secure your cabin on the inaugural cruise ? Fill out the form below and one of our agents will be in contact with you.

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Why Barrow & Bear Travel?

We are a dedicated collective group of agents where you come first. Your holiday is about you, not us. We want you to come back telling us how amazing your time was, share with us all your great photos and stories. Our guarantee to you is that we will give you all our dedication and passion when planning your unique adventure. Barrow & Bear gives you free holiday planning and personalised service. What are you waiting for? Give our agents a call NOW 1300 976 874 or email callum@barrowandbear.com.au

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