The decade of big hair, fluro shirts and electric music will live on through P&O Cruises’ new 1980s Tribute Cruise which will launch as part of the line’s new 2020 program.

The new program will also include the cruise line’s first Country Music Festival at Sea.

Both cruises have been selected in response to a growing demand from Australian holidaymakers for short breaks.


Since 2012, the number of guests enjoying a three or four-night P&O Cruise has tripled. This year the cruise line introduced 10 more short breaks to the market – 117 in total which is up from 107 in 2016.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the new 1980s Tribute Cruises and Country Music Festival at Sea would provide guests with a quick escape full of varied activities to do onboard.

“We’re a hard-working nation and appreciate the time to switch off, have fun and relax. Long holidays are extremely valuable but we’re also seeing more people look to make the most of their annual leave and weekends by getting away for shorter periods more often.”

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell


P&O will roll out two dedicated 1980s three-night Tribute Cruises celebrating the best of the MTV-generation’s music from pop, hip-hop, metal and rock.

Guests can enjoy performances from 1980s bands, high-energy tribute acts and original pop stars from the decade when more was well, more!

The theme will extend throughout the cruise with specialty parties, fancy dress and screenings of the best TV shows and films from the decade.

Country Music

P&O’s new Country Music Festival at Sea will celebrate all genres of country music from rockabilly and country rock to folk and bluegrass with unique performances from respected artists.

The inaugural Country Music Festival at Sea departs Brisbane on December 7, 2019 and the 1980s Tribute Cruise departs Brisbane on February 1, 2020.

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