The Pacific Aria (photo: Clyde Dickens)The Pacific Aria (photo: Clyde Dickens)

P&O Cruises Australia has launched its first onboard app allowing guests to plan their activities, make bookings and share experiences in real time while onboard.

Available free on personal devices when connected to P&O Cruises’ Wi-Fi, the WhatsOn app provides a new way for passengers to stay in touch during their trip, according to a statement.

The app allows families and friends travelling together to send messages to one another, check in and like locations as well as recommend activities.

Guests can also book shore tours with a few clicks, check their onboard account, view special promotions available across the ship and keep up to date with the latest news.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the app would revolutionize onboard customer service.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this easy-to-use technology free of charge to all our guests to help them stay connected during their holiday and provide easy access to onboard and shore experiences. It’s as simple as connecting a personal device to the P&O Wi-Fi and opening a browser to discover everything WhatsOn has to offer,” said Myrmell said.

“Never again will our guests suffer from FOMO or wonder which restaurant or bar their friends are in. This app will be the new must-have item for all P&O guests.”

The app launched across most of the fleet last week with Pacific Aria set to come online later this week.

The cruise line is also rolling out new cash kiosks which will allow guests to transfer money onto their cruise card without needing to queue up at the front desk.