P&O to Kick Off Largest Australian Cruise Season Ever

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Demonstrating their confidence in the Australian cruise industry and its incredible rate of growth, P&O Cruises will offer more itineraries and more ships than ever during the 2015-2016 season. The new five ship fleet will complete more than 250 itineraries, increasing activity out of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle, Adelaide and Auckland as well as adding the port of Cairns.

The season will officially kick off in November 2015, when the current three ship fleet (Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl) will be joined by new ships, Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria in Sydney for a five-ship display. This will be the first time Sydney has hosted five ships from the same cruise line simultaneously. The momentous occasion will see more than 15,000 passengers and crew members pass through the port.

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Pacific Jewel

The Pacific Jewel is scheduled to make P&O’s first summer sailings from the port of Melbourne between December 2015 and March 2016. The liner is also playing host to a 12-night Christmas Melanesian cruise and a New Year trip to Tasmania.

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Pacific Aria

New ship Pacific Aria will be homed in Brisbane for eight months, taking in a number of different itineraries including trips to Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. A highlight of the Pacific Aria’s maiden season is undoubtedly the New Year cruise to Hamilton Island, Cairns and Willis Island. The ship will also offer a number of cruises out of Sydney.

Find out more about the Pacific Aria, here.

Pacific Eden

The Pacific Eden is offering roundtrips from the port of Adelaide, making it the city’s biggest cruise season ever. The new liner will have an incredibly busy maiden year, also sailing out of Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns. The Pacific Eden will cruise into Asia, taking in Jakarta, Probolinggo and Makassar.

Find out more about the Pacific Eden, here.

Pacific Pearl

The Pacific Pearl will undertake the cruise line’s largest ever Auckland season with 18 roundtrips between February and June 2016. A brand new itinerary taking in Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Island is amongst the highlights of the of the Pacific Pearl’s season.

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Pacific Dawn

The Pacific Dawn will be based out of Brisbane at the start of the 2015-2016 season, completing cruises around the Pacific Islands, included trips to the Bounty Islands and the Whitsunday Islands.

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Ann Sherry, CEO of P&O Cruises, enthused: “With five ships in our fleet we can now meet the growing demand for cruise holidays from around Australia, with extended seasons from existing homeports and the addition of new homeports such as Cairns. Plus more ships means we can visit some wonderful new towns around Australia and the Pacific, on a fantastic range of itineraries which are looking more attractive than ever.

“This is a very exciting time for P&O Cruises and our guests because our fleet expansion has allowed us to broaden our cruising horizons to include a cruise programme from Asia to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. None of this would have been possible without the expansion of our fleet which has allowed us to offer many more cruise holiday options over a wider geographic range.”

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Image sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit:picsbyclive, Doug Beckers and Lee Gilbert.

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Lily Egge

Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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