P&O Cruises’ newest ship, Pacific Eden, has made history this week after making its maiden port call at the beautiful Mornington Peninsula — a flora-rich spit of land south of the city of Melbourne.
The ship, which was launched back in November alongside sister vessel Pacific Aria, is currently sailing an 8-night itinerary along Australia’s south coast — calling at several regional ports along the way. Eden spent a day docked on the Mornington Peninsula, giving its 1,500 guests the opportunity to explore the cape’s geothermal hot springs, charming coastal towns and beautiful pockets of countryside.
Pacific Eden is the smallest, most intimate ship in the P&O Australia fleet — weighing just 55,820-tonnes and carrying just 1,500 passengers. This means, however, that it can visit smaller regional ports that other ocean liners simply couldn’t reach, giving guests the opportunity to visit new, exciting destinations as part of their annual cruise holiday.
After Eden set sail from Mornington Peninsula, it made its second maiden port call of the itinerary at the coastal town of Portland, where it will remain for another day before sailing to Kangaroo Island on its return leg back to Sydney.
Sture Myrmell, managing director of P&O Cruises Australia, said: “Mornington Peninsula offers a wonderful opportunity for P&O’s cruise passengers to explore a whole range of local attractions including waterfront dining at the historic township of Sorrento, a chance to swim with dolphins and a taste of the region’s fine wines.”
Throughout 2016 P&O Australia ships will make a total of three visits to Mornington Peninsula, something which experts predict will inject half a million dollars into the local economy. Pacific Eden is set to return to the cape on January 30, before Pacific Jewel docks on March 6.
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