In November this year, the P&O Australia fleet will grow from three to five vessels as the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden join their new sister ships. The two hugely popular ships are currently sailing under the Holland America banner, representing a significant coup for P&O Australia and the first ships to join the fleet since 2010. Here we look at just a few reasons why we can’t wait for the two ships to join P&O Australia and make their way to our waters.
Barrier Reef Discoveries
When the Pacific Aria joins the fleet, she will become the smallest ship in the P&O Australia line-up – allowing her access to ports which can’t support larger ships. Taking advantage of her slender frame, the ship is undertaking a number of extensive cruises to the Barrier Reef, exploring some of the most popular and stunning diving sites.
The ship will be offering week-long cruises discovering the Barrier Reef for a number of months – taking in destinations including Cooktown, Willis Island and Moreton Island amongst others.
South Pacific Tours
Venturing slightly further than her sister during her first month as part of the P&O Australia fleet, the Pacific Eden is cruising around some of the beautiful islands of the South Pacific. The Explore the Loyalty Islands and Best of the Pacific cruise itineraries take in a variety of stunning destinations including the incomparable Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The crew aboard the ship will surely appreciate the change in surroundings as well as the ship is currently completing itineraries around ice-capped Alaska.
Cruises aboard the two ships are available from every mainland state in Australia – giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the ships.
The two ships will join the P&O Australia fleet having just received revitalised and renovated cabins, suites and penthouses with a series of exciting new features. Spa baths have been recently added to the penthouse suites aboard both the Eden and Aria – providing passengers with the most comprehensively relaxing cruise experience out of Australia.
Incredible Dining Options
With nine different dining options available aboard each of the ships, the Eden and Aria promise the most comprehensive selection for foodies. P&O Australia have completely revolutionised their main eating area, replacing the traditional buffet with The Pantry. Unlike anything found aboard a cruise ship before, The Pantry is a superb dining venue flanked by a range of outlets offering food options from all around the world with culinary choices as varied as traditional English fish and chips and exotic curries direct from India.
Other dining highlights aboard the two new ships include Angelo’s Italian and Dragon Lady, offering authentic Pan-Asia cuisine.
The Cellar Door
A sophisticated excuse to enjoy a few glasses of delicious wine; Cellar Door aboard the two ships offer fantastic opportunities to explore the grape with daily tastings, master classes and vintage seminars. Whether you’re a bit of an expert or just fancy a couple of glasses of the good stuff, the Cellar Door is a must visit at least once during your cruise.
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