P&O Cruises sees surge in passengers following launch of new ships
Since joining the P&O fleet, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden have carried a total of 160,000 guests from seven regional ports – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Cairns and Singapore – with the expansion of the fleet paving the way for the cruise line to pioneer new itineraries and destinations.
The introduction of the two ships allowed P&O to open Cairns as a homeport for the first time in September and saw the return of Asian cruise holidays with Pacific Eden offering a season from Singapore.
In 2016 alone, P&O cruised to 17 new ports with Pacific Eden making the bulk of the maiden calls including the first visits to Honiara and Gizo Island in the Solomon Islands; Sabang, Ujung Pandang, Jakarta and the volcano port of Probolinggo in Indonesia; Langkawi in Malaysia; Phuket, Krabi, Ko Chang and Koh Samui in Thailand and Cambodia’s Sihanoukville. P&O now visits more than 90 ports in the region.
“As Australia’s only home grown cruise line, P&O is proud to be leading the way in local cruise innovations,” said P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell.
“Not only did Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden introduce a new contemporary look and feel for our cruise line, their arrival made it possible to extend our itinerary offering like never before and build a wide range of new destinations into our schedules.”