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It's not every day that you'll get the chance to step aboard an entirely new cruise ship, but P&O Cruises will be giving you this unique opportunity.

With the dawn of the new year, reports have emerged of a groundbreaking new development in the Australian cruising scene: P&O Cruises Australia will be making history by becoming the first cruise line to build a new ship specifically for the Australian market. The exciting news doesn't end there- this vessel will be the biggest cruise ship ever to be based fulltime in Australia with a guest capacity that exceeds 4200. This is more than double the capacity of the largest cruise ship currently homeporting year round in Australia.

The ship will be specially designed with modern Aussie cruisers in mind and is set to offer itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days duration. Ann Sherry, the Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia (P&O Australia's parent company) said that the introduction of the new vessel is great news for one of the fastest growing cruise regions on earth. "The much anticipated first newbuild cruise ship is a huge vote of confidence in the Australian cruise market with much of the 20 per cent year-on-year passenger growth over the past decade driven by P&O Cruises' dynamic industry leadership."

P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said the new ship was another step in P&O Cruises' growth, with the recent addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden to its three-ship fleet to be followed in 2017 with the addition of Pacific Explorer. "P&O Cruises is the modern face of Australian cruising and, with such a proud heritage of leadership, it is a natural step to announce that the line will take delivery of its first newbuild ship."

Pacific Eden

The introduction of the newbuild ship represents an historic landmark for the Australian cruise industry but it's far from the first time that P&O Cruises Australia has been ahead of the cruising curve. P&O Strathaird pioneered Aussie cruising all the way back in 1932 with the first South Pacific cruise out of Australia, and the line has continued to operate at the cutting edge to this day. From the introduction of the Pacific Dawn in 2007, the first superliner to be based year round in Australia, to the line's recent milestone of four million cruise passengers since the resumption of post war cruising, P&O Cruises Australia is constantly pushing the envelope of what's possible in the world of cruising.

Details on the features of the new ship have yet to be released but Sture Myrmell has assured cruise fans that the vessel will continue the evolution of the P&O Cruises brand and will reflect the tastes of the modern Australian cruiser.

The new vessel will be launched in 2019, which sounds like a long way off now but just take a moment to think back on how quickly 2015 passed and you'll soon realise that P&O Cruises' brand new ship will be arriving before you know it.

What features would you be most excited to see on P&O Cruises' new ship? What kind of itineraries would you like explore on this vessel? Let us know what you expect from this groundbreaking ship in the comments below!

Written By: Kristof Haines, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

While I’m no cruise veteran, I do have a deep love for travel and fond memories of a certain Baltic cruise I went on many years ago… I think cruising is the ideal way to make sure there are no boring bits in your trip - why waste your holiday enduring arduous air journeys when you can cut through the waves in style and comfort?

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10 comments
Janet Duggan Jan 28, 2016
I love cruising but my husband doesn't . I would love to see more single accommodation for young and older people. It would be fantastic to enjoy entertainment for singles too. I don,t mean match making, but just company in your travels. Also would love day shows as not all people are night people. Thank you.
Beverley Jan 8, 2016
Daughter and I went on the Pacific Aria. terrible. The food. Was either. Spiced or pork. over cooked fish some garden salad. Could not get. In to,restaurants Told 8 am in the morning. Still,no,good Got there at 6'am. the dragon lady while some. Got it up to. 4 or more times. With out booking strange. spa only one worked and had to,step over rope to, get in. Railing lift falling off
Judith Newton Jan 7, 2016
This trip would be so important after two years of extreme stress
Catherine Sammut Jan 7, 2016
I would love to see the Balcony cabins being more spacious with sliding doors, bars and lounges with live music for the evenings for all different age groups. I would also love to see itineraries that include more trips to Hawaii,Bora Bora and Tahiti.Australia will welcome a new modern P&O cruise ship that will see us equal to the cruisers in the world.
Vanessa Dacey Jan 7, 2016
I would love to see adjoining cabins for parents with children and grandparents. This way the grandparents can look after the children at night while the big kids kick up the dance floor. Keep up the good work.
Janette Haarsma Jan 6, 2016
Is there a ship with a lawn bowling green?
Linda Jan 6, 2016
More shops. Departing from Melbourne will be great, as I have a bad back and I can't fly. Melbourne departures are the only way we can hop on board and enjoy cruising. So far we have been to New Zealand , The South Pacific & Vanuata. I would love to go to Singapore or Bali. We can't wait to see the new ship. Cheers Linda.
Kevin Magi Jan 6, 2016
We don't get out of bed for cruises of less than 12 nights duration . You might indicate what is P&O's policy in regard to hosting Bridge card games . I have previously written to Carnival and received no response .
Tony & Anne Steendam Jan 6, 2016
We have been on 6 cruises with you with another booked for this July the have all been with P & O. WE have enjoyed them all and we were sorry to have missed out on the last New Years Eve cruise on the Pearl, as you were booked out when we found out about it as we had enjoyed it for the past 3 years. So hopping we find out about the next one in time. Thanking you and hope you have a Lovely 2016.
Merrilyn Jan 6, 2016
Waterslide. Major drawcard.
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