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Biggest Australia cruise season ever for P&O

Published on Apr 21, 2015

Biggest Australia cruise season ever for P&O

P&O all set for 2016/17
The P&O Cruising Program for 2016/17 is here, with a focus on new experiences, more destinations and the ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. Arriving in November 2015, no doubt these two luxurious ships will be in hot demand, as Australian, Kiwi and international cruise travellers take advantage of the outstanding facilities on-board. P&O offer more choice of ports and places to visit than any other cruise line Down Under, emphasising their theme of delivering a product "Like No Place On Earth".   

A feast of things to see and do
The key watch-words for P&O appear to be contemporary, indulgence and relaxation, with Aria and Eden delivering a fresh approach to modern dining, intimate live music venues and a surfeit of activities to enjoy. Perhaps the most striking innovation is the scrapping of a traditional cruise buffet for "The Pantry". This is a food-court style of dining options, from Hook's Fish & Chips and a Curry House to Mexicana, a Fat Cow carvery and Stix Far-Eastern fare. The décor is also sophisticated, thanks to longer high tables, round-backed chairs and comfortable banquettes. Finer dining is enhanced with the Chef's Table, Asian-style cuisine at Dragon Lady and Angelo's Italian cuisine.

An updated décor theme is continued at P&O's open-air section, with a Pool Deck refurbishment and the adults-only Oasis sporting hanging chairs and cushioned cabanas, as well as a welcome sea view. Indoors the Blue Room and Ocean Bar are perfect for a nightcap or live music, while for those of a more active disposition, basketball and tennis courts will keep your heart pumping.

P&O are stoking the fires of romance with an intimate cinema, presenting new and classic movies, while the Cellar Door has daily tastings and master-classes. The Open Kitchen also has interactive classes for passengers to learn something new.  

New cruises from P&O
With cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland, P&O have spared no expense in developing new itineraries. Featured debutants include:

  • Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl 4-night Moreton Island P&O Sea Breaks from Sydney. 
  • Two 7-night Southern Queensland cruises and two new 14-night intensive Papua New Guinea experiences, also from Sydney.
  • Pacific Dawn 7-night Melbourne Cup cruise from Brisbane.
  • Pacific Aria cruising out of Adelaide for the first time.
  • An 11-night New Year cruise from Melbourne, calling at Southern Queensland and NSW.
  • Pacific Pearl will call Auckland home from February 2017 until June 2017.
  • Three 4-night cruises, also from Auckland, with two calling at Bay of Islands and a first-ever visit to Napier and the Art Deco Festival.

P&O Sea Breaks are increasingly popular itineraries, with music, comedy and food themes delivering a cruise experience in bite-sized chunks. Headline comedians, rock and blues music and celebrity chefs, such as Luke Mangan, give first-timers the perfect chance to get a taste of what cruising is all about.

New cruises, experiences and destinations will keep P&O at the forefront of the industry and will continue to deliver the very best deals. 

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