Aussie cruisers rejoice! The nation’s favourite line is giving the people what they want, with plans on the horizon for an Australian based superliner, spotlighting tropical Cairns as a keynote destination. Engineered exclusively for the Down Under market, the newest member of the P&O fleet will step up Australia’s biggest fulltime cruise ship, capable of carrying over 4200 passengers.
At 135,500-tonnes and 323 metres, Carnival executive chairwoman Ann Sherry has described the monolith as a “a game changer for Australian cruising.” Details are being kept tightly under wraps, however Sherry has revealed that the ship is “built specifically for modern Australia” and “will offer itineraries from three to 10 days’ duration.”
Meeting the needs of the modern cruising market
Year round, the ship will be based in Australia, with a goal of capturing growth within the local cruise market. Sherry has also stated that its presence will strengthen P&O’s national heritage as a line with 84 years of experience cruising Aussie waters. “The first new-build 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’ industry leadership,” she said.
For P&O, it’s yet another key move in its plan to both dominate and enrich Australia’s love affair with cruising. “P&O Cruises is the modern face of Australian cruising,” said Company President Sture Myrmell, “and with such a proud heritage of leadership, it is a natural step to announce the line will take delivery of its first new-build ship.”
A focus on ‘foodies’
So what can we expect to see on board the newest member of the P&O family?
As the ship caters to the tastes of modern Australia, a focus on creative cuisine and experiential dining is guaranteed. Similar to Eden and Aria, the buffet will no doubt be shunned and replaced with a myriad of unique restaurants, including Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill and the coveted Chef’s Table. Not to mention a kaleidoscope of bars, encompassing everything from elegant cocktail lounges, chic nightclubs, live music venues, exclusive ‘adults only’ retreats and casual pub style saloons.
When P&Os latest superliner launches, you can bet that Cruise 1st will have the scoop on the best deals. In the meantime, the line offers an inspirational line-up of voyages across its fleet of five ships. Sailing to the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Great Barrier Reef and beyond, there’s no better way to explore the stunning Southern Hemisphere. For more information, call us today on 1300 857 345.
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