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Announced earlier this month, P&O Australia’s cruise programme will be expanding in 2019. Over 43 cruises are to be added to its schedule, set to depart from both Sydney and Brisbane. Additionally, its Pacific Explorer ship will continue to sail around the year from her homeport of Sydney between May and October 2019, with a mix of eight to 16-night South Pacific cruises that will touch upon a range of exotic destinations.
In a prepared statement, P&O Australia announced these cruises will head to unique ports in locations such as the Conflict Islands, a chain of islands in Papua New Guinea that’s considered to be one of the most peaceful places on earth.
President of P&O Cruises, Sture Myrmell, said the 2019 winter programme will continue the cruise line’s commitment to being the best way to cruise the South Pacific.
“P&O Cruises have been pioneering cruising to the South Pacific for 85 years since we first began cruising to the area in 1932, and today, we continue to help our guests uncover some of the most extraordinary places on Earth, which are virtually impossible to access by land.
“The 2019 winter programme has been assembled with this in mind, delivering itineraries and destinations that give our guests access to the very best of the South Pacific in effortless fashion, combined with the convenience of more home ports than any other cruise line.”
The calendar plays a big part on the line’s new programme, syncing up their itineraries to major cultural dates throughout the year, including a stop at Tasmania’s Dark Mofo festival, a yearly celebration that honours the longest night of the winter with food, music, art, film and so much more.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne Cup cruises have three sailings planned for 2019, allowing 6,000 visitors to experience the ever-popular competition, often billed as ‘the race that stops a nation’.
The Pacific Aria will sail alongside Pacific Dawn year-round from Brisbane, with both ships showcasing seven-night Pacific Island Hopper or Barrier Reef Discovery cruises departing on either a Friday or Saturday.
Alongside this, P&O Australia also have more short ‘sea break’ weekend cruises planned. Akin to the popular city break, these are perfect for couples looking for a quick jaunt to new destinations that broaden horizons and enrich the senses. The line has 51 breaks scheduled, ranging from two-to-four night sailings, including 17 four-night Moreton Island cruises from Sydney, along with 27 three-night round-trip Sea Break cruises from Sydney or Brisbane.
Rounding out P&O Australia’s schedule for next year, Pacific Eden will join Pacific Explorer, sailing from Sydney between April and October 2019.
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