Pacific Eden, P&O’s newly launched 55,820-ton liner, made its debut sailing last weekend, sailing from the modestly sized port of Fremantle on the West Coast of Australia.
Having been berthed in Fremantle over the past week, Pacific Eden set sail on her maiden voyage on Sunday 15 November — a 10-night sailing from Fremantle to Sydney, calling at Esperance (Nov 17), Adelaide (Nov 20), Kangaroo Island (Nov 21) and Melbourne (Nov 23) along the way.
Once Eden reaches Sydney, it will join the rest of the P&O Australia fleet, including sister ship Pacific Aria, Pacific Explorer, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Pearl, for P&O’s Five-Ship Sydney Spectacular — a historic event which will see the entire P&O fleet sailing into Sydney harbour in unison. Eden and Aria’s official naming ceremony, which will include performances from a number of prominent acts, will follow this.
Sture Myrmell, senior vice president of P&O Australia, said that the introduction of Pacific Eden to the P&O Australia fleet will give the line greater presence in Western Australia, which has experienced significant cruise market growth in recent years.
Myrmell said: “Western Australia is really coming into its own both as a cruise destination and a homeport, so we’re thrilled to have the capacity to be able to base one of our latest ships in Fremantle for the next two summers. Pacific Eden is sure to become a fast favourite among Western Australians as she offers an exciting line up of cruises from the state, giving local tourism a boost and bringing a wealth of economic opportunities to port towns up and down the coast.”
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