Pacific Encounter is now officially part of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, following the completion of maritime formalities.
And, in line with the precision that applies to such an historic moment in the life of any oceangoing ship, Pacific Encounter became part of the P&O family at precisely 1:47pm (GMT) on 27 January.
Sture Myrmell, president of P&O Cruises Australia, said the newest fleet addition is another important milestone in the transformation of Australia’s homegrown cruise line.
“Pacific Encounter’s official entry to the fleet is a very exciting moment for P&O Cruises Australia and reflects our growing optimism and confidence in a bright future for Australia’s homegrown cruise line,” he said.
“This is also an opportunity for us to again thank the many P&O guests who have remained so loyal to the brand during such a challenging period.”
Pacific Encounter is currently in ‘wet dock’, where she has already taken on her new P&O persona, with more work to be carried out in coming weeks.
With 108,000 of gross tonnage and a top speed of 24 knots, the 290-metre ship can carry as many as 2,600 passengers at a time and features 12 guest decks.
Pacific Encounter is already sporting her P&O Cruises branding with 20-metre-by-eight-metre signs on the funnel, along with her signature Southern Cross and name on the bow.
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