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P&O goes live with five-ship program

Hannah Edensor

P&O’s new five-ship program is bringing tribal to Christmas and rock music to short breaks.

These are just a few highlights of the new program, which is giving Aussie cruisers the biggest range of itineraries and destinations in the region.

With 191 departures and 38 unique itineraries being offered across the cruise line’s five-ship fleet between October 2016 and July 2017, the program is taking the cruise product up a notch or two.

The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden sees a whole new window of opportunities open for Aussies, including two year-round ships in Brissy, a bumpers season down in Melbourne, long weekend breaks from Adelaide, more Papua New Guinea and Pacific explorations, and expanded regional cruises.

With short breaks in hot demand, P&O Cruises is offering 84 Sea Breaks from new music-themed itineraries to the first cruise from Auckland to Napier. The cruise will hit up the internationally-renowned Art Deco Weekend, while other regional itineraries feature Melbourne’s inaugural short break to Eden on NSW’s Sapphire Coast.

P&O Cruises’ senior vice president of commercial operations Sture Myrmell said a five ship fleet keeps things fresh for Australian cruisers.

“We’re taking Australian cruising to the next level with this jam-packed program. With the biggest home-ported fleet, we can offer the largest range of itineraries and destinations in the region,” Myrmell said.

“We have one of the best backyards in the world and our five-ship fleet is cruising from all over the country to take our guests from Port Lincoln to Papua New Guinea. While we’re showing off the best of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, our guests can enjoy the latest in onboard innovations making our ships an exciting destination in their own right.”

The first 200 guests who book a new program itinerary departing from November 14, 2016 will receive special extras including priority check-in and tenders, welcome gift packs and onboard credit.

Children in a canoe at Madang PNG - Credit: David Kirkland
Children in a canoe at Madang PNG – Credit: David Kirkland

For a more in-depth look at what the new highlights are, you can check out the list below:

  • Four music-themed Sea Breaks including a three-night Blues cruise from Sydney from $549
  • A 10-night Papua New Guinea Christmas cruise on Pacific Eden from Brisbane from $1849
  • Pacific Aria’s first Sydney season featuring a new 15-night Papua New Guinea cruise calling at Alotau, Madang, Rabaul, Kiriwina Island, Kitava, Doini Island and scenic cruising in the Vitu Islands, Kawanasausau Strait and Milne Bay from $1899
  • Pacific Eden will join Pacific Dawn cruising year-round from Brisbane including her inaugural 14-night New Zealand itinerary with fares from $1599
  • Pacific Aria will offer a season of short breaks from Adelaide including three-night weekend getaways from $599 and four-night options visiting Port Lincoln or Melbourne from $649
  • A bumper Melbourne season including Pacific Jewel’s new 13-night Pacific Islands Christmas cruise from $1949 and the first four-night Sea Break to Eden from $599
  • Pacific Pearl’s Auckland season sees the first Sea Break to Napier for New Zealand’s Art Deco Weekend priced from $659

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