P&O Australia Unveils Largest Season Yet, Offers Asian Cruises From Singapore

P&O Australia has unveiled its largest sailing programme yet, as the line looks to capitalize on the cruise boom down under and the growth of its fleet. With the addition of the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden from sister brand Holland America Line in November 2015, the line will offer 250 cruises from 8 homeports for the 2015/2016 Australian cruise season that begins with the gathering of all 5 ships in Sydney Harbour on 25 November 2015.

Pacific Eden

Heading P&O Australia’s expansion will be new addition Pacific Eden, which will sail out of Adelaide, Cairns, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore. Amongst highlights for her will be a trio of 4-night P&OSeabreaks visiting Port Lincoln and Melbourne from Adelaide, an Indonesian cruise calling at Jakarta, Probolinggo and Makassar from Fremantle, as well as a 4-night Western Australia itinerary visiting Esperance.

Pacific Eden will also return the P&O Australia brand to Singapore after an 8-year absence. The ship will sail 5 cruises exploring ports in Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia with maiden calls to Krabi, Sabang (Pulau Weh), Koh Chang and Sihanoukville, repositioning to the Southeast Asian city-state in July 2016. Guests have the opportunity to combine a 7-night western itinerary visiting Sabang, Phuket, Krabi and Langkawi with a 7-night eastern itinerary calling at Sihanoukville, Koh Chang, Laem Chabang and Koh Samui, or cruise from Singapore to Cairns with a call to Dili in Timor Leste, Indonesia and Darwin enroute.

Pacific Aria

Staying on the eastern coast of Australia, Pacific Aria will operate out of P&O Australia’s traditional homeports of Sydney and Brisbane. In a boost to the Queensland capital, she will join Pacific Dawn in the city for 8 months, sailing new cruises including a 18-night Explorer itinerary visiting Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. The ship will also sail a 7-night New Year cruise exploring Cairns, Hamilton Island and Willis Island.

Pacific Jewel

Victorians will have the Pacific Jewel based out of Melbourne during the season. From December 2015 to March 2016, the ship will sail a series of itineraries, including a trio of 4-night P&O SeaBreak itineraries visiting Kangaroo Island. She will also operate a 12-night Christmas Melanesian cruise and a New Year cruise visiting the south coast of Australia and Tasmania.

Pacific Pearl

Across the Tasman Sea, Pacific Pearl will operate the line’s longest Auckland season, with 18 roundtrip cruises between February to June 2016 lined up. Ranging in duration from 4 to 15 nights, itineraries include a short cruise spending the day in Napier or the Bay of Islands, a new 15-night voyage to Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands and a new 10-night circumnavigation of New Zealand with a maiden call to Stewart Island.

Pacific Dawn

A familiar fixture in Brisbane, Pacific Dawn will remain based year-round from the city. Her popular Pacific islands, Great Barrier Reef and eastern Australia itineraries will continue to be offered.

For more information, visit www.pocruises.com.au.

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