P&O Cruises and Sunshine Coast Council today announced the cruise line’s 63,875-tonne superliner Pacific Pearl will make an inaugural call to Mooloolaba in August as a major highlight of a four-day cruise from Sydney.
The scheduled visit will enable Pacific Pearl’s 1800 passengers to enjoy the many attractions of Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast, one of Australia’s most attractive tourist destinations.
“Pacific Pearl’s visit to Mooloolaba is a destination ‘test drive’ for P&O Cruises, which could well become the forerunner of more short-break cruises to the Sunshine Coast,” said Tammy Marshall, Senior Vice President P&O Cruises.
“There is a growing trend towards short break cruises and we are constantly looking for great new destinations to add to the appeal of our cruise itineraries. We know from experience in cruising from Sydney to Moreton Island that our passengers love their short breaks to include a feature destination.
“Pacific Pearl’s planned visit to Mooloolaba could only have been made possible by the active support and encouragement of Sunshine Coast Council and Mayor Mark Jamieson, especially in relation to the logistics involved in the passenger tendering operation.”
Pacific Pearl is scheduled to depart Sydney on August 14 for the four-day food and wine themed cruise with the Mooloolaba call set for August 16 with passengers being transferred from ship to shore by tender vessels.
Passengers will step ashore at the ‘Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium’ jetty at Mooloolaba. P&O Cruises thanks the Merlin Entertainment Group for making the facility available.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said P&O's decision to introduce the Sunshine Coast to its Pacific Pearl passengers was great news. "The Sunshine Coast will welcome these passengers with open arms," he said.
"That we have a major cruise line considering the Sunshine Coast as a potential regular stop is excellent news; that the cruise line is P&O – one of the most famous names in cruise ship history – makes this even better. I would like to thank P&O and Merlin Entertainment Group for working with us to bring about this wonderful development.
"May I encourage Pacific Pearl passengers to visit our piece of paradise and enjoy as much of our attractions as possible," Mayor Jamieson said.
P&O Cruises is no stranger to Queensland with Pacific Dawn based in Brisbane year round and Pacific Jewel cruising through winter to the Pacific Islands and to North Queensland.