Saturday 22 October marked an incredible milestone in P&O Cruises return to service with Pacific Adventure setting sail on her maiden voyage from Sydney. She sailed under the Harbour Bridge from White Bay Cruise Terminal, completing P&O’s three-ship fleet to return to cruising since Pacific Explorer became the first ship to take guests in May this year following a two year pause.
Boarding the ship were some of P&O’s Adventurers. These keen cruisers were carefully selected to work closely with P&O during 2019 to help curate some of Pacific Adventure’s offerings, and they have been anticipating her arrival for over two years.
Ed & Patrea Stuttard who travelled from the Gold Coast to Sydney to sail on her maiden voyage, a 3-night round trip comedy cruise, said, "The feeling of physically being on Pacific Adventure is a little surreal after waiting over two years to actually board her. We’re thrilled to be here, we’ve already bought our Blanc de Blanc tickets, and can’t wait to go and explore all the new and exciting venues and check out the beautiful refurbishment of the ship.
"We’re a couple of VERY happy cruising P&O Adventurers. It’s great to be home.”
Crusing comrade Kylie Gray, who is travelling with her son Hayden from Cessnock, commented, “I’m so happy to be cruising on the Pacific Adventure. After 2.5 years it is is wel worth the wait. The crew are are so welcoming, cabins are amazing and I’m looking forward to an epic cruise!”
Pacific Adventure’s commencement of operations is yet another positive step for the visitor economy and the rebuilding of Australia’s $5 billion-a-year cruising industry.
Following her inaugural 3-night round trip to Sydney, Pacific Adventure will be taking guests to Moreton Island, Eden, Tasmania, the South Pacific, and the Melbourne Cup.
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About Pacific Adventure:
Pacific Adventure is P&O Cruises’ third ship to complete the fleet in Australia, and will be home-ported in Sydney. The ship showcases many P&O favourites, including Luke’s Bar & Grill by Luke Mangan and 400 Gradi by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny di Francesco, as well as a new multi-storey atrium and Byron Beach Club private retreat, complete with pool, spas and seating.
Facts about Pacific Encounter:
- 1,318 guest rooms
- 21 dining options to explore over 17 guest decks
- 10 bars and nightclubs
- Home to an outdoor lawn bowling green
- First of its kind Twin Racer Waterslides
- Pacific Encounter comes in at over 108,865,000 gross tonnes and 290 metres in length
About P&O Cruises Australia
For 90 years, P&O Cruises (Australia) has taken Australians & New Zealanders on dream holidays to amazing destinations along the Australian coast as well as the idyllic South Pacific. The home-grown cruise line delivers a holiday with great entertainment, world-class dining and unforgettable onboard experiences while sailing to some of the most incredible destinations in the Pacific. Delivered in the Aussie way, you can choose to do everything, or nothing at all, with P&O Cruises Australia.