P&O Cruises Australia’s Fleet in Form for Bounce Again: Pacific Journey and Pacific Encounter Be part of First Half of 2021
Australia’s home-grown cruise line, P&O Cruises Australia, in the present day introduced the subsequent stage of its fleet transformation with each Pacific Journey and Pacific Encounter arriving within the first half of 2021 in a mark of confidence within the anticipated rebound of the native cruise trade.
The much-anticipated Pacific Journey is deliberate to start crusing from Sydney on April 30 subsequent yr and the supply of Pacific Encounter is being introduced ahead by not less than six months to make sure the native fleet is poised to drive the resurgence of cruising on the proper time.
Pacific Encounter is scheduled to name Brisbane house from Could 7, 2021 – however further voyages could also be added even earlier, relying on the timing of the return of cruising in Australia.
The sister ships will sail alongside P&O’s present flagship, Pacific Explorer, which can prolong its operational pause till January subsequent yr.
“The arrival of those much-anticipated ships, Pacific Journey and Pacific Encounter, within the first half of subsequent yr represents a step-change for the fleet and an indication of confidence available in the market,” P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell mentioned.
“This funding in our fleet is an indication that P&O Cruises Australia is able to lead the trade in bouncing again when authorities and public well being authorities agree it’s acceptable to start crusing once more with protocols in place.
“It is usually a mark of respect for our many loyal visitors in addition to crew, contemporary meals suppliers, entertainers and musicians, shore tour operators and port logistics companions who wish to be part of the resurgence of the Australian cruise sector over time.”
Mr Myrmell mentioned each Pacific Journey and Pacific Encounter will provide one thing for everybody from a variety of inclusive eating choices, speciality eating places by famend cooks Luke Mangan and Johnny Di Francesco in addition to family-friendly actions and vibrant night-time venues delivered to life by a few of Australia’s main comedians, musicians and our personal proficient leisure employees.
In latest weeks, P&O Cruises Australia introduced the early departure of much-loved favourites Pacific Daybreak and Pacific Aria. It had beforehand been introduced the ships would go away as a part of a fleet transformation.
“These have been difficult instances for the complete group and, for our half, we have now sought to make use of this operational pause to fast-track our deliberate fleet refresh. Our pathway to a return to cruising could also be unclear however we needed to present our visitors confidence about our future fleet and our dedication to Australia and New Zealand,” Mr Myrmell mentioned.
Key parts of in the present day’s announcement embrace:
- Pacific Journey will name Sydney house. Her first voyage is a three-night Brief Break scheduled for April 30, 2021. Pacific Journey was initially deliberate to debut in November this yr however was delayed because of the world COVID-19 pandemic.
- Brisbane’s new worldwide cruise terminal will develop into the brand new house port for Pacific Encounter. At this stage, her first voyage is scheduled to depart Brisbane on Could 7, 2021 and is a three-night Brief Break. Further voyages could also be added earlier.
- Pacific Explorer is deliberate to be homeporting from Auckland, New Zealand from February 6, 2021 to her final voyage on April 25, 2021.
- Extending the pause for Pacific Explorer till the top of the yr, overlaying her Christmas and New Yr cruises from Brisbane, to present certainty for visitors over this necessary vacation interval. Pacific Explorer’s first cruise is now scheduled for January 9, 2021.
“Whereas the present pause in cruise operations is till 17 December in Australia, the pathway to re-start stays unclear. We felt the perfect strategy was to cancel Pacific Explorer’s remaining 2020 cruises to permit households to plan with certainty for his or her Christmas and New Yr actions. It was a tough determination however ultimately it was an effort to do the fitting factor by our visitors on each Pacific Explorer and Pacific Journey, which can be affected over the vacation interval,” Mr Myrmell mentioned.
P&O Cruises Australia will help these visitors whose bookings have been affected by the adjustments. Visitors can select different preparations together with an possibility to maneuver their reserving to the identical time subsequent yr and obtain bonus onboard credit score, request a full refund or bonus onboard credit score in the event that they select the longer term cruise credit score possibility.
P&O pays refunds again to journey brokers for visitors who booked by that gross sales channel. The cruise line can even defend journey agent commissions on all bookings for cancelled cruises that have been paid in full as at October 21, 2020 and for the full quantity of the longer term cruise credit.
Trying forward, Pacific Journey and Pacific Encounter can have the signature experiences, leisure and programmed actions that units aside P&O as a recent cruise vacation for everybody.
Because of the complexities created by COVID, the waterslides might be put in at a later date however the ships might be a step change with a mixture of contemporary choices, akin to Byron Seaside Membership and the household pool space. With a retractable roof for all climate, the pool space is about to be some of the fashionable areas on the ships with a great deal of family-oriented actions across the deck.
All of the favorite eating choices that visitors love will proceed akin to The Pantry, Waterfront, Angelos, Dragon Girl, 400 Gradi and Luke Mangan’s restaurant and grill. The perfect manufacturing exhibits at sea might be showcased in Black Circus and unbelievable music and performances all through the opposite leisure venues, Blue Room, bars and pubs onboard each ships. P&O will stay a significant supporter of dwell Aussie comedy, a sector which has suffered in latest months.
The ships can even have Edge actions, youngsters golf equipment, top-class boutiques and a variety of programmed occasions.
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