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She is due to join the P&O fleet in 2020

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Part One - Introducing our New Grand Class ship the “Pacific Adventure”


Part Two - Maiden Season of Voyages Announced


Part Three - “News Update” Second Grand Class ship to join in 2010


Introducing the “Pacific Adventure”:

P&O Cruises have announced that the popular 108,865 tonne Golden Princess, which has been cruising from our shores for a good number of years, will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and she will join the fleet in 2010. It was recently announced that she will be named Pacific Adventure.

Before she will enter her new duties for P&O Cruises Australia, she will be comprehensively refurbished, in order for her to fall in line with the exciting new P&O interiors which commenced with the arrival of the wonderful and exciting Pacific Aria, the ship that became the trend setter of the renewed P&O fleet! In addition, she will also feature the much loved “the Pantry”, which has been a mammoth success ever since it was first introduced. “The Pantry” has replaced the old style buffets, thus now passengers no longer touch the food, thus there is no more contamination, or sickness occurring as has occurred so much on ships of other companies, all because of some who do not wash their hands. In addition, in “The pantry” the food is much fresher, delicious and hot, for “The Pantry” is very much like a Food Court where there is a host a of International cuisines, such as Vegetarian and Vegan, also excellent Grills and Australian dishes including good old fashioned “Fish & Chips” placed on specially made newspaper and placed in a basket and many other outlets, like some as listed down the page.

P&O Cruises President Mr. Sture Myrmell said:

“The Pacific Adventure is the cruise line’s first Grand Class ship and P&O Cruises’ guests will be at the leading edge of a global revolution in the cruise experience when the line welcomes its first Ocean Medallion-enabled ship, Golden Princess to the brand in October 2020.”

Pacific Adventure’s Facilities:

In 2015 P&O decided to renew their fleet and added a new style of ships into the Australian market being the now popular Pacific Aria and her identical sister ship the “Eden” in 2015. The Pacific Aria made such a huge impact on the Australian cruise market, for she introduced a completely new style of cruising to our shores, for she offered a completely new vibe and elegance in the ships public venues, such as the relaxed style, yet comfortable homely feel “Ocean Lounge” and Bar, yet you always feel that you are somewhere in Polynesia. Then there is the wonderful Blues inspired, Music Lounge and Bar, the “Blue Room”, and not to forget the star of the show the superb “Waterfront” Restaurant offering Dine when you wish and with whom you wish in an amazing setting, or head off to the popular “The Pantry” topside and dine inside or out under cover or at night, the stars.

I am delighted to say, that I have been fortunate to have cruised on the Pacific Aria from Brisbane a many times since August 2016, and I am due to sail on her again in December 2018, and have loved every night I have spent on board this wonderful ship! All of these cruises from 8 days to 18 days were simply superb, and they were without a doubt far above my expectations! It certainly had much to do with her superior new venues which added to the experience and of course the wonderful and friendly service combined with the cuisine, which was also excellent made these cruises far superior, to what had been a good value product already.

P&O has taken all the best features found on the Aria, and when they were added, as well as other exciting new ones to the ex Dawn Princess, which became the amazing new P&O flagship, the “Pacific Explorer”.

Much the same was repeated when the Pacific Dawn was refitted, and the same applied to other ships, Of course all ships also feature something else on their bows, and that is the “Southern Cross Stars” draped over her bow.

P&O’s magnificent new cruise ship, the MV Pacific Adventure will arrive in October 2020

The Pacific Adventure will have countless amazing new features, as well as those stated above, and some shown below, there are of course many others that are yet to be announced and be assured that this page will be updated as news arrives!

Blue Room:

This in an excitingly elegant venue, featuring grandiose white columns a deep blue Bar with off white bar seats with blue interiors , the venue has cosy sofas, lounge chairs and some stools all which are obviously blue, however the lounge chairs have off white backs. Tables are mostly round and they are black, and all the aforementioned are located atop of blue carpets with a lighter shade of blue as well as off white markings. Generally the Blue Room is famed for it’s music, including Blues, Jazz, as well as featured bands. In addition to all the above, both the Blue Room Bar and the Ocean Room Bar are famed for making the best Barista coffee on the seven seas! I know, I have been sailing on the Pacific Aria, and I am a coffee connoisseur and like only the very best, and believe me, coffee in the venues are as good as the very best in Melbourne Café’s or those in Brisbane!

The stylish Blue Room and Bar the place for some great Coffee and superb Music!

Byron Beach Club”:

P&O Cruises Australia will be offering a limited number of guest’s exclusive access to a private "Byron Beach Club" onboard the Pacific Adventure. The “Byron Beach Club” will be available to guests booked in to the ship’s suites and selected mini suites.

The magnificent Byron Beach Club Pool and its two decks

The exclusive-access retreat offers a private outdoor pool, whirlpool spas and comfortable seating situated on the top deck of the ship. With expansive sea views, club-goers can enjoy pure relaxation and pampering in stylish surroundings as well in its exclusive Spa area.

And this is the luxurious Byron Beach Club Spa

“The Oasis”:

“The Oasis” is an Adults only Retreat, which is located aft of the ship and there is a spacious swimming with bar service from the deck above. The deck is furnished with high quality sun lounges and tables and chairs tables an ideal place to relax and have a chat and a drink!

An over view of the “The Oasis”

“The Waterfront” Restaurant:

The Waterfront is unique and offers a beautifully appointed light venue, featuring fine aboriginal design on the floor, and murals and pictures and paintings all around the venue. Tables vary from round, square, to the occasional long table. The image below shows part of the Waterfront very well. It is a wonderful place for Breakfast Lunch and your Evening Meal!

A corner of the “Waterfront” Restaurant

The Pantry:

As many P&O passengers have already discovered on the Pacific Aria, Pacific Eden, as well as the Pacific Jewel that “The Pantry” has replaced the old style Buffet, and I am well aware, that there were a small number of past passengers, that the idea of change did not prove to be a good idea at first, but soon enough the majority realised that this Food Court Style of venue was a far superior option. Why? It is very simple, the variety of food was by far superior and the food was fresher and when served it was hot! And of course, you can still obtain food from different outlets, for some in the early stages did not think that this was possible, but of course it is all still a completely free of charge therefore, go, and eat as you desire! And wait until you see the Sweets venue, you will find that it is a beautiful and a sumptuous sweet delight!

Some of the Dinning Venues available at The Pantry:

Stix-Pan-Asian offers a variety of great Asian food and it will have dishes from different countries around Asia, be it Vietnam, Korea, China, and so much more. This is certainly a very popular dinning option!

Hook’s Fish & Chips offers crispy battered fish together with fresh hot chips that will have the perfect amount of crunch! There will be daily specials available, such as crumbed scallops, salt and pepper squid, and herbed calamari rings. And this is available for you on a P&O cruise!

Fat Cow welcomes all those who are genuine meat lovers, for here you will find quality cuts of meat that will delight you! The range is vast from succulent beef scotch fillets that will melt in your mouth. Then there are the delicious racks of lamb, roast pork with crackling, tender carvings of beef, chicken, and succulent legs of lamb as well as cured hams. Now, who would want that old fashioned lukewarm buffet, when you can have all this freshly prepared food and served for you hot and given to you on a plate, etc!

A view along part of the Pantry and the “Fat Cow” is seen on the left

Mexicana, you can have either a hard or a soft shell taco, filled with all your favourites, including the salsa, pickles, chilli as required and guacamole, together with some lime and cheese. Now that sounds like a great meal or possibly, an in-between meal snack?

Kettle & Bun offers freshly baked bread, and expertly made sandwiches with a variety of fresh toppings and salads, as well as mouth-watering soups. Thus, pending on taste of the day, you can mix and match and make a perfect combo meal.

Curry House, “Some Like it Hot” then others may like it mild, but what ever you choose the curries here are traditional, and they offer all the classic flavours, including Tandoori style delights. Meals come complete with homemade breads, chutneys, raitas and pickles. This is Indian food to enjoy.

Sugar Bar offers a variety of sweet cakes, pastries and individual desserts all freshly made onboard.

And there is so much more to choose from, I am not one for Buffets, and thankfully the Pantry is a whole new concept and I love it, thank you P&O for, introducing it! You can dine here, for Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and your Evening Meal, and have it indoors, or outside under cover, or under the Stars!

Part Two

Maiden Season of Voyages Announced

P&O Cruises Australia has announced the maiden season of its first Grand Class ship the absolutely fabulous “Pacific Adventure” and P&O has announced a range of new ‘Voyages’ cruises, which offer exclusive onboard experiences for sailings of 13-nights and longer.

The new 2020 winter & spring cruise program will deliver 132 cruises in total including 57 Short Breaks of two, three and four nights in duration departing Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland.

More cruise details below the photograph of the Pacific Adventure …

Another aerial view of the ship with her new P&O funnel

P&O 'Voyages' will visit numerous exotic international destinations while offering an enhanced onboard experience starting with the Captain’s Gala Cocktail Party where guests have the chance to meet the Master and Senior Officers.

Throughout the longer cruises, guests can take part in a range of presentations and activities covering topics that include current affairs, the arts and culinary experiences with appearances, talks and seminars from notable Australian guest presenters.  The events lead to a sparkling Masquerade Ball where guests can dance the night away.

Pacific Adventure will commence with an 18-night Southeast Asia and Australia “Voyages” cruise from Singapore in October 2020, calling at Penang, Langkawi, Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Brisbane before arriving in Sydney.

P&O Cruises Mr. Myrmell said the new program offered an exciting selection of “Voyages” cruises to Asia and Papua New Guinea combined with the popular shorter getaways, themed cruises and South Pacific itineraries enjoyed by guests all year round.

“This season we have an exciting opportunity to offer select longer cruises and as part of the “Voyages” concept we have enhanced the onboard experience for guests, providing an opportunity to try new things onboard and sample new entertainment options on Pacific Adventure,” Mr Myrmell said.

Highlights of P&O Cruises 2020 Sydney season include:

Pacific Adventure joins the fleet in October 2020 and will be home-ported in Sydney – her first eight cruises will visit New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands. This will include a 13-night Kiwi Adventure, 14-night Fiji Explorer and 11-night New Guinea Island Encounter itinerary. Fares start from $2,399* for a quad share for Pacific Adventure’s 18-night maiden cruise from Singapore on October 12, 2020.

Pacific Adventure will also offer shorter options including a three night comedy cruise, four night voyage to Moreton Island and a six-night round-trip Main Event cruise to the Melbourne Cup departing Sydney on October 31, 2020.

Pacific Aria will join Pacific Adventure sailing from Sydney between October to December 2020 offering three and four-night Short Break cruises options and two 10-night itineraries to the South Pacific Islands.

P&O’s Main Event program includes nine themed cruises and will see Pacific Explorer departing from Sydney in June 2010 on a six-night Dark Mofo cruise, and Pacific Adventure and Pacific Aria will operate Christmas as well as New Year’s Eve cruises.

The Pacific Explorer will be home ported in Brisbane from October 2010.

P&O’s latest program offers cruises from more home ports than any other cruise line in the market with round trip itineraries from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply.

P&O Cruises’ new 2919 / 2020 Program was released and is now on sale as from October 23, 2018:

For more information visit, call 13 24 94 or go and see a licensed specialised Cruise (travel) agent.

News Update

A Second Grand Class Ship to Join P&O

On August 22, 2018 P&O Cruises officially announced that a second Grand Class ship, the “Star Princess” to be named “Pacific Encounter”, which was due to join the P&O fleet in 2020, but due to the horrid pandemic she will now arrive in mid 2021, being part of P&O’s commitment to refresh their fleet. These two fine ships will accommodate more than 3,100 guests being looked after by a crew of 1,200.

The “Pacific Encounter” is seen with the new P&O Cruises Blue funnel


Here we see what the Waterfront Restaurant will look like


And here is the very popular included fine Italian Restaurant “Angelo’s”


P&O Cruises Australia - INDEX:

MV Pacific Explorer:              77,441 Gross Tons – 1,998 passengers (lower berths).

Page Two:                            Deck Plan & Accommodations.

MV Pacific Dawn 2017:          70,285 Gross Tons - 2,000 passengers (all berths).

Pacific Aria PNG Review:      55,820 Gross Tons - 1,500 passengers (all berths).

MV Pacific Jewel:                 70,310 Gross Tons - 1,950 passengers (all berths).

Pacific Adventure:                114,147 Gross Tons - 3,780 passengers (all berths) due in 2020.

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