Pacific Explorer sailed into Sydney Harbour for the first time on 19 June after spending 12 days in a dry dock in Singapore. The former Princess Cruises ship was freshly overhauled to transform it into a P&O Cruises Australia vessel, emblazoned with the line’s new Southern Cross livery.

Over 3,000 items of new furniture and 1,200 pieces of artwork were also installed, plus waterslides and a water park. P&O will debut two new ‘fast-casual’ dining options on the new ship, with Luke Mangan’s poolside grill called Luke’s and 400 Gradi, a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria by Melbourne chef Johnny Di Francesco.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer would be a welcome addition to the Australian market and fleet, with something for everyone.

“We’ve taken the winning features of our existing ships and added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides and the bowling green and The Bonded Store, which we’re sure will put a smile on our guests’ faces,” he said.

P&O Cruises Australia will next welcome Carnival Cruises’ Carnival Splendor into its fleet in 2019.

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