P&O this week saw the momentous arrival of its new Pacific Adventure, with the ship completing its local three-strong complement of vessels. Adventure will homeport out of Sydney year-round, with the ability to operate from the White Bay Cruise Terminal west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge thanks to some intricate “marine engineering” which has allowed the ship sufficient headroom to pass underneath the famous icon.
P&O Cruises Australia President, Marguerite Fitzgerald, was among a contingent on board a specially chartered harbour cruise vessel welcoming the new ship, saying “all of our ship arrivals since the cruise ban was lifted in mid-April have been emotional moments but it is particularly significant to now have all three P&O Cruises Australia ships back home”.
Of the vessels now back in Australia, Pacific Encounter is based in Brisbane for year-round cruising, Adventure is based in Sydney while Pacific Explorer will do cruise seasons from Adelaide, Melbourne, Fremantle and Cairns as well as an extended Auckland deployment between June and November 2023.
“Pacific Adventure has also returned to Australia just as the South Pacific continues to reopen maritime borders to cruising with New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea open and Vanuatu hopefully soon to follow,” Fitzgerald said.
“P&O has a 90-year heritage of sailing to the Pacific and we look forward to re-establishing contact with island communities that for decades have welcomed our ships and our guests,” she added.