P&O Cruises is maintaining its reputation as a cruise pioneer in
local waters, making its maiden call to the remote town of Wewak in Papua New
Guinea today – the first of 17 inaugural calls to an array of new ports this
year following the expansion of the cruise line’s fleet.
Guests on Pacific Aria were part of history when they stepped ashore in
Wewak, with the cruise ship becoming the first to ever call at the colourful capital
of the East Sepik province, located on the famous Sepik River.
The maiden calls continue P&O’s longstanding journey of discovery in
Australia and the Pacific, which has seen the cruise line drive the growth of
the local cruise industry by adding an array of exciting and exotic
destinations to the cruise map. In
recent years, close to a dozen new Australian ports have been introduced to
P&O’s itineraries, delivering substantial benefits to regional communities
around the country.
Next month, P&O will be charting a new course in New Zealand with Pacific
Pearl making the cruise line’s first call to the remote Stewart Island at the
bottom of the South Island on March 6.
Then within days, P&O will be making waves in Queensland when Pacific
Dawn becomes the first cruise ship to visit the port of Gladstone on March 10,
opening up an exciting new base for Southern Barrier Reef adventures.
The visit will be followed by more excitement on April 3, when Pacific
Aria becomes the first P&O ship to visit to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island,
the world's largest sand island located off the southern Queensland coast.
P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the continued expansion of
P&O’s fleet had opened up new horizons for the cruise line.
“We have been pioneering cruising in the Pacific for more than 80 years
and we are still discovering fantastic cruise destinations for our guests,” Mr
“The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden to our fleet late last
year and our continued expansion with Pacific Explorer in 2017 and our newbuild
in 2019, has made it possible to extend our itinerary offering like never
before and build a wide range of new destinations into our schedules.
“In some cases these are not just maiden visits for P&O, they are
the first visits by any cruise line, so it’s a very exciting time for us and a
great honour to be welcomed so enthusiastically by local communities.”
In June, Pacific Jewel will be the first cruise ship to call at one of
the most remote island groups in the world – the privately-owned Conflict
Islands in Papua New Guinea.
Meanwhile Pacific Eden will make a string of maiden calls across Asia
and the Pacific between May and October as part of its inaugural Singapore and
With its boutique size making it ideal to cruise to smaller islands,
Pacific Eden will become the first cruise ship to ever visit Ko Chang in
Thailand and Gizo Island in the Solomon Islands.
Other maiden calls for P&O on Pacific Eden’s itineraries include Sabang,
Ujung Pandang, Jakarta and the fascinating volcano port of Probolinggo in
Indonesia; Langkawi in Malaysia; Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui in Thailand; Cambodia’s
Sihanoukville and Honiara in the Solomon Islands.
For more information call 13 24 94, visit
pocruises.com.au, or see a licensed travel agent.
Notes to editors: The
region’s largest and longest-serving cruise operator, P&O Cruises Australia
leads the way in cruising as Australasia's only 'home brand' and its favourite
cruise line. P&O Cruises has been sailing the region for more than 80
years, and has pioneered new destinations around Australia, the Pacific and
Asia including Papua New Guinea, as reported in the New York Times’ 52 top
destinations for 2015. P&O Cruises is
the nation’s largest cruise line with five ships cruising from eight home ports
in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The addition of Pacific Aria and
Pacific Eden in November 2015 has paved the way for exciting new cruise options
including deployments from every mainland state in Australia and an extended
deployment from Auckland. The pair herald a new era for P&O Cruises, as
reflected in its brand repositioning - P&O Cruises, Like no Place on Earth.
P&O Australia’s Maiden Calls –
Monday February 22 –
Pacific Aria – Wewak, PNG*
Sunday March 6 – Pacific
Pearl – Stewart Island, New Zealand
Thursday March 10 – Pacific
Dawn – Gladstone, Queensland*
Sunday April 3 – Pacific
Aria – Fraser Island, Queensland
Saturday May 7 – Pacific
Eden – Ujung Pandang, Indonesia
Monday May 9 – Pacific Eden
– Probolinggo, Indonesia
Tuesday June 21 – Pacific
Jewel – Conflict Islands, PNG*
Thursday July 28 – Pacific
Eden – Jakarta, Indonesia
Monday August 1 – Pacific
Eden – Langkawi, Malaysia
Tuesday August 2 – Pacific
Eden – Krabi, Thailand
Wednesday August 3 –
Pacific Eden – Phuket, Thailand
Thursday August 4 – Pacific
Eden – Sabang, Indonesia
Monday August 8 – Pacific
Eden – Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Tuesday August 9 – Pacific
Eden – Ko Chang, Thailand*
Thursday August 11 –
Pacific Eden – Koh Samui, Thailand
Friday September 30 – Pacific
Eden – Gizo Island, Solomon Islands*
Saturday October 1 –
Pacific Eden – Honiara, Solomon Islands
*first ever ocean cruise
ship call to destination