Farewell Pacific Sun
Affectionately known as 'Australia's favourite cruise ship,' Pacific Sun will depart on her last cruise from Brisbane this Sunday (1 July 2012).
When the sale of Pacific Sunwas announced by P&O Cruises last December, the news was undoubtedly
met with a degree of sadness by many cruising fans. Pacific Sun was added to P&O Cruises' growing fleet nearly 8 years ago, in 2004, and since then she has carried an estimated 586,840 passengers on 332 cruises, made 1,165 port visits and spent 2,763 nights at sea! She has clearly been a favourite choice among Australian cruisers!
Carrying 1,850 guests, the 47,678-ton Pacific Sun is smaller than her siblings, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel. However, she was quickly embraced by Australian cruisers, who loved her combination of small-ship style and big-ship facilities.
Pacific Sun was originally launched in 1986, cruising Caribbean waters as MS Jubilee, one of Carnival Cruise Line's holiday-class ships. In 2004, she crossed the Pacific and made her debut Down Under with P&O Cruises, offering itineraries around Australia and the South Pacific from Sydney. As Australia's cruise market grew, Pacific Sun was needed in Brisbane, and she relocated in 2007. The following year she received a multi-million dollar makeover, which gave her new facilities and an updated look.
After her renovation, 2009, Pacific Sun added cruises from Auckland and Fremantle to her itineraries, and in 2010, an itinerary from Newcastle was also added. In January this year, Pacific Sun had the honour of featuring in Sydney Harbour's Australia Day celebrations - two giant Australian flags, measuring 44 x 22 metres, were unfurled on her port and starboard sides, as part of the Best Dressed Vessel competition. It was a fantastic celebration, but it was also a fitting send off for one of Australia's best loved ships.
We would love you to join us in saying farewell to 'Australia's favourite cruise ship' by sharing with us your favourite memories of cruising on board Pacific Sun!