What’s New for P&O in the 2016/17 Season

Posted February 23rd, 2016

As one of Australia’s favourite cruise lines, P&O is constantly serving up amazing itineraries and incredible experiences on board its five-strong fleet. 2015 was the year that the line included more port stops in Victoria, introduced innovative dining options and brought in two new ships – the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden – as well as making many other developments to cater to the one million passengers that cruise with the line each year.

If you can believe it, the 2016/17 season will see the cruise line take things up a notch with a host of new features and itineraries! Here’s what to expect in the coming months from P&O:

State of Origin Cruise

This season, P&O will take one of the nation’s greatest rivalries to sea with the seven-night Holden State of Origin cruise. Departing on May 28, passengers will be transported from Brisbane to ANZ Stadium in Sydney for the first clash of the series, with stops at Moreton Island and Newcastle along the way.

Moreton Island, Queensland

On board, guests will have the chance to meet past Queensland and New South Wales players, hang out in dedicated supporters’ bars or watch past games on the Big Screen before getting decked out at the merchandise shop and posing with a replica of the coveted trophy. Direct transfers from the game to the ship are also complimentary, and passengers have the option to upgrade their included bronze ticket for a fee.


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New Destinations

At the end of 2015, P&O announced that it will be introducing two major destinations to cruise itineraries in 2016. Fraser Island off Queensland’s coast and the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea are set to become two of the hottest holiday spots and will offer travellers spectacular scenery and tropical havens.

Fraser Island is known for some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife and will be visited by the Pacific Aria in April, followed by the Pacific Eden in December. The cruises will be organised in conjunction with the Kingfisher Bay Resort and will leave from Brisbane and Sydney respectively.

Picturesque Fraser Island

The Pacific Jewel will then be the first cruise ship to arrive at the Conflict Islands in June. The archipelago is made up of 21 islands and its blue lagoon houses one of the world’s most biodiverse reef systems, creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Cruisers will be able to access this amazing oasis on select Papua New Guinea itineraries.

New Ship

P&O’s fleet will grow again in 2017 when the line introduces the Pacific Explorer, a 2000-guest ship that will boast the line’s newest innovations in accommodation, dining and entertainment. Guests can expect to find a contemporary design and over 400 balcony rooms on board, in addition to a host of dining options that include the popular Pantry, Angelo’s Italian, and Dragon Lady.

Sneak Peak at the new Pool Deck on Pacific Explorer

With so many exciting changes, it’s the optimum time to book your holiday on board a P&O ship! Contact one of our friendly cruise consultants today to start organising your cruise on 1300 954 661.


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