In a boost to the Brisbane cruise market P&O have announced that from November next year the Pacific Aria will join the Pacific Dawn at Brisbane’s Portside Wharf. This will be the 2nd P&O cruise ship that is based out of Brisbane. With a capacity for 1500 passenger the Pacific Aria is slightly smaller than the 1800 capacity Pacific Dawn.
This debut of the Pacific Aria in Australian waters will take the P&O Cruise line’s fleet to a record five ships sailing year-round from Australia and New Zealand. The ship will also sail out of Cairns for three months from September 2016.
Carnival Australia corporate affairs vice-president Peter Taylor said the new ship would give Brisbane equal status with Sydney as home to two P&O ships.
“Queensland is a great launch pad to the Pacific Islands as opposed to Sydney or Melbourne where you start a cruise and you spend several days at sea before you get to the Pacific Islands,” said Mr Taylor.
“Queensland’s so much closer to Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, and all those great new destinations we want to go to so it’s a natural place to kick off the cruises.”