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Cruise’n’Travel Journalist / Cruise Reviewer & Maritime Historian
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Special Australian & New Zealand Edition
P&O Cruises Voted the “Best Family Cruise Line”
The Swimming Pool on the Pacific Jewel
April 21: P&O Cruises has won the “Best Family Cruise Line” category in the annual Out & About with Kids magazine awards, Although, myself as have othrs in the industry known that P&O has been a leader in looking after and providing better facilities for Australian families onboard their ships over the years!
CEO of Carnival
“With families making up one-third of our passengers, we are constantly evaluating and evolving our onboard offering and over the past few years we’ve introduced new features such as our Big Screens and Pacific Cirque performers for family entertainment, as well as our NZ Natural Ice Cream parlours. “This award confirms these innovations are really hitting the mark.”
Ms Sherry said new additions to the cruise line’s family offerings in 2013 included “Broad Shorts,” a movie-making program based on the animation technology behind Wallace and Gromit that was launched in the teen-focused HQ and HQ+ kids clubs in February 2013. The program is the first of its kind on an Australian cruise ship and allows kids to make their own stop motion movies from a range of puppets. The cruise line has also installed V8 race car simulators onboard the Pacific Pearl.
These innovations will be complemented by a range of new family activities being rolled out across P&O Cruises’ fleet later this year, in consultation with internationally-renowned early childhood lecturer Rhonda Davidson-Irwin.
All three ships in the P&O Cruises’ fleet offer four children’s and teen clubs, these are the: Turtle Cove for the 3 to 6 years , Shark Shack for 7 to 10 years, HQ the 11 to 14 years and HQ+ the 15 to 17 years olds!
For interest, the annual “Out & About with Kids” awards feature 42 categories across a variety of local and international travel products and are they voted for by the magazine’s readers.
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seen at anchor at
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18: P&O Cruises has become the first cruise
line to visit
The passengers were greeted by Queensland
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey, Carnival
The visit by the 1,950-passenger Pacific Jewel
was the first of six calls planned for
Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the creation of a new destination at
“The most recent available figures show
that the cruise industry generated an estimated $590 million for the
“Cruising has been the fastest growing
segment of the
Photo provided by Carnival
Tangalooma Island Resort’s David James
said tourism and business operators in the
“We are thrilled to showcase
Tangalooma is one of
Dolphin feeding and countless activities, as already
mentioned in this report.
wonder’s and it is a MUST for visitors on P&O as well as tourists to
Qld. A fast ferry operates from
View the Tangalooma Island Resort Website for further details
On the right hand side – click “Experience Tanga in 3 MINUTES” for a fine view of the resort and its facilities!
One family on the Pacific Jewel emailed me
saying; “We just had a superb day on
Thus this new P&O Cruises port of call was a huge success!
Photo provided by Carnival
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The superb and elegant MV Pacific Pearl seen
Thursday January 17, 2013: Forget the big red car! P&O Cruises today hosted The
Wiggles on their big white ship to mark the official launch of the 2013
Australia Day program. The location of the prestigious launch was onboard
Pacific Pearl reflected P&O Cruises’ new role as the official sponsor
To celebrate the holiday, Pacific Pearl will
be moored in
Along with naming rights to the harbour program, the cruise line will sponsor the 2.2km race in the Great Australian Swim Series Final in the harbour, while Pacific Pearl will blow its whistle to mark the start of the Tall Ships Parade as well as the Australia Day Regatta. In addition, the headline act for the day, singer Jessica Mauboy will perform a concert from a barge at Athol Buoy close to the Pacific Pearl, and the ship’s passengers will cast their votes for the best dressed vessel.
The Australian, but world renowned super
popular The Wiggles will be performing in
Speaking at the launch of the program, P&O
Cruises Senior Vice President Tammy Marshall said the cruise line’s
sponsorship of the official Australia Day activities on the harbour was an easy
decision, given its long connection with
Image above: P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Tammy Marshall onboard Pacific Pearl with The Wiggles (l to r) Emma Watkins, Simon Pryce, Lachlan Gillespie and Anthony Field as well as MS Australia representative Emma Giunti and Stephen Papadopoulos (front row), promoting the inaugural MS Colour Run which forms part of the official Australia Day program
Australia is: Multiple Sclerosis Society of
ENTER my Pacific Pearl Feature
P&O Australia is the Most Experienced Cruise Company
has been Cruising from
Ever since December 1932, Australians have had an ongoing love affair with cruising on a wonderful P&O ship and this continues until today as the company currently operates three superb specially designed and fitted out cruise ships for our market that are ready to take you n a vacation of a lifetime, be it on an adventure around the Pacific, North Queensland, New Zealand or any of the other voyages on offer!
You may be amazed to learn that P&O
Cruises Australia is part of an historic company as it’s origins goes
back to the establishment of the famed “Peninsular & Oriental Steam
Navigation Company” (P&O) founded in 1852, and the older
“Orient Line” that came into being back in 1777. Both companies
collectively operated their ships on the Australian and New Zealand service
over the years both having their own colour schemes, but eventually in 1960 it
was decided for the two companies to mergeu7nder the one name of P&O and
collectively create the world’s largest ocean-going passenger fleet.
There is no doubt that today’s P&O Cruises Australia has come out of
this great British heritage, but it is now very much an all Australian Company
having been based in Sydney for a very long time and its very first most famous
permanent P&O ship to be permanently based in Sydney was the extremely
popular ex Sitmar liner, the 21,600 ton TSS Fairstar. She was based in
A full list of P&O ships that
have been/are permanently based in
1. 1974 - Fairstar - 21,600 tons. Sold 1997 to be broken up.
2. 1997 - Fair Princess - 22,000 tons. Sold 2000 to become an Asian Casino ship.
3. 2000 - Pacific Sky - 46,000 tons. Sold 2006 to become the Spanish Sky Wonder.
4. 2004 - Pacific
Sun - 47,000 tons. Sold
5. 2005 - Pacific Star - 36,600 tons. Sold 2008 to become the Spanish Ocean Dream.
6. 2007 - Pacific Dawn - 70,285 tons.
7. 2009 - Pacific Jewel - 70,310 tons.
8. 2010 - Pacific
P&O Lines First Australian Cruise
three funnelled RMS Strathaird departs
Photograph from the P&O archives
P&O was indeed the
very first major world shipping company to operate a pleasure cruise out of
Australia, and on Friday December 23, 1932, with some 1,100 passengers on
board, the elegant l22,500-ton RMS Strathaird became the first large cruise ship as she gently slipped past Sydney
Heads heading for Norfolk Island on a five day Christmas cruise. The next day,
December 24, the RMS Oronsay departed
After her duties during World War II as a troop ship she was fully refitted and
she had her forward and aft dummy funnels removed and she became a single funnel
liner in 1947. Thus, when she visited
The Main Lounge on the Strathmore
Photograph from the author’s private collection
The Verandah Café
Photograph from the author’s private collection
The Author’s Mini P&O Cruises Review:
Today P&O operates three stylish ships the
MV Pacific Pearl (operates from
Whilst today it is a very different story as there is a vast amount of entertainment of offer! P&O has an excellent entertainment staff and a top Cruise director on board each ship who will ensure that everything runs to perfection! There will be a number of guest artists, vocalists and possibly magicians, but there will always be a top comedian! Then there are those grand shows in the huge multi level theatres forward of the ship. During the day, there is so much more, such as the multiple swimming pools, Jacuzzis and ample deck spaces and heaps of sport activities, be they organised or not, you will always have something to do, or if you prefers to do nothing at all, then that is just fine for there are ample sun lounges and chairs to laze the day away or a quiet spot in one of the lounge and there is a bar or a stewards never far away to serve you with whatever you wish! Now for that all important part of any cruise! You can be assured of a superb range of fine cuisine on board a P&O ship, be it in the Main restaurant for all three main meals, or head up to the superb Buffet, then there is the BBQ up on Deck, and not to forget the super superb Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill for a meal that will offer something that countless thousands have already tried and have raved about. Yes this is at an optional extra, but it is well worth it! No matter where you are on the ship you will find that the service on board is simply superb, very friendly and so efficient! As I have sailed with P&O a good number of times, I am speaking from experience and I have to say that I did pay full fares and was not a freeloader, like all journalists who write cruise reviews! In fact P&O do not offer me anything and that is fine for me as I have never ask, for I believer firmly in integrity, as I will not write a review had I been on a free ride as you are beholden to the company and they look after you differently that the normal passenger, and that is not me!
is seen sailing down the
Photo by John Dawson © Copyright
Here we see the spectacular “The Dome” with an 180 degree ocean views!
Photo by & © Reuben Goossens
are the two pools and
Photo provided by P&O © Copyright
For further information visit www.pocruises.com.au the contact your Cruise Specialist!
Seabourn Highest Rated Luxury
Seabourn Highest Rated Luxury Line
In Travel+Leisure’s “World’s Best” Poll
Fourth Consecutive Small-Ship Award and a ‘Hall of Fame’ Slot
Seabourn has collected the fourth consecutive award as the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” from the readers of Travel + Leisure. Readers scored the Seabourn fleet with it’s six intimate, all-suite ships higher than any other cruise line in the American magazine’s prestigious annual poll.
The award is the ultra-luxury line’s fifth “World’s Best” win since 2007 and it has ensured the company’s inclusion as a charter member of the publication’s “Hall of Fame”, comprised of companies that have scored “World’s Best” status for a decade or more. Seabourn’s President Richard Meadows sad; “This is an award that gives our shipboard staff a great deal of pleasure. Their greatest satisfaction is to see guests returning to sail with them again but this ‘World’s Best’ honour also makes them especially proud, because it comes from the guests they serve day after day.”
Seabourn’s intimate ships and genuine, intuitive style of personalised service have consistently placed it at the top of readers’ polls and rankings by knowledgeable cruise experts.
The wonderful Club is just one of the many fine lounges and bars
Seabourn was named the best small-ship cruise line in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 2008, 2010 and 2011, and has been on that magazine’s elite Gold List of luxury travel options every year since the list was created.
Elegant and fine dinning in the open sitting restaurant includes all wines and champagnes
Five of Seabourn’s six ships are among
the top seven ships in the world, according to the Berlitz Complete Guide to
Cruising and Cruise Ships (the sixth was launched in June 2011, being
the Seabourn Quest was too late to be reviewed). In addition, the line has been
honoured with the Six Star Diamond Award by the
Seabourn’s six award-winning ships offer all inclusive key elements that set the cruise line apart including spacious suites, superb dining in a choice of venues, open bars and excellent service.
For general Information visit www.seabourn.com
Odyssey seen in beautiful
Odyssey seen in beautiful
Photograph provided by & © Seabourn
March 26, 2012: Seabourn has unveiled an exciting 2013 Europe season featuring more than 100 departures aboard its six intimate, all-suite ships, visiting many of Europe’s captivating cities and hidden gems from April through October next year.
From the sun-blessed resorts on the
Mediterranean coast to the shining polar ice pack in the
The season will offer a variety of new
itineraries, including a 21-day cruise beyond the Arctic Circle on Seabourn
Pride, 10 and 11-day Mediterranean cruises round-trip from
The program will also feature overnight stays
in many popular cities, such as
“There is so much to see and experience
Seabourn’s fleet will visit many
landmark cities and picturesque seaside towns that dot the coast of the
Seabourn Quest will traverse the Mediterranean
on a series of 10-day cruises from
Seabourn Spirit will visit the best of
the Adriatic and Dalmatian coasts on alternating 10 and 11-day cruises from
In the Eastern Mediterranean, Seabourn Odyssey
will explore the Greek Isles and
Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Pride will be
based further to the north in the Baltic and
Seabourn Pride will offer longer Baltic
cruises, with 12 and 14-day voyages that include overnight stays in
For more information call 13 24 02 or visit www.seabourn.com.
World of Cruising
A World of Cruising
Celebrating 175 Years
Trading P&O Heritage back to 1837
P&O world cruising will operate three of their ships in 2013 on three very different routes around the globe, and this may be an exciting time for P&O to show you the world in a very special anniversary year!
The fabulous MV Aurora will sail from
Southampton Eastward via the Caribbean, Panama Canal
The larger MV Arcadia departs
The Intimate MV Adonia
takes the less travelled route and sails from the
For further information visit www.pocruises.com.au for information and itineraries
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P&O Cruises World Cruising Announces …
A New but hiddeous 141,000 ton Cruise Ship
Largest ever Cruise Ship to be built for
Well, so says Mickey Arison who is the chairman & CEO of the all American Carnival Corparation Plc who owns P&O
This is an artist impression of the new big box of balconies, but it does have two funnels (who are they kidding?)
Her identical twin is the Princess’ Royal Princess that commences cruising in 2013
provided & © 2011 by Carnival Corporation & Plc (P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises (UK) World Cruising has announced that they will expand their fleet with a new 141,000-ton cruise ship, built by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and she is scheduled to commence duties in March 2015. Although she is yet unnamed, Carnival Corporation & plc, who obviously has developed this design which is almost identical to the Royal Princess, with a small number of very minor differences, will accommodate a massive number of 3,611-passengers, and she will be the largest UK based ship in P&O Cruises fleet, as well as being the largest cruise ship built ever for the British market. The question is, “Is this a step forward or back?”
She is to be built at the all-in cost of approximately €155,000 (Euros) “per lower berth.” And as P&O states she will usher in an exciting era for the company (who P&O or Carnival?) and that the ship will offer a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities, along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features. Specifications and new product innovations will be announced at a later date.
Frankly, the author is not all that excited, for slowly the great British P&O Line seems to be dying! Sorry folks, but I say it as it is!.
Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc’s Chairman and CEO
stated … “P&O Cruises is
Note: To be honest Mr Arison’s statement contains a whole
lot of “clever sales speak,” as Carnival is simply adding this very
same class of ships to other Carnival owned cruise lines, and remember, P&O
is no longer English, it is American owned, but it is managed in the UK, and
that is about all! Remember that Princess Cruises will receive this very same class of ship two years before P&O will obtain theirs and
although there will be very slight design differences, just as there was with
the Vista class ships, such as the Arcadia and Queen Victoria, which were idedntical, but with some small company differences.
Then there were those of Holland America Line and Costa Cruises, all these
Carnival owned companies were forced into operating Vista class ships, and
frankly they were not the best class of ships either and certainly not the mosyt seaworthy as many already know! Now this new class is
being added and all because Carnival demand bigger numbers of “bums in
beds” making big “dollars and cents,” well, when it comes to
a “Modern Classic”, what just because she will have two funnels on her? The truth is the forward one will be a dummy and it is there just for show, nothing classic about her, where is the full walk around promenmade deck we have come to love so much?
P&O Cruises (UK) Managing Director Carol Marlow said, “This next-generation ship will deliver the ultimate P&O Cruises experience, with ‘sophisticated wows’ and new features to attract thousands of newcomers to our brand, and equally to resonate with existing P&O Cruises passengers by giving them the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love. She will offer ‘the best of the best,’ combining the favourite classic features of Oriana and Aurora, the choice and variety of Azura and Ventura, and a host of new ideas and concepts which together will deliver to our passengers the holiday of a lifetime, every time they travel with us.”
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