Pacific Explorer Says Hello To Sydney

P&O Cruises Australia’s newest and largest addition so far to the fleet, Pacific Explorer arrived in Sydney for the first time yesterday following her refit from Dawn Princess into her new guise as Pacific Explorer.

The 77.000grt ship underwent an extensive 12 day refit program which saw 25,000 square metres of new carpets laid on board, 10,000 square metres of walls repainted with the addition of more than 3,000 pieces of new furniture and over 1,200 pieces of artwork.

From Dawn Princess to Pacific Explorer. The ship in dry dock. Image: P&O Cruises Australia

The main additions to the ship were the two longest waterslides to ever be placed on an Australian based cruise ship.  In addition to that, a new Aqua Park was also added with other additions including a barefoot bowling green and P&OEdge Adventure Park.

Emblazoned on her bow is the new signature Southern Cross artwork, which debuted on Pacific Dawn earlier this year during her refit.

Pacific Explorer will depart Sydney on Wednesday on a one night cruise to no where, where travel agents, suppliers and Carnival Australia staff will be on board.

Once she arrives back into Sydney on Thursday, Pacific Explorer will then depart on her first departure of her scheduled year round departures from Sydney.

Whilst Pacific Explorer joins , Pacific Aria, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Eden and Pacific Jewel into the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, there will be another addition in 2019 with the introduction of the current Carnival Splendor. As yet there has been no decision on her new name but at 113,000grt and capacity for 3000 passengers, she will be the largest ship ever to sail in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet.

Feature image: Clyde Dickens/Cruise Industry News

Image: P&O Cruises Australia



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