A second next-generation cruise ship has been confirmed for P&O Cruises. A shipbuilding contract signed by P&O Cruises parent, Carnival Corporation, with leading German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft will see the vessel delivered in 2022.
P&O Cruises has become the first British cruise line to be able to conduct same sex weddings at sea, with the first ceremony to be held in the Caribbean in January 2018. This follows a recent Supreme Court ruling enabling same sex marriages in Bermuda, where all the ships in fleet (except Britannia) are registered.
P&O Cruises is to charter flights with Virgin Atlantic for Adonia’s winter 2017/18 Caribbean fly-cruise programme. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow with Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class seats available for the 14 and 28-night itineraries.
Following the news that Oriana is to undergo a three-week refurbishment, P&O Cruises has released a new graphic clearly illustrating the upgrades to be carried out in Hamburg at the end of November 2016. Comprising a cross section of the ship, the graphic provides clear, detailed information about Oriana’s refit which will improve the overall cruise experience while staying true to its elegant and traditional design.
The Cunard and P&O Cruises partnership team has seen a surge in activity on its newly launched Academy Online, a new and improved e-learning portal for agents. Since its launch last week, the number of new modules completed by agents has risen by 96 per cent compared to the week prior.
Singapore Cruise Centre will welcome the return of Australian cruise operator P&O Cruises to Singapore this weekend after a ten-year absence. P&O’s Pacific Eden is scheduled to arrive in Singapore on Saturday, with the 55,820-tonne, 1,500-guest ship to be based at SCC’s HarbourFront Cruise and Ferry Terminal.
P&O Cruises has launched its first dedicated travel agent site – Flagship – designed to make it even easier to sell a P&O holiday. Developed specifically for Australian and New Zealand agents, Flagship provides a central hub for information on P&O Cruises’ product, as well as a range of agent marketing tools and an image and video gallery.
Australians’ ever-growing love of cruising has pushed bookings for P&O Cruises’ holidays to an all-time high. The cruise line is celebrating an overwhelmingly strong start to the year with the first week of January proving to be its biggest booking week ever – up 84 per cent on the first week of January last year.
P&O Cruises Australia has announced the appointment of a full-time president, reflecting its growth in 2015. Sture Myrmell, who is currently senior vice president P&O Cruises, will take responsibility for managing the brand’s operations, effective January 1st, 2016.
Cruiseco, the operators of cruising.co.uk, has signed an exclusive partnership with P&O Cruises Australia. The new agreement offers UK travellers access to a wide range of unique itineraries throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, with P&O Cruises’ five spectacular ships.
P&O Cruises Australia has introduced its two latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, expanding Australia’s largest year-round fleet to five cruise ships. With the addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O Cruises Australia now has five ships cruising year-round from eight homeports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.