P&O extends Australian cruise break as Pacific Adventure rolls out of dry dock – Travel Weekly


P&O Australia has extended its break in operations for cruises departing from Sydney and Brisbane by one month.

The cruise line said the extension, which is expected to last until mid-January 2022, will give passengers more confidence in planning their Christmas and New Year’s vacations amid the uncertainty surrounding the return from the cruise.

Cruises departing from December 18 to January 14, 2022 (for Brisbane) and January 18, 2022 (for Sydney) will be canceled.

P&O have also confirmed that they have canceled their summer season in Melbourne, which was no longer possible to deliver due to the latest extra time.

The line recently announced its intention to resume domestic operations with cruises for fully vaccinated customers and crew.

“Governments have made it clear that vaccination thresholds are the key to ending lockdowns, border restrictions and ultimately reopening Australia,” said P&O Australia chairman Sture Myrmell.

“And part of getting back to normal society is ensuring that the more than one million Australians who choose cruise vacations each year have the opportunity to do so again.”

Pacific Adventure, the latest addition to P&O Australia’s three-vessel fleet, has emerged from the dry dock showcasing the cruise line’s identity, including its large Southern Cross bow livery and many exciting features on board.

The new look and feel of the ship illustrates P&O’s determination to continue transforming its fleet throughout the break in operations and in preparation for the restart of the cruise.

When the cruise is cleared to resume, the 109,000 tonnes Pacific Adventure is scheduled to be homeported in Sydney.

The ship’s many public spaces now sport the signature P&O look, with the introduction of the Adventure Hotel and the Blue Room reflecting its lively nightlife venues with live music from some of Australia’s top musicians.

In other P&O news, the cruise line’s “Fly the Flag for P&O” campaign continues in support of a cruise restart plan.

Melissa Yates (pictured below), one of P&O’s most popular onboard hotel directors, even hoisted the flag atop Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles, on a road trip through the Scottish Highlands.

And, closer to home, thousands of loyal P&O guests have incorporated the flag into their social media profiles as they look forward to sailing with their favorite cruise line again.

The “Fly the Flag for P&O” campaign was inspired by longtime supplier Graeme Blackman, managing director of marine engineering firm Inter Marine.

Blackman regularly flies the P&O flag on a flagpole outside his company’s Mortdale workshop in Sydney, his company being one of many suppliers affected by the cruise suspension.