Just few months ago Pacific Eden was welcomed in Australia with a grand ceremony in Sydney. Kicking off 2016, P&O’s latest ship Pacific Eden continues to make news with maiden visits in regional ports of Australia. Yesterday, Pacific Eden cruised into Portland early morning completing a trifecta of maiden visits to regional ports along the Australian coast this week.

The ship’s Portland call was her third maiden port visit on an eight-night roundtrip cruise from Sydney with earlier calls including Eden and Mornington Peninsula. The 1500 guests spent the day exploring picturesque Victoria town, famous for its seafaring heritage.

Portland has emerged as an important destination as P&O Cruises’ ships will make three visits in total to Portland in 2016, injecting more than half a million dollars into the local economy. Pacific Jewel called to Portland on January 7, while Pacific Eden will return on February 6, 2016.

P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was excited to have one of its latest ships visit Portland.

“Portland is an ideal port for P&O’s cruise passengers as its harbourside berth offers easy access to the town’s many attractions,” Mr Myrmell said.

After maiden visits to Eden, Mornington Peninsula and Portland, Pacific Eden will visit South Australia’s gourmet food hub Kangaroo Island before returning to Sydney.