Barefoot bowls and a supper club are among the features on P&O’s latest ship Pacific Explorer, which will sail on its inaugural voyage in June 2017.
Details of the ship were revealed in Sydney last night at Luna Park in front of about 100 media and travel agents.
Despite the lousy weather, P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell was upbeat as he spoke of Pacific Explorer’s features, which include two water slides, supper club, poolside Lobster & Burger bar, flying fox, barefoot bowls, contemporary Italian restaurant Angelo’s and hidden bar. And, of course, another Luke Mangan Salt grill, which will be positioned overlooking the main pool area.
“We’ve added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides, as well as new concepts like the bowling green and a stunning hidden bar, which we think will put a smile on our guests’ faces,” said P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell.
Pacific Explorer will be home to P&O’s first waterpark at sea, with a shaded area for kids featuring a dump bucket and oversized water toys. The P&O Adventure Park will have a flying fox.
Among the food offerings are a pizza restaurant, international food market place The Pantry (included new entry Nic and Toni’s serving Mediterranean cuisine),and Asian restaurant Dragon Lady.
The ship is currently sailing as Dawn Princess, and will be refitted in May/June next year before its first voyage – around the Pacific – from Sydney on June 22, 2017.
She will join the P&O fleet of Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. Pacific Pearl remains in the P&O family until March, 2017, when she will transfer to British company Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
Fares on the inaugural 10-night Pacific Explorer sailing start at $1249 pp quad share.