P&O’s new destinations, extra cruises

P&O Cruises will visit new regional destinations and sail extra short cruises around Australia next year as part of its new program.

The brochure features the line’s first short cruise from Brisbane to New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.

The line will also make its inaugural visit to Eden early 2015 during its Sydney to Victoria and South Australia cruise, and hold its first Melbourne Cup trifecta, when its three ships cruise south for the race in 2015.

Other changes to the 2015/16 program include extra Melbourne itineraries in February and March, while Pacific Jewels South Australia and Tasmania itineraries now range from five to 11 nights that visit Kangaroo Island, Burnie, Port Arthur and Port Lincoln as well as the addition of fishing village, Portland.

In response to strong demand, the program features the cruise line’s biggest and most diverse range of P&OSeaBreaks with itineraries spanning two to four nights including new sailings to Melbourne and more cruises to the Queensland ports of Mooloolaba and Moreton Island.

P&O’s Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel will also take centre stage in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day, while Pacific Dawn heads to the Whitsundays.

Senior vice president Tammy Marshall said the line’s program offered more choices and local ports than any other cruise line.

“Our new program gives travellers from all over Australia the chance to explore some of the most beautiful corners of our country and the neighbouring Pacific and experience our nation’s world class events with a plethora of P&OSeaBreaks, P&OIslands and P&OMainEvents on offer in 2015-16,” Ms Marshall said.

“Whether travellers are looking for a few nights at sea or a longer escape, there are lots of new ports and exciting holiday options available so we’re looking forward to welcoming even more Australians onboard.”

The line’s 2015/16 program is on sale from 28 April and includes cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland.