P&O’s Titanic moment

Trend-setting Australian cruise companies are planning to unveil a host of new shipboard activities in a bid to attract younger passengers.

Amid speculation which includes funnel climbing and a “Titanic moment”, P&O is set to make a major announcement about a new range of 20 activities in October, according to the trade website Cruise Weekly.

Reporters who attended a special event for trade journalists aboard the Pacific Pearl were told adventure parks would be installed on some P&O ships, which could include a Segway obstacle course and a number of ways to climb the ship’s funnel.

Given concerns after a couple went overboard from the Carnival Spirit, a huge emphasis on passenger safety can be expected to accompany the announcement.

According to Cruise Weekly, the “Titanic moment” involves allowing couples to stand on the bows to be photographed in the same way Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet did in the James Cameron movie.

A spokesperson for P&O told Cruise Passenger everyone would have to wait for the October announcement before learning details of the new activities.