Can you create a ship from home? P&O Cruises’ head of design Petra Ryberg is doing just that. She is staying at home like most of Australia  –  but she is busy designing the line’s newest ship, Pacific Adventure.

The line shared pictures of Ms Ryberg working on Pacific Adventure’s designs from home on their Facebook page.

Speaking to Cruise Passenger, Ms Ryberg talks about how she will be incorporating Australian flora, fauna and nature in the the design of Pacific Adventure.

“We are taking very much a residential approach to Pacific Adventure’s design. For me, how a room makes you feel when you enter is very important. I want the room to feel warm, inviting and comfortable for our guests. We are raising the bar with the design of Pacific Adventure by creating a lot of custom fabrics, wallpapers and art pieces to create the ‘wow factor’ for our guests, Ms Ryberg said.

“I take my design inspiration from Australian nature. There is so much beauty around us, from our amazing waters, colourful birds, the fish and the seas, corals – you name it – these elements all contribute to the final designs you see on P&O’s fleet.

“Every project provides me with another unique opportunity to learn and grow. I build on past projects and listen to guests’ feedback to lead to the best possible end product.”

So what’s inside? Think stunning colours, custom wallpaper and unique pieces of art for the 2,636-guest Pacific Adventure which is built for families and features new elements like dual racing waterslides along with private Byron Beach Club.

“Meet Petra, our talented designer and the creative brains behind the stylish look and feel of P&O’s ships. Like all of us, Petra has been spending more time at home and is using this time wisely developing designs for Pacific Adventure’s new spaces ahead of her joining the fleet later this year,” says P&O Cruises on Facebook.

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Posted by P&O Cruises Australia on Friday, April 3, 2020

“Painting and design has always been a part of Petra’s life and for these recent artworks, she drew inspiration from happy memories of travel, exhibitions and even sharing meals with family and friends.

“When Petra paints, she lets the creativity flow, instinctively using bright colours, playing with graphical patterns and trying new colour combinations. This may give you an idea of what to expect onboard Pacific Adventure – likely to sport stunning colours, custom wallpaper and unique pieces of art. Judging by Petra’s painting, we think this could be our most stylish ship yet!”

The Pacific Adventure arriving in October 2020, is set to welcome a record number of families onboard with their biggest ever choice of school holiday itineraries and cabin configurations for families.

This includes five-berth family cabins, Family Suites that sleep up to eight guests and a record number of interconnecting rooms.

There will be six school holiday cruises to New Caledonia and Vanuatu itineraries spanning 8 to 10-nights in duration and two cruises celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The itineraries also feature longer sailings from Sydney to the South Pacific and Queensland Islands, Short Breaks including themed comedy cruises and Main Events to the Australian Open and Australia Day celebrations in Sydney Harbour.