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 P&O Cruises has announced it will make its first visit to the Sunshine Coast this year as part of a four-day food and wine themed cruise.

The 1,865-passenger Pacific Pearl will call at Mooloolaba on 16 August where tender vessels will transfer passengers from the ship to the ‘Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium’ jetty.

“There is a growing trend towards short break cruises and we are constantly looking for great new destinations to add to the appeal of our cruise itineraries,” senior vice president Tammy Marshall said.

“We know from experience in cruising from Sydney to Moreton Island that our passengers love their short breaks to include a feature destination.”

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mike Jamieson said P&O made cruise ship history by being the first major shipping line to call at the Sunshine Coast.

Pacific Pearl’s food and wine themed cruise is scheduled to depart Sydney on 14 August. Fares start from $499 per person quad share for four nights.