QUEENSLANDERS will have the opportunity to cruise from their doorstep when P&O Cruises’ Pacific Encounter makes Brisbane its home port in 2021.

P&O’s new 2021 summer program of itineraries will see Pacific Encounter offer 11 cruises until January 2022 including dedicated itineraries to the South Pacific Islands and Queensland coastal destinations.

Queenslanders can also sail into their home city on Pacific Encounter’s inaugural ‘Voyages’ cruise which departs Singapore on November 11, 2021 calling at Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Lombok, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach before sailing in to the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal for the first time.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Encounter’s new Brisbane home was the next exciting chapter in Queensland’s “cruise story”.

“By the time Pacific Encounter joins the fleet in late 2021, P&O Cruises will have carried two million guests on itineraries departing from Brisbane and our commitment to providing Queenslanders with memorable Australian cruise holidays doesn’t stop there,” Mr Myrmell said.

Pacific Encounter will continue to build on P&O’s contemporary product and set new trends in the field of dining, entertainment and family activities to offer something for everyone including families and couples of all ages.

“P&O has an unrivalled long-standing history with Queensland so it is fitting that we continue to build on that story by bringing our newest ship to Brisbane for her maiden season.”

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In other news, a record number of families will sail with P&O Cruises when Pacific Adventure joins the fleet next year with a number of exciting attractions.

The latest ship to call Australia home will also sport the P&O Edge Adventure Park with a flying fox on the top deck and rock climbing wall with panoramic views.

P&O will carry more than 200,000 people travelling in families or family groups across its fleet after the 3000-guest ship’s arrival.

Pacific Adventure will offer the greatest choice of accommodation options in P&O’s history with new five-berth family cabins and a record number of inter-connecting rooms.

P&O’s newest ship will also be the first in the market to offer two-bedroom Family Suites that sleep up to eight guests.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said, “P&O Cruises will carry more families and family groups than ever before and more than any other cruise line in this market in 2021.

“It makes it even easier for Aussie families to take a cruise holiday together because there is so much choice once you are on-board.”

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