If your bucket list includes setting sail on a luxurious cruise (and whose doesn’t?), P&O Cruises' 2015-16 season is well worth a look. Whether you have a few weeks to spare or just a few days, there's bound to be a P&O cruise that’s right for you. Here’s what’s on the horizon for P&O Cruises next year.
Last week, P&O announced the expansion of their Australian fleet, increasing their presence to five ships in local waters: the Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria will join the well-established Dawn, Jewel and Pearl as of November this year.
The 2015-16 cruise calendar will see all the liners set sail on maiden itineraries to new ports, including Honiara in the Solomon Islands, Jakarta in Indonesia, Ko Chang in Thailand, and domestic ports such as Hamilton Island, Gladstone and Esperance.
More SeaBreak Destinations
When you need to get away but your annual leave is coming up short, experience the best life has to offer with a P&O SeaBreak. From Sydney, you can choose a four-night return cruise to Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, or head up to the Sunshine Coast for some R&R at Mooloolaba.
From Brisbane, spend four nights of luxury heading to the Hunter Valley via Newcastle, where you’ll be wined and dined at your choice of 150 wineries and 65 restaurants. Melburnians might choose a one-stop itinerary to Sydney, while those in Auckland can explore the Bay of Islands for four nights.
If a theme is more your style than a destination, spend a few days at sea with a Classic Seabreak. You can enjoy two nights doing as little or as much as you’d like between Brisbane and Sydney, or Sydney and Melbourne. Alternatively, come aboard a Lifestyle Seabreak, with three nights of on-deck bliss as part of a round trip from Sydney.
Your Seabreak choices continue with three or four nights of uproar with a Comedy Seabreak from Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle or Auckland. Onboar, you’ll rub shoulders with some of Australia’s best comedians and even get a chance to try your own hand at stand-up. Foodies will delight in the Food & Wine Seabreaks from Sydney, Brisbane or Auckland, with three nights of indulgence and menus inspired by Australia's famous food and wine regions.
Celebrate In Style With P&O MainEvents
Speaking of food and wine, have you ever considered partaking in the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival from aboard a cruise liner? You should! The four-night return journey from Sydney to Melbourne includes all transfers and tickets, so you can enjoy the festival worry-free.
You could also spend six nights return from Sydney (or seven nights return from Brisbane) experiencing the glitz, glamour and excitement of the Melbourne Cup. The cruise even comes with a behind-the-scenes tour of Flemington race track!
P&O also offers cruises for Christmas, New Year, Australia Day, Mother’s Day and the Australian Open tennis tournament, so no matter what you’re celebrating, you’ll find a cruise to do it in style.
Melbourne & Adelaide Departures Galore
Due to popular demand, P&O has increased the options for departures from Melbourne and Adelaide in 2015. The six-night Southern Getaway cruise will leave Melbourne for Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, and the new destination of Portland, before heading back to Melbourne.
The Southern Discovery cruise will leave Adelaide for Kangaroo Island, then Esperance, and finish its journey in Fremantle. Those wanting a longer break can choose the 11-night Southern Adventure trip, departing from and returning to Melbourne, with destinations including Hobart and Kangaroo Island.
New in 2016, the Taste of Tasmania cruise departs Melbourne on a five- to nine-night round trip of wining and dining pleasure. The trip takes in in Port Arthur, Hobart and Burnie. Alternatively, spend 11 nights on the Explore the Loyalty Islands cruise, taking in the best of Noumea, Lifou, Mare and Isle of Pines.