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P&O Cruises Launches Record Cairns Season

Posted: September 7, 2017

P&O Cruises’ Australia recently restored ship, Pacific Eden, arrived in Cairns Wednesday, Aug. 23, to begin a record three month homeported cruise season.

The first voyage is a nine-night cruise to Papua New Guinea stopping at P&O’s most recent destination, the Conflict Islands, which, P&O stated, is known for having the world’s most biodiverse reef systems.

Pacific Eden will undertake 10 roundtrip cruises from Cairns this year including a blend of longer itineraries to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and short SeaBreaks to Fraser Island and the Whitsundays. It will be the first time P&O has cruised to Airlie Beach and Fraser Island roundtrip from Cairns.

P&O Cruises Australia has forecasted that more than 14,000 holidaymakers will cruise on Pacific Eden between now and November 6, 2017. A third (36 percent) of visitors will make a trip from interstate to join the ship giving a boost to local businesses.

P&O’s record Cairns cruise season is expected to inject around $11 million into the local economy in visitor and crew spending, and port charges.

Earlier this month, Pacific Eden underwent a multi-million dollar dry dock in Singapore where emerged with two newly refurbished entertainment venues.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said in a prepared statement that the Pacific Eden’s presence in Cairns provides a convenient, practical and great value opportunity for locals to cruise from their doorstep.

“It’s now even easier for residents of Far North Queensland to take a break and explore the idyllic remote beaches, culture and history found on the relatively untouched Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea,” Myrmell said.

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