P&O Cruises Australia to sail to Papua New Guinea in 2019
P&O Cruises Australia is to sail six itineraries to Papua New Guinea in 2019, taking guests to destinations such as Alotau, Kitava Island, Rabaul, Kiriwina Island and the Conflict Islands. The line will offer five 10-night ‘New Guinea Island Encounter’ cruises from Brisbane, Australia. The sixth cruise will be an 11-night roundtrip from Sydney, Australia onboard Pacific Aria in mind-November, which will include a call at the Conflict Islands, one of the most remote locations in the Coral Sea.
Cyclone Donna Forces Cruise Ship to Remain in Noumea, Skip Two Ports
P&O’s Pacific Aria has been forced to skip two ports of call due to Cyclone Donna. The ship arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia yesterday (7 May) but had to stay overnight due to the dangerous storm heading for Vanuatu and the Loyalty Islands. According to Cruise Critic members onboard the ship, they are currently sailing back to Brisbane, Australia, without visiting Lifou or Port Vila, the only other scheduled ports on the seven-night 'Pacific Island Hopper' itinerary. The Category 5 cyclone, with winds estimated at 300 kilometres per hour, has been described as the strongest May cyclone to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. The South Pacific cyclone season traditionally ends on April 30. According to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards department, Cyclone Donna is projected to make landfall on Tuesday, May 9. In New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands, Lifou and Ouvéa are on level 2 cyclonic alert, with a level 1 cyclone alert for the rest of the country. http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7798
P&O Australia Fleet Gathers in Sydney
P&O Cruises Australia has made history in Sydney, staging a five-ship spectacular on the harbor to celebrate the arrival of its two latest cruise ships. In preparation for the official naming of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O’s newly expanded fleet met for the first time at sunrise off the Sydney coastline, creating a V formation before sailing abreast in one line towards the city. Photo report on http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/13329.htmlUpload News