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P&O Cruises Turns on the Fun with Pacific Sun

P&O Cruises Australia is turning up the heat in the South Pacific with news that its latest cruise ship will be named Pacific Sun.

The 1900-passenger Pacific Sun will become the largest cruise-ship based year-round in …

P&O Cruises Australia is turning up the heat in the South Pacific with news that its latest cruise ship will be named Pacific Sun.

The 1900-passenger Pacific Sun will become the largest cruise-ship based year-round in Australia when she commences cruises to the South Pacific in October 2004 as a sister ship to the existing 1550-passenger Pacific Sky.

Announcing the name, P&O Cruises Australia Managing Director Gavin Smith said Pacific Sun was chosen as it symbolised the good times and sunshine that made South Pacific cruises so popular.

“The huge success of Pacific Sky, has paved the way for a bigger sister ship which will more than double the size of the cruise market,” Mr Smith said. “Together, the Pacific sisters will prove unbeatable in offering fun, value-for-money holidays.”

The 47,000 ton Pacific Sun will offer South Pacific cruises from Sydney as well as Brisbane where she will be based for a season in 2005.

Her arrival is a major development for the local cruise industry, increasing P&O Cruises’ annual cruise passenger numbers from 61,000 to 150,000. The move highlights the global boom in cruising with a record 10 million people around the world expected to take a cruise this year.

Presently sailing in the Caribbean as Jubilee in the US-based Carnival fleet, Pacific Sun will undergo a multi-million dollar refit to give her the easy-going and fun atmosphere that reflects South Pacific cruising.

Pacific Sun’s features include three restaurants, a health club, 10 bars and lounges, a theatre, three pools, a water slide, a casino, library, internet café and a children`s club.

“Pacific Sky has clearly hit the mark with its fun and value-for-money cruises. With the addition of Pacific Sun, we’ll be able to offer more Australians more choice in sailings and itineraries and, of course, more chances to relax with their partners, friends and families,” Mr Smith said.

Cruises aboard Pacific Sun will go on sale in October this year with the release of a brochure outlining her 2004/05 itineraries.

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