P&O President Fitzgerald says, “We will use the coming weeks to prepare Pacific Explorer to be cruise ready to lead the resurgence of cruising.
It was two years but it seemed much longer for the Australian cruise industry.
On Monday, the flagship of the P&O fleet, the Pacific Explorer, will return after a two-year pandemic break.
Although the ship will not sail with guests until May 31, there will be a celebration, including fireboats to wet the vessel down and business owners, cruisers, and government officials to cheer the ship's arrival home.
President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia Marguerite Fitzgerald said, "Seeing Pacific Explorer sail into Sydney Harbour will be an emotional moment for our employees, many thousands of guests, and our numerous cruise suppliers, travel agents, and entertainers."
Fitzgerald added, "For our suppliers and for so many others, our flagship's arrival is a symbol of the resurgence of their businesses and livelihoods as hope and optimism replaces uncertainty. Our supply chain team is already gearing up to deliver hundreds of pallets to Pacific Explorer containing locally supplied fresh produce, wine, and other products necessary for cruise operations. We can't wait for our first guest cruise, a four-night round trip from Sydney to Brisbane departing on May 31 based on protocols developed in conjunction with government authorities.
We will use the coming weeks to prepare Pacific Explorer to be cruise ready to lead the resurgence of cruising. It is so good to know this is happening in the year, P&O Cruises Australia, the nation's homegrown cruise line, marks its ninetieth anniversary of cruising from Australia."