The new ship, currently sailing as Dawn Princess with Princess Cruises, will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia, joining the 5 other cruise ships in the fleet.
Sture Myrmell, President, P&O Cruises Australia, said: “We couldn’t think of a more powerful symbol to launch Pacific Explorer’s new era of local cruising than the Southern Cross. It is a symbol that is close to our hearts as Australia’s home brand cruise line and it strikes a chord with our many Australian and New Zealand guests. The Southern Cross is also an ageless pointer to contemporary cruising and the region in which our ships sail. We are proud to unveil Pacific Explorer’s ‘Sailing Stars’ design.”
Before joining the P&O Cruises Australia fleet the ship will undergo and multi-million dollar refurbishment. Pacific Explorer will feature exciting amenities, including the cruise line’s first waterslides, a waterpark for all ages and barefoot bowls to name but a few.