P&O Cruises Australia added two ships to its fleet, bringing the total to five ships. The additions, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden cruise year-round from eight ports in Australia.
P&O had two events to welcome the ships. First, the company showed off its fleet of five in the Sydney Harbor. Next the company introduced the ships during a naming ceremony in which Twitter was involved.
During the naming ceremony, two celebrities, Australian singer Jessica Mauboy and Kate Ritchie christened the ships on Twitter as the ships sailed on the Sydney Harbor. A traditional bottle of champagne was smashed on the ships during the christening.
The two new ships are sisters, with the same amenities. The Aria and the Eden hold 1,500 passengers. They have nine decks. On the top deck of each ship is a pool with a retractable roof. The top deck has an area to enjoy the live music on the trip or to simply lounge around with beverages.
Amenities on-board both ships include, The Pantry, an international food market, designed for foodies, Angelos, an Italian restaurant, the Bar, Dragon Lady, a Pan-Asian restaurant, Waterfront Restaurant, which serves Australian cuisine, the exclusive Chef’s Table, Salt Grill Bar, a modern, luxurious bar, the Salt Grill by Luke Mangan is the celebrity restaurant, and fine dining experience on-board, a Day Spa for beauty, body care and pampering, the Penthouse, a luxurious space for lounging and entertainment, the Ocean Bar, Mix Bar, and the Dome, and an entertainment area with 360-degree views of the sea. On the ships, the Oasis is a child-free zone, where adults can relax in serenity, and the Blue Room has live music all night long and during the day.
According to Carnival Australia CEO, Ann Sherry, the number passengers on P&O Australia cruises have increased by 20 percent every year, and there were at least a million passengers in 2014.
P&O Cruises is one of the ten cruise lines owned by the Carnival Corporation.