Monday 23 March 2009

Breaking News - Third P&O ship for Sydney

Pacific Pearl to homeport from Sydney

P&O Cruises has just announced that a third superliner will be permanently based in Sydney from the second half of next year.

Pacific Pearl will join the P&O Australia fleet and will be based in the NSW capital, with Carnival Australia ceo Ann Sherry saying: "The Sydney cruising market is buoyant and has so much potential as the entry point for the rest of the country that it makes good sense - both from a business perspective as well as delivering economic value - to base the ship in this city."

Sherry also reiterated Carnival's concern about the lack of adequate ports infrastructure in Sydney, saying it was likely to limit the growth of cruising in Australia.

"The sight of a third superliner making Sydney its home will be yet another visual reminder to governments that cruising is an industry that should be better supported at a time when the rest of tourism is flat," she said.

More information in Travel Daily and Cruise Weekly.

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