PO Pacific Encounter with Sister Ship Pacific AdventurePO Cruises Australias Pacific Encounter is sailing home to Australia after a spectacular overnight encounter with sister ship Pacific Adventure while berthed side-by-side in Trieste Italy exemplifying the transformation of Australia’s homegrown cruise line fleet.

It was also a case of back-to-back visits to the shipyard for Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure as wetdock preparations continued for their return to cruising from Brisbane and Sydney respectively.

Their return to service signals yet another landmark in the resumption of cruising in Australia and POs growing part in the revival of Australia’s 5 billion-a-year cruise industry. Pacific Encounter will initially arrive in Sydney before heading for her new cruising home in Brisbane, which has been host to PO ships throughout the lines 90-year cruising history in Australia.

PO Cruises Australia President, Marguerite Fitzgerald, said We are seeing the evolution of PO Cruises Australia as the nation’s homegrown cruise line and the results of its ambitious fleet transformation.

As we prepare to welcome home Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure, we can also see that momentum is growing in the resurgence of cruising in Australia.

Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure are undergoing final preparations ahead of joining Pacific Explorer to complete PO Cruises Australia’s three-ship fleet. The work on the two ships includes important technical upgrades as well as other enhancements such as upgraded hotel facilities and interior furnishings and adding PO’s iconic red, white and blue bow livery depicting the Southern Cross.

Written by: Jill Walsh