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P&O Cruises’ new Pacific Encounter ready to head to her new home in Australia

February 5, 2021 Cruise News, Headline News No Comments

With her iconic P&O Cruises Australia livery and huge funnel logo, P&O’s news ship Pacific Encounter left the shipyard in Singapore this week to begin her first days at sea as a member of the P&O Cruises family.Pacific Encounter sailed from her ‘wet dock’ looking forward to a bright cruising future having completed the start of her transformation including the installation of iconic P&O funnel logos — each is 20 metres wide and eight metres high.

Elsewhere on the ship, the look is becoming unmistakably P&O after being fitted-out with many of Australia’s home grown cruise line’s favourite features as well as a range of new ones that P&O says guests are going to love.

During her time in Singapore, Pacific Encounter’s public spaces, including its multi-storey atrium, ‘The Lobby’ have been created in keeping with the stylish modern Australian décor and quirky features, which have become a trademark of the P&O fleet in recent years.

Popular dining outlets including the Waterfront Restaurant and Dragon Lady have been added with the Italian restaurant Angelo’s sporting iconic Sophia Loren artworks and beautiful drapery.

Continuing P&O Cruises’ ongoing food evolution, Pacific Encounter will offer new dining outlets from Australian chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan, and traditional Neapolitan pizzeria from 400 Gradi by award-winning Melbourne chef Johnny Di Francesco.

The fresh, modern look and feel of P&O Cruises is evident throughout the ship with stylish carpet, artworks, accessories and features gracing the ship’s many public spaces including the Encounter Hotel, the summer-inspired pub which is sure to be a favourite with guests.

Pacific Encounter will complete her renovations over coming months before joining Pacific Adventure and Pacific Explorer to comprise the P&O fleet, with P&O saying that a bright future awaits the trio on the other side of the pandemic.

The date of the return of the P&O fleet to Australia has not yet been revealed as the Federal Government has a ban on all large cruise ships visiting Australia.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones

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