Two new lin­ers will come to Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Nick Dal­ton

TWO of P & O Cruises’ new­est cruise ships – Pa­cific Aria and Pa­cific Eden due in Cairns next month – have been chris­tened in Sydney Har­bour be­fore steaming north.

They helped the op­er­a­tor make history in Sydney yes­ter­day, stag­ing an un­prece­dented five-ship spec­tac­u­lar on the har­bour to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of the two cruise ships.

In a world first, the cruise line marked the de­but of Pa­cific Aria and Pa­cific Eden with a so­cial me­dia nam­ing cer­e­mony, singer Jes­sica Mauboy and ac­tor Kate Ritchie chris­ten­ing the ships via Twit­ter as the two ves­sels sailed ei­ther side of Fort Deni­son.

Pa­cific Aria ar­rives in Cairns for vis­its on De­cem­ber 3, re­turn­ing on De­cem­ber 20 and 230. Pa­cific Eden spends the day on De­cem­ber 22.

In a his­toric first, Pa­cific Eden will be based in Cairns from Septem­ber 10 next year, op­er­at­ing 10 itin­er­ar­ies, mainly to and from Pa­pua New Guinea. The 1500 pas­sen­ger ship is ex­pected to in­ject more than $4 mil­lion into the city’s econ­omy next year.

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