Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - CRUISE NEWS - BRAD CROUCH

Be one of the first to en­joy P&O Cruises’ new­est ship Pa­cific Ex­plorer on an eight-night South Pa­cific cruise, A Taste of New Cale­do­nia, de­part­ing Sydney next month. The cruise, sail­ing July 20, is priced from $835 a per­son, quad share.

The ship joined the P&O fleet this month af­ter a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re­fur­bish­ment in Sin­ga­pore and has ex­clu­sive touches, such as two new “fast-ca­sual” din­ing op­tions: Luke’s, a pool­side grill by Aus­tralian chef Luke Man­gan; and 400 Gradi, a tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan pizze­ria by Mel­bourne’s award-win­ning chef Johnny Di Francesco.

Sim­i­lar to sis­ter-ship Pa­cific Dawn, Pa­cific Ex­plorer is fit­ted with wild wa­ter­slides in a wa­ter park – one is trans­par­ent so that spec­ta­tors can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns – and the other slide has mu­sic pump­ing through it to give guests a high-im­pact ride all the way to the bot­tom.

Pa­cific Ex­plorer wears the sig­na­ture South­ern Cross liv­ery em­bla­zoned on her hull.

Other touches range from an out­door lawn bowls area to classes on mak­ing whisky and gin. PH 13 24 94, POCRUISES.COM.AU


Sail the Pa­cific Rim with flights and a land trip in­cluded on a 22-night pack­age priced from $6799 a per­son, twin share.

Fly to Osaka for a six-day es­corted tour in Ja­pan with high­lights in­clud­ing Ky­oto, Tokyo and Hakone to visit Mt Fuji. Then, on April 26, 2018, board Celebrity Millennium for a leisurely 15-night cruise to Canada.

Port calls in­clude Ao­mori, Hako­date and Sap­poro in Ja­pan and a day in Petropavlovsk in Rus­sia be­fore



En­joy a game of lawn bowls on the deck of the Pa­cific Ex­plorer; and the bul­let train flies through the coun­try­side of Ja­pan (right).

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