P&O to rebuild capacity
P&O Cruises Australia is set to resume capacity growth in late 2020 when its first Grand Class ship Pacific Adventure begins sailing in local waters.
At the recent World’s Leading Cruise Lines (WLCL) Next Wave Summit, the President of Carnival Australia & New Zealand and P&O Cruises Australia, Sture Myrmell, said a contraction in capacity over coming seasons would be shortlived as the line renewed its fleet.
“Pacific Adventure arrives at the end of 2020 and then the second Grand Class ship comes in towards the end of 2021, so when we get to that point the capacity will be back up to roughly where we are today,” Myrmell said.
P&O’s reduced capacity is in contrast to its WLCL sister brands which will all increase their presence in Australia over the next two years.
Myrmell said the reduction had been due to the timing of the sale of existing vessels.
“The timing of it is not necessarily in our court,” he said.
“Ideally we would have been exiting ships just before a new ship comes in, but in this case we haven’t been able to do that perfectly, so that the result of that is we see a dip in the capacity in the short term.”
The 3,100-pax Pacific Adventure, pictured, is currently sailing as Golden Princess ( CW 27 Sep). ALTHOUGH Richard Branson’s new venture into the cruise sector is firmly geared towards satisfying the appetite of the adult market, that doesn’t mean his ships will be without any slice of childlike fun.
The drag queen brunch to be served in Scarlet Lady’s Razzle Dazzle restaurant will feature an adult take on fairy bread, with the kids’ party staple to be transformed into something a touch more sophisticated for the adult palate.
The change up will see the sprinkled sando made with brioche toast and then drizzled with condensed coconut milk and topped with hundreds and thousands.
The colourful culinary twist was reportedly met with a warm reception at a recent menu preview for Razzle Dazzle.