P&O to re­build ca­pac­ity

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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.

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