Get your clients exploring the South Pacific by ship, travelling to our near neighbour Papua New Guinea or taking a ship to Dark Mofo in Tasmania. This is theme cruising at its best with P&O Cruises.

 

Cruising is the travel category that just won’t stop growing and Aussies are taking to the cruising industry like a ship to water. We have been the fastest-growing cruise market for years, we cruise all over the place and we take long cruises relative to the rest of the world. The cruising industry is truly in ship shape!

So a market leader like P&O Cruises has realised they need to keep their cruise offerings interesting with themed cruises, interesting destinations and timing their cruises with festivals and events.

This might mean highlighting less discovered destinations like Papua New Guinea, putting on comedy-themed cruises or just changing how we look at old favourites such as the South Pacific .

Here are 5 ways that P&O Cruises are keeping things interesting in the cruise category:

 

Take a closer look at PNG

Papua New Guinea has been a destination that has been less discovered but new cruises focussing on the Conflict Islands are shining a light on our amazing neighbour. These islands are a tropical paradise to rival anything in the more traditional cruising ports of the South Pacific, 21 sun-drenched islands surrounding a coral reef with an incredible diversity of fish and coral. The Conflicts are full of natural harbours that can have you getting your toes in the sand in no time, on beaches that stretch for miles. Take a glass-bottom boat over the reef, take a paddle on the many lagoons or go on an island excursion with a tribal leader.

 

Learn more about the South Pacific

P&O Cruises have been cruising this region for 85 years – they are the original South Pacific cruise company – and they are always looking for innovative ways to highlight the beauty of the South Pacific island nations. This could be delving deeper into well-known destinations like Fiji and Vanuatu via a range of new locations and shore tours or highlighting new destinations like the Conflict Islands in PNG.

And you can give back! Using funds donated by guests, P&O Pacific Partnership has raised over $1 million for Pacific Island communities and helped establish vital medical and health centres, build new infrastructure and assist in natural disaster recovery plans.

 

Cruise on the dark side

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Take a winter cruise to Tasmania’s edgiest festival, Dark Mofo, and explore Hobart by day and the art, installations and Bacchanalian parties of Dark Mofo once the sun goes down. While you are there explore the “subversive adult Disneyland” that is the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) the festival’s home. This six-night, round-trip cruise from Sydney takes you to the dark heart of Hobart in winter and includes priority passes to the famous Dark Mofo Winter Feast.

 

See Asia differently

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P&O Cruises has a number of repositioning cruises that can give your clients a new view of the Southeast Asia and Indonesia region region. For example, the Indonesian Explorer is a 14-night odyssey that takes in Dili, Komodo Island, Lombok and Bali. You will head to busy markets full of fresh local produce, taste traditional dishes and visit beaches and temples. .

 

Take a break from it all

The best thing about cruising is the journey, so why not take a cruise to nowhere? P&O Cruises offers 3-night cruises year round seeing you set sail  with nothing to do but have a laugh; some of Australia’s brightest comic talents will be doing shows on board at the Sit Down Comedy Club, there will be comic workshops with the pros and an open-mic night where you can test out your new material. You might arrive back on land a star!

 

Ship Yeah!

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The Ship Yeah! Sale is on now with $1 deposits and free room upgrades on select sailings from late 2018 onwards. Upgrade from an interior room to an oceanview room on all ships (except Pacific Explorer) or from an oceanview to balcony room on Pacific Explorer departures.Campaigns runs until 14th August 2018, visit pocruises.com.au/shipyeah

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Written by Paul Chai, KarryOn contributor

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