P&O says Pacific Explorer’s deployment is a sign of its long term commitment to the market and enabling its New Zealand guests to cruise from their doorstep. President of P&O Cruises, Sture Myrmell, says Pacific Explorer brings a host of features including guest capacity of 2500, one thousand more than available on Pacific Aria during that ship’s 2019 deployment. It also has what is reputed to be the longest and wildest waterslides on an Australasian-based ship plus a waterpark.
Dining facilities include Luke’s poolside grill by Luke Mangan and 400 Gradi, a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria by awardwinning chef Johnny Di Francesco. Pacific Explorer will have an outdoor lawn bowling green. Pacific Explorer’s Auckland deployment from February to May in 2021 will see her undertake 14 round trip cruises including a new eight night NZ itinerary calling at Akaroa, Stewart Island, scenic cruising of Fiordland National Park and Picton. Guests can choose from six itineraries to the Pacific Islands, stopping at muchloved destinations in Fiji and Vanuatu. Eight Short Breaks include a 1980s Tribute Cruise, The Big Laugh Comedy Festival at Sea and a Main Event cruise to the Art Deco Festival in Napier.