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P&O Australia gallops into 2016 with record bookings

Sture Myrmell - new ships and new ports are on the horizon
Bookings for the first week of January were up 84% on the first week of January last year, P&O Cruises Australia president Sture Myrmell reported Monday.

Myrmell said January 7 was the company’s biggest booking day ever, with holidaymakers keen to take advantage of a 24-hour sale.

He said Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria, the former Holland America Line ships that joined the P&O fleet last November, are in hot demand.

‘We’ve been selling our expanded five-ship fleet for more than 12 months, but the bookings for Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden are really pouring in now that the ships are here and people can see for themselves how impressive they are,’ he said.

‘In 2016 P&O will welcome more than 420,000 passengers aboard our five ships, reinforcing our position as Australia’s leading home cruise brand.

‘Our 2016 inventory is filling up fast, so travellers should move quickly If they want to cruise this year.’

Myrmell said there is more excitement ahead for travel partners and passengers.

‘We can’t wait to take the next steps in the evolution of our brand with the addition of Pacific Explorer next year and our brand new ship in 2019, as well as the debut of a raft of new ports and itineraries,’ he said. ‘There is going to be lots of great cruise news over the coming months.’