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Luke Mangan with Lyndsey Gordon, P&O Cruises Australia’s public relations manager Australia and New Zealand, and event coordinator Simone Pighini aboard Pacific Explorer in Sydney

A ‘Taste of Salt’ in Sydney aboard Pacific Explorer

Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan, who opened Salt Grill on P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Jewel in 2009, prepared a special lunch for media Thursday in ‘A Taste of Salt’ aboard Pacific Explorer.

Multimillion-dollar upgrade

The occasion was to showcase Pacific Explorer, the former Dawn Princess, after a multimillion-dollar upgrade at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore. 

Signature dishes

Mangan, who now has floating restaurants on all P&O Australia ships and is also the celebrity chef for the Eastern Oriental Express travelling between Singapore and Bangkok, served his signature dishes of kingfish sashimi and liquorice parfait.

His popular dining outlet on the top deck of Pacific Explorer overlooking the pool has been transformed into a restaurant that now serves dinner, as well as lunch.

Family accommodation

Both major theatres and many of the ship’s public spaces have been revamped and new games activities and accommodation choices for families have been introduced.

Move to Brisbane

‘Pacific Explorer has an exciting year ahead with her upcoming move to Brisbane when Pacific Adventure joins the fleet and is based in Sydney this October,’ P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said. 

‘The refurbishment is an exciting start to Pacific Explorer’s final season in Sydney and we can expect to ‘wow’ a new audience in Queensland,’ Myrmell said.

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