P&O Cruises injecting $29m into WA this year

Fremantle is the current homeport for P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Explorer with seven cruises departing from Fremantle over the next couple of months.

P&O says it will inject $29 million into the Western Australian economy this year as it invites locals and tourists alike to embark on unforgettable journeys along WA’s stunning coastline.

P&O has advised Fremantle Shipping News that: ‘the $29M is a combination of guests staying in hotels in Fremantle before they get on the cruise, dining in restaurants while ported, and shore tours.’

P&O also proudly sources 100 per cent of their food and beverage from Australian suppliers – ‘West Australian growers, farmers and small businesses can rely on our business all year round, because P&O is in Australia all year round.

Of note, they source lamb, avocado and asparagus from West Australian growers. P&O explain their guests love to dine on the best Australian produce they can find and their on-board culinary teams are always looking for new ways to delight.

For more than 90 years, P&O Cruises Australia note they have taken Australians and New Zealanders on dream holidays to amazing destinations along the Australian coast as well as the idyllic South Pacific. The home grown cruise line delivers a holiday with great entertainment, world-class dining and unforgettable on-board experiences while sailing to some of the most incredible destinations in the Pacific. Delivered in the Aussie way, P&O says, you can choose to do everything, or nothing at all, on their cruises.

Pacific Explorer, Fremantle 4 April 2024. Supplied by P&O Cruises Australia

Pacific Explorer is returning to Fremantle at 4.30am tomorrow, Monday 15 April after a 12 day cruise to Bali and back. It will now be busy around the port with her 2,500 passengers disembarking and new passengers embarking.

At 4pm on Monday she heads out on a sold out 4-day cruise to Exmouth and back. Day 2 is at sea, the ship arrives in Exmouth at 9am on day 3, then another day at sea and back to Fremantle at 9am on day 5.

On April 19 Pacific Explorer will embark on a 3-night, Fremantle to Fremantle comedy cruise with guests enjoying the best comedians Australia has to offer. Each night comedians take to the stage.

Guests can get up close and personal in the Comedy Workshops, where pros will give them inside tips. Then, armed with their new skills, they can make a debut at the Comedy Gong Show, where celebrity comedians will judge their performance.

There is something for everyone including a cheeky adults-only show in the Sit Down Comedy Club.

Head on down to Victoria Quay, or the North Mole to wave her off at 4.30pm on Monday.

STORY by Jean Hudson @jeansodyssey. Jean is our Shipping Correspondent and also a regular feature writer and photographer here on the Shipping News. You may like to follow up her informative Places I Love stories, as well as other feature stories and Freo Today photographs, right here.


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