P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell talks to TravelAddict.TV about their new Melbourne Cup cruise and Pacific Jewel, the ship that will soon be based in Auckland.
P&O Cruises are responding to the growth in the cruise industry by introducing a new ship to be based in Auckland, and launching its first Melbourne Cup Carnival voyage.
Pacific Jewel’s 10-night cruise to the world famous Emirates Melbourne Cup race event will be a highlight of P&O’s inaugural spring cruise season in New Zealand, with the 2000-guest superliner sailing on a series of roundtrip cruises from Auckland between September, 1 to October, 31, this year.
Speaking to Travel Addict, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the Melbourne Cup Carnival cruise was representative of the wider variety of cruises now on offer to New Zealand holidaymakers thanks to P&O’s longer deployments in Auckland.
“While Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel will sail on a total of 15 cruises from Auckland this year, next year that figure will grow by almost 50 per cent to 22 roundtrip cruises as we base Pacific Jewel here for an unprecedented six months,” Mr Myrmell said.
Mr Myrmell said he expected the Melbourne Cup Carnival cruise to be a winner given close to 10,000 Kiwis choose to travel to the racing event each year.
Guests on the cruise will mix with racing personalities and can take part in racing-themed activities, meet-and-greets and Q&A sessions.
Accommodation and meals are included in the cruise fare plus transfers and entry to the races.