When Pacific Sun is farewelled from the P&O Cruises’ fleet on Sunday she will sail into the record books hailed as the ‘backbone’ of the resurgence of cruising in Australia and New Zealand.
In her more than seven years with the fleet, Pacific Sun has notched up some amazing statistics that are testament to her contribution to the cruise industry.
Pacific Sun returns to Brisbane on Sunday after her farewell nine-day cruise to the Pacific Islands completing more than seven years with P&O Cruises during which she has carried more than half a million passengers.
These are some of the ‘stats’ that record Pacific Sun’s achievements:
• 2707 days deployed (excluding dry docks)
• 314 P&O cruises with an average duration of 8.6 nights
• 1,168 port calls at 80 separate destinations
• 21 different countries visited
• 178 visits to Noumea
• 571,829 passengers
Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia which operates P&O Cruises, paid tribute to Pacific Sun’s crew for their superb customer service that earned the ship a reputation as Australia’s favourite cruise ship.
Ms Sherry has paid special tribute to the Pacific Sun team in a video message that will be played at a special reception for the crew.
“Pacific Sun has been the backbone of the growth and resurgence of cruising in Australia,” she said in the video message.
“None of that would have been possible without all of you and the customer service you provided to all of those passengers.
“You can all give yourselves a pat on the back for your great achievements.”