/ 05 June 2024

P&O no more…


If you’ve been on a cruise anytime in the last century (ok, maybe more recently…), there’s a strong chance it was on a P&O holiday. But the sun will set on the iconic brand when it’s folded into Carnival Cruise Line in March. The US-based operators have blamed higher running costs and the small South Pacific market for the decision, but they say current itineraries won’t be affected and passengers with future bookings will be advised of the change in the coming days. P&O, once home to Fairstar “the fun ship”, built its brand around family holidays and has been ferrying Aussies since way back in 1932, when it made its first-ever 7-day cruise from Sydney calling at Brisbane and Norfolk Island. Carnival’s chief executive officer Josh Weinstein said P&O had “an amazing team and we are extremely proud of everything we have accomplished together in Australia and the broader region.”

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