Arrivals & Departures P&O gets real

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P&O will offer a virtual reality experience at sea.

New worlds await discovery not only in ports but also at sea with P&O Cruises' new virtual reality experience.

Partnering with Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia, P&O will roll out a PlayStationVR experience across its fleet over the next 12 months, starting with Pacific Jewel later this year.

While details of the virtual reality program are yet to be released, P&O revealed one of the experiences would be shark diving. 

"And from what we hear, it feels more real than virtual so sure to get the heart pumping!" the cruise line's media people told us. It might be a touch safer too (that Great White in the diver cage video is still a little raw in the memory).

The cruise operator also announced it will make its first call to the Kimberley, adding Kuri Bay to its cruise offerings from Fremantle. The stop is a remote coastal bay north of Broome boasting magnificent red rock escarpments and turquoise waters. 

During calls guests will have the chance to explore the Kimberley’s wilderness through walking tours, scenic flights or visit a Paspaley pearl farm. 

P&O will also be operating its latest ship in the 2017-18 program, the 77,400 tonne Pacific Explorer. The ship includes spectacular waterslides which shoot over the side of the vessel and feature a section of transparent tubing as well as a multi-coloured lighting effect. 

Pacific Dawn will undergo a refurbishment in March with the Brisbane-based ship set to receive a new dining offering centering on seafood, as well as The Pantry which will replace the traditional buffet.

The ship will also get its own waterpark with two slides snaking their way from the funnel to the top deck.

“Whether it’s a new adventure to the stunningly beautiful Kimberley coast or a virtual journey from the comfort of one of our ships, we have something for every traveller in our new program,” P&O Cruises vice president marketing and sales Simon Chen said.

A nine-night cruise to Kuri Bay departing May 16 from Fremantle and including a call to Exmouth and an overnight stay in Broome costs from $1099 per person, quad share.

Fares on Pacific Explorer start from $1199 per person, quad share for the ship’s 10-night inaugural cruise to the Pacific Islands, departing Sydney on June 22.


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