John Pond Cruise and Travel Magazine 15 July 2016 #26

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P&O Unveils Exciting New Features on Pacific Explorer    I was present at Luna Park last week for the announcement of P&O’s “newest ship”. It will take holidaymakers on a voyage of discovery on Pacific Explorer, which will debut next year with exciting new
features including two spectacular waterslides, a chilled barefoot IMG_9499 (1).jpgbowls green and an elegant supper club for evening entertainment. With Pacific Explorer’s inaugural cruise from Sydney now less than one year away, P&O has unveiled details of the ship’s multi-million dollar refurbishment. Maintaining the cruise line’s reputation for innovation, Pacific Explorer will be packed with surprises, including P&O’s first ever waterpark at sea, as well as its most extensive range of dining options, delivered in a stylish, contemporary setting.

The fun starts on the top decks with two breathtaking waterslide experiences – the first offering LED lights and sound effects and the second featuring heart-racing twists and turns.

Pacific Explorer pool area rendering.jpgGuests of all ages will be able to enjoy the waterpark, with a shaded area for kids featuring a dumping bucket and oversized water toys.

Meanwhile, the popular P&O Edge Adventure Park will feature activities including a flying fox, while those seeking a more relaxed pace will be able to head to the back deck for a cruisey game of barefoot bowls.

Continuing P&O’s food revolution, Pacific Explorer will offer some tantalising new dining concepts, including The Black Circus, a supper club venue offering delicious food served with a side of cabaret-style entertainment.

Cruisers will also be able to enjoy a slice of Italy, with a new pizza restaurant offering gourmet pizzas and share platters, while the cruise line’s popular international food market place, The Pantry, will be extended to include a ninth outlet, Nic and Toni’s, serving Mediterranean cuisine. Also on offer will be a poolside Lobster & Burger bar, serving delicious lobster and seafood rolls as well as premium beef and pulled pork burgers. The new dining options are in addition to the cruise line’s popular Waterfront restaurant, which will feature on Pacific Explorer along with two other restaurants which debuted on Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden last year: Angelo’s, serving contemporary Italian cuisine, and the sultry Asian dining venue, Dragon Lady.

Pacific Explorer - Lawn Bowls.jpgAnother P&O favourite, Salt grill by Luke Mangan will also be onboard, enjoying a sparkling location overlooking the main pool area, while a range of new bars, including a stylish hidden bar, will provide the perfect location for relaxing pre and post dinner drinks.

Announcing details of the refurbishment, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Pacific Explorer’s décor would reflect modern Australia, combining elegance with relaxed comfort to create the striking contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet. Mr Myrmell said the P&O team had a lot of fun designing Pacific Explore “We’ve IMG_9530.jpgtaken the winning features of our existing ships, then added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides as well as new concepts like the bowling green and a stunning hidden bar, which we think will put a smile on our guests’ faces,” Mr Myrmell said. “It really will be a ship that offers something for everyone.”

Presently sailing as Dawn Princess with sister line Princess Cruises, the 77,000-tonne Pacific Explorer will be refitted in May and June next year, sailing on her first cruise from Sydney on June 22. She will join P&O ships Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel as well as P&O’s latest additions, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, which debuted last year. Fares on Pacific Explorer will start from $1249* per person quad share for the ship’s 10-night inaugural cruise to the Pacific Islands, departing Sydney on June 22, 2017. Call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel agent.

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I LOVED THE LOVE BOAT   Princess Cruises has celebrated its 30-year partnership with its global ambassador Gavin MacLeod, the beloved award-winning actor who played Captain Merrill Stubing on the iconic “Love Boat” TV show.

The city of Santa Clarita, California, home of the world headquarters of Princess Cruises, honoured Mr MacLeod by proclaiming July 6 “Gavin MacLeod Princess Cruises Ambassador Day” during a special ceremony hosted by Captain Stubing’s TV daughter Jill Whelan, aka “Vicki Stubing,” which was attended by hundreds of Princess employees and fans.

Mr MacLeod has now served as the cruise line’s celebrity ambassador for three decades, exclusively promoting the premium cruise line to millions of consumers through thousands of media interviews, public appearances, travel industry conferences and onboard the Princess Cruises’ fleet, proudly sharing the joys of cruising. For more information please see attached release. An image of Gavin MacLeod with Jill Whelan is attached for your use as required. The caption info is as follows: Princess Cruises Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan served as host at the celebration honouring Gavin MacLeod for 30 years of service at Princess Cruises corporate headquarters in Santa Clarita, California Cel Millennium-Exterior.jpg

VIEW RIO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES WITH CELEBRITY    Celebrity Cruises together with partner Coca Cola will bring all the excitement, thrills and spills of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to guests by broadcasting all the action from onboard Celebrity Cruises modern luxury fleet of ships.

Celebrity Cruises will offer a range of Olympic themed activities and events onboard throughout the games. Guests can join in the fun with raffle draws for a chance to win official Olympic merchandise including towels and t-shirts, watch all the sporting action in one of the many bars onboard, or take part in the themed events from basketball tournaments, soccer shootouts, pool volleyball and “TriathoLawn” – outdoor activities and games on a real manicured lawn.

Choose to sail onboard the recently revitalized Celebrity Millennium and catch all the sporting action from just $1,579 per person, twin share during a breathtaking Alaska voyage. Departing Vancouver on 5 August 2016 and sailing to Seward, Alaska, the seven-night itinerary includes scenic cruising through the incredible Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier, as well as calls to Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Skagway.

Not responsible for errors or omissions, prices subject to change. Photos courtesy cruise lines & John Pond

PHOTOS:

Salt Grill Restaurant

Lawn Bowls

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Love Boat’s Gavin MacLeod

Celebrity Millennium

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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