P&O Cruises Australia announced it had reopened more cruise destinations with the Pacific Adventure -Mystery Island and Luganville, Vanuatu.
According to a press release, P&O Australia’s Pacific Adventure and its 2,000 passengers were welcomed back to Mystery Island by the community of Aneityum.
A similar welcome is expected when the Pacific Adventure arrives in Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, on November 20. Before it arrived in Luganville, the Pacific Adventure made a call in Vila, Vanuatu’s capital.
“Pacific Adventure becoming the first cruise ship to return to Mystery Island and Luganville completes the set of Vanuatu destinations that underpin our deep attachment to Vanuatu and its island communities,” said Marguerite Fitzgerald, president of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia.
“As our international region’s main cruise organization, we felt honored that P&O was invited to be the first cruise line to return to Port Vila with Pacific Encounter’s recent visit. It is an additional honor for P&O to be the first cruise line to be invited to visit Mystery Island and Luganville in Vanuatu’s trial reintroduction of cruise tourism.”
The Pacific Adventure’s visit to Mystery Island is followed by a series of community initiatives. P&O has worked with the Aneityum community for a while now in preparation for the ship’s visit.
The initiatives include:
- Contributing to the registration and safety training of 80 boat operators
- Sourcing 500 lifejackets for the boat operators to comply fully with national safety regulations
- Funding the reinstallation of marker buoys for the safe operation of ship tenders.
The Pacific Adventure will visit Mystery Island and Vila, Vanuatu, again in December upon embarking on a ten-night Christmas cruise from Sydney to Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo.