P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel has made history becoming the largest cruise ship to visit Norfolk Island on a special 16-night South Pacific cruise retracing the steps of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers.
On Sunday, the 70,310-tonne ship anchored in Sydney Bay where the Bounty’s descendants came ashore in 1857 after being relocated from Pitcairn Island, the original home of the mutineers after seizing the Bounty from Captain William Bligh.
Pacific Jewel’s successful visit and tendering operation to enable her 2000 passengers to go ashore at Norfolk Island comes as P&O Cruises prepares to celebrate 80 years of cruising to the South Pacific and its first call at Norfolk Island by the P&O mail steamer, Strathaird, in December 1932.
On Friday, Pacific Jewel will arrive at Tofua in Tonga, virtually on the spot where the Mutiny on the Bounty took place on April 28, 1789.
“As the first cruise line to ever visit Norfolk Island, it seems entirely appropriate that P&O Cruises now has the distinction of operating the largest cruise ship ever to call there,” said Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises.
“We are delighted for Norfolk Island’s residents because successful visits by our P&O Cruises’ ships bring significant economic benefits. In spite of our best efforts, visits aren’t always possible because tendering operations are subject to weather and sea conditions.”
Ms Sherry said Carnival Australia is working with the Norfolk Island community and the Australian Government to develop local infrastructure to enable regular visits by cruise ships.
An upgrade of facilities would mean greater certainty for scheduled cruise calls to go ahead and provide a more dependable stream of economic activity for the island.
“Pacific Jewel’s successful call last weekend confirmed how popular Norfolk Island is as a cruise destination for our passengers,” Ms Sherry said.“With a P&O cruising heritage of nearly 80 years, we want Norfolk Island to become an integral part of modern cruising and the economic benefits that go with it.”
Source = P&O Cruises