The Historic Photo That Reveals The P&O Cruise Liner That Gave Birth to Modern Day Cruising In Brisbane!
With a new international cruise terminal in progress, an historic photograph of the first cruise ship to visit Brisbane has been revealed connecting P&O Cruises and the city to a proud heritage of more than 85 years of cruising.
Held in the archives of the State Library of Queensland, the old black and white photograph shows the 22,300-tonne mail steamer Strathaird drawing away from the wharf that is still used by the line’s gleaming ships.
A new bow-on photograph of the 70,000-tonne superliner, Pacific Dawn, departing from the same wharf has recreated the 1930s departure moment.
In December 1932, Strathaird sailed from Sydney to Brisbane and then to Norfolk Island marking the birth of Australian cruising with Brisbane remaining a key cruising hub for Australia’s home-grown cruise line.
Pacific Dawn has been home ported in Brisbane since December 2009 and has helped lead Queensland’s emergence as a major cruise source market in its own right with more cruise destinations than any other Australian state.
“Queensland is a growing cruise market but for P&O Cruises it is so much more based on the line’s more than 85 years of cruising and a relationship that continues to grow in depth and importance,” said Sture Myrmell, President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises.
“We see Queensland as a heartland state which this year will account for more than 220,000 P&O guests, a record 56 separate itineraries and the purchase of huge quantities of produce from Queensland suppliers.
“A relationship that began with Strathaird’s first cruise call back in 1932 continues to go from strength to strength.”
In 2017-18, P&O Cruises purchased more than one million kilograms of Queensland produce to replenish its fleet across Australia. Brisbane-based ships took on 124,000 litres of fresh milk and 2.1 million eggs.
In a typical year, P&O Cruises’ purchases of Queensland fresh produce includes:
• 225,000 kg of potatoes
• 180,000 kg of watermelon
• 135,000 kg of rock melon
• 175,000 kg of honeydew
More than one million Queenslanders – enough to fill Suncorp Stadium 19 times over -- have cruised with P&O Cruises since 2012 showing that one in five Queenslanders have cruised with the line.
Nearly three quarters of the one million guests have sailed from Brisbane on Pacific Dawn and more than half of this number travelled on South Pacific itineraries.
Mr Myrmell said Brisbane would continue to grow as a major domestic and international cruise hub.
“The discovery of the 1930s Strathaird photo shows just how far P&O Cruises and Queensland have come in the growth of cruise tourism over more than 85 years of achievement,” Mr Myrmell said.
The historic Strathaird photo emerged as three P&O ships — Pacific Dawn, Pacific Aria and Pacific Jewel — recently did turnarounds in Brisbane on three consecutive days.
Cunard Line Gives Australians A Bucket List Experiance.
Are you one of the many Australian cruise guests for whom a single voyage on one of Cunard’s fleet of magnificent Queens merely whets the appetite? Well now you have the exciting option to do this again in 2019 and the chance of sailing back-to-back on all three ships including a fabled Transatlantic crossing on flagship Queen Mary 2.
Proving the popularity of the three-ship Cunard royal tour more than 650 Australians recently had the most amazing experience during voyages on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
And as the entire Cunard fleet assembled on August 10 in Southampton, these Australian guests – 253 from NSW, 141 from Queensland and 121 from Victoria, and the remainder from other states and territories – were treated to a spectacular flyover by the Royal Air Force’s world famous ‘Red Arrows’ display team.
The 2019 packages travel to destinations including Iceland and the Baltics, Norway and the Mediterranean – and of course the most iconic voyage – a Transatlantic Crossing on Cunard's flagship, Queen Mary 2.
“Sailing on all three Cunard Line ships experiencing fantastic destinations and all the delights of Cunard’s White Star service on back-to-back cruises is one of those must do travel experiences for 2019,” said Ryan Taibel Vice President, Sales & Marketing Cunard.
“There are so many unique aspects of this Cunard experience and sailing on all three Queens is perfect for the many Australian travellers who believe that one voyage is simply never enough.”
The current three-ship Cunard experience has included a Queen Mary 2 crossing from New York to Southampton, a two-week Queen Elizabeth voyage that includes Iceland plus calls to Rotterdam and Belfast, and a Queen Victoria voyage that includes the beautiful fjords of Norway.
A Note on the 2019 Cunard Three Ships Package
Fares for a 35-night Three Queens package, departing Southampton on July 28, 2019 start from $9,777* per person double occupancy. The first sector of the cruise onboard Queen Victoria visits ports in Iceland and British Isles. The second cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth takes in the highlights of the Baltic region, while the final leg onboard Queen Mary 2 is an iconic Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York.
For more information and to book, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 13 24 41 or visit www.cunard.com
Explorer Dream announces new exciting cruise itineraries for Australian cruising season
Starting on the 27th Of October 2019.
Explorer Dream will conduct a series of 21 seven-night cruises in Australia and New Zealand homeporting in Sydney and Auckland and visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Brisbane, Eden and Tasmania.
The new itineraries are below:
“Queensland and the Barrier Reef Cruises”, 6 one-week cruises starting 27 October 2019, calling at:
Mooloolaba/Sunshine Coast: Famous for its perfect climate, beautiful golden beaches and crystal clear water.
Brisbane: The capital of Queensland and north of the world-famous Gold Coas. Newcastle: Gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region Gladstone: A quaint little village for those who love heritage, history and funky finds.
“Tasmania Island and Melbourne Cruises”, 8 one-week cruises starting 9 February 2020, calling at:
Port Arthur: A World Heritage city with the first settlements in Australia, Hobart: Capital of the State of Tasmania and one of the most charming cities in the world Burnie: Gateway port to North Tasmania, famous for its lavender fields and wine country.
Melbourne: Capital of the State of Victoria and consistently voted as one of the world’s most livable cities. Phillip Island: Famed for its penguin population, the island is also popular for surfers and motoring enthusiasts. Eden: On the sparkling Sapphire Coast, Eden is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia.
“North and South New Zealand Cruises”, 7 one-week cruises starting 15 December 2019, calling at:
Wellington: Capital of New Zealand and famous as the background of the “Lord of the Ring” and “Hobbit Trilogy” films Milford Sound/ Doubtful Sound: Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere’s great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features. Dunedin: Designated as a UNESCO City of Literature and the center of learning in New Zealand with the largest university in the country Napier: Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference Bay of Islands: A group of 144 islands, famous for its stunning beauty and history, featuring an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlins, whales, gannets and more. Akaroa: Famous as the only French settlement in New Zealand. Picton: The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this picturesque port town is home to great cafés, restaurants and galleries Gisborne: the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’
P&O Cruises Australia Offers The Most Heartfelt Donation To Struggling Australian Farmers.
As many Australian’s are aware Australia is in the middle of one of the worst droughts we have ever seen, channel nine’s today show and also channel sevens sunrise have even got right behind our farmers with raising much needed funds for those in need. Not only is there the financial toll that many of our struggling farmers feel up against it but there is also the emotional and physical toll that along with that as well.
That’s why rural aid has started a drought appeal called: Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign.Below is some information about the Buy A Bale Campaign and Support of Rural Australia:
Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle or sheep. All donations to the drought assistance campaign have a fourfold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. In the end we deliver relief to our farmers at no cost to them.
Australians, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people. So thank you on behalf of our farmers for your support.
Not only is there the Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign, there is also P&O Cruises Australia who have decided to help out and jump in and Work in conjunction with the charity.
P&O Cruises Australia has set aside 85 cabins across two separate four-night cruises to give hard-pressed farmers and their families a break from the crippling drought in New South Wales and Queensland.
The cruises — one from Sydney to Moreton Island and the other from Brisbane to the Whitsundays — are being offered in the face of the disastrous drought that has resulted in 100 per cent of New South Wales’ land area and nearly 60 per cent of Queensland’s land area being drought declared, with large sections described as being subject to ‘intense drought’ conditions.
President P&O Cruises Australia Sture Myrmell spoke of the powerful impact of the drought on rural families and of Rural Aid's inspiring efforts to coordinate and deliver relief to people on the land including massive road convoys of trucks carrying badly needed feed to stricken livestock.
“We know from Rural Aid that the physical and emotional toll of such a severe and prolonged drought on rural communities is enormous and that many farmers have not had a break in years,” Mr Myrmell said.
“As much as everyone across Australia would like to, we cannot make it rain to break the drought but we can do what we can to give some farmers a welcome respite from the burden in the best way we know how by making cruise opportunities available.
“We are very proud to be working in partnership with such a widely respected organisation as Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign to make this happen.”
Rural Aid is working with P&O Cruises to nominate farmers in New South Wales and Queensland who will sail on the cruises on Pacific Explorer and Pacific Dawn from Sydney and Brisbane on December 4 and December 10 respectively.
CEO Rural Aid Charles Alder said, “Whilst we're moving thousands of tonnes of hay for our farmers through our Buy A Bale program, this offer from P&O Cruises will equally bring mental relief to our farmers stressing about their animals but also their own situation.
“These cruises will provide a great opportunity to break out and relax. We've put the call out to our volunteer base with farm-sitting experience to help allow these farmers to get away and know their farms are in good hands.”