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Pacific Explorer Calls Australia Home
       P&O Cruises has welcomed its latest   Pacific Explorer also wears the    breaking a giant bottle piñata which
       ship to the fleet.                  signature Southern Cross livery      burst with colour in front of hundreds of
       Pacific Explorer arrived in Sydney   emblazoned on her hull, which was   guests on the ship’s upper deck.
       for the first time on Monday 19     also debuted by Pacific Dawn in      P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell
       June following a multi-million-dollar   March this year.                 said Pacific Explorer was the next stage
       refurbishment after spending 12-days in   One of the world's most loved   in the evolution of P&O’s very popular
       dry dock in Singapore.              adventurers, Dora the Explorer,      modern Australian holiday offering and
       The ship was transformed into an    explored new territory as the first   has something onboard for everyone.
       iconic P&O cruise ship with the help of   Nickelodeon character to be crowned   “We've taken the winning features
       more than 1,000 contractors who spent   Godmother of a cruise ship, P&O's   of our existing ships and added a
       over 200,000 hours fitting 25,000 square   Pacific Explorer when she christened   whole new layer of excitement. Two
       metres of new carpet and painting,   the ship at a naming ceremony       thirds of our passengers are families
       10,000 square metres of walls before   at Sydney's Overseas Passenger    and couples so it made sense for fun
       installing over 3,000 items of new   Terminal on Sunday 2 July. The      loving children and families to lead the
       furniture and 1,200 pieces of artwork.  popular character was joined by her   celebrations while sampling all that
       Similar to sister-ship Pacific Dawn,   closest Nickelodeon friends including   Pacific Explorer has to offer. With more
       Pacific Explorer is fitted with the longest   SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage   than 60 activities to do every day, the
       and wildest waterslides at sea and   Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skye from   ship has something for every Australian
       an interactive water park. One slide   PAW Patrol at the Welcome Party to   from the young to the young at heart”.
       is transparent so that spectators can   celebrate the fifth ship in P&O’s fleet.
       watch guests shoot through its twists   One hundred and twenty children   The 77,000-tonne Pacific Explorer
       and turns, while the other slide is multi-  ‘took over’ Pacific Explorer in a first   previously sailed as Dawn Princess with
       coloured, with music pumping through   of its kind naming ceremony on    sister line Princess Cruises.
       it to give guests a high-impact ride to   Sydney Harbour. Nickelodeon’s Dora   See our report on Page 44 and 45
       the bottom.                         the Explorer, christened the ship by   – Editor

                                            Sture Myrmell

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