P&O Australia Delays Pacific Sun Intro

September 9, 2004

P&O Cruises Australia, which is transforming Carnival's (former) <a href=""../reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=11">Jubilee into its Pacific Sun at a Bahamas shipyard, has been forced to cancel that ship's "inaugural" as a result of delays caused by Hurricane Frances.

The maiden voyage was slated to sail from Sydney on October 20. The 47,262-ton, 1,486 ship is a sister to Carnival's Holiday and Celebration. It's undergoing a major refurbishment at a shipyard on Grand Bahamas Island, which was shut down last week during Hurricane Frances. When transformed, the "new" Pacific Sun, which will be based in Sydney and offer all-Australia itineraries. The ship will feature amenities such as a child-free sunbathing deck with alfresco bar on top of the ship, an oyster, sushi and antipasto bar, and a New Orleans-style piano bar called the Speak Easy. Pacific Sun will be the largest ship ever to be based in Australia.

The ship's new maiden voyage will take place on October 27.