CRUISE tourism could become the next boom industry on the Sunshine Coast.

P&O Cruises has announced the 64,000-tonne superliner Pacific Pearl will call in at Mooloolaba in August with 1800 passengers on board.

The stop will be a "test drive" for the cruise line and could become a forerunner to more short-break cruises to the Coast.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was a new frontier for the tourism industry, adding "diversity" and new ways to attract business.

"The Sunshine Coast will welcome these passengers with open arms," he said.

"May I encourage Pacific Pearl passengers to visit our piece of paradise and enjoy as many of our attractions as possible."

Cr Jamieson said P&O's announcement that Mooloolaba would be a port of call could encourage other cruise companies to drop anchor on our shores.

"It brings great variety, a spice of life for the cruise industry and an opportunity for our region to put the best foot forward and introduce ourselves to some entirely new markets," he said.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Tammy Marshall said that with a growing trend in short-break cruises they were looking for new destinations like Mooloolaba to add to their cruise itineraries.

Pacific Pearl will depart Sydney on August 14 and berth off Mooloolaba on August 16.

Passengers will be transferred from ship to shore by tender vessels.

They will step ashore at the Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium jetty at Mooloolaba.

 

Fast Facts about Pacific Pearl

  • Passengers: 1800
  • Decks: 11
  • Length: 247 metres
  • Tonnes: 63,875

Pacific Pearl's top deck has a giant LED Big Screen and an outdoor circus arena where jaw-dropping acrobatics are performed. Just inside the top deck is The Dome with its 270-degree views.

Throughout the ship are a range of bars including MIX cocktail bar and pub-style venue, The Orient along with spectacular production shows in the Marquee Theatre. 

Restaurant dining is excellent with the Waterfront Restaurant and Salt Grill by P&O Cruises' celebrity chef, Luke Mangan. Children can enjoy four age-specific children's centres including the largest teen lounge in the fleet which has been specially designed for 11 to 17 year olds.

There are two outdoor pools (one with a swim up bar), two spas, library, duty-free shopping, adult's retreat The Oasis, a gym and day spa. 



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