P&O Cruises has showcased the very best of the South Pacific in its new 2019 winter program on sale now signalling its continuing leadership in offering more South Pacific destinations than any other cruise line.

The hidden gems of the South Pacific feature in 13 separate cruises departing from Auckland, with Pacific Jewel returning to Auckland for her third season between April and August 2019.

The standout of the program is a brand new 12-night Fiji Adventure sailing to four Fijian ports including the culturally rich capital Suva and totally unspoiled Dravuni Island, in addition to Port Vila and Mystery Island. Program highlights also include four 10-night Discover Vanuatu sailings, with one itinerary visiting the stunning and relatively untouched Pentecost islands.

The launch coincides with a new marketing campaign featuring a series of TVCs showing New Zealanders why a P&O cruise is the most effortless way to explore the South Pacific, providing travellers with access to with many unique destinations that can be otherwise difficult to reach.

President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, Sture Myrmell, said the 2019 winter program continued the cruise line’s commitment to being the best way to cruise the South Pacific.

“P&O Cruises have been pioneering cruising to the South Pacific for 85 years since we first began cruising to the area in 1932, and today, we continue to help our guests uncover some of the most extraordinary places on earth which are virtually impossible to access by land,” Mr Myrmell said.

“The 2019 winter program has been assembled with this in mind, delivering itineraries and destinations that give our guests access to the very best of the South Pacific in effortless fashion.”

In line with New Zealand’s growing love for weekend getaways and short breaks, the program continues to feature the popular Comedy and Food and Wine themed Sea Breaks with six three-night sailings on offer and one four-night sailing to Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world.

Accommodating 1950 guests, the 70,310-tonne Pacific Jewel features almost 200 private balcony rooms and mini-suites, an indulgent spa and a host of great onboard activities including the action-packed P&O Edge Adventure Park.  Its many dining options include fine dining at Salt Grill by Luke Mangan and contemporary casual eating in The Pantry, a stylish international food market featuring eight fresh food outlets and a bar.

Pacific Jewel will reposition from Melbourne to Auckland with a 5-night cruise on April 1, 2019.