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Australia’s favourite cruise line, P&O Cruises Australia, is injecting more than $33 million into the South Australian economy as it offers locals a chance to holiday, without taking flight.

While based in Adelaide, P&O’s Pacific Explorer is expected to welcome over 26,000 guests across multiple cruises in February and March, and again in December.

Beyond providing a memorable, convenient, and accessible holiday option for locals, the presence of P&O Cruises is expected to inject a substantial $33m into the South Australian economy in 2024, benefitting tourism operators, food and beverage suppliers and communities across the region.

“It’s great to welcome back Pacific Explorer for another successful cruise season. The cruise industry contributes $215m a year to the South Australia economy, supporting over 700 local jobs and enhancing our tourism sector so there are many benefits every time a ship sails in our region,” said SA Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison.

“P&O remains steadfast in its commitment to sourcing 100% of our food and beverages from Australia, with South Australia playing a crucial role. We invest nearly $4 million annually in local produce from the region. This includes pork, onions, potatoes and stone fruit,” said P&O Cruises Australia Senior Vice President Peter Little.

“We are thrilled to have Pacific Explorer back in Adelaide, providing locals with the opportunity to embark on a memorable holiday. It’s an exciting way to visit New Zealand and Tasmania or explore your own backyard by visiting Kangaroo Island or Port Lincoln – it’s an easy way to holiday,” said Mr Little.

Sailing on Pacific Explorer’s upcoming voyage, a 3-night 80s themed cruise from Adelaide, is Ros Heath, along with 39 colleagues and partners from McIntyre Dental Clinic in Para Hills West. Heath shared, ” Our work team was searching for a fun activity to do that would bring us all together, and when someone suggested a cruise, we thought it was a fantastic idea. Not only do we get a weekend away without the hassle of the airport, but all our entertainment and food are sorted for us, allowing us to simply relax and spend quality time together out of the office.”

Itineraries coming up in 2024 include 7-night cruises visiting Kangaroo Island, Hobart and Melbourne, 4-night Southern getaway cruises visiting Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, 4-night 90’s themed cruises and 3-night 80’s themed cruises, the perfect short break for those wanting a taste of what cruising is all about.

For more information on Pacific Explorer and upcoming voyages, visit