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Pride Cruises and new 2022 program launch as P&O cruising returns

International superstar and Berlin boy-wonder Hans the German will headline the inaugural Pride Cruise, to set sail in November 2022.

P&O Cruises Australia has announced plans to recommence cruising at the end of May, with a brand new 2022 program of sailings from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Melbourne.

After two, long non-cruisey years due to the dreaded virus, P&O are excited to restart operations, and has begun a staggered return of its three-ship fleet and crew.

To kick off the new program, the Pacific Explorer will sail from Sydney on May 31 on a four-night roundtrip cruise to Brisbane. The Pacific Explorer will then do a series of Queensland and South Pacific cruises until late October.

In October, the Pacific Explorer will then make its way to Adelaide for a new mini-season for four cruises. The cruise shop will then return to Adelaide in February 2023 for a longer season for nine cruises.

The cruises will remain local for now, but the cruise line is liaising with Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu governments to resume cruising to those countries in the second half of this year.

In addition to the resumption of cruises, P&O has also announced the Pride Cruise, which will commence in November 2022. Curated to be a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies/supporters, the cruise will feature a variety of talented artists, entertainers, and educators.

International superstar, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder, Hans the German, will headline the inaugural Pride Cruise, supported by a stellar line up, including Coco Jumbo, Etcetera Etcetera (Drag Race), DJ Victoria Anthony, and Aussie athlete and LGBTQIA+ activist, Simon Dunn.

Two weekend, three-night Pride Cruises are scheduled for 2022 – one scheduled to depart Sydney in November, and another leaving Melbourne in December. In 2023, more Pride Cruises are scheduled for Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane.

A raft of community organisations will be aboard running health, wellbeing, and social initiatives, such as Harbour City Bears and Queer Screen, which will be showcasing its first Queen Screen at Sea Film Festival.

The Pride Cruises will host up to 60 onboard activities every day. As an ambassador to Australia’s longest running HIV charity, The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, former Olympian Simon Dunn will also be running a fundraiser boot camp to raise funds for the organisation.

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Find out more about the Pride Cruises here.


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