P&O Australia today announced a series of cruises from Singapore following its expansion to a five-ship fleet.

The cruise line’s Singapore season will include five cruises to Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia and will feature maiden calls to Krabi, Sabang (Palau Weh), Ko Chang, and Sihanoukville.

The cruises will be operated by Pacific Eden, which will join the cruise line’s fleet in November next year. Pacific Eden will arrive in Singapore in July 2016 and sail on four roundtrip cruises before returning to Australia.

“This is a very exciting time for P&O Cruises and our guests because our fleet expansion has allowed us to broaden our cruising horizons to include a cruise program from Asia to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations,” said Ann Sherry, CEO of P&O Cruises.

“None of this would have been possible without the expansion of our fleet which has allowed us to offer many more cruise holiday options over a wider geographic range.”

P&O Cruises last offered roundtrip cruises from Singapore in 2006. The Singapore season will include:
•    a seven-night Sou
th East Asia western itinerary visiting the Malaysian and Thailand towns of Sabang, Phuket, Krabi and Langkawi
•    a seven-night South East Asia eastern itinerary offering calls to stunning Sihanoukville in
Cambodia as well as Ko Chang, Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and Ko Samui in Thailand
•    a 13-night itinerary from Singapore to Cairns with a call to Dili in Timor L’este as well as
visits to Indonesia and Darwin.

Passengers can also combine the east and west itineraries into a 14-night cruise. Fares begin from $949 per person quad share for the seven-night cruises.

The Singapore season is a major highlight of P&O Cruises’ record-breaking 2015-16 program which features 250 cruises from eight different homeports across its five-ship fleet.

Singapore Tourism Board Assistant Chief Executive Neeta Lachmandas said the board was thrilled that P&O Cruises was expanding its presence in Asia and Singapore, and would warmly welcome Pacific Eden to the region.

“Singapore’s strong air connectivity and seamless transport network supports P&O Cruises’ new itineraries in enabling more travellers, especially Australian cruisers, to use Singapore as a hub to discover the amazing diversity of Southeast Asia,” Ms Lachmandas said.