Passengers on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Sun can now relax in a new child-free Oasis spa retreat – the highlight of a multi-million dollar revamp of the ship.

Other new features include an ocean-view gym and a coffee bar, as well as a fresh new look for the 47,000-tonne liner, which has been repainted in P&O Cruises’ classic all-white livery.

Overseen by Australian design firm McRae & Lynch, the refurbishment has created even more ways for passengers to relax and enjoy their time at sea.

At the top of the list is the transformation of the ship’s top sun deck into an inviting Oasis retreat, featuring chocolate brown wicker daybeds, lounges, tables and ottomans and a new whirlpool spa.

Recognising Australians’ love of a good coffee, P&O Cruises has also created a coffee shop, the Outback Bar.

Meanwhile, the ship’s library has been refurbished, enabling it to transform at night into an elegant Steakhouse offering an intimate dining experience.

Under the changes, passengers will be able to work off their gourmet meals in a new gym area with views over the ship’s wake. The former gym area has been transformed into a relaxation room for the ship’s popular Lotus Spa, giving passengers another space to chill out.

Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, said the changes reflected the company’s continuing drive to extend its onboard product to create an even better holiday experience for passengers.

“Australians love cruising and the makeover of Brisbane’s own Pacific Sun is part of a much wider program to rejuvenate the onboard product offering across our fleet,” Ms Sherry said.

“We have overhauled our menus, hired a new executive chef and introduced an exclusive local wine list to keep pace with our passenger’s changing tastes.”

The 1900-passenger Pacific Sun first debuted in the Australian market in 2004 and offers South Pacific and Queensland cruises from Brisbane.

Fares on the refurbished Pacific Sun start from $895 per person twin-share for all 7-night sailings departing Brisbane during November 2008.