P&O Australia Unveils New Hull Art

P&O Cruises Australia has unveiled a new livery that will debut on Pacific Explorer.

The hull art resembles the Southern Cross, a national symbol in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as a celestial constellation which has guided seafarers for generations. The new design is likely to be applied to other P&O Australia ships at a later date.

Sture Myrmell, President, P&O Cruises Australia, said: “We couldn’t think of a more powerful symbol to launch Pacific Explorer’s new era of local cruising than the Southern Cross. It is a symbol that is close to our hearts as Australia’s home brand cruise line and it strikes a chord with our many Australian and New Zealand guests. The Southern Cross is also an ageless pointer to contemporary cruising and the region in which our ships sail. We are proud to unveil Pacific Explorer’s ‘Sailing Stars’ design.”

Currently sailing with Princess Cruises as Dawn Princess, the 2,000-passenger ship will be renamed Pacific Explorer and offer cruises that depart Sydney from June 2017.


  1. If P&O do this right in the transitioning of DAWN PRINCESS to PACIFIC EXPLORER, they may get a few crossover passengers from Princess who prefer this class/size ship sailing out of and back to Australia. The DAWN has much better lines,(my opinion) than the other P&O ships and with the upgrade she would be a beautiful ship to sail on. There is some concern as to what will be happening to the “SUN & SEA PRINCESS” ships as they are getting on a tad also. Aussies love this style/size of ship. I, along with many, many past cruisers would hate to see them replaced with a large ship/s, that seems to be all the rage at the moment. These mammoths are already creating problems for passengers, Port facilities etc.


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