The one where P&O welcomed their 3 millionth passenger…

Pacific Pearl welcomed P&O Cruises’ three millionth passenger yesterday when Sydney mother of two Deanna Catlett embarked on a South Pacific voyage with her family.

Counted since cruises resumed post World War Two, 30 per cent of the three million passengers are recorded as having travelled since 2007.

The milestone occurred on the eve of a record summer season for parent company Carnival Australia, who will see 19 of their ships sailing in Australian waters through to mid-April 2012.

Ann Sherry, Carnival Australia CEO was on hand to congratulate Ms Catlett at Wharf 5 Darling Harbour and highlighted the growth that the Australian industry has seen in recent years.

“It’s a great indication of the growing popularity of cruising in Australia as well as the economic impact that cruising is having right around the country,” Ms Sherry said.

“It also underlines the need for government and authorities around Australia to make sure their cruise ship facilities are adequate so that their cities and towns can share in this growth.”

While 310,000 passengers will be traveling on the 19 Carnival Australia ships this summer season, 500,000 Australians in total are expected to cruise in 2012 with Ms Sherry anticipating one million Australians cruising annually by 2020.

Meanwhile, Ms Catlett and her family will enjoy some special treatment as part of her title of ‘three millionth passenger’, including an upgrade to a mini suite, an invitation to the Captain’s cocktail party, dinner at Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill, a spa voucher and complimentary shore tour.

Originally published for e-Travel Blackboard

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