When Pacific Sun was farewelled from the P&O Cruises' fleet at the weekend she sailed into the record books hailed as the 'backbone' of the resurgence of cruising in Australia and New Zealand.
Since joining the fleet in 2004, Pacific Sun notched up some amazing statistics that are testament to her contribution to the cruise industry on both sides of the Tasman.
The superliner returned to Brisbane on Sunday after her farewell seven-night cruise to the Pacific Islands completing more than seven years with P&O Cruises during which she has carried more than half a million passengers.
- 2707 days deployed (excluding dry docks)
- 767,600 nautical miles sailed (the equivalent of 30 times around the world)
- 314 cruises with an average duration of 8.6 nights
- 1,168 port calls at 80 separate destinations
- 19 different countries visited
- 178 visits to Noumea
- 571,829 passengers
In a video message, Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia which operates P&O Cruises, paid tribute to Pacific Sun's crew for their role in building the ship's reputation as Australia's favourite cruise ship.
"Pacific Sun has been the backbone of the growth and resurgence of cruising in Australia," Ms Sherry said in the video message.
"None of that would have been possible without all of you and the customer service you provided to all of those passengers. You can all give yourselves a pat on the back for your great achievements."