P&O Cruises First to Open Margaret River Region's Delights to Cruise Travellers

Cruise travellers are about to experience the many delights of Western Australia's beautiful Margaret River region as P&O Cruises becomes the first cruise operator to sail there.

With its magnificent scenery, wineries, boutique breweries, chocolate factories and wildlife, the region will be a major drawcard in P&O Cruises’ 2015 cruise program from Fremantle.

Adding another exciting dimension to the Margaret River cruises, passengers will come ashore at Busselton’s historic jetty -- at 1.8km, the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located on the shore of picturesque Geographe Bay, Busselton is the gateway to the Margaret River region.

In announcing the launch of Margaret River cruising, Tammy Marshall, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President, said the region and the line’s short break cruise offering made for a perfect combination.

"P&O Cruises’ short break cruises are growing in popularity and Margaret River, with all of its attractions, is perfectly positioned geographically for our three-night cruises from Fremantle," Ms Marshall said.

"Sailing to the region by cruise ship is a unique way to arrive in total relaxation without the usual three and a half hour drive there and back from Perth.

"West Australians are going to love this three night getaway, but I’m sure many interstate visitors will also be just as keen to make sailing to Margaret River a highlight of an extended holiday in the west.”

Ms Marshall thanked Busselton City Council and its Mayor Ian Stubbs for their strong support in enabling cruising to the area to become a reality.

“We’re very excited to welcome P&O Cruises to the City of Busselton. Busselton is a well-established tourist destination rich in history, culture and natural beauty. Arriving at the iconic Busselton Jetty against the pristine blue waters of Geographe Bay, few if any could fail to be impressed” said Mayor Stubbs.Region

P&O Cruises is now planning for Pacific Jewel to call at Busselton during two cruises in April and May 2015.