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UK agents are being given access to book the newly-expanded P&O Cruises’ fleet of five ships in Australia.

Cruiseco, which runs and manages a consortium of 70 agents, has secured an exclusive partnership with P&O Cruises Australia.

The new agreement offers UK travellers access to itineraries throughout Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia.

The Cruiseco offering covers 26 ports in Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia as well as 26 ports in Australia such as Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne; nine ports in New Zealand including Auckland and Bay of Islands and Picton; plus 17 Pacific ports including Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.

Packages on offer incorporate sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open, or the opportunity to join the Australia Day celebrations.

Cruises can be booked for between two and 18 days.

Cruiseco chief executive, Steve Lloyd, said: “Cruiseco’s exclusive partnership with P&O Cruises Australia offers UK agents an exciting proposition to excite their customers and reveal a side to Australia and south-east Asia that they may not have previously considered.

“P&O Cruises Australia offer fantastic service and work to bring a younger market to cruising through innovative marketing, coupled with our knowledge of cruising, makes this a partnership that will offer Cruiseco travel agent members a huge opportunity to impress their customers that shouldn’t be missed.”

P&O Cruises Australia senior vice president, Sture Myrmell, said: “P&O Cruises travels to key Australian cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne as well as the picturesque South Pacific, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

“The best way to see and experience Australia is at sea where you can dine on Australian grown produce, enjoy award winning beverages and wine, enjoy on-board entertainment and activities, and wake up in a new location