The superliner Pacific Pearl departed Auckland and will sail to Vanuatu with a precious cargo of humanitarian aid to help the region rebuild following Cyclone Pam. The voyage will take ten days to arrive at Vanuatu.
P&O Cruises Director, Greg Dehn says, “We've had 8 ships travel to Vanuatu since the Cyclone occurred and in that time we've carried 180 pallet loads worth of materials to get to the Vanuatu people to assist the recovery.”
The voyage across the Pacific will carry supplies including food, water, health products and bedding.
It's estimated more than 10,000 people in Vanuatu are in need of aid. P&O will deliver 42 pallets of supplies and Carnival Cruise Lines have donated $300,000.
The ship will arrive in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Anzac Day.