P&O: multi-generational cruising growing

P&O_Pacific Explorer Ni Vanuatu crew_Junior Joanna and Jemson Toka.
Keeping it in the family… P&O Pacific Explorer Ni Vanuatu crew Junior, Joanna and Jemson Toka.

MULTI-GENERATIONAL cruising in which up to three generations of the same family holiday at sea together is a growing phenomenon of cruising on P&O Cruises Australia ships.

As onboard Ni Vanuatu crew members this week celebrated Vanuatu Independence Day – the most important national day for the South Pacific island country – it was clear that multi-generational crew is also an onboard reality.

There are two generations working together onboard Pacific Explorer bringing to life the fact that cruising is also an economic opportunity in emerging economies in the South Pacific.

Joanna Toka is one of their longest serving Ni Vanuatu crew. Joanna is a bar steward on Pacific Explorer and a highly respected member of the onboard Ni Vanuatu community. She has been sailing with P&O since 2002.

Joanna’s husband Jemson is also a well-respected member of the onboard Ni Vanuatu community working as a stateroom steward. He joined P&O in 2004.

Joanna and Jemson couldn’t be happier that their son, Junior, recently followed the family connection with P&O, making his parents proud by working hard in Pacific Explorer’s galley.

“It’s fantastic that we have two generations of the one Ni Vanuatu family working together on Pacific Explorer,” said Sture Myrmell, President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia.

“It shows in the most emphatic way that cruising represents a very real opportunity for island communities bringing to life our commitment to enabling local people to share the benefits of cruising in a number of ways.

“This week has also been an opportunity to pay tribute to all of our Ni Vanuatu crew members on July 30, their 38th annual Vanuatu Independence Day.”

– P&O Cruises

P&O Pacific Explorer Ni Vanuatu crew with Hotel Director Melissa Yates celebrate Independence Day.
P&O Pacific Explorer Ni Vanuatu crew with Hotel Director Melissa Yates celebrate Independence Day.

 

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