From the pages of the January 2020 edition of The Bounty:
Susan Prior, freelance writer of feature articles,
living on Norfolk Island
“On Sunday, 20th October, as the sun rose to welcome a glorious day, the P&O cruise liner Pacific Explorer slid over the horizon and at 6.15 am anchored in Cascade Bay on the north-east side of Norfolk Island.
“It is interesting to note that P&O’s first cruise to Norfolk Island was in December 1932 when the island was the signature port of call. The ship back then was the mail steamer Strathaird. Because of P&O’s long history with the island, the Pacific Explorer was chosen as the image on a very handsome $2 stamp release in 2018.
“But this time the P&O ship was much larger, carrying a full complement of passengers – 2,092 in all – most of whom were eager to come ashore and explore the island.”
The Pacific Explorer features on our magazine's front cover. The photograph above shows passengers disembarking for their exploration of Norfolk Island. Photographs by Susan Prior.