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Rooftop pool at Australia’s
Trend for cruise waterparks intensifies
P&O Cruises Australia has added new Polin waterslides to its
popular Pacific Dawn cruise liner, further enhancing the façade
designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano.
As the cruising industry continues to grow, cruise lines are
upgrading ships with the latest attractions – and top of the list is an
on-board waterpark. Polin’s recent partnership with P&O Group is
a case in point.
Three of the world’s largest cruise lines – Carnival, Royal
Caribbean Lines and MSC – have all installed Polin water slides
and water play attractions on ships. Now P&O has joined the party.
The 2000-passenger Pacific Dawn was built in 1991 and
originally christened as the Regal Princess. Over the years, the ship’s
owner changed hands several times. Today, the ship is operated by
P&O Cruises Australia and was extensively refurbished in 2007,
when it was renamed Pacific Dawn. A few years later, it moved to
its new home port of Hamilton, Brisbane.
In 2010, it again went into dry dock for extensive refurbishment
and then, once more, in 2014 for the addition of new offerings
that included a zip line, a rock-climbing wall and cosmetic
improvements to the pool deck and restaurant.
The most recent enhancements include two 80-metre Polin
Aquatube waterslides with special effects including Magic
Shine, Natural Light Effects, Special Pattern Effects and
Pacific Dawn’s exterior was designed by Renzo Piano, an
Italian architect and engineer known for buildings such as the
Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Shard in London, the
Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and
Aurora Place in Sydney.
Knowledge on the breakfast menu
The sixth annual Facility Manager’s Networking
Breakfast co-hosted by the Aquatic and Recreation
Institute (ARI) and the Australian Leisure Facilities
Association (ALFA) was held in April at the sparkling
new International Convention Centre, Sydney.
The theme was managing change in the aquatic
and recreation industry, and the professionals from
all sectors of the industry enjoyed the animated and
Austswim CEO, Jennifer Schembri-Portelli, gave
a very engaging presentation, asking the question
“How do you use your pool?”, and at one stage
had all attendees out in the hall being grouped
according to a variety of criteria. The participants
seemed to enjoy the interaction and also learned a
bit about the diversity of the sector.
She gave examples of how other facilities are
utilising their “wet ” space that doesn’t involve
swimming including aquatic spin, aerobics and
yoga, as well as products on the market which take
up relatively little space in your pool, but could
bring in a whole new type of member who had not
previously used the pool.
Fitness trainer Stacey Aldous described her
experience in New Norfolk, Tasmania, and
how she was able to overcome obstacles when
establishing her new business in an area of small
population and high unemployment by getting to
know her community and their needs and in turn,
building a highly successful business. Her passion
for the industry and her community was inspiring
Another very interesting presentation was
from Dr Jeff Walkley, the national disability and
diversity manager at Belgravia Leisure. He spoke
about the results of an access and inclusion
sur vey and also provided an overview of the
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
and what facilities can do to prepare for this
growing community. SPLASH! will bring more
on this topic from Dr Walker in the next issue.
Overall, attendees were provided with ideas
and examples on how to better engage their
community, improve the range of services, and
ensure facilities continue to provide outstanding
aquatic and recreation experiences into the future.
42 SPLASH! June/July 2017
Dr Jeff Walkley, national disability and
diversity manager at Belgravia Leisure
P&O Cruises Australia Pacific
Dawn’s new Polin waterslides
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