P&O Cruises is to raise funds to support Queensland flood victims as two of its vessels become the first British cruise ships to visit Brisbane. 

Arcadia and Aurora are due to call into the city following its devastation from the floods on February 12 and February 27 respectively as part of their world cruises.

Managing director Carol Marlow said: “We have a long-time affiliation with Australia and the destinations we visit play a big part in the holiday experience for our passengers.

“Therefore it is important for us to support Australia in times of need. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to people of Brisbane and we will be doing all we can to show our support as they recover from the floods.

“We will be asking our passengers and crew to donate any spare Australian dollars they have during their holiday on board to go towards re-building Brisbane to the city we all know and love.”

The P&O Cruises Australia fleet is also giving money raised from the auction of the navigational charts to the Queensland Premiers Flood Appeal.