Australia’s P&O Cruises is to offer more short itineraries from cities around Australia, visits to new regional ports and its first Melbourne Cup trifecta, with three ships cruising to the racing event.

The 2015-16 programme goes on sale from 28 April and offers cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland.

It features the cruise line’s biggest and most diverse range of P&OSeaBreaks with itineraries spanning two to four nights including new sailings to Melbourne and more cruises to the Queensland ports of Mooloolaba and Moreton Island, reports Cruise Industry News.

In early 2015, the cruise line will also offer its first short cruises from Brisbane to New South Wales’ wine region the Hunter Valley, while Eden on the state’s south coast will receive its inaugural visit from P&O during longer sailings from Sydney to Victoria and South Australia.

Meanwhile, P&O Cruises’ has boosted its Melbourne programme to nine cruises during February and March 2016 including a new 11-night Pacific Islands cruise, short breaks to Tasmania and Sydney, and a food and wine cruise.

P&O Cruises senior vice-president Tammy Marshall said the cruise line was ramping up its offerings in 2015-16, with more choices and more local ports than any other cruise line.

"Our new programme gives travellers from all over Australia the chance to explore some of the most beautiful corners of our country and the neighbouring Pacific, and experience our nation’s world-class events with P&OSeaBreaks, P&OIslands and P&OMainEvents on offer in 2015-16," Marshall said.