Sydney Harbour turned on a stunning day for the official naming ceremony of P&O's latest ships to sail the Australian waters - Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.
A special ceremony against the spectacular back drop of Sydney Harbour was held on Fort Denison with invited guests and VIPs to witness Kate Ritchie and Jessica Mauboy officially name and christen Australia's newest cruise liners.
Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, said the cruise line was thrilled that two famous Australians had agreed to name the cruise line's latest ships.
"Both Jess and Kate are well known and well-loved around the country. They epitomise modern Australia and really embody the new look and feel of P&O Cruises so we are delighted they will be naming these very special ships." Ms Sherry said.
“P&O Cruises has been sailing from Australia for more than 80 years so we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the expansion of our fleet with so many Sydneysiders today.
“The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden represents a 50 per cent expansion in our guest capacity and heralds a new look and feel for our cruise line, inspired by modern Australia.
"It is a history-making day with all five ships on Sydney Harbour, a duel christening and the officially naming of the ships."
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In the historic day for P&O, Jessica Mauboy named Pacific Aria with Kate Ritchie naming Pacific Eden.
The day kicked off with all five P&O ships making their way into Sydney Harbour - Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria were joined by sister ships Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl in a V-shape formation off the famous Sydney Harbour headlands.
The ships entered Sydney Harbour in single file formation, with Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden majestically sailing between their sister ships as they made their way to Fort Denison.
Flanking either side of the island, the official naming ceremony was celebrated with day time fireworks filling the sky over the beautiful harbour.
In a nod to maritime tradition, a bottle of Champagne was smashed on the bow of each ship as they reached Fort Denison, with all five ships sounding their whistles to mark the nation’s first dual cruise ship christening.
With all five ships berthed in the harbour, Sydneysiders filled every vantage point to witness the history making P&O Australia 5-ship spectacular.
This afternoon, guests onboard P&O's ships will enjoy a series of live concerts from more than 25 music acts from 4pm to 8.30pm, including headline performances from some of the hottest acts in Australia - Jessica Mauboy (Pacific Aria), The Veronicas (Pacific Eden), Justice Crew (Pacific Jewel), Samantha Jade (Pacific Pearl), and Stan Walker (Pacific Dawn).