P&O Godmothers Name Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden In Sydney

25 November 2015
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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.

 P&O Cruises celebrates in Sydney

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.

 Five P&O ships make their way through Sydney Harbour

“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.

 A beautiful day on the harbour for the event

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.

 All five ships make their way to Fort Denison for the nation's first double ship christening

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.

 There will be big celebrations aboard all five ships through the afternoon

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).

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Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!