The arrival of the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden to their new home waters will be a big event for Australian cruisers. P&O Australia is our own dedicated cruise line, an affordable and fun-focused favourite way to holiday that's fast becoming an Aussie legend.
We've put the spotlight on the line's two new additions, even travelling to Norway to report on the P&O revolution and what you can expect. Now's the time to start getting excited about their appearance Down Under - and don't worry, P&O will not let the occasion pass without the appropriate fanfare.
Five-ship spectacular planned to welcome Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden
A celebration is planned to mark the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden finally joining the Pearl, Jewel and Dawn Down Under, and it's one unlike anything Sydney Harbour has ever seen before. If you live in Sydney or nearby, do your best to be there as it's set to be an occasion that cruise lovers will never forget.
All five of the P&O fleet will gather in the harbour on the 25th of November after an early morning arrival, form a "V" formation and then sail in single file and take up positions around the place - the Pacific Jewel at Athol Bay, the Pacific Dawn off Garden Island, the Pacific Pearl at Point Piper, the Pacific Aria at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and the Pacific Eden anchored at Neutral Bay after spending the day at White Bay. The two new ships will be officially named, with ceremony details and godmothers yet to be confirmed.
Also on the schedule is a special concert line-up with five homegrown headliners (one on each ship) including some of Australia's favourite names: Stan Walker, Jessica Mauboy, the Veronicas, Samantha Jade and the Justice Crew. Another 20 live music acts and 10 DJs spread across the fleet will round out the entertainment, available to the more than 9,000 passengers on the five ships.
Which ship gets which performer? The Pacific Aria will host Jessica Mauboy, beloved Aussie songstress, while the Pacific Eden gets a little rocky with The Veronicas. The Pacific Pearl gets talented singer/songwriter Samantha Jade, the Pacific Jewel will show pop group Justice Crew a good time and the Pacific Dawn is the lucky ship to put on a performance by the always-entertaining Stan Walker.
The concerts will be followed by top-deck Bianco parties on each of the vessels.
This one's not just for the passengers. A firework finale will light up the sky over each of the fleet to finish the night, allowing the people of Sydney to get in on the action - as if the sight of five cruise ships in the harbour wasn't spectacle enough.
Sture Myrmell, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President, said of their plans, "this will be like no party on earth and is sure to become an iconic moment in Sydney Harbour's history as well as providing lasting memories for the thousands of guests onboard."
Get onboard for the celebrations
You can be a part of P&O historic celebrations by signing on for one of these five cruises:
- The Pacific Eden's Explore the Loyalty Islands Cruise departs Sydney on the 25th of November for a 9-night New Caledonia adventure - but not until 10pm, because first there's partying to be done.
- The Pacific Aria departs Sydney after the revelries for a quick 2-night Sydney to Brisbane Cruise, perfect for those who want to take part and check out the new ship but don't have a lot of time off work.
- A 3-night Classic Cruise on the Pacific Pearl departs on the 23rd of November and arrives back in time for a full day and night spent in the thick of it in Sydney Harbour.
- You can take a break from relaxing to party it up in Sydney mid-cruise on the Pacific Dawn's Harbour and Southern Escape Cruise. This week-long round-trip from Brisbane visits Newcastle, Eden and Moreton Island too.
- The Pacific Jewel's Hunter Valley Cruise itinerary will be modified to include a day spent amongst the harbour celebrations - as well as the planned stop at the fabulous Hunter Valley.
The countdown to the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden's debut is getting us very excited for a new era of cruising in Australia. The planned celebrations are just the icing on the cake! Cruise lovers, start making plans to get onboard or to be at Sydney Harbour to witness cruise history.
Want to know more about what you'll find on the new additions? Take a look at this virtual tour for a sneak peek.