P&O Cruises’ Five-Ship Spectacular is set to make a grand entrance in Sydney Harbour on November 25 this year. P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell reveals Sydney has never hosted five cruise ships on the harbour on the same day.
“Sydney has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world to cruise into, so to have our five P&O Cruise ships sailing through the heads on November 25 is going to be extraordinary,” he says. “Throughout the day, the entire P&O fleet will be moored in the Harbour – something that has never been done before.”
Myrmell says the history-making moment, which has attracted thousands of passengers, will see the five ships present a salute to Sydney as they configure into a V formation off the heads before plying their way single file into the harbour.
As well as putting the focus on the fact Australia has the fastest growing cruise market in the world, the P&O parade will celebrate the fleet’s expansion. The event marks the arrival of the line’s two latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, which will be officially named as they sail by Sydney’s historic Fort Denison together.
After their early morning arrival, the ships will take up their respective positions for an afternoon around the harbour with Pacific Jewel located at Athol Bay, Pacific Dawn off Garden Island, Pacific Pearl at Point Piper, Pacific Aria at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Pacific Eden off Neutral Bay.
As dusk steals the day away, some of Australia’s best-known performers – Jessica Mauboy, Samantha Jade, The Veronicas, Justice Crew and Stan Walker – will be on board to add star power to the event – along with 20 live musical acts and 10 DJs.
More than 9000 passengers will have front-row seats to enjoy the onboard entertainment, while all of Sydney can ooh and ahh at the spectacular fireworks finale that will light up the night sky above the fleet. Following the concerts, onboard guests will be treated to the biggest Bianco party at sea, with P&O orchestrating a mass production of the themed White Party on the top decks of all five ships.
P&O is Australia’s only homegrown cruise line and has offered round-trip cruises from Sydney since 1932. Myrmell hopes the event will “make even more Australians put cruising at the top of their holiday list”.
Those who want to join the fun can choose from five cruises, including a two-night cruise on Pacific Aria sailing from Sydney to Brisbane on November 25 and including a performance by Jessica Mauboy; a nine-night round trip Sydney cruise on Pacific Eden departing on November 25 to New Caledonia with a performance by The Veronicas; a three-night sea break on Pacific Pearl departing on November 23 and including a show by Samantha Jade; a four-night round trip cruise on Pacific Jewel from Sydney to the Hunter Valley departing on November 23 and featuring a performance by the Justice Crew; or a seven-night round trip Brisbane cruise on Pacific Dawn departing November 21 and including a performance by Stan Walker.