than 5000 holidaymakers are celebrating Australia Day on three P&O cruise
ships on Sydney Harbour today, with guests onboard Pacific Eden enjoying a
surprise concert with Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes.
kicked off his special morning acoustic performance with the popular Flame Trees, performing to hundreds of
guests on Pacific Eden's Oasis pool deck, against the backdrop of Sydney.
ships have been part of the Harbour action on Australia Day for the past five
years, with this year seeing three ships – Pacific Eden, Pacific Pearl and
Pacific Dawn – berthed in Sydney for the day's celebrations.
part of the cruise line's Great Australian Deck Party, guests are enjoying front
row seats to all the Harbour activity as well as a day of Australian movies and
food including a BBQ, green and gold pancakes and lamingtons.
music is also high on the day's playlist, given P&O is one of the nation's
biggest supporters of Australian musicians, with hundreds of live acts performing
across their fleet every year.
said he was happy to be part of the celebrations onboard Pacific Eden. "You
couldn't get a more amazing setting for an Australia Day concert than a ship on
Sydney Harbour – there was a really great vibe to the morning."
Australian chef Luke Mangan – who has restaurants across P&O's fleet – was
also onboard Pacific Eden during the day, creating a deconstructed "lamb-ington"
treat for guests.
Cruises President Sture Myrmell said Australia Day was a big day on the cruise
Australia's only homegrown cruise line, as well as the nation's largest cruise
line, Australia Day is a big event for us and we've very proud to celebrate it
with more than 9000 guests across our five ships today," Mr Myrmell said.
three ships on Sydney Harbour will depart the city this evening, with Pacific
Pearl returning Friday January 27, Pacific Eden sailing back in on Saturday
January 28 and Pacific Dawn cruising back to its homeport of Brisbane. Pacific Aria and Pacific Jewel are both
spending the day at sea.
About P&O Cruises
Sailing local waters for almost 85 years, P&O is
Australia's only homegrown cruise line and the largest cruise operator in the
region, offering a fleet of five ships cruising year round from eight home
ports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. With a contemporary look and
feel which captures the spirit of modern Australia, P&O's ships carry more
than 460,000 guests a year on great value holidays. Itineraries range
from short getaways and cruises exploring the Australian coast to longer holidays
to the South Pacific and exotic destinations such as Papua New Guinea, the
Solomon Islands and Asia. In June 2017 P&O Cruises will welcome its
latest ship, Pacific Explorer, while in 2019 it will take delivery of its
largest ever ship, a 3000-guest, 113,000-tonne vessel which will be the biggest ship ever to be
based full time in Australia.
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