26 November 2015
Cruise giants meet in Sydney Harbour
P&O Cruises has made history in Sydney on Wednesday, staging an unprecedented five-ship spectacular to celebrate the arrival of its two latest cruise ships.
In preparation for the official naming of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O's newly expanded fleet met for the first time at sunrise off the Sydney coastline, creating a V formation before sailing abreast in one line towards the city.
More than 12,000 guests and crew are on board the five ships for the day's celebrations, with the spectacle marking the greatest number of ships from a single cruise line to be in Sydney Harbour at the same time.
The 55,820-tonne Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden each carry 1500 guests. They join the 2000-guest 70,285-tonne Pacific Dawn, the 1950-guest 70,310-tonne Pacific Jewel and the 1800-guest 63,786-tonne Pacific Pearl in P&O Cruises' fleet.