After sifting through more than 30,000 suggestions from across Australia and New Zealand, P&O Cruises literally drew a line in the sand to reveal the names of its latest ships – the Pacific Aria and the Pacific Eden.
Port Macquarie artist, Chloe Dickey, unveiled the names in a spectacular 20-metre-wide mural raked into the sands of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach as scores of spectators looked on.
P&O Cruises said the two names stood out from the field as they had a contemporary feel that reflected “the blissful and indulgent spirit of a P&O Cruises’ holiday at sea.” Eden was chosen because of the sense of peace and images of paradise and beautiful destinations that the name evoked. In a happy coincidence, Eden is also an idyllic regional port on the cruise line’s latest itineraries. Aria, P&O said, conveyed a sense of beauty, grandeur and escapism – “all words that could be used to describe a wonderful holiday at sea.”
More than 93 per cent of entries had featured the word “Pacific”, consistent with the current P&O Cruises fleet – Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl – so the cruise line decided to maintain the prefix across all of its ships.
The Pacific Eden and the Pacific Aria will debut in Australia in November next year taking the cruise line’s fleet to a record five ships sailing year-round from Australia and New Zealand.