P&O’s Pacific Pearl made a special trip to Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal today for the launch of A Photographic History of P&O Cruises, written by Australian historians Rob Henderson, Doug Cremer, Rachelle Cross and Chris Frame.

Rachelle and Chris weren’t able to attend, due to personal reasons, but Rob and Doug exerted enough excitement for the whole tribe.

“I was working for P&O in Sydney when the photographic archive became too large for the company to store,” told Rob Henderson. “When a decision was made to dispose of the collection, I was able to negotiate to save some of the archive and have spent the past 46 years documenting it.”

The best of those images feature inside the book, along with a narrative sourced from the only known surviving copy of P&O board minutes dating back to the 1830s.

Photogenic Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry – dressed in a bright-pink suit, lips to match – officially launched the book, revealing to the crowd that negotiations are currently underway for it to be sold on all ships in the P&O fleet, both locally and internationally.