P&O Australia Day celebrations will make the Sun-rise

It’s going to be an all Australian affair for P&O’s Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl when both ships sail into Sydney Harbour on the Australia Day long weekend.

It will be the first time the line has two ships in the harbour for the festive day.  To commemorate, each ship will sport giant ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ decals on their sides and fly Australian flags from the decks.

The 4,000 passengers on board across both ships will be able to watch the Sydney Festival’s Ferrython Harbour Parade and tug and yacht ballet from the comfort of their balcony cabins. And at 9.15pm they’ll be in the centre of a major fireworks display.

Passengers will also be able to watch the first breakfast show at sea when Channel Seven’s entire Sunrise program is broadcast live from the decks of Pacific Jewel on January 26.

Other guest entertainers will also make surprise visits to both ships during the day, while Aussie music, Australian movies and an Aussie BBQ will keep the spirit alive on board.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Tammy Marshall said the line was excited and proud to play a key role in this year’s celebrations.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Sunrise team on what we believe to be a world first and know the passengers and crew on board Pacific Jewel’s Australia Day cruise will be very excited to be part of Australian cruise and television history,” Ms Marshall said.

Meanwhile, for Australia Day 2015 the line plans to have Pacific Dawn join Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel on the harbour for the first time.

P&O is already giving cruisers the chance to be a part of 2015 celebrations with a new social media competition.

For a chance to win an Australia Day cruise in 2015, entrants simply need to follow P&O Cruises on Facebook and Pinterest, and create the most inspiring and unique Pinterest board that best represents everything to do with both Australia Day and P&O Cruises.

The competition runs until February 5, 2014.