P&O spent 250,000 hours refurbishing its two new ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. Certified Lego professional Ryan McNaught spent 353 hours building a perfect, miniature replica of Aria from the famed coloured bricks. And it’s just as impressive.
Part of the Sydney Harbour Icons exhibit at the Museum of Sydney, the cross section of Pacific Aria has been built using the ship’s original plans. Made from more than 163,000 bricks is weighs in at 80 kilos. Everything is included, from Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill (and Luke himself, chasing a pig) to Lego clubbers on the dance floor of the nightclub.
The ship sits alongside other Sydney sights, like the Harbour Bridge (complete with moving train), Luna Park and the Opera House. Visitors are encouraged to build their own Lego masterpieces with the best ones being put on display beside the professional pieces.
“As part of our partnership with Lego, the kids’ clubs on all our ships feature a range of fantastic Lego activities which our guests love, so it’s very exciting to be able to bring the action to land,” said P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell. “We’re also delighted that P&O’s Pacific Aria is part of the Sydney Harbour Icons with Lego Bricks exhibition. Sydney remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for cruise ships and it’s great to see cruising recognised as part of the action and beauty of our harbour in this stunning exhibition.”
Sister ship Pacific Eden will be getting its own mini model with Ryan and the general public building it in the museum’s forecourt on Australia Day. P&O will have four ships in Sydney Harbour on the day as part of the celebrations.
The Sydney Harbour Icons exhibition is on until July 31.
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