(7:45 a.m. AEST) – It was all white on the night for more than 9,000 Australians enjoying the biggest white party at sea onboard five P&O Cruises ships in Sydney overnight.
At Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal, Aria Award-winning singer Jessica Mauboy aptly performed on Pacific Aria after acting as its godmother at the dual naming ceremony earlier in the day. The Veronicas staged a poolside concert on the line’s other addition to the fleet, Pacific Eden, which was anchored at Neutral Bay after spending the day docked at White Bay. Justice Crew performed on Pacific Jewel, at Athol Bay; Stan Walker sang on Pacific Dawn, east of Garden Island; and Samantha Jade entertained on Pacific Pearl, near Point Piper.
Another 20 live music acts and 10 DJs also got the white-clad crowd dancing across the ships, before a fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House on a perfect full-moon night.
As the fleet departed on their local cruises around Australia and the South Pacific, the party carried on late into the night, with a day at sea providing some rest today.
P&O hosts its regular Bianco event on the top decks of its ships, with white cocktails, smoke cannons and a white selfie wall. A Kids White Out Party is also held during all cruises (except for departures from Auckland). On two and three night cruises, Bianco is the sailaway party on the first day leaving port.
Cruise Critic is onboard the newly relaunched Pacific Aria, which arrives into Brisbane tomorrow. For photos of its new look, see our Pacific Aria slideshow.