FINDING a place to “park” was a major problem for cruise ships in Sydney Harbour this past week as two cruise lines – P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises – staged major events to firmly cement their presence on the Australian cruise scene.

As notes P&O has been the major player Down Under, but now there is no shortage of “wannabees”.

Royal Caribbean emphasised that size matters with an historic meeting of the cruise line’s Explorer of the Seas and twin sister Voyager of the Seas (pictured above) in Sydney Harbour at the weekend.

The rendezvous marked the maiden call of the newest and largest Australian-based cruise ship, Explorer of the Seas, and the first time the region’s two largest ships had crossed paths in Australian waters.

On board the megaliners were over 10,000 passengers and crew who were more than impressed by the stunning vista of Sydney Harbour at sunset.

Days earlier P&O Cruises created its magic with much razza-matazz on the same harbour as the cruise line welcomed Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden to its fleet, with the five cruise ships now based in Australia year-round.

The CEO of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry, says these two newcomers represent a 50 per cent expansion in P&O’s guest capacity, and heralds a new look and feel for the Australian-based cruise line.



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