P&O Cruises Australia’s latest addition to the fleet, Pacific Explorer was named this morning in Sydney with Dora the Explorer having the honour of naming the ship.
With a family feel on board and plenty of kids in attendance, Dora the Explorer, a firm favourite on children’s television channel Nickelodeon, carried out the naming duties as her role as Godmother of the ship. With a papier-mâché champagne bottle in place just below the giant seascreen in front of the ship’s funnel, Dora was then handed over a giant stick. She then uttered the words: “ I name this ship Pacific Explorer. May God Bless her and all who sail in her.” With the giant stick, she smashed open the papier-mâché bottle (like a piñata) with green goo spurting out and covering the President of P&O Cruises Australia, Sture Myrmell.
Facebook Live coverage of the naming ceremony on P&O Cruises Australia’s Facebook page.
Before the naming ceremony started, children on board the former Dawn Princess were treated to a Welcome Party for Dora the Explorer and were able to meet some their favourite cartoon heroes including Spongebob Squarepants and also take part in fun games and activities.
Pacific Explorer is the first ship within the fleet to have waterslides on board and water park as part of the P&O Edge Adventure Park. Creating a family feel on board the ship, both kids and adults will not get bored when crusing on Pacific Explorer.
The newly christened ship will now leave Sydney in the next few hours on an eight night cruise to Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines.
Source, video and images: P&O Cruises Australia.