12 December 2009 Words & Images: MiSociety
Jewel of a party to launch latest P & O Superliner
Sydney’s launch of the Pacific Jewel, P & O’s latest Superliner, saw two giant parties happening both dockside at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and on board the sister ship to the Pacific Dawn and Pacific Sun. The onshore public event attracted thousands eager to view the Pacific Jewel up close and to enjoy the free associated entertainment.
The second party was a VIP ‘do’ on board with an invite list of over a thousand. Boarding regulations were tight with no less than three check points where pre-registered I.D.’s were checked and security photos taken before we set foot on the ‘party’ boat for the night. What a marvelous party is was. There we all were perched on the massive upper pool deck, eye to eye with the infamous ‘Toaster’ (it’s the same height) and with an aspect of the harbour we had not experienced before.
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia launched the Pacific Jewel amongst fireworks, a highwire circus act that drew gasps from the crowd and even an appearance by an ‘elephant’. Special Olympics Australia were delighted to receive the support of the Governor General and P&O Cruises on the night.
The dining experience on the Pacific Jewel will be enhanced by the speciality restaurant ‘Salt Grill’ by Luke Mangan and we can tell you the balcony cabins on the ‘Jewel’ would suit us very nicely indeed.
Strange sight on the night was the ‘walk through’ by police amongst a predominately mature and as said, ‘high security screened’ guest list – guess they were checking out the facilities on board as well.
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