Channel 9: Today Takes To The Seas for Five Ship Spectacular


AIRDATE: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 5.30am

The TODAY Show will host a ground-breaking television event on Wednesday, November 25, bringing viewers one of Sydney Harbour’s biggest ever maritime events – the live P&O Cruises Five Ship Spectacular.

With celebrations beginning at 5.30am and continuing throughout the morning, viewers will see history in the making when five P&O ships come together for the first time in Sydney Harbour, celebrating the arrival of the Australian cruise line’s latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.

Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Sylvia Jeffreys, Tim Gilbert and Ross Greenwood will be positioned on the Pacific Aria. Across the water at Fort Denison, Richard Wilkins will host all the entertainment action, joined by the “godmothers” of the two ships – singer Jessica Mauboy and actress Kate Ritchie – who will officially name the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden in a stunning dual christening ceremony during the broadcast.

Stevie Jacobs will be at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, hosting a big barbecue for those down at the foreshore to watch the Five Ship Spectacular. Those celebrating the morning with Stevie will also have a chance to win some amazing prizes, including a nine-night P&O cruise to the beautiful Pacific Islands.

Lisa Wilkinson says: “Sydney Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Watching the sun come up as this magnificent fleet moves into formation off Sydney Heads and then enters the Harbour one by one will be breathtaking.”

Karl Stefanovic says: “Everyone loves a big boat – so five ships in Sydney Harbour will be massive. We’ll have cameras in exclusive vantage points all over Sydney as the ships come in, as well as right in the middle of the action when Jess and Kate name the ships and we see those big champagne bottles smash.”

P&O Cruises Senior Vice-President, Mr Sture Myrmell, said the cruise line was excited to partner with TODAY for the historic broadcast. “This is going to be a day like no other on Sydney Harbour, so we’re thrilled that all of Australia will be able to be part of the action with the TODAY Show onboard.”