VIDEO: Stunning footage of the 5 P&O cruise liners off Sydney Heads today

The 5 ships in the P&O fleet off Sydney on November 25. Photo: P&O

The latest additions to local cruise line P&O’s fleet arrived in Sydney this morning.

The 1500-passenger Pacific Aria and sister ship Pacific Eden arrived off Sydney heads with the three existing ships in the local fleet at dawn, creating a V formation.

The two ships boost passenger capacity by 50% giving P&O room for around 9000 passengers in an industry growing at a spectacular rate and hoping to carry 2 million passengers annually by 2020.

Singer Jessica Mauboy and actress Kate Ritchie simultaneously “christened” the ships via Twitter as they sailed past Fort Denison.

P&O has a concerts planned from 4pm on all five ships, before fireworks at 8.45pm as the ships prepare to sail.

Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, said the event marked a new era for P&O, Australia’s only homegrown cruise line.

“The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden represents a 50% expansion in our guest capacity and heralds a new look and feel for our cruise line, inspired by modern Australia,” she said.

Here’s the video of the ships arriving today.

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