We’ve all seen naming competitions for new drink flavours and baby zoo animals, but P&O Cruises really upped the bar with its public appeal calling on people to help christen the newest members of its fleet. The time has come to announce the results, as revealed by Port Macquarie artist Chloe Dickey in a sand mural on Sydney’s Bondi Beach in the picture above.
The line received an overwhelming response from creative Australians who flooded the company with almost 20,000 entries in the first week! P&O was blown away by the influx of suggestions, praising the nation for being so supportive of the true blue company.
Tammy Marshall, P&O Cruises senior vice president said “It’s a wonderful reaction which really shows us how much interest and passion Australians and New Zealanders have in their home grown cruise line.”
Opals and Diamonds
So what sorts of names did the public suggest? According to Ms Marshall, there was an obvious preference towards gemstones and jewels, with Opal and Diamond making up over 1000 votes in the first week alone. Nautical terms and Greek mythology deities were also popular, as were the names of native Australian plants, flowers and Indigenous words.
Of course, a public competition would not be complete without some token quirky entries and imaginative Aussies well and truly delivered! Names such as Daenerys, Arya and Sansa drew on the cult book and TV show sensation Game of Thrones, while Hakuna Matata was also suggested by an avid The Lion King fan.
When entries closed on July 4, the P&O team was faced with the time consuming task of meticulously sifting through the thousands of entries in order to find the perfect name.
“We’re looking for names that are different and that have never been used before – plus we’re very keen to see ideas that reflect contemporary Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Marshall. While the title is obviously important, Ms Marshall maintained that the reason, explanation and theme behind suggested names would also play a key role in determining the final winners.
P&O Cruises Announce Results!
So what did P&O finally decide to call its two newest fleet members? Unveiled on Bondi Beach, the line revealed it had chosen the majestic sounding Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria as the winning entries.
Suggested by Nikki Smith from Bentley Park, Cairns, the line explained that Pacific Eden was chosen for its capacity to conjure up a “sense of peace and images of paradise and beautiful destinations.” Pacific Aria hails from Katie Luxa of Canning Vale, Perth and was selected for its evocation of “beauty, grandeur and escapism.”
With the two winners enjoying a complimentary cruise for two as well as VIP status at the naming celebrations, it’s no wonder the Australian public showed so much enthusiasm!
Scheduled to make their maiden voyages in November 2015, Eden and Aria will increase P&O’s fleet to an all-time high of five ocean vessels.
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Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Roger Wollstadt