Local Artist Commissioned For Pacific Pearl

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October 8, 2010

Local Artist Commissioned for Pacific Pearl 

P&O Cruises has commissioned Australian photographer Tony Rae to decorate the latest addition

to its fleet, Pacific Pearl, after seeing his stunning works on display at Sydney’s



This is the first time P&O Cruises has commissioned a local artist for an entire ship collection, with

some 60 different images selected. The photography will be featured in Pacific Pearl’s stairways

and throughout its suites. 

Sture Myrmell, Vice President Hotel Operations of Carnival Australia which operates P&O Cruises,

said that Tony Rae’s photographs would bring an exciting burst of colour to Pacific Pearl’s interiors. 

“P&O Cruises is thrilled to be able to showcase a boutique, local artist such as Tony onboard our

latest ship. His eye-catching photos are sure to delight our passengers wherever they sail,” he


Based in Grays Point in Sydney’s South, Tony Rae creates art that celebrates the workings of

nature by showcasing the patterns found in sandstone, bark, rockpools, dappled light and water in

macro form. His aim is to remind people of their own experience with and in nature. 

Among the photographs to be featured on Pacific Pearl are three large sets featuring the Bronte

Beach pools in Sydney, the Royal National Park south of Sydney and the Bay of Fires in


Artist Tony Rae said the P&O Cruises order was his biggest to date and he was relishing the

opportunity to showcase his art to thousands of cruise passengers.

“We’ve got all hands on deck, so to speak, getting the works completed for the launch. I can’t wait

to see the finished art hung on Pacific Pearl,” he said.

The art will be installed during a three-week drydock in Singapore where the ship will undergo a

major refurbishment. Key features of Pacific Pearl will include a swim up bar, a “Big Screen” on the

pool deck and the creation of a new Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. 

Following the drydock, Pacific Pearl will make her way to Auckland for her official naming on

December 21, 2010.

Pacific Pearl will make her maiden visit to Sydney on February 3, 2011 when she commences her

first Australian season.

Joining Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Sun, Pacific Pearl’s debut will take P&O Cruises’

fleet to four ships.

Media contacts: 

Libby Moffet/Hannah Le Coic

MG Media Communications

02 9904 0011


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