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Everything P&O is awesome for LEGO fans

Daisy Melwani

P&O Cruises are making dreams come true for kids of all ages announcing a giant Pacific Eden LEGO model will be built in Sydney on Australia Day.

In a move for the cruise line to take its long-term relationship with LEGO further, it has joined forces with the Museum of Sydney and LEGO certified professional Ryan McNaught to create a giant model of Pacific Eden’s sister ship, Pacific Aria for the museum’s Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks exhibition.

“Sydney remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for cruise ships and it’s great to see cruising recognised as part of the action and beauty of our harbour in this stunning exhibition,” P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said.

P&O President Sture Myrmell and Lego Certified Professional Ryan McNaught
P&O President Sture Myrmell and Lego Certified Professional Ryan McNaught

McNaught will take to the museum’s forecourt with registered fans to build the model of Pacific Eden between 9am and 3pm on January 26.

“As part of our partnership with LEGO, the kids’ clubs on all our ships feature a range of fantastic LEGO activities which our guests love, so it’s very exciting to be able to bring the action to land for Australia Day with this special chance to make an amazing ship model with Ryan,” Myrmell said.

Meanwhile at sea, P&O Cruises will be celebrating Australia Day with a record four ships in Sydney Harbour for the first time, with the real Pacific Eden, Pacific Aria, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel hosting more than 6500 guests onboard.

The Pacific Aria model took Ryan McNaught 353 hours to build and is made of more than 163,000 bricks. Weighing in at more than 80kgs, the ship features a range of LEGO miniature figures including celebrities such as chef Luke Mangan, whose restaurant Salt Grill stars on all P&O ships, chasing a pig and David Hoff (formerly Hasselhoff) on the dance floor. Observant visitors to the exhibition will even find a figure of Ryan McNaught in the Shark Shack club on the top deck playing LEGO with some kids.

The Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks exhibition is on display at the Museum of Sydney until July 31, 2016 – click here for more information.

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