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Sydney’s abrupt first day of winter keeps two P&O ships harbour-bound

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Together with Pacific Explorer, P&O’s Pacific Eden was forced to stay in Sydney Harbour overnight
After a long Indian summer, Sydney was blasted by vigorous southerly winds and torrential rain Friday—the first official day of winter—with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning for damaging surf and abnormally high seas.

P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Eden and Pacific Explorer were due to sail late in the afternoon on three-night short breaks to nowhere, but were kept in the harbour overnight.
 
Strong southerly winds continued to batter the New South Wales coast this morning, generating swells of up to 9 metres, but both ships are underway today. 
 
‘Cruising would have been uncomfortable in those conditions and the delay has been in the interest of guest amenity,’ a Carnival Australia spokesperson said.
 
‘While some guests were naturally disappointed, most were happy to enjoy the facilities on these fabulous ships in the shelter of the harbour.'
 

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