Dora the ExplorerDora the Explorer has been named Godmother of P&O Australia's Pacific Explorer. The Nickelodeon character will be joined by SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skye from PAW Patrol at a Welcome Party to celebrate the fifth ship in P&O's fleet during the naming ceremony at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal on Sunday July 2.

Fans can win tickets to the celebration with Dora the Explorer and friends and be the first to experience Pacific Explorer's exciting new features.

"In keeping with the ship's family appeal, it felt only fitting to invite a much loved household name like Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to be Godmother. She's a family favorite, enjoys adventure and trying new activities, and is a perfect fit to help showcase all that our ship has to offer", said P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell. 

Myrmell said Pacific Explorer was the next stage in the evolution of P&O's very popular modern Australian holiday offering and has something onboard for everyone.

"We've taken the winning features of our existing ships and added a whole new layer of excitement with some big wow moments like the waterslides and the bowling green and theelegant new small bar The Bonded Store, featuring a cocktail list created in partnership with Sydney-based award-winning Archie Rose Distilling Co, as well as whisky and gin-making classes".

The 77,000 tonne vessel arrived in Sydney last Monday where she will be homeported year-round. The ship departed on its inaugural 10-night cruise to the Pacific Islands on Friday June 22.

General Manager of Nickelodeon Australia Ben Cox is thrilled to help host the festivities at P&O's Nautical Nonsense with Nickelodeon Welcome Party, according to a prepared statement.

"We're excited for Dora to take on her new role as Godmother of Pacific Explorer. Nickelodeon is synonymous with family entertainment and we can't wait to bring our characters onboard this fantastic ship to host the best family party yet," said Cox.