Charting a Course To Success

Sistership Training Hosts Exclusive Event On Board P&O’s Pacific Adventure

SisterShip Training, the trailblazing force in empowering women in maritime careers, held an exclusive event for their female maritime students on board P&O’s Pacific Adventure during its port call in Eden on Sunday.

The landmark event marked the culmination of the dedicated efforts of their female maritime students, bringing them together for a unique networking experience with industry leaders, employers, and inspiring women in maritime.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Twofold Bay, attendees had the opportunity to hear from influential figures in the maritime sector, including Port Jackson’s Harbour Manager from Svitzer, Renee Connolly and Island Cruising and Women Who Sail NZ Managing Director, Viki Moore, as well as several other inspirational women in the maritime industry.


Featuring success stories that highlighted the remarkable achievements of women in leadership roles within the maritime sector and outlining the various career paths available, the event provided participants with valuable insights to empower them as they chart their futures with confidence and resilience.

Jackie Parry, founder of Sistership Training said, “I am inspired and proud of the remarkable journey we’ve embarked on to empower women in the maritime industry. This event, thanks to P&O Cruises Australia, is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our wonderful students. It’s heart-warming to witness the industry coming together to support our vision to create an inclusive and diverse maritime community.”

Kathryn Robertson, Chief Commercial Officer P&O Cruises Australia said, “P&O is honoured to host the Sistership training event, as we strongly believe in empowering women in the maritime industry. Through our support for this initiative, we aim to help facilitate opportunities for women within our industry and contribute to a more equitable and prosperous future for all in the maritime sector.”

The event perfectly encapsulated SisterShip Training’s unwavering commitment to nurturing a supportive community where women can not only find success but thrive in the maritime industry.

About SisterShip Training

SisterShip Training is a pioneering initiative founded by Skipper Jackie Parry, dedicated to empowering women in the maritime industry. Through mentorship, education, and networking, SisterShip Training is transforming maritime careers and fostering a diverse, inclusive workforce.

The event and the Connecting Women to (Maritime) Trades program is funded under the Trade Pathways Program – Training Services NSW. Proudly funded by the NSW Government.

About P&O Cruises Australia

For 90 years, P&O Cruises Australia has taken Australians and New Zealanders on dream holidays to amazing destinations along the Australian coast as well as the idyllic South Pacific. The homegrown cruise line delivers a holiday with great entertainment, world-class dining and unforgettable onboard experiences while sailing to some of the most incredible destinations in the Pacific. Delivered in the Aussie way, you can choose to do everything, or nothing at all, with P&O Cruises Australia.

For more information:
Madeline Georgiadis, P&O Cruises Australia

0455 932 164

Jacqui Parry, Sistership Training
0458 391 660



SisterShip Training is the recipient of a ‘Connecting Women to Trades’ grant program (2022-2024) from Training Services NSW.

The Connecting Women to Trades Grant Program aims to address the representation of women in trades and industry occupations experiencing skills shortages. The program is designed to fund the design and delivery of innovative and targeted project activities to encourage and support more women into trade training and careers in trades.

Participation of women in male-dominated trades has remained persistently low for decades. The grant round is part of a NSW Government Women in Trades Strategy 2021-24 which addresses key actions to increase the representation of women in trades. Projects will be delivered through partnerships with training organisations and aligned to the three pillars of action and outcomes of the Women in Trades Strategy 2021-2024.

The primary outcomes of the Connecting Women to Trades program are:

  1. Boost awareness of the social and economic benefits of a career in trades
  2. Improved exposure of trade pathways for women
  3. Greater visibility of female trade ambassadors
  4. Greater numbers of women taking part and completing vocational education training
  5. Development of skills that lead to a career in trades
  6. Increased awareness of gender discrimination across workplaces in all trades sectors
  7. Confidence to enter training and employment in trades
  8. Stronger networks between industry, employers and women
  9. Reduced financial barriers that deter women from entering trades

Sistership Training were successful in delivering maritime training under the first grant round and were so successful they were invited to continue with another two maritime training courses under this year’s program. SisterShip Training has focused on:

  • Increasing the number of qualified mariners with successful and highly competent women
  • Supporting women in their maritime career path with training and input from already successful maritime women.
  • Supporting and mentoring participants.
  • Connecting women with other women at all levels in the industry.
  • Ensuring women are ‘boat ready’ by supporting their entire journey and experience, from understanding career paths, to training, to experience on different vessels and continuing support, ensuring participants are boat ready on every level and truly confident to tackle the challenges of maritime with excellence.
  • Meeting the demand that is in our region (and growing rapidly) for mariners and increasing the number of women in those roles.
  • Raising awareness of the myriad of maritime career opportunities and expected benefits
  • SisterShip Training will build on their already existing ambassadorial role in creating awareness and greater visibility of women in trade
  • Ongoing mentorship and support that SisterShip Training’s founder is widely known for in the boating industry.
  • Focussing on women and the financial incentives available
  • Facilitating and encouraging networking between maritime businesses and organisations in our region


Our proud history

  • P&O pioneered cruising in Australia and is the nation’s favourite cruise line.
  • The first P&O Cruise from Australia was on the Strathaird in December 1932. It was a return voyage from Sydney, stopping at Brisbane and Norfolk Island, carrying 1,100 passengers.

All about Pacific Adventure

  • Pacific Adventure was built in 2000 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
  • She started life as Golden Princess, serving with Princess Cruises until 2020 when she joined the P&O fleet.
  • She is more than 290 metres long and weighs almost 109,000 gross tonnes.
  • Pacific Adventure can carry more than 2600 guests in 1316 rooms and 1100 crew, across 17 decks.
  • Pacific Adventure was last refurbished at dry dock in 2021, installing P&O’s signature features such as the Adventure Hotel, Blue Room and fan-favourite Italian restaurant – Angelo’s.
  • Today, she arrives carrying passengers for P&O’s Sapphire Coast Food Festival cruise, a three-night round-trip voyage for food lovers from Sydney.
  • Delicious food doesn’t stop there, guests can also enjoy celebrity chef dining at a whole new level at Luke’s Bar & Grill by Luke Mangan. Luke takes the freshest and finest Australian ingredients and creates iconic signature dishes as well as some new favourites. Plus, enjoy rustic, home-style Italian fare and delicious freshly cooked pizza at P&O Trattoria, P&O’s newest dining experience.

Cruising in NSW

  • The cruise industry contributes $5.6 billion to the national economy including a direct output of $2.5 billion during the 2022-23 financial year, a 22.1% increase over 2018-19.
  • During this time cruise tourism supported a total employment of 18,225 full time equivalent positions around Australia, contributing $1.82 billion in wages, with NSW alone receiving more than $2.75 billion of direct expenditure.