P&O Cruises Celebrates Australia Day in Sydney Harbour

For the eighth year running, P&O Cruises celebrated Australia Day on Sydney Harbour with nearly 2000 guests onboard the Pacific Explorer enjoying a giant deck party jam-packed with Australia-filled activities including the cruise line’s annual “Look Like an Aussie Legend” competition, thong throwing contests, meat pie eating championships and an Australian national anthem sing-off.

P&O Cruises Australia sells ship to CMV

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CMV Travel & Leisure Group has bought 1,260-passenger capacity Pacific Eden from P&O Cruises Australia.

The vessel’s new name will be announced on March 20, 2018, before it is delivered in Singapore in early April 2019.

The travel trade and Columbus Club Members will vote for the new name based on a shortlist provided by Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV).

Following the delivery, the ship will be docked for a short period during which it will undergo a livery change and rebrand.

The ship will then carry out its inaugural voyage to northern Europe via the Suez Canal.

CMV has announced the new ship will be deployed to both the German and Australasian cruise markets.

The ship will operate under CMV’s German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, between May and October from both Bremerhaven and Kiel.

It will then operate during the Australian December-March summer season from Fremantle and Adelaide.

The summer 2019 German-based programme for the new ship will go on sale midway through next month.

CMV’s UK, North American and wider global markets will be marketing the voyages between Europe and the Antipodes and the wider Australian season.

The vessel, launched in 1994 by Holland America Line as the Statendam, operate alongside CMV’s 1,400 passenger Columbus, 1,300-passenger Magellan, 800-passenger Marco Polo, 600-passenger Astor and 550-passenger Astoria.

Christian Verhounig, CMV’s chief executive and chairman, said: “We are very pleased to have concluded this deal and firmly believe that Pacific Eden will be a very popular addition to our fleet.

“This stylish traditional vessel is ideally suited to our business model and is in very good shape following a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2016.

“As part of our mid-term growth plans, the ship will provide the required level of extra capacity needed in Australia and Germany as we continue to grow our international business.”

Carnival Cruise Line to get third Vista-class ship in 2019

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Carnival Cruise Line will grow and update its fleet in 2019 via a ship swap with sister brand P&O Cruises Australia.

Carnival will add a sister ship to the Carnival Vista, a vessel that was originally designated for Carnival Corp.’s P&O Cruises Australia brand. The Carnival Splendor, which was delivered in 2008, will be transferred in 2019 to P&O Cruises Australia in conjunction with the change.

The new ship, as yet unnamed, will be the third in the class, which was launched last year with the debut of the Carnival Vista. The second in the class, the Carnival Horizon, is also to sail for Carnival Cruise Line and is scheduled for delivery in 2018.

The 133,500 ton Vista ships carry 3,954 passengers at double occupancy and are 18% bigger than the Carnival Splendor, which carries 3,006 passengers.

In a statement, Carnival president Christine Duffy said the addition of additional Vista-class ships would enable Carnival to offer the Vista-class experience from different homeports and create new itinerary options.

Specific itinerary, homeport and ship details for the third vessel have yet to be announced.

The Vista “has proven to be the most innovative and popular ship we’ve ever introduced,” Duffy said.