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March 9, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The new owners of P&O’s Pacific Eden are moving the ship to Singapore, then to Northern Europe and back to Australia – and in the meantime they are running a competition for the trade to help name the vessel – though Boaty McBoatface is out of the question.

CMV Travel & Leisure Group is the new owner, having acquired Pacific Eden from P&O Cruises Australia. Pacific Eden will be the sixth ship in the CMV fleet. Gala trade launch events are planned in Tilbury and Bremerhaven in May 2019.

Delivery of Pacific Eden to CMV Travel & Leisure Group will take place in Singapore in early April 2019. After a deployment in Northern Europe the ship will then operate from Fremantle (Perth) and Adelaide for the Australian summer season (December 2019 – March 2020).

CMV’s 2019 German-based program for the new ship will go on sale after the Easter holidays in mid-April with the release of a special launch edition brochure. The Australian summer 2019-20 season will be released later this year.

Pacific Eden off Fremantle in 2015

CMV Travel & Leisure Group is now running a competition for the trade to help name the vessel. Forget Boaty McBoatface – the name is already taken.  Agents can instead vote for one of four famous explorers (continuing the company’s theme for naming its ships).

Agents should hurry. Pacific Eden’s new name will be announced on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The vessel will join CMV’s expanding fleet with delivery in Singapore in early April 2019 followed by a short docking period to include livery change, re-brand and some preparatory works before she positions westbound to Northern Europe via the Suez on her inaugural voyage.

Four distinguished explorers have been shortlisted for the ship’s new name and the travel trade and Columbus Club Members will be invited to cast their vote. The shortlist includes: Vasco da Gama, Pytheas, Henry Hudson and Amerigo Vespucci.

Pacific Eden joined P&O’s local fleet at the end of 2015 and was one of the first ships to reflect P&O’s modern Australian look and feel.

Earlier this week, P&O announced Pacific Eden would leave its fleet, saying a commercial arrangement had been reached to transfer the ship in April 2019 as part of P&O Cruises’ preparation for the arrival of the “more modern and larger” 2600-passenger Golden Princess in 2020. P&O Cruises will start offering voyages on Golden Princess before the end of this year.

The ship, under a new name and owned by CMV Travel & Leisure Group, will be deployed and dedicated to both the German and Australasian cruise markets. During the northern summer (May-October) the ship will operate under CMV’s German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten homeporting from both Bremerhaven and Kiel and during the Australian summer season (December-March) from Fremantle (Perth) and Adelaide offering a more traditional scenic cruise experience.

CMV’s British, North American and wider global markets will also market the voyages between Europe and the Southern Hemisphere and the wider Australian season.

The ship has a rich heritage and maritime pedigree, originally launched in 1994 by Holland America Line as the Statendam. At 55,820grt and with an impressive space ratio, she will carry 1150 passengers accommodated in 630 cabins (including 100 singles and 149 balcony suites and cabins with an 80% ocean view ratio). She will operate alongside CMV’s flagship, Columbus (1400pax), Magellan (1300pax), Marco Polo (800pax), Astor (600pax) and Astoria (550pax).

Christian Verhounig, chief executive and chairman of CMV explained, “We are very pleased to have concluded this deal and firmly believe that Pacific Eden (TBR) 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 requirement level of extra capacity needed in Australia and Germany as we continue to grow our international business.”

Chris Coates, group commercial director added, “Pacific Eden is an excellent addition to our fleet and the strategic development of the Group’s presence in the German and Australian markets will increase overall capacity to just below 150,000 ocean cruise passengers in 2019”.

Dean Brazier, managing director of CMV Australia explained, “We are delighted to be introducing such a fine new ship in our market. Astor has been an enormously successful and very popular cruise product in Australia and the new ship will significantly broaden our distribution base, raise our profile and the capacity increase will help to service growing demand. Exciting times ahead!”

Planned refurbishment/conversion works to the public areas mainly involve the conversion of the HQ Teen Centre, Turtle Cove and Shark Shack into library and card room situated aft and affording fine ocean views and reducing the casino size.

Written by Peter Needham

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