Cruise & Maritime Voyages is to add a sixth ship to its fleet with the purchase of Pacific Eden from P&O Australia.
The 55,820GMT vessel will carry 1,150 passengers across 630 cabins (including 100 singles and 149 balcony suites. Around 80% of cabins will have an ocean view).
The ship will join CMV’s German division, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, in April 2019 after a livery change and some initial preparatory work. In October the ship will transition to Australia where it will cruise out of Fremantle (Perth) and Adelaide.
The company’s UK division will be marketing the Australian season.
CMV has decided upon a shortlist of names for the ship, which include the explorers Vasco da Gama, Pytheas, Henry Hudson and America Vespucci. The name will be announced on 20 March.
Christian Verhounig, CEO and chairman of CMV said: “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.”
The Australian summer 2019-20 season will be released during autumn 2018.