P&O Australia revealed new look of 'Next Generation' cruise ships

By ,   April 29, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

A few more details were announced about the two ships joining Australia's P&O Cruises fleet in six months.

Moving over from Holland America, Pacific Aria (currently sailing as ms Ryndam) and Pacific Eden (ms Statendam) are set to change their old looks with a modern makeover including a luxurious dining room, stylish new bars and penthouse suites.

The soon-to-be refurbished venues include the Ocean Bar with comfy lounges and coffee tables and the Blue Room, playing live blues, jazz, RnB and funk. 

Both ships will feature a private Chef's Table in a more extravagant setting compared to the one on board the other ships of the line - Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl. Salt Grill specialty restaurant by Luke Mangan returns with an added luxury touch to the decor. The revolutionary "Pantry food market" will replace the traditional ship buffet.

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden's spacious accommodations will include penthouse suites with walk-in wardrobes, spa baths and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto balconies.

The Oasis area (adults-only) reveals hanging chairs and exclusive day beds with sheer curtains. The resort-style Lido swimming pool will boast a retractable roof, to allow using it at anytime of the day and night.

P&O senior vice president Sture Myrmell announced that the 1500-passenger Pacific Aria and Eden would be designed for sailing from Australia and New Zealand year-round. He added that both vessels represented the next generation of P&O cruise ships inspired by modern Australia. 

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will emerge from dry dock in November 2015 in Singapore and will arrive in Australia during a 5-ship spectacular ceremony on Sydney Harbour November 25.