CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages will take delivery of P&O Australia’s ships Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria in Singapore on March 2 and May 2, 2021, respectively, thus increasing the lower bed fleet capacity to 9000 berths and guest capacity by 30% in 2021.
The two vessels will be officially re-named in the summer of 2021 following scheduled drydocks in Singapore (new livery / paint works, minor upgrades) prior to embarking on CMV positioning cruises via Suez Canal to Northern Europe.
Pacific Dawn will be deployed on the UK market late May 2021 bolstering the much-needed capacity and sailing year-round alongside CMV Columbus out of homeport Tilbury-London.
Pacific Aria will be deployed on the German market under the brand of TransOcean Kreuzfahrten with a much-needed increase in passenger capacity cruising alongside CMV Vasco da Gama and replacing the 580-guest CMV Astor. In April 2021, CMV Astor will be renamed to "Jules Verne" and transferred to CMV-France (Croisieres Maritimes et Voyages) - a new brand dedicated to the French-speaking market.
The new names of the ships will be unveiled in December 2019 under the explorer theme of CMV providing a more traditional scenic experience.