In November 2019, the company announced that it will take delivery of a pair of vessels from P&O Australia in Singapore. Pacific Dawn will be renamed "Amy Johnson" and deployed on the UK market in late May 2021. MS Pacific Aria will be renamed "Ida Pfeiffer" and sail under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand on the market in Germany.
Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pilot from England who was the first woman to fly solo out of London to Australia. In 1931, Johnson set off from Croydon, Surrey to Darwin, Northern Territory. Amy set a lot of records, including the first woman to fly out of London to Moscow in one day, and setting record flying times from Britain to Cape Town and Japan. She was awarded the Gold Medal of Royal Aero Club. During WWII, Amy Johnson joined Air Transport Auxiliary.
Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858) was an explorer, travel writer, and ethnographer from Austria. 45-year-old Pfeiffer set off on her own to Holy Land to complete a pilgrimage. In 1846, she set off on ‘A Lady’s Voyage Round the World’ traveling to South America, China, South Sea Islands, India, Persia, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Italy. The first trip, and its book, was a huge success and in 1851 Pfeiffer undertook ‘A Lady’s Second Journey Round the World’, returning in 1855.
The 2021 summer cruise programs will go on sale through the travel trade and CMV international sales offices and websites in February.