Aegean Goddess

Former names: Pacific Aria (P&O Australia), MS Ryndam (Holland America), Ida Pfeiffer (CMV)

Aegean Goddess last position

Aegean Goddess last location was at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.93876 N / 23.63535 E) cruising en route to PIRAEUS. The AIS position was reported 2 months ago.

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Specifications of Aegean Goddess

Year built1994  /  Age: 27
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassStatendam
Building costUSD 220 million
OwnerSeajets Greece
OperatorSeajets Cruise Line (Seajets Ferries Greece)
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)219 m / 719 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage55819 gt
Passengers1266 - 1512
Crew558
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks12
Cabins630
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsMS Maasdam (Aegean Myth), MS Veendam (Aegean Majesty), MS Statendam (CMV Vasco da Gama)
Former namesPacific Aria (P&O Australia), MS Ryndam (Holland America), Ida Pfeiffer (CMV)
Christened byJessica Mauboy (for P&O Australia)

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MS Aegean Goddess cruise ship is the 1994-built (as MS Ryndam) liner that between 2015-2020 was named "Pacific Aria" and operated by P&O Australia. The vessel's sisters (by design) are the fleetmates Aegean Myth (fka MS Maasdam) and Aegean Majesty (fka MS Veendam) and also MS Statendam (CMV Vasco da Gama).

In April 2021, Pacific Aria was planned to leave P&O Cruises Australia, with the last voyage scheduled for April 9, 2021 (departing from Melbourne to Singapore via Fremantle). The last voyage was bookable as short-break (Melbourne-Fremantle), Asia Explorer (Fremantle-Singapore) and "full farewell" (18-night B2B cruise Melbourne-Fremantle-Singapore). In February 2021, P&O Australia's fleet was also planned to leave Pacific Dawn (now MS Satoshi).

In November 2019, for both vessels were signed presale agreements with CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Pacific Aria was to be renamed to "CMV Ida Pfeiffer", Pacific Dawn - to "CMV Amy Johnson". Following the CMV's collapse (filed for bankruptcy in July 2020), Carnival Corporation reopened both ships for sale. Pacific Dawn was sold to Ocean Builders to become their "Crypto Cruise Ship" (residential ship). Pacific Aria was sold in mid-October (the buyer was not revealed) and left the fleet. With P&O Australia (November 2015 through March 2020), the 26-year-old Pacific Aria sailed 450,000+ NM (~520K mi / ~835K km).

While operated by P&O Australia, the vessel (IMO number 8919269) was UK-flagged (MMSI 235113823) and registered in London. The new shipowner (Seajets Ferries Greece) renamed the vessel to "Aegean Goddess" and reflagged it to Bermuda (MMSI 310811000).

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. P&O is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

Aegean Goddess cruise ship (Pacific Aria, MS Ryndam)

SEAJETS Greece (1989-founded) is a Cyprus-based shipping company that specializes in passenger and cargo ferry services exclusively in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea). Seajets' fleet includes mainly fast-ferries (14x high-speed catamarans, max capacity 2100 passengers + 600 cars) plus 3x conventional Ro-Pax vessels (max capacity 1300 passengers + 400 cars). Seajets operates from homeports Piraeus-Athens, Lavrion and Crete (Heraklion and Rethymno) inter-connecting 26 Cyclades Islands (Crete including) with 260 connections.

The 1266-passenger cruise ship Pacific Aria was launched and operated as MS Ryndam as part of the Holland America fleet (between 1994 and 2015). In May 2014, Carnival Corporation (shipowner for both brands P&O AU and HAL) announced that the liner will be transferred to the P&O Australia’s fleet in 2015 after a scheduled refurbishment to tailor Ryndam for the Australia-New Zealand source market.

 

Cruise itinerary program

Pacific Aria itinerary program was based on Australia cruises from homeports Sydney NSW and Brisbane QLD, including roundtrip “South Pacific Islands” voyages to Fiji, Vanuatu, Santo, New Caledonia, “cruises to nowhere” and Moreton Island short breaks, Queensland cruises to the Great Barrier Reef (Coral Sea) and Papua New Guinea, Sydney-Brisbane repositioning cruises with one-way itineraries.

In 2020, the ship had planned its longest-ever New Zealand season - 7 months (April through October) with roundtrips from homeport Auckland NZ. P&O AU's 2020 program featured a new 14-day "Bounty Adventure" itinerary (operated since July 2020) visiting Norfolk IslandVavauNuku'alofa, SuvaDravuni Island, Port Denarau.

The ship's New Zealand 2020 program included 18 longer itineraries ("P&O Voyages", 8- to 12 days) leaving roundtrip from Auckland to South Pacific Islands (including 12x visiting Fiji Islands). The 10-day "Bounty Discovery" itinerary (April, June, July, September) was to Norfolk Island, LifouNoumeaPort VilaMystery Island.

Following the vessel's sale in October 2020, a total of 26x P&O Pacific Aria cruises (departures between December 7, 2020, and April 9, 2021) were cancelled. For details on the scheduled for 2020-2021 itineraries see the ship's Wiki page.

Cabins

Pacific Aria/Aegean Goddess staterooms (630 total) include 29x Suites, 120x Balcony, 353x Oceanview, 128x Inside, in total 23 cabin categories. Most cabins are 190 ft2 (18 m2) sized. Nearly 25% have a step-out balcony. The largest accommodations are Deck 11's Penthouse Suites (940 ft2 / 87 m2 including the terrace).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Pacific Aria showcases P&O Australia's biggest dining options' selection, with 15 venues in total. The Pantry replaced the traditional buffet. It is an area of fresh-food stations including items like fish and chips and a delicatessen. The Dragon Lady serves a range of Asian dishes, Angelo's is an elegant Italian venue. The Open Kitchen is a modern cooking school. Back by popular demand are favorites, such as the exclusive 14-seat Chef's Table and Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. The Waterfront Restaurant, ship's main dining room, continues to serve classic Australian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a stylish setting.

Aegean Goddess cruise ship (Pacific Aria, MS Ryndam)

Follows the complete list of Pacific Aria restaurants and food bars.

  • Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room; each of all three dining rooms on Pacific Aria is operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte) menus for breakfast and lunch, and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Tables seat up to 10 guests. Dining times vary according to sea/port days. The Waterfront is connected with the Asian and Italian themed dining rooms)
  • The Dragon Lady (Asian cuisine restaurant; ship’s second dining room)
  • The Angelo’s (Italian cuisine restaurant, the third dining room)
  • The Pantry (self-service buffet restaurant with an open-air terrace)
  • Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via a partnership with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan)
  • Chef's Table (specialty dining venue with gourmet private dining and tour of the galley).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

New lounges include the Salt Grill Bar (complementing the MIX cocktail bar), Cellar Door for wine tastings and Dome nightclub. For kids, innovative activity clubs include Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ for teens. Adults can relax in the child-free Oasis on ship's top deck, while all ages enjoy the swimming pool on Lido deck and the P&OEdge on the top deck.

Holland America MS Ryndam cruise ship (Aegean Goddess, Pacific Aria)

On its Top Deck, Pacific Aria cruise ship has P&O Australia's signature “P&OEdge” Adventure Park. This unique outdoor playground offers 20 different high-adrenaline activities, including zip-lining, rock climbing, rope jumping, racing. The most popular P&OEdge activities are named “Cargo Net Race”, “Flying Fox” (rope jumping across pool deck), “Atrium High Ropes” (net climbing in the Atrium), “Aft Funnel Climb” (rock climbing wall), "Bungee Tramp", "Bow Ladder Climb" and "Slackline Bouncing Bridge" (ropes course).

 

Follows the complete list of Pacific Aria lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Pacific Aria Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • The Marquee Theatre (2-decks, featuring large scale shows, magic and comedy acts; during the day, the theatre hosts Jackpot bingo games, trivia quizzes)
  • Cellar Door (boutique winery); Ocean Bar; Blue Room (bar); The Bar/Monkey Bar; The Grill/Lido Bar; Pool Bar
  • Cinema & Open Kitchen (indoor cinema with a culinary school)
  • Tax and Duty-Free Shops; PANDORA shop (jewellery)
  • The Dome (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor, full-service bar; transforms into disco nightclub in the evenings)
  • Casino (served by The “MIX” Lounge and Bar which doubles as sports bar)
  • Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery and Shop); The Library (with Internet Cafe)
  • The Oasis (adults-only relaxation complex)
  • Aqua HealthSpaFitness (Wellness Centre with Day Spa, Thermal Suites, Fitness Centre with a separate room for classes, Hair and Beauty Salon); Main Pool Area
  • Promenade (decks 6 & 7), 2 pools (1 covered with sliding roof), 2 jacuzzis
  • Teen- and Kids club lounges (offering complimentary activities by P&O youth programme: “Turtle Cove”; “Shark Shack”; “HQ” lounge; “HQ+” teen lounge)
  • P&OEdge Adventure Park experience (“high adrenalin” program with 20 different activities, such as climbing, jumping, racing, flying on ropes)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shuffleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.

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P&O Pacific Aria ship started its carrier under the name "ms Ryndam", operated by Holland America Line since 1994. In 2015, the vessel was refurbished and transferred to P&O Australia, renamed "Pacific Aria" and homeported in Brisbane Queensland. In June 2017, P&O AU's fleet joined Pacific Explorer (fka Dawn Princess).

As the design the liner is sistership to CMV Vasco da Gama (fka Pacific Eden) and to HAL's liners Maasdam (now Aegean Myth) and Veendam (now Aegean Majesty). Pacific Aria started operations in November 2015, right after the renaming ceremony in Sydney NSW. The christening ceremony was dual (also including the Pacific Eden ship) and held at Fort Denison (Sydney Harbour) on November 25, 2015. Aria's godmother is Mrs Jessica Mauboy (singer). Part of the dual naming celebrations were also the P&O Australia ships Pacific Pearl (CMV Columbus), Pacific Jewel (scrapped as "MS Karnika" in 2020) and Pacific Dawn (now MS Satoshi). On each of the five ships, there were musical parties with live performances featuring Jessica Mauboy (on Aria), The Veronicas (on Eden), Samantha Jade (on Pearl), Justice Crew (on Jewel) and Stan Walker (on Dawn).

Pacific Aria "cruise to nowhere" deals are on specially themed Australian roundtrip voyages (without additional ports of call along the route). These short breaks are usually themed "Food and Wine", "Music" (various styles/performers), "Comedy", "Sports". P&O Australia "cruises to nowhere" prices are also inclusive of all special activities and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.

The inaugural cruise (Mayden Voyage for P&O AU) was on November 25 (2-days Sydney to Brisbane). Pacific Aria was the first cruise ship to call on Fraser Island - followed by the fleetmate Pacific Eden. The island's location is along Queensland's southern coast- some 200 km (120 mi) north of Brisbane. This is a World Heritage-listed location and also the largest sand island in the world (length 120 km (75 mi), width 24 km (15 mi). The ship's scheduled visit to Fraser Island Queensland was on April 3, 2016 (4-day Brisbane round-trip cruise itinerary). The Great Sandy Strait is a 70 km (~ 43 mi) sand passage estuary (tidal strait consisting of bays and sand flats) that separates mainland Queensland from Fraser Island. On April 3, at high tide Pacific Aria entered and navigated through the strait, assisted by an experienced local pilot (a former Captain). At about 7 am the ship anchored off the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Among the special P&O Australia shore excursion deals on Fraser Island is the Kingfisher Bay Resort, offering 4WD tours along the island's beaches and some 1500 km (930 mi) of tracks.

Aria was also the 2nd liner (after Pacific Jewel) to visit the privately-owned Conflict Islands (Papua New Guinea) - inaugural visit on August 5, 2016. This is a group of all 21 islands surrounding a blue lagoon with a pristine reef system. This makes the new destination one of the perfect ones for snorkelling and diving excursions in the South Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Aria refurbishment 2018 review

The ship's 12-day drydock refurbishment in 2018 (August 3-15, done in Singapore) resulted in the following deckplan changes:

  • The Dome (Deck 12 forward) was redecorated with a new nautical theme (dark blue and white) and redesigned with new soft lighting and classy drapes. By day, the Dome is the right place for board games, dance classes, trivia and relax on the lounges. In the evening it transforms into a chic dance-spot.
  • Elemis Spa (Deck 11 forward) was enhanced and upgraded with Barber Shop. The new venue features chic decor (gold-framed mirrors, leather swivel chairs, premium curtains) and offers professional grooming services (hot towel shaves, beard trimming, and styling).
  • All Penthouse, Suite and balcony staterooms received new carpets and outdoor furniture.
  • Fleet's new Southern Cross themed livery was painted on the hull.

In total, on the ship were replaced with new 1000 pieces of furniture, 6000 m of fabrics, 10000+ m2 of carpets. New artworks and contemporary wallpapers were placed in public spaces.

Pacific Aria cruise itineraries 2020-2021 (CANCELLED)

Next tables show some of the planned by P&O Australia cruises for Pacific Aria (by theme). Following the ship's sale in October 2020, all these voyages were cancelled.

3-day Cruises to Nowhere (roundtrips without any call ports) in 2021 were scheduled from Sydney (Jan 24, ), Adelaide (Jan 30, Feb 20, Mar 6, Mar 13) and from Melbourne (Mar 26, Apr 2).

4 days, round-trip Moreton Island - Tangalooma Sydney

Date / TimePort
07 Dec 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
09 Dec 08:00 - 20:30Moreton Island, Queensland Australia
11 Dec 09:00Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

10 days "Christmas Cruise"

Cruise Theme: Christmas cruise

Date / TimePort
18 Dec 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
21 Dec 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
22 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia
23 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu
24 Dec 08:00 - 18:00Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu
28 Dec 07:00Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

10 days "New Years Eve Cruise"

Date / TimePort
28 Dec 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
31 Dec 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
01 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
02 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Lifou Island, New Caledonia
04 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Norfolk Island, Australia
07 Jan 07:00Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

8 days "A Taste Of New Caledonia"

Date / TimePort
07 Jan 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
10 Jan 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
11 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia
12 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
15 Jan 07:00Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

9 days "Explore The Loyalty Islands"

Date / TimePort
15 Jan 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
18 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
19 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Lifou Island, New Caledonia
20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia
21 Jan 08:00 - 17:30Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
24 Jan 07:00Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

4 days "Southern Getaway"

Date / TimePort
02 Feb 16:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
03 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Port Lincoln, South Australia
05 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia
06 Feb 07:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

10 days Southern Discovery"

Date / TimePort
10 Feb 16:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
13 Feb 07:00 - 15:00Albany, Western Australia
14 Feb 08:00 - 19:00Margaret River, Western Australia
15 Feb 06:00 - 20:00Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
17 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Esperance, Western Australia
20 Feb 07:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

7 days "A Taste Of Tasmania"

Date / TimePort
23 Feb 16:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
25 Feb 07:00 - 19:00Melbourne, Victoria Australia
27 Feb 07:00 - 16:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
01 Mar 08:00 - 19:00Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia
02 Mar 07:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

7 days "A Taste Of Tasmania"

Date / TimePort
19 Mar 16:00Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia
21 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia
23 Mar 10:00 - 23:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
24 Mar 08:00 - 16:00Port Arthur, Tasmania Australia
25 Mar 09:00 - 17:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
26 Mar 08:00Arriving in Melbourne, Victoria Australia

4 days "Kangaroo Island"

Date / TimePort
29 Mar 16:00Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia
31 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia
02 Apr 07:00Arriving in Melbourne, Victoria Australia

The last scheduled by P&O cruise for Pacific Aria was a 6-days repositioning voyage from Melbourne to Fremantle Melbourne

Date / TimePort
09 Apr 16:00Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia
12 Apr 10:00 - 18:00Esperance, Western Australia
13 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Albany, Western Australia
15 Apr 06:00Arriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

Holland America MS Ryndam cruise ship

Follows the table with information regarding the previously named "MS Ryndam" Holland America vessel.

  • Passenger decks: 10
  • Cabin grades number: 26
  • Total number of cabins: 630 (of which 149 Suites, no Balcony, 129 Inside, 32 Spa rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Rotterdam
  • Restaurants and food bars: Lido (indoor buffet with outdoor Lido Terrace), Terrace Grill (fast-food), Pinnacle Grill (steakhouse, seafood, French /"Le Cirque" in the evening), Canaletto (Italian).
  • Lounges & Bars: Showroom at Sea (theater), Wajang (culinary arts, and cinema), Crow’s Nest (nightclub), MIX (Champagne, Spirits & Ales, Martini), Wine Tasting and Gourmet Shops, Explorer’s, Explorations Cafe, Neptune (suite guests), Ocean (Atrium bar), Casino, kids and teens lounges (Club HAL, The Loft, The Oasis), poolside bars.
  • Amenities: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats, Spa cabins (6 CQ - oceanview, 2 IQ - Interior), Spa suites (8, BQ).
  • Adults relaxation area (Sea View), Greenhouse Spa, Fitness, 2 jacuzzis, 2 pools, wraparound Promenade (Deck 6).
  • Holland America Ryndam cruise ship (named after a dam on Rhine River) is of the line's 1st S-class vessel.

MS Ryndam's Maiden Voyage was on October 16, 1994, attended by the Godmother Madeleine Arison. On this vessel, there is an art-antiques collection of items from the 17-18-19th centuries (themed Dutch exploration). In its Atrium area (midship) it has a huge fountain (by G. Lebigre, Italy). Ryndam was HAL's 2nd vessel with this name. The first Ryndam was 12340 t passenger ship (1901-built, 1929-scrapped).

MS Ryndam itineraries

The Holland America Ryndam ship was transferred to P&O Australia, starting operations in November 2015. Before the transfer, the ship operated on the following itineraries: Caribbean cruises from Tampa Florida

  • 7-day Western Caribbean - visiting Key West FL (or Cozumel Mexico), Roatan, Guatemala (Santo Tomas) and Costa Maya (Mexico)
  • 14-day Southern Caribbean - visiting Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Curacao, Aruba, and Grand Cayman
  • (back-to-back) 14-day Western Caribbean (with Key West and Cozumel), and 21-day Western-Southern Caribbean.

North European cruises from Dover (England, UK)

  • 7-day Norwegian Fjords
  • 14-day Arctic (North Pole)
  • 14-day Baltic Capitals
  • 21-day back-to-back
  • 19-day Canary Islands
  • 20-day Western Mediterranean

Mediterranean Sea cruises

  • 10-day Barcelona to Venice
  • 17-day Venice to Athens
  • 14-day Athens to Rome
  • 7-day Rome to Barcelona
  • 7-day round-trip Greek Isles and Turkey from Athens Greece
  • 14-day back-to-back

15-16-day Transatlantic crossings on repositioning between Tampa and Barcelona.

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