CMV Vasco da Gama

Former names: Vasco da Gama (CMV), Pacific Eden (P&O), MS Statendam

CMV Vasco da Gama current position

CMV Vasco da Gama current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 38.71056 N / -9.12425 W) cruising en route to LISBON. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of CMV Vasco da Gama

Year built1993  /  Age: 27
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassStatendam
Building costUSD 220 million
OwnerMystic Invest
OperatorNicko Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)219 m / 719 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage55877 gt
Passengers1260 - 1512
Crew588
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks13
Cabins630
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsMS Maasdam (Aegean Myth), MS Veendam (Aegean Majesty), MS Ryndam (Pacific Aria)
Former namesVasco da Gama (CMV), Pacific Eden (P&O), MS Statendam
Christened byKate Ritchie

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The 1993-built Vasco da Gama cruise ship was launched as "MS Statendam" (for Holland America Line) and before CMV UK operated (as "Pacific Eden") by P&O Australia in the period 2015-2019. Vessel's sisterships are MS Ryndam (now Pacific Aria, planned CMV Ida Pfeiffer) and Pacific Explorer (ex Dawn Princess).

For CMV, the vessel was Bahamas-flagged (MMSI number 234890000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

On March 7, 2018, the UK company Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) announced the purchase of MS Pacific Eden from P&O Australia. The ship (renamed "Vasco da Gama") was operated by CMV via the subsidiary Transocean Tours (maiden voyage on April 23, 2019). The official christening ceremony was held in Port Bremerhaven Germany.

The vessel joined CMV as fleet's largest. The name "MS Vasco da Gama" was announced on March 21, 2018. Among the proposed ship names were Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco da Gama, Pytheas, Henry Hudson. The short drydock refurbishment in Singapore (April 2019) included mainly livery change and rebranding. Then the ship was repositioned through Suez Canal for an Inaugural cruise season in Northern Europe (May-October).

With its newest ship CMV targeted mainly the German and Australasian markets. During summer (May through October 2019), the ship was operated by "TransOcean Kreuzfahrten" (CMV's German brand) and homeported in Bremerhaven and Kiel. During winter (December through March 2020) the ship was operated by CMV and deployed in Australia (homeported in Fremantle-Perth and Adelaide).

CMV Vasco da Gama cruise ship (Pacific Eden)

On July 20, 2020, the CMV's parent company SQTL (South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd) was placed into administration / filed for bankruptcy. The UK-based company traded as "Cruise and Maritime Voyages" (trademarked brand). In June, SQTL-CMV entered into emergency talks with potential investors and lenders. Unfortunately, the company's efforts to secure funding and stay afloat during the Coronavirus crisis failed.

All CMV cruise ships were placed on the secondhand market and open for sale. In October was planned the vessels to be auctioned via the London UK-based company CW Kellock & Co Ltd (Ship Auctioneers, Brokers and Valuers). Biddings (deadline in brackets) opened for Vasco Da Gama (Oct 8), Columbus (Oct 12), Astor (Oct 15), Magellan (Oct 19) and Marco Polo (Oct 22).

  • (October 8) The 27-year-old CMV Vasco Da Gama was sold to Mystic Invest (Portugal) for USD 10,187 million.
  • (October 12) The 31-year-old CMV Columbus was sold to Seajets Ferries Greece for USD 5,321 million.
  • (October 15) The 33-year-old CMV Astor was sold to an undisclosed buyer (sales price USD 1,71 million) who intends to resell it for scrap metal.
  • (October 19) The 35-year-old CMV Magellan was sold to Seajets Ferries Greece for USD 3,431 million.
  • (October 22) The 55-year-old CMV Marco Polo was sold to an undisclosed buyer (sales price USD 2,77 million) who intends to resell it for scrap metal.

CMV Vasco da Gama's new shipowner's plans for the vessel are to use it as operational cruise ship (under the brand Nicko Cruises) serving predominantly the British and German source markets.

On November 21, 2020, CMV Vasco da Gama left London-Tilbury en-route to Lisbon Portugal.

Cruise itinerary program

CMV Vasco da Gama cruise itinerary program started with the "inaugural cruise" from Singapore to Amsterdam Holland (April 23, 2019). The 46-day repositioning (via Suez Canal) visited ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Italy, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal. The repositioning cruise was also offered as a 45-day itinerary to Tilbury-London UK.

From Amsterdam and London, the new CMV ship offered a World Cruise (through Panama Canal) to ports in the Caribbean, Mexico, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Australia. On October 9, 2019, from London-Tilbury started the 53-day southbound repositioning cruise to Sydney NSW (arriving December 1). In Australia, the liner was homeported in Adelaide, Fremantle, Sydney, and also in Auckland NZ. From Singapore was offered the 14-day "Treasures of Southeast Asia" itinerary (to Borneo, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam) that was combinable into B2B (26-day "Tropical Escape" itinerary) out of Fremantle.

The 71-day World Cruise from Fremantle to London-Tilbury departed on February 12, 2020. In Europe, CMV Vasco da Gama was operated by shipowner's German brand "Transocean Kreuzfahrten" and homeported in Kiel and Bremerhaven.

Note: For more inaugural cruise itinerary details and the cancelled 2020-2021 CMV Vasco da Gama program see at the ship's Wiki section.

For Mystic Invest, the acquired in 2020 cruise ship is operated by the Holding's German subsidiary and travel brand Nicko Cruises.

Cabins

CMV Vasco da Gama staterooms (a total of 630) are well-appointed, spacious and in 21 cabin categories - graded according to deck position and size. Cabin sizes range from 175 ft2 (16m2) for a Standard Inside up to 1095 ft2 (102 m2) for a Royal Penthouse Suite. Staterooms' average size is 200 ft2 (19 m2).

The cruise ship has 120x Balcony Cabins (categories Superior and Premium) as well as 29x Deluxe Balcony Suites (including 1x Royal Penthouse). The majority of twin-bedded staterooms convert to double bed cabins. A limited number of cabins are with inter-connecting doors and suitable for family and group travel.

All passenger staterooms are air-conditioned and equipped with smart HDTV, radio, direct-dial phone, electronic safe box (in the closet), en-suite bathrooms.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Vasco da Gama has three main Waterfront Restaurants onboard, including Waterfront Eurasia, Waterfront Mediterranean and Waterfront Restaurant where, unlike line's other ships, dining is flexible without fixed sittings. Passengers are free to dine where and when they want to. All meals are included in the cruise fare - breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, 5-course dinner, even late-night snacks. Evening meals start with an appetizer followed by delicious soup - with lots of options to choose from. There are also two specialty restaurants, Chef's Table and The Grill. Another option is the more relaxed buffet style Club Bistro.

CMV Vasco da Gama main courses range from seafood, rack of lamb, escalope of veal, beef medallions, chicken chasseur, Asian stir-fries, Italian pasta, traditional roasts - all available for guests to savor. Vegetarian meals are available to tantalize taste buds, featured on every menu together with health-conscious dishes. Light salads to refresh are offered before you finish meals - fresh fruit, international cheese platter, or delicious desserts, including English trifle, apple strudel, blueberry cheesecake, Baked Alaska, Peach Melba, strawberry tart, creme caramel, or the famous among cruisers chocolate mousse. In all Vasco da Gama bars Australian draught beer is also offered. Fine European and Australian red and white wines collection is available to complement guests' meal.

CMV Vasco da Gama cruise ship (Pacific Eden)

Follows the complete list of Vasco da Gama restaurants and food bars.

  • MDRs (Waterfront Eurasia, Waterfront Mediterranean, and Waterfront Restaurant). The Waterfront Restaurant is the main dining room which operates with open-seating and a la carte menus (Your Choice Dining) for breakfast and lunch and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Part of the Waterfront Restaurant is the Wine Room. It serves the CMV's "Chef's Table" dinner package.
  • The Grill
  • Club Bistro (buffet).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The 3-deck atrium is the focal point of CMV Vasco da Gama offering a Reception, Shore Excursions desk, shopping galleria, and photo gallery. Elsewhere onboard, guests will find a casino, cinema, Trumps & Aces bridge, and card room, meeting room, library, arts, and crafts area. There is also a Gelato's ice cream bar and Cappuccino's coffee shop.

At the 2-tiered show lounge Hollywood's, guests may enjoy "big show" entertainment from line's singers and dancers or one of the special guest acts. The Dome, with its panoramic seascapes, is a relaxing venue to watch the world sail by or chat with fellow passengers. At night, it turns into a disco. The Blue Room is the perfect venue to enjoy musical entertainment.

Vasco da Gama features extensive deck areas along with starboard and portside promenades. There are 2 swimming pools, of which the main top-deck pool boasts a retractable roof. Tennis and basketball courts are also available. The well-appointed wellness center includes hairdressing, beauty and spa facilities, as well as a well-equipped gym.

CMV Vasco da Gama cruise ship (MS Statendam)

Onboard entertainment includes CMV Enrichment Programme of speakers, craft specialists and guest entertainers. On selected voyages, guests can enjoy guest comedians in ‘A Laugh on the Ocean Waves’. There is also a photographic expert ready to assist passengers in improving their skills. Evening entertainment consists of stylish productions, cabarets, classical interludes, and guest acts. During days at sea, the entertainments team arranges activities like morning quizzes or afternoon dance classes.

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The cruise ship started its carrier under the name "MS Statendam". It was operated by Holland America Line (1993 to 2015), when was drydock refurbished and transferred to P&O Australia's fleet as "Pacific Eden" (homeported in Sydney NSW). Another newcomer for PandO was Pacific Explorer (former Dawn Princess) - joined the fleet in early 2017. By design, the vessel is identical with Pacific Aria (former ms Ryndam), and also to the Holland America Line ships Veendam (now Aegean Majesty) and Maasdam (now Aegean Myth).

Fun fact is, that this CMV ship has two namesakes - the CroisiEurope-owned riverboat ms Vasco de Gama and the CMA-CGM-owned box ship Vasco De Gama. The 2015-launched container vessel is 175,000 GT tons and can carry up to 18,000 TEUs (containers).

Pacific Eden's last cruise for P&O Australia was the 18-day repositioning itinerary from Adelaide to Singapore

Date / TimePort
16 Mar 16:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
19 Mar 07:00 - 15:00Albany, Western Australia
20 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Margaret River, Western Australia
21 Mar 06:00 - 16:00Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
25 Mar 12:00 - 26 Mar 12:00Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
29 Mar 11:00 - 20:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
30 Mar 09:00 - 19:00Pulau Penang Island, Malaysia
31 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
01 Apr 09:00 - 20:00Phuket, Thailand
03 Apr 08:00Arriving in Singapore

CMV Vasco da Gama inaugural cruise itineraries 2019

MS Vasco da Gama officially joined CMV on April 5, 2019, as fleet's 6th vessel. Following the acquisition, vessel's registry/flag-state was changed from Netherlands (MMSI 244078000 of P&O Pacific Eden) to Bahamas (MMSI 311000891 of CMV Vasco da Gama). Next, are listed ship's inaugural cruises for CMV.

46-day repositioning cruise from Asia to Europe (Singapore to Amsterdam). Fly-cruise deals were offered with cruise fare-inclusive flights from UK (London or Manchester) on April 22, 2019. CMV promo deals "buy one get one free" were initially priced from GBP 3500 pp (full fare GBP 7000) for 2 passengers sharing inside cabin.

Date / TimePort
24 AprDeparting from Singapore
26 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia
27 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Phuket, Thailand
01 May 08:00 - 23:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
03 May 06:00 - 23:00Cochin, India
05 May 07:00 - 15:00Mormugao-Goa, India
06 May 08:00 - 20:00Mumbai-Bombay, India
10 May 08:00 - 17:00Salalah, Oman
15 May 04:00 - 20:00Safaga, Egypt
16 May 09:00 - 21:00Aqaba, Jordan
18 May 04:00 - 17:00Suez Canal
19 May 05:00 - 20:00Ashdod-Jerusalem, Israel
21 May 07:00 - 13:00Santorini Island, Greece
21 May 18:00Mykonos Island, Greece
22 May 08:00 - 22:00Piraeus-Athens, Greece
24 May 08:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
25 May 08:00 - 18:00Messina, Sicily, Italy
26 May 08:00 - 19:00Naples, Italy
27 May 07:00 - 22:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
29 May 08:00 - 23:00Barcelona, Spain
31 May 09:00 - 18:00Gibraltar, UK
01 Jun 07:00Casablanca, Morocco
03 Jun 08:00 - 14:00Lisbon, Portugal
06 Jun 09:00 - 07 Jun 16:00London-Greenwich, England
08 Jun 09:00Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland

54-day repositioning cruise from Europe to Australia (Amsterdam to Sydney)

Date / TimePort
08 Oct 17:00Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
09 Oct 08:00 - 20:00London-Greenwich, England
13 Oct 08:00Lisbon, Portugal
15 Oct 07:00 - 21:00Casablanca, Morocco
17 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
20 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
25 Oct 20:00 - 26 Oct 17:00Bridgetown, Barbados
28 Oct 09:00 - 16:00Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles
30 OctPanama Canal
02 Nov 08:00 - 18:00San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
05 Nov 08:00 - 22:00Acapulco, Mexico Riviera
13 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia
16 Nov 08:00 - 19:00Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
17 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
19 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands
23 Nov 08:00 - 23:00Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
27 Nov 07:00 - 22:00Auckland, New Zealand
01 Dec 07:00Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

As itinerary segments were offered 50-day Amsterdam to Auckland (Oct 8), 53-days London to Sydney (Oct 9) and 49-day London to Auckland (Oct 9).

CMV Vasco da Gama cruise itineraries 2020-2021 (Australia/CANCELLED)

For 2020-2021, CMV scheduled a total of 24 voyages for the ship Vasco da Gama. Following the Coronavirus-related suspension of voyages (since March 2020), the ship's itinerary program was planned to start on October 9, with the 56-day relocation voyage from England to Australia.

Date / TimePort
09 Oct 20:00Departing from London-Tilbury, England
13 Oct 08:00Lisbon, Portugal
15 Oct 07:00 - 21:00Casablanca, Morocco
19 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
24 Oct 20:00 - 25 Oct 20:00Bridgetown, Barbados
26 Oct 08:00 - 18:00St Georges, Grenada
29 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Cartagena, Colombia
30 Oct 13:00 - 23:00Colon, Panama
31 Oct 04:00 - 19:00Panama Canal
11 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Nuku Hiva Island, Taiohae, Marquesas French Polynesia
13 Nov 19:00 - 14 NovPapeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
15 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Huahine Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
16 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
18 Nov 08:00 - 19:00Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands NZ
25 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand
26 Nov 07:00 - 22:00Auckland, New Zealand
30 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Sydney, NSW Australia
02 Dec 09:00 - 20:00Melbourne, Victoria Australia
04 Dec 08:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

While deployed in Australia-New Zealand, CMV Vasco da Gama had scheduled roundtrips from homeports Adelaide and Fremantle. The ex-Australia itineraries (all cancelled) included:

2-day "Weekend Escape" itinerary

Date / TimePort
04 Dec 17:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
05 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Port Lincoln, South Australia
06 Dec 08:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

7-day "Southern Explorer" itinerary

Date / TimePort
06 Dec 17:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
08 Dec 06:00 - 17:30Melbourne, Victoria Australia
09 Dec 09:00 - 18:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
10 Dec 12:00 - 21:00Portland, Victoria Australia
12 Dec 08:00 - 19:00Port Lincoln, South Australia
13 Dec 08:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

4-day "Coastal Experience" itinerary

Date / TimePort
13 Dec 17:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
14 Dec 07:00 - 22:00Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia
16 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Wallaroo SA, South Australia
17 Dec 08:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

10-day "Tasmanian Christmas Escape"

Date / TimePort
17 Dec 17:00Departing from Adelaide, South Australia
19 Dec 06:00 - 18:00Geelong, Victoria Australia
21 Dec 08:00 - 19:00Port Arthur, Tasmania Australia
22 Dec 06:00 - 23 Dec 14:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
24 Dec 12:00 - 22:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
27 Dec 07:00Arriving in Adelaide, South Australia

3-day "New Years Indulgence"

Date / TimePort
31 Dec 20:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
02 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Margaret River, Western Australia
03 Jan 07:00Arriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

12-day "Bali and the Northwest" itinerary

Date / TimePort
03 Jan 18:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
04 Jan 08:00 - 13:00Geraldton, Western Australia
07 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Broome WA, Kimberley, Western Australia
09 Jan 13:00 - 10 JanBenoa, Bali Indonesia
11 Jan 07:00 - 13:00Lembar, Lombok Indonesia
15 Jan 08:00Arriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

10-day "Broome and the Kimberley" itinerary

Date / TimePort
15 Jan 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
16 Jan 08:00 - 13:00Geraldton, Western Australia
19 Jan 08:00 - 20 Jan 13:00Broome, Western Australia
21 Jan 08:30 - 17:00Kimberley Coast, Western Australia
25 Jan 08:00Arriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

5-day "Southwest Escape" itinerary

Date / TimePort
27 Jan 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
29 Jan 08:00 - 16:30Esperance, Western Australia
30 Jan 08:00 - 20:00Albany, Western Australia
01 Feb 08:00Arriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

The last planned by CMV cruise for Vasco da Gama was the 76-day repositioning from Australia to Europe (UK-Holland-Germany.

Date / TimePort
01 Feb 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
02 Feb 08:00 - 13:00Geraldton, Western Australia
05 Feb 06:00 - 13:00Broome, Western Australia
07 Feb 09:00 - 16:00Darwin, NT Australia
10 Feb 07:00 - 23:00Benoa, Bali Indonesia
12 Feb 06:00 - 17:00Semarang, Java Indonesia
14 Feb 13:00 - 15 FebSingapore
18 Feb 06:00 - 19:00Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Malaysia
21 Feb 08:00 - 22 Feb 21:00Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
24 Feb 08:30 - 25 Feb 14:00Sihanoukville, Cambodia
26 Feb 07:30 - 21:00Laem Chabang-Bangkok, Thailand
27 Feb 12:00 - 20:00Koh Samui Island, Thailand
01 Mar 13:00 - 02 Mar 22:00Singapore
04 Mar 08:00Phuket, Thailand
08 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
10 Mar 06:00 - 17:00Cochin, India
12 Mar 07:30 - 20:00Mumbai-Bombay, India
16 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Salalah, Oman
21 Mar 04:00 - 20:00Safaga, Egypt
22 Mar 09:30 - 21:00Aqaba-Petra, Jordan
24 Mar 04:00 - 17:00Suez Canal, Egypt
25 Mar 06:00 - 18:00Ashdod-Jerusalem, Israel
26 Mar 05:00 - 21:00Port Said-Cairo, Egypt
27 Mar 12:00 - 20:00Limassol, Cyprus Greece
29 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Kusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey
30 Mar 13:00 - 31 Mar 20:00Istanbul, Turkey
01 Apr 08:00 - 16:00Canakkale-Troy, Turkey
02 Apr 08:00 - 22:00Piraeus-Athens, Greece
03 Apr 08:00 - 22:00Santorini Island, Thira, Greece
05 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Valletta, Malta
06 Apr 07:00 - 13:00Messina, Sicily Italy
07 Apr 09:00 - 22:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
10 Apr 09:00 - 18:00Cadiz, Spain
11 Apr 07:00Casablanca, Morocco
13 Apr 08:00 - 14:00Lisbon, Portugal
16 Apr 09:00 - 16:00London-Tilbury, England
17 Apr 08:00 - 16:00Amsterdam, Netherlands
18 Apr 09:00Arriving in Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany hotels

CMV's "World Voyage 2021" was also available for booking in shorter segments:

  • 14-day and 29-day from Fremantle to Singapore
  • 45-day Singapore to London-Tilbury
  • 60-day Singapore to London-Tilbury
  • 74-day Fremantle to London-Tilbury
  • 75-day Fremantle to Amsterdam Holland
  • 76-day Fremantle to Bremerhaven Germany

In mid-October 2020, the vessel was purchased at an auction by Mystic Invest and now is operated by its subsidiary company and brand Mystic Cruises.

P&O Pacific Eden ship

In May 2014, Carnival Corporation (parent company for P&O and Holland America) announced that the vessel will be transferred to P&O Australia in 2015. Pacific Eden started operations in 2015 November, after the renaming ceremony in Sydney NSW.

The christening ceremony was dual (also including the fleet mate Pacific Aria) and held at Fort Denison (Sydney Harbour) on November 25, 2015, with godmother Mrs Kate Ritchie (actress). Part of the dual naming celebrations were also the fleetmates Pacific Pearl (now CMV Columbus), Pacific Jewel (now Karnika) and Pacific Dawn (now CMV Amy Johnson). On each of the five ships were held musical parties with live performances by Jessica Mauboy (on Aria), The Veronicas (on Eden), Samantha Jade (on Pearl), Justice Crew (on Jewel) and Stan Walker (on Dawn).

During the inaugural season, Pacific Eden was homeported in Australian ports, including Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle-Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Brisbane. The ship also operated Southeast Asia itineraries leaving roundtrip from Singapore to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia.

For P&O, Pacific Eden offered regularly scheduled Cruises to Nowhere with specially themed Australian roundtrips 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.

First cruise (Maiden Voyage) for P&O Australia was on November 15, 2015 - 10-day from Fremantle to Sydney, visiting Esperance, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne. First Asian cruise (2016, May 2) was 12-day Fremantle roundtrip to Indonesia, visiting Komodo Island, Ujung Pandang, Lombok, Probolinggo, Bali.

Pacific Eden is the world's second cruise ship to visit Fraser Island - after Pacific Aria. 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 Eden's scheduled visit to Fraser Island Queensland is on December 12, 2016 (Sydney round-trip cruise itinerary). Among the special P&O Cruises 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.

Pacific Eden was last refurbished in Singapore (August 2017). More than 100 experienced trade people took only 12 days to complete an elaborate scope of works aboard the ship, including two Conference Rooms, Show Lounge (spanning 2 decks), Dome Bar, Kids Zone, Photo Gallery, Spa, Gym, Crew Bathrooms.

Pacific Eden had a total of 630 cabins (of which 28 Suites, 149 Balcony, 128 Inside rooms, 100 single cabins) in 23 grades. Most Pacific Eden staterooms (80%) are 195-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (353). Of all Pacific Eden cabins, nearly 25% had a private balcony. The largest aboard Pacific Aria was the Penthouse Suite (940 ft2).

Pacific Eden showcased P&O Australia fleet's biggest selection of dining options - 15 venues in total. The Pantry replaced the traditional Lido Buffet. It was an area of fresh-food stations including items like fish and chips and a delicatessen. The Dragon Lady served a range of Asian dishes, Angelo's was an elegant Italian venue. The Cinema doubled as Open Kitchen (cooking school). Other popular venues were Chef's Table (14-seat VIP dining room) and Salt Grill (specialty restaurant by Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan). Follows the complete list of Pacific Eden restaurants and food bars.

  • Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room) - each of the three dining rooms was operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte menus) for breakfast and lunch, and 4-course dinner menu, with tables capacity up to 10 guests. The Waterfront was connected with the Asian and Italian themed dining rooms.
  • The Dragon Lady (Asian restaurant; ship’s second dining room)
  • The Angelo’s (Italian restaurant, ship's third dining room)
  • The Pantry (self-service buffet restaurant with an open-air terrace)
  • Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via a partnership with Luke Mangan)
  • Chef’s Table (VIP dining room in the Galley/ship's kitchen) private dining with included galley tour

The interior design changes that transformed Statendam into Pacific Eden were done by “Tillberg Design” (Sweden). New lounges included Salt Grill Bar (complementing the MIX cocktail bar), Cellar Door (wine tastings) and Dome Observatory (disco nightclub). For kids, innovative activity clubs included Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ for teens. The adults-only Oasis was a top-deck sundeck area. All ages enjoyed Lido Deck's swimming pool. On top-deck aft was the outdoor activity area P&OEdge. The called adventure park includes Rock Climbing Wall and Roupe Course (on the funnel), Zip-Line (across top deck), Bungee Trampoline, Flying Fox (rope jumping across pool deck).

 

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

  • Atrium (3-decks central open-floor area and social hub)
  • The Marquee Theatre (2-decks) for large-scale shows, magic and comedy acts, daily bingo games, trivia quizzes
  • Cellar Door (boutique winery)
  • Ocean Bar
  • Blue Room (bar)
  • Monkey Bar
  • The Grill (Lido food bar), Pool Bar (beverages)
  • Cinema and Open Kitchen (indoor cinema with culinary school)
  • Tax and Duty-Free Shops, PANDORA shop (jewelry)
  • The Dome (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor, full-service bar), nightly transforms into a disco nightclub
  • Casino (served by MIX Lounge, which doubles as sports bar)
  • Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery and Shop); The Library (Internet Cafe)
  • The Oasis (adults-only relaxation complex)
  • Aqua HealthSpaFitness (Wellness Centre with Day Spa, Thermal Suites, Fitness with a separate room for classes, Hair and Beauty Salon)
  • Promenade (decks 6 and 7), 2 swimming pools (1 covered with sliding glass roof, 1 adults-only), 2 jacuzzis
  • Teens and Kids club lounges (with complementary activities by P&O youth program) - “Turtle Cove”; “Shark Shack”; “HQ” lounge; “HQ+” teen lounge
  • P&OEdge Adventure Park (20 different outdoor activities, including climbing, jumping, racing, flying on ropes)
  • Jogging Track
  • Deck Games area (Giant Chess Set, Deck Quoits, Shuffleboard)
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Table Tennis; Golf Nets

MS Statendam cruise ship

Follows the table with information regarding the previously named "MS Statendam" 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 - large oceanview, 2 IQ - Inside), Spa suites (8, BQ category).
  • Adults relaxation area (Sea View), Greenhouse Spa, Fitness, 2 jacuzzis, 2 pools, wraparound Promenade (Deck 6).
  • Holland America Statendam cruise ship is of the line's 1st S-class vessel.
  • The ship's Maiden Voyage was on January 16, 1993, godmother - Lin Arison. It has an art-antiques collection of items from the 17-18-19th centuries (themed Dutch exploration). In its Atrium area, this HAL ship has a huge fountain (by G.Lebigre, Italy).
  • This is the 5th HAL ship with this name. Fun fact is that the 2nd Statendam ship never sailed for HAL (then NASM), but for the British - in the WWI, under the name SS Justicia.

MS Statendam itineraries

Holland America Statendam ship was transferred to P&O Australia, starting operations in November 2015. Before the transfer, the ship operated on the following itineraries (Alaskan cruises from Vancouver BC Canada):

  • 7-day round-trip from Vancouver - visiting Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan
  • 7-day Vancouver to Seward - visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay
  • 7-day Seward to Vancouver - visiting Glacier Bay, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan
  • 3-day round-trip Vancouver - sailing along the US Pacific Coastal
  • 28-day back-to-back Panama Canal cruises, round-trip from San Diego CA

14-day one-way Panama Canal transits between San Diego and Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) 28-day round-trip from San Diego to Hawaii (also visiting Kiribati and French Polynesia) Repositioning to and from Alaska - between San Diego and Vancouver, and back-to-back with Panama Canal transition.

Pacific Eden's tennis-themed cruise (roundtrip Sydney) departed on January 17, 2018, and included 2 full days in Melbourne to attend Australian Open. General admission tickets for 2-day sessions and a night session in Melbourne were included in the package, as well as direct transfers between the ship and Melbourne Park (throughout day and evening). No match was missed during the 2 sea days either, with all sessions screened live on a large screen on the ship. The 5-night "tennis cruise" package prices started from USD 900 per person (twin share cabin).

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