Pacific Aria

Pacific Aria Review and Specifications

Specifications of Pacific Aria

Year built1994  /  Age : 24
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassStatendam
Building costUSD 220 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises Australia
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)219 m / 719 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage55819 gt
Passengers1260 - 1512
Crew558
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks12
Cabins630
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesMS Ryndam
Christened byJessica Mauboy

Current itinerary of Pacific Aria

Pacific Aria current cruise is 8 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu. Prices start from USD 599 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Sep, 2018 and ends on 21 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
13 Sep      Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia   
15 Sep 15:00 - 22:00     Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia   
16 Sep 09:00 - 18:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
17 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu   
18 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
21 Sep      Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia   

Review of Pacific Aria

Launched in 1994 (as MS Ryndam) Pacific Aria is one of the new P&O Australia cruise ships, together with Pacific Eden (former MS Statendam) and Pacific Explorer (Dawn Princess). The ship joined the P&O AU fleet in 2015.

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 in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

Pacific Aria cruise ship

The 55,819-ton, 1,266-passenger cruise ship Pacific Aria was launched and operated as ms Ryndam (part of the Holland America fleet between 1994 and 2015). In May 2014 Carnival Corporation (owner of both brands P&O and HAL) announced that the ship will be transferred to the P&O Australia’s fleet in 2015 after a scheduled refurbishment to tailor Ryndam for the Australia/New Zealand market.

Cruise itinerary program

Pacific Aria itinerary program is based on Australia cruises from Sydney and Brisbane, 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 and Papua New Guinea; Sydney-Brisbane repositioning with one-way itineraries.

Cabins

Most Pacific Aria staterooms are 195-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (353). Of all Pacific Aria cabins, nearly 25% have a private balcony. There are a total of 630 staterooms in 23 categories. The largest aboard Pacific Aria are the Penthouse Suites (940 ft2).

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 favourites, 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.

Pacific Aria cruise ship

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 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 adventures of P&OEdge program, held all over Pacific Aria, with a climbing course on the funnel and a zip line across the top deck.

Holland America MS Ryndam cruise ship (Pacific Aria)

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 (jewelry)
  • 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
  • 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, Shufflleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.

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  • Cabin grades number: 23
  • Total number of cabins: 630 (of which 29 Suite, 120 Balcony, 128 Inside rooms)
  • Dining Room Restaurants: Waterfront, Dragon Lady (Asian), Angelo’s (Italian)
  • Restaurants and food bars: The Pantry (buffet), Salt Grill (specialty, by Luke Mangan), Cellar Room (winery), Chef’s Table (specialty).
  • Lounges & Bars: Marquee (theater), Dome (observation & nightclub), Ocean Bar (lobby), MIX (cocktails & sports), Salt Grill Bar (cocktails by Luke Mangan), teen-kids lounges (Turtle Cove, Shark Shack, HQ, HQ+), poolside bars (Lido Bar, New Zealand Natural /icecream).
  • Entertainment - adult-only retreat (Oasis), Aqua SpaFitness, Casino, Promenade (decks 6 & 7), 2 pools (1 covered with sliding roof), 2 jacuzzis, Blue Room (library & Internet), duty-free shops, 2 sport courts (tennis & basketball), deck games (chess, shufflleboard, golf putting), P&OEdge Park.
  • ms Pacific Aria P&O cruise ship started its carrier under the name "ms Ryndam". She was operated by Holland America Line from 1994 to 2015, when the vessel was refurbished and transferred to P&O Australia's fleet, renamed "Pacific Aria" and homeported in Brisbane, Queensland. Another newcomer is the Pacific Explorer (former Dawn Princess) joining the fleet in June 2017.
  • Pacific Aria cruise ship as design is sister to Pacific Eden (former Statendam), and to the Holland America Line's vessels Maasdam and Veendam.
  • The P&O ship Aria started operations in 2015 November, right after the re-naming ceremony in Sydney Australia. 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 PandO Australia ships Pacific Pearl (CMV Columbus), Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn. 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 voayges (without additional porst 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 activites and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.
  • The inaugural cruise ("Mayden Voyage") for P&O was in 2015, on November 25 (2-days Sydney to Brisbane).
  • Pacific Aria is the first cruise ship to call on Fraser Island - followed by the new fleetmate Pacific Eden. The island's location is along Queensland's southern coast- some 200 km (120 ml) north of Brisbane. This is a World Heritage-listed location and also the largest sand island in the world (length 120 km (75 ml), width 24 km (15 ml). 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 ml) 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 ml of tracks.
  • P&O Australia's Aria ship was the 2nd cruise 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 snorkeling and diving excursions in the South Pacific Ocean.

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.
  • The ship's Maiden Voyage was on October 16, 1994, 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, it has a huge fountain (by G.Lebigre, Italy). This is the 2nd HAL ship with this name (the 1st Ryndam was 12340 t passenger ship - built 1901, scrapped 1929).
  • (1994 accident) During its inaugural Alaskan season (while docked in port Juneau AK) a fire broke out in one of the ship's storage rooms on B Deck (reserved for crew cabins and service facilities). The fire resulted in minor damage, no injuries to crew, ship operations were not affected.

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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Pacific Aria Itineraries

The below listed Pacific Aria cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jun 17 12 days, round-trip Fiji Adventure Brisbane
2018 Jul 20 14 days, one-way from Brisbane to Singapore Brisbane
2018 Aug 15 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Brisbane Singapore
2018 Aug 29 5 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2018 Sep 03 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$798
2018 Sep 07 6 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2018 Sep 13 8 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu Brisbane$599
2018 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$649
2018 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$648
2018 Oct 05 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$495
2018 Oct 09 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$998
2018 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$749
2018 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$699
2018 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2018 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$905
2018 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$658
2018 Nov 23 4 days, round-trip Hamilton Island Brisbane$1312
2018 Nov 27 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$898
2018 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$649
2018 Dec 14 6 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$970
2018 Dec 20 8 days, round-trip Christmas Brisbane$1331
2018 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip New Years Brisbane$1644
2019 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$1048
2019 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$849
2019 Jan 18 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$631
2019 Jan 22 6 days, round-trip Australia Day Brisbane$599
2019 Jan 28 4 days, round-trip Hamilton Island Brisbane$431
2019 Feb 01 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Brisbane$349
2019 Feb 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$481
2019 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$649
2019 Feb 15 4 days, round-trip Hamilton Island Brisbane$531
2019 Feb 19 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$998
2019 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$598
2019 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$598
2019 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$649
2019 Mar 22 4 days, round-trip Hamilton Island Brisbane$481
2019 Mar 26 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$998
2019 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$899
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$849
2019 Apr 19 4 days, round-trip Hamilton Island Brisbane$661
2019 Apr 23 10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu Brisbane$1078
2019 May 03 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$682
2019 May 10 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$648
2019 May 17 4 days, round-trip Hamilton Island Brisbane$578
2019 May 21 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane
2019 May 31 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$645
2019 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$698
2019 Jun 14 14 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure Brisbane
2019 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$928
2019 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$982
2019 Jul 12 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$531
2019 Jul 16 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$1148
2019 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$762
2019 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$848
2019 Aug 09 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$581
2019 Aug 13 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$1198
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$782
2019 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$848
2019 Sep 06 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$611
2019 Sep 10 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$1198
2019 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$982
2019 Sep 27 2 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane$248
2019 Sep 29 9 days, round-trip Explore The Loyalty Islands Sydney$1331
2019 Oct 08 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$682
2019 Oct 12 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Sydney$498
2019 Oct 15 10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu Sydney$1198
2019 Oct 25 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2019 Oct 29 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2019 Nov 02 6 days, round-trip Melbourne Cup Sydney$929
2019 Nov 08 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2019 Nov 12 11 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Sydney$1098
2019 Nov 23 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2019 Nov 27 10 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Sydney$998
2019 Dec 07 3 days, round-trip Comedy Sydney$498
2019 Dec 10 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2019 Dec 14 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2019 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip Christmas Sydney$1598
2019 Dec 28 10 days, round-trip New Years Sydney$1699
2020 Jan 07 8 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia Sydney$1182
2020 Jan 15 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$682
2020 Jan 19 5 days, round-trip Australian Open Tennis Sydney$739
2020 Jan 24 3 days, round-trip Australia Day Sydney
2020 Jan 27 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2020 Jan 31 3 days, round-trip Comedy Sydney$499
2020 Feb 03 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island Sydney$632
2020 Feb 07 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney$249
2020 Feb 09 5 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Melbourne$631
2020 Feb 14 3 days, round-trip Comedy Melbourne$399
2020 Feb 17 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne$531
2020 Feb 21 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Melbourne$399
2020 Feb 24 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne$531
2020 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Melbourne$881
2020 Mar 06 3 days, round-trip Comedy Melbourne$399
2020 Mar 09 2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne$249
2020 Mar 11 8 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Adelaide$1032
2020 Mar 19 4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Adelaide$681
2020 Mar 23 4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Adelaide$681
2020 Mar 27 3 days, round-trip Comedy Adelaide$481
2020 Mar 30 4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Adelaide$681
2020 Apr 03 3 days, round-trip Comedy Adelaide$481