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Specifications of Pacific Aria
|Year built||1994 / Age: 26|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 220 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||P&O Cruises Australia|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||219 m / 719 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||55819 gt|
|Passengers||1260 - 1512|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Sister-ships||MS Maasdam, MS Veendam, MS Statendam (CMV Vasco da Gama)|
|Former names||MS Ryndam, Ida Pfeiffer (CMV)|
|Christened by||Jessica Mauboy|
Pacific Aria Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Dec 07||4 days, round-trip Moreton Island - Tangalooma||Sydney|
|2020 Dec 11||3 days, round-trip Country||Sydney|
|2020 Dec 14||4 days, round-trip Moreton Island - Tangalooma||Sydney|
|2020 Dec 18||10 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise||Sydney|
|2020 Dec 28||10 days, round-trip New Years Eve Cruise||Sydney|
|2021 Jan 07||8 days, round-trip A Taste Of New Caledonia||Sydney|
|2021 Jan 15||9 days, round-trip Explore The Loyalty Islands||Sydney|
|2021 Jan 24||3 days, round-trip Australia Day Cruise||Sydney|
|2021 Jan 27||3 days, one-way from Sydney to Adelaide||Sydney|
|2021 Jan 30||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Adelaide|
|2021 Feb 02||4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway||Adelaide|
|2021 Feb 06||4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway||Adelaide|
|2021 Feb 10||10 days, round-trip Southern Discovery||Adelaide|
|2021 Feb 20||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Adelaide|
|2021 Feb 23||7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania||Adelaide|
|2021 Mar 02||4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway||Adelaide|
|2021 Mar 06||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Adelaide|
|2021 Mar 09||4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway||Adelaide|
|2021 Mar 13||3 days, round-trip 80s||Adelaide|
|2021 Mar 16||3 days, one-way from Adelaide to Melbourne||Adelaide|
|2021 Mar 19||7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania||Melbourne|
|2021 Mar 26||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Melbourne|
|2021 Mar 29||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne|
|2021 Apr 02||3 days, round-trip 80s||Melbourne|
|2021 Apr 05||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne|
|2021 Apr 09||18 days, one-way from Melbourne to Singapore||Melbourne|
|2021 Apr 09||6 days, one-way from Melbourne to Fremantle||Melbourne|
|2021 Apr 15||12 days, one-way from Fremantle to Singapore||Fremantle|
Pacific Aria Review
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 (CMV Vasco da Gama) and Pacific Explorer (Dawn Princess). The ship joined the P&O AU fleet in 2015.
NEWS: In April 2021, Pacific Aria was planned to leave P&O Cruises Australia. The ship's last cruise for P&O is scheduled for April 9, 2021 (departing from Melbourne to Singapore via Fremantle). The last voyage can be booked 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 (CMV Amy Johnson). Both vessels were sold in November 2019 to CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages (filed for bankruptcy in July 2020).
Pacific Aria was to be renamed to "CMV Ida Pfeiffer", Pacific Dawn - to "CMV Amy Johnson".
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. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.
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.
In 2020, the ship will have its longest New Zealand season (7 months - April through October) with roundtrip itineraries from homeport Auckland NZ. P&O AU's 2020 program features a new 14-day "Bounty Adventure" itinerary (operated since July 2020) visiting Norfolk Island, Vavau, Nuku'alofa, Suva, Dravuni Island, and Port Denarau.
The NZ 2020 program offers 18 longer itineraries ("P&O Voyages", 8- to 12 days) leaving roundtrip from Auckland to South Pacific Islands (including 12 visiting Fiji Islands). The 10-day "Bounty Discovery" itinerary (April, June, July, September) visits Norfolk Island, Lifou, Noumea, Port Vila, Mystery Island.
Pacific Aria 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.
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.
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” (rope 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 (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
- 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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Pacific Aria Wiki
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 as the design is sistership to CMV Vasco da Gama (former Pacific Eden) and to the Holland America Line's vessels Maasdam and Veendam. P&O Aria ship 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 P&O Australia ships Pacific Pearl (CMV Columbus), Pacific Jewel (Karnika) and Pacific Dawn (CMV Amy Johnson). 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) 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 fleet mate 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 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 snorkelling 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 the 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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