Cruise & Maritime Voyages will add two more cruise ships, boosting its fleet to a total of eight in 2021.
The cruise line wil take delivery of P&O Australia’s 1,400 passenger Pacific Dawn and 630 passenger Pacific Aria (above) in Singapore in March and May 2021 respectively, increasing its passenger capacity by 30%.
The duo will be officially re-named in summer 2021 following dry docking, some minor upgrade and re-livery works in Singapore before embarking on CMV maiden positioning voyages via the Suez Canal to Northern Europe.
Pacific Dawn will be deployed on the UK market in late May 2021, bolstering much needed capacity and cruising year-round alongside Columbus from London Tilbury, said CMV.
Pacific Aria will be deployed on the German market under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand with a much-needed increase in capacity cruising alongside Vasco da Gama and replacing the 580 passenger Astor. She is being re-named Jules Verne and will be re-deployed to the French market in May 2021.
CEO Christian Verhounig said: “The introduction of two more ships to the global ocean fleet is the next exciting chapter of our strategic growth objectives. This will enable us to service increasing market demand for our traditional brand of cruising generated by our expanding international network of in-house sales offices and developing source markets. We have now acquired five cruise ships in just five years and are firmly on course in carrying 200,000 passengers in 2021”.
The new ship names will be unveiled next month under CMV’s explorer theme.