P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Pearl will be renamed Columbus and join Cruise & Maritime Voyages on ex-UK sailings from Tilbury in 2017.
At 63,786 GT and with an impressive space ratio, she will carry about 1400 British passengers accommodated in 775 cabins, with 150 dedicated single cabins. and will become the proud new flagship of the CMV fleet operating alongside Magellan, Marco Polo, Astor and Astoria.
Just days ago, P&O Cruises Australia announced the ship would be leaving the fleet in April 2017, but did not disclose which cruise line had purchased the ship.
Christian Verhounig, CEO and Chairman of CMV explained, “The successful introduction of Magellan in 2015 has encouraged our Group to accelerate their mid-term growth plans and the addition of Columbus to the fleet in 2017 is another important milestone in achieving our longer term growth objectives.”
Columbus will head to dry dock in Singapore, where she will receive several upgrades in-keeping with the brand and British travellers. The HQ Teen Centre will be turned into the maritime themed Columbus Lounge & Library, while the current Shark Shack & Turtle Cove Children’s Centre will become Trumps & Aces, a dedicated Bridge and Card Room area and a separate Crafter’s Studio. Columbus will be targeted as an adult only ship, although in summer 2017, the ship will be operating two special August summer holiday sailings for all age groups.
The first maiden cruise will be a short three night voyage on June 11th, but other itineraries will see the ship visit Norway, the British Isles, Iceland, the Baltic, Canary Islands and even a grand 43-night round-trip to the Caribbean and Cuba.
Existing facilities include two heated pools, ten lounges, five restaurants and a three-deck high atrium. Cruises will go on sale from March 31, with a 2017 preview brochure launching in April.