P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Pearl is to leave the fleet in April 2017. The ship will be replaced by Pacific Explorer, currently sailing as Dawn Princess, which will join the fleet next year.
The transfer of Pacific Pearl is part of an ongoing fleet expansion and renewal program, which saw the introduction of Pacific Aria and Eden in November 2015, as well as an announcement to construct the first purpose built ship for P&O Cruises’ Australia.
Based out of Auckland for five months in 2016, Pacific Pearl will return for an initial 2017 cruise season from February to April next year. A farewell four-night cruise to the Bay of Islands will depart from Auckland on March 23, 2017, followed by a final 16-day cruise to Singapore departing Auckland on March 27, 2017. Pacific Jewel will take over sailings from New Zealand in April 2017.
The 63,500 gross tonne ship, launched in 1989, joined the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in 2010, after previously sailing with Princess Cruises as Star Princess, P&O Cruises under the name Arcadia as well as with Ocean Village from 2003.
Pacific Pearl will transfer to a different cruise line in 2017, although the name of the new operators remain confidential.