A Princess to grace P&O Cruises

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CAR­NI­VAL Australia yes­ter­day re­vealed a reshuf­fle of its local fleet which will see Ocean Medal­lion in­tro­duced to P&O Cruises fol­low­ing the ad­di­tion of Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess in 2020 ( CW break­ing news).

Car­ni­val Australia ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Ann Sherry said the Cor­po­ra­tion was strate­gi­cally re­align­ing the Aus­tralian business to en­sure it was at the cut­ting edge of guest ex­pec­ta­tions and had solid foun­da­tions.

“Car­ni­val’s com­mit­ment to this mar­ket and the de­ci­sion to put P&O Cruises’ guests at the heart of in­dus­try in­no­va­tion through Ocean Medal­lion is a mark of re­spect for the Aus­tralian con­sumer,” Sherry said.

Ini­tially Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion planned to de­ploy the 113,300 GRT, 3,012-pas­sen­ger Car­ni­val

Splen­dor to P&O Cruises at the end of 2019 ( CW 15 Dec), but the ves­sel will now re­main in Car­ni­val Cruise Line’s global fleet.

P&O will instead ex­pand its port­fo­lio by tak­ing Golden

Princess un­der its wing, which has a ton­nage of 108,865 and a lower berth ca­pac­ity for 2,600 guests.

In Nov 2018, Golden Princess will be the first to in­tro­duce the Ocean Medal­lion de­vice and plat­form to Australia while it’s sail­ing un­der the Princess Cruises brand ( CW 29 Jun).

Princess Cruises won’t be left short of a ship, with the line re­plac­ing Golden Princess in serv­ing Princess guests down un­der with the larger 3,000-pas­sen­ger Ruby Princess.

By then, Ruby Princess will be equipped with Ocean Medal­lion, with the ves­sel set to re­ceive the tech in Jan 2019 ( CW 29 Jun).

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