P&O’S Pearl to sail away

Travel Bulletin - - CRUISE REPORT -

P&O Cruises will con­tinue the evo­lu­tion of its fleet next year, hav­ing an­nounced the de­par­ture of its 1,800 pas­sen­ger Pa­cific Pearl which will join Bri­tish op­er­a­tor Cruise & Mar­itime Voy­ages. P&O Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Sture Myrmell de­scribed the move as part of an “un­prece­dented fleet re­newal pro­gram” for the line, with Pearl’s fi­nal voy­age in the P&O fleet be­ing a 16 day cruise from Auck­land to Sin­ga­pore which departs on 27 March 2017. P&O re­cently added Pa­cific Aria and Pa­cific Eden to its fleet, and will also add Pa­cific Ex­plorer next year, while a new­build will also join the fleet in 2017. Myrmell said Pearl had been a “game changer” dur­ing her down un­der de­ploy­ment, in par­tic­u­lar for New Zealand where she had be­come the coun­try’s first ever su­per­liner. “Fare will­ing Pa­cific Pearl is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion in which we are in­creas­ing the size of the fleet while re­defin­ing mod­ern cruising in this part of the world,” he en­thused. Mymell added that the de­par­ture of the ship was part of Car­ni­val’s long-term com­mit­ment to grow the cruise mar­ket. Pa­cific Pearl, which was launched in 1988 as Sit­mar Fair majesty, will be re­named Colum­bus and be­come CMV’S new flag­ship with a 2017 pro­gram go­ing on sale this month.

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