P&O’S Pearl to sail away
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.