British-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) will be growing its fleet size to eight with the addition of two new cruise ships come 2021.
CMV will take delivery of P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria in Singapore on March 2 and May 2, 2021, respectively, boosting the cruise line’s capacity to 9,000 berths and passenger capacity by 30 per cent.
Both shops will be officially renamed in mid-2021 after undergoing minor upgrades and re-livery works while dry docking in Singapore. The vessels will then embark on maiden positioning voyages via the Suez Canal to Northern Europe.
Pacific Dawn, which boasts 798 passenger cabins with a capacity for around 1,400 passengers, will be deployed in the UK market in late May 2021, cruising year-round alongside CMV’s flagship Columbus.
The smaller Pacific Aria, which comprises 630 passenger cabins with a capacity of around 1,100 passengers, will be deployed on the German market under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand, cruising alongside CMV’s ship Vasco da Gama and replacing the 580-passenger Astor. Astor will be re-named as Jules Verne, and re-deployed to the French market in May 2021.
The new ship names will be unveiled later in December 2019, said CMV in a statement.
Chris Coates, CMV’s group commercial director, said: “These two fine cruise ships perfectly complement our existing fleet, providing trade partners and consumers alike with much needed extra capacity. For 2020, we expect close to 70 per cent of capacity to be sold by year end, in line with expectations. This provides an ideal platform for the early introduction of new tonnage and opportunities for 2021.”
CMV’s summer 2021 programmes will go on sale in 1Q2020, with special 2021 launch incentives planned to encourage early bookings.